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Newcastle captain Lascelles: We care as much as fans

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says the players are hurt by defeats as much as the fans.

The defender disputes the idea that players are not affected by results to the same extent that supporters are.

“Football, it kind of prioritises our whole lives; we put everything into it, with diet restrictions, preparations, anxiety before games," Lascelles, who will become a father this week, told nufcTV.

“You put your whole life into football, and when you get just one victory it can make your whole week so much better.

“When you lose on a Saturday, your week can be terrible, and that's how we all feel about it. That's how important it is to us.

“That's why we train as hard as we do; to give ourselves every possible chance of going out there on a Saturday and getting three points.

“At the end of the day, it's not just about us; it's about 52,000 Geordies that are paying good money to watch us play, the staff here working late to do their job, too."

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