'Titus Bramble in disguise': Newcastle fans rip into defender after woeful display v Ipswich
By Matt Farr
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles gave a woeful and unconvincing defensive display in their 3-1 defeat to Ipswich on Monday – and fans on Twitter were frustrated.
Lascelles, who has been an ever-present member of the Newcastle defence this season, struggled to establish his usual authority against Ipswich, and was guilty of a costly error for the home side’s second goal.
The 23-year-old survived the cull ahead of the tie, with Rafa Benitez making as many as five changes to his starting eleven from the 1-1 draw with Leeds on Friday, including two defensive changes.
But Newcastle fans on Twitter believe Benitez axed the wrong player, with Grant Hanley recalled in place of Chancel Mbemba.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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Rafa got it wrong. Lascelles is Titus Bramble in disguise and the team are generally hopeless #nufc
— Tom Hewitt (@ThomasLiamH) April 17, 2017
Diame and Lascelles responsible for Leeds' equaliser on Friday: both rewarded with starting places today. #nufc
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) April 17, 2017
Very poor from #NUFC Lascelles needs to be dropped soon, defence has been woeful recently..
— Finlay (@TheGreatCuddles) April 17, 2017
— Ollie (@ollie_wilson97) April 17, 2017
Get Lascelles out of that team and make Ritchie captain. We need back to back clean sheets for the remainder. #NUFC
— DG (@DannyJGraham) April 17, 2017
Lascelles first player down the tunnel. He's been poor for a number of weeks now and doesn't have any leadership.#NUFC
— Lewis Hardy (@LewisHardy00) April 17, 2017
Freddie Sears had given Ipswich the lead against a well below-par Newcastle side just before half-time, but ex-Portman Road star Daryl Murphy drew the away side level with half an hour to play.
However, they could only stay level for seven minutes, as an unmarked David McGoldrick fired Ipswich back in front.
With Newcastle chasing a late equaliser, Ipswich completed the rout with a third goal, courtesy of a superb volley from Emyr Huws.
The defeat leaves Newcastle seven points Championship leaders Brighton, who confirmed their place in next season’s Premier League with a victory over Wigan.
In other Newcastle news, here are three of the main talking points from the Ipswich defeat.