Tempers flared at St James’ Park on Saturday night, as Newcastle dramatically held on for victory against Graham Potter’s side.
Eddie Howe’s men were battlers, flying into challenges and doing anything they could to secure a fifth straight win in the Premier League.
There were some horror challenges, which could easily have received a more severe punishment. But it summed up the team spirit on Tyneside, and the desire to keep winning.
The referee issued a flurry of yellow cards in stoppage time, one of which went to Lascelles – despite not even being on the pitch.
Yes, our captain managed to get booked when he wasn’t even playing. The 29-year-old was penalised for an altercation with Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella, who was trying to take a thrown-in whilst he warmed up on the touchline.
Looking back, it was pretty funny, but it’s even funnier when you break down exactly what happened.
Jamaal Lascelles got a yellow card against Chelsea for warming up…
The Chelsea throw-in was placed exactly where the players warm up. Seeing Lascelles there made complete sense. Or did it?
In truth, Lascelles actually had no reason to be there. Howe had already used all of his substitutions, bringing on Callum Wilson, Jacob Murphy and Matt Targett.
While teams can make five changes now, there can only be a maximin of three breaks of play. So because Howe brought on one player at a time, it meant he had used his three substitute opportunities despite only making three out of a possible five changes.
So why on earth was Lascelles warming up?! It makes the fact he got booked all the more hilarious. He was just there to disrupt play and cause a scene, as well as roar on his teammates from close up during the final stages. If Howe had his way, he’d have been that close to the players as well. He was even on the pitch at one stage.
The Newcastle captain hasn’t played a lot this season, and has had to watch on as the team flourishes. But he is playing his part behind the scenes, and got involved as best he could in the 1-0 win over Chelsea.
He got booked for his troubles, but it was absolutely worth it for the disruption of play. What a leader. What a team.