Right Forest - It's 11 v 11 This Time!

Last updated : 29 December 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

Former Nottingham Forest man Jamaal Lascelles says he is excited about the prospect of facing the Reds again – with a full quota of 11 men.

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The defender, who is now the captain of Newcastle United, admits there will be an element of revenge in the Magpies' motivation, as they look to address the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the City Ground earlier in the month.

Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey were both shown red cards in the game, Shelvey for kicking out at Henri Lansbury and defender Dummett for bringing down the Forest man from behind in the box.

Both red cards were, slightly surprisingly, overturned on appeal and Lascelles says Newcastle are now looking forward to facing the Reds with more than nine men on the pitch at St James' Park.

"I'm glad we have another game around the corner. It's a massive game for us – not just to win the three points, but also to beat them," Lascelles told the Newcastle website.

Jamaal Lascelles netted an unlucky own goal to give Forest the win last time the two sides met

"Last time at their place, I felt we were a bit hard done by, and we're really looking forward to going into that game with 11 men and having them on our turf."

United will still be without Shelvey for the return fixture against Forest, after the midfielder was banned for five matches for using racial language.

But Lascelles refused to use the midfielder's absence as an excuse for Newcastle's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in their last game.

"Jonjo does bring something different, but we have players who can slot into every position. We have a really strong team and players who are wanting to play, so it's nothing to do with that. We could play a completely different team and I'd still expect us to win," said Lascelles.

"We weren't up to it (against Sheffield Wednesday). I thought we started off well – we had quite a few chances. Maybe we should have done better attacking set-pieces. Perhaps we need to work on getting our head on a few more, because the deliveries are good.

"Their manager must have told them to slow the game down, because every time we went forward we were getting kicked. They were fouling us every time we went forward. We didn't really get to play our normal football.

"You can always 'um' and 'ah' and argue, but the referee has to keep everyone happy and make the right decision. There's nothing we can change, and ultimately, that's not what has cost us the game – what cost us the game was them winning second balls in our box and us not putting our chances away."