Newcastle United’s Lascelles admits he almost hit back at pundits on Twitter

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has admitted that he almost targeted Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Twitter after they criticised the team’s performance against Manchester City over Christmas.

Rafael Benitez’s side failed to pick up any points in the fixture, but they restricted Pep Guardiola’s high-flyers to a 1-0 win.

The Magpies set up defensively and they barely broke out of their own half in the first half.

For a spectator, it may not have been the most thrilling viewing, and Sky Sports duo Neville and Carragher heavily criticised Newcastle.

The former Manchester United star described the opening 45 minutes “embarrassing” from the Magpies’ point of view, while his colleague Carragher said that it was making a “joke” of the Premier League.

Lascelles has now revealed that he came close to slamming the pair on social media, but after seeking advice, he opted against it.

During an interview with the Daily Mail, the centre-back said:

“I really was close to tweeting because their comments didn’t make sense. Our tactics were spot on. We were playing a team that had just beaten Tottenham 4-1! So for people to say it was a shambles and embarrassing got to me.

“I was close to going for it on Twitter. I asked a few people what they thought but ultimately I thought it would have caused a scene — it would have got messy — and that would have been bad.”

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