sport news Jamaal Lascelles calls for calm at Newcastle in Premier League relegation scrap

'We have to try to stay level-headed': Jamaal Lascelles calls for calm at Newcastle as they look to pull away from Premier League relegation scrap Jamaal Lacelles claims Newcastle United cannot get lost in any emotions Toon are on the fringes of being sucked into a Premier League relegation battle Rafa Benitez's side take on at St James' Park on Wednesday 

By Damian Spellman, Press Association

Published: 10:55 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 10:55 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles will take a leaf from manager Rafael Benitez's book as he contemplates a daunting start to 2019 against in-form .

During his time on Tyneside, which has encompassed a failed survival fight, a Sky Bet Championship title charge and a top-10 Premier League finish, Benitez has remained calm amid the chaos around him.

He and his players will head into January sitting just three points above the drop zone and face a tricky run of fixtures which could see their advantage quickly evaporate, but Lascelles has insisted there will be no panic within the dressing room.

Jamaal Lascelles has informed fans Newcastle United will battle hard to stay in the top flight

Jamaal Lascelles has informed fans Newcastle United will battle hard to stay in the top flight

NEWCASTLE FIXTURES

Jan 2: (H)

Jan 5: Blackburn Rovers (H) (FA Cup)

Jan 12: Chelsea (A)

Jan 19: Cardiff City (H)

Jan 29: Manchester City (H) 

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