Joey Barton – starts with Emre in midfield for Newcastle
It didn’t take long to put Joey Barton back in the starting line-up once he was fit and both Emre and Barton start in midfield for the Magpies, for the first time this afternoon at Reading. Owen and Martins continue their partnership up front after a promising display on Monday night.
Milner and N’Zogbia both start on the bench with Smith, Harper and Rozehnal – all of the outfielders could be used during the game.
Reading (4-4-2): Hahnemann; Murty (c), Shorey, Duberry, Sonko; Gunnarsson, Harper, Doyle, Hunt; Kitsonm Lita
Subs: Federici, Ingimarsson, Rosenior, Convey, Long
Newcastle (4-4-2): Given, Beye, Enrique, Cacapa, Faye; Barton, Butt, Geremi (c) Emre; Martins, Owen
Subs: Harper, Rozehnal, Milner, N’Zogbia, Smith
Ref: P Dowd
Howay the Lads – we can do it!!