Jamaal Lascelles insists Newcastle are not yet in a relegation fight

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palac
Image: Jamaal Lascelles insist there are plenty of points for Newcastle to play for

Newcastle are not yet in a battle for Premier League survival, according to club captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Newcastle's last league victory was against Crystal Palace almost two months ago, and Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat at home to Everton was the club's seventh loss in eight games.

Just one point separates Newcastle from the bottom three ahead of Saturday's trip to north London to face Arsenal.

Rafael Benitez was disappointed Newcastle could not grab all three points for their fans
Image: Rafael Benitez's side have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games

Asked if the club are already fighting against relegation, Lascelles said: "No, not yet. A lot of people would probably have been happy with the points we are on if they were asked at the start of the season, so I am not going to say we are in a relegation battle.

"There are still loads of games to play. It's a long season. We are not looking at that, just taking things game by game."

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with Aaron Lennon of Everton during the Premier League match at Newcastle
Image: Wayne Rooney followed up his goal at Anfield last weekend with the winner against Newcastle

Newcastle dominated possession against Everton but were undone by a 27th-minute strike by Wayne Rooney, who took his career tally of goals at St James' Park to nine.

And Lascelles admitted there were some harsh words exchanged by the players in the dressing room after the game.

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He said: "There were a few home truths said. I don't want to leave it too late for things like that to be said.

"The reality is we are not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players do not want to hear. Hopefully it will get a reaction."

Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates during the English Premier League football
Image: Lascelles is looking for a reaction for his team-mates at the Emirates on Saturday

Newcastle's recent poor run of results has come amid talk of a takeover led by Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has continued to maintain that all he and his team can focus on is the football and that view is backed up by his captain.

Lascelles said: "We're not focusing on that. It has nothing to do with us."

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