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Jamaal Lascelles claims Newcastle have silenced the critics who dismissed them as “just a Championship team”.
Newcastle were written off because of their lack of investment in new players and Lascelles is delighted they have proved the doubters wrong by climbing into the top 10.
The Toon skipper is proud of their campaign, even though their four-match winning streak ended in defeat to Everton on Monday.
“I’m always going to be disappointed in defeat,” said Lascelles. “But at the same time I’m over the moon with how we’ve been this year.
“Everton have spent a lot of money and they’ve got some real good players in their team.
“Monday’s game could have gone either way so the same people who were saying we were just a Championship team see we’re now looking up to push on and catch the likes of Everton and Leicester.
“I’m pleased we can say we’re not a Championship team.”
Lascelles claims Newcastle will still target Everton, even though they have slipped four points behind them.
“We’ve lost, but there’s no reason why it should dent our confidence at all,” he said. “We’re still in a great position and we’re still on the toes of Everton.
“There’s no reason why we can’t catch them. We just need to make sure we take care of our next game.”
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