Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lack of Clinical Finishing Costly for Magpies; 'WORLD CLASS STRIKERS LIKE HARRY KANE MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lack of Clinical Finishing Costly for Magpies; 'WORLD CLASS STRIKERS LIKE HARRY KANE MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE'

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Byline: CHRIS WAUGH

JAMAAL Lascelles believes clinical finishing is the difference between Newcastle United and top-four teams who possess "world-class players" like Harry Kane.

The Magpies' captain was extremely proud of how United performed at Wembley on Wednesday evening, with United creating 14 chances to Spurs' 11 in north London.

However, Newcastle were guilty of wasting a string of clear-cut opportunities - Lascelles himself saw a header saved, Dwight Gayle missed two chances, Jonjo Shelvey hit the post and Jacob Murphy skied an effort when through one on one - and were subsequently punished for their profligacy during the second half.

Kane made room for himself in the area and curled a tremendous finish into the far corner five minutes after the re-start, displaying the type of ruthlessness needed to compete for Champions League places. Lascelles said: "I am disappointed with the result because we want to win every game we play.

"However, I could not be more proud of the boys.

"It is just a shame we did not play the last three games how we did at Wembley.

"The intensity was there, the passion was there and we really wanted it. A neutral probably could not tell the difference in terms of which team was fighting for top places because in terms of chances created I thought we were the better team.

"I felt we kept them quiet with their chances but a touch of worldclass finishing from Kane made the difference - and that is what he does because he is a goal-scorer.

"In our last away game, there was another great turn-out from our fans.

"They were excellent as they have been all season and I hope they had a safe journey back.

"Hopefully we can give them something to cheer on Sunday." Though Newcastle have now lost four games in succession, their performance at Wembley was much improved on the previous three defeats - and the Magpies still have their destiny in their own hands as far as a top-half finish is concerned. …

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