Newcastle United secured their second Premier League win in a row as they beat Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday thanks to a header from captain Jamaal Lascelles, and Magpies fans were quick to praise the centre-back.
The Magpies’ return to the top flight had got off to a shaky start following successive defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and fellow newly-promoted club Huddersfield Town, but Rafa Benitez’s men have reacted with two victories and two clean sheets.
Even though Lascelles is the skipper, he began the campaign on the substitutes’ bench with Ciaran Clark and new boy Florian Lejeune preferred at the heart of the defence.
However, the latter picked up an injury against Spurs and it has given the former Nottingham Forest man the chance to impress.
He certainly did that with a towering second-half header in south Wales, while he did well to recover to prevent Tammy Abraham from scoring at the other end of the pitch.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on Lascelles’ performance via social media, and many are willing to take back their previous criticism of the 23-year-old.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Managed to catch the #nufc match in a pub in South Shields, not a pretty win but a win all the same. Lascelles a leader at both ends, superb
— Anthony Wright (@tonezone0) September 10, 2017
I was hard on Lascelles last year & I take it back.Looked uncomfortable on the ball and its clear now the hernia played a massive part #nufc
— Micky (@Geordie_1985) September 10, 2017
— Brian Marshall (@Bri_Marsha) September 10, 2017
Great win for #NUFC today and Lascelles was outstanding!!!!
— Brian-Lee (@BrianLeeNUFC22) September 10, 2017
— stephen baker (@stephencbaker13) September 10, 2017
Lascelles was imperious today. Still have Clark and Lejeune 1st choice mind. #NUFC
— This Dave (@ThisDave) September 10, 2017
Lascelles can be shaky and poor at times, but I think he's an absolutely quality player. Was unbelievable today #NUFC
— Luke (@Luke_Hudson4) September 10, 2017