A double surprise today as Joe Kinnear gives 6’3” Gateshead born striker Andy Carroll his first start of the season as Newcastle take on Hull City at the KC Stadium this afternoon. And Gutierrez is on the bench as Kinnear prefers his fellow Irishman Damien Duff at right wing.
The 19-year-old Carroll, who was expected to start last Sunday against Liverpool, will partner captain Michael Owen in attack.
Good news that both Nicky Butt and Jose Enrique have shaken off their injuries and both are in the starting line-up this afternoon.
As expected Sebastien Bassong returns from suspension to join Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the back four. We need to see a much better performance from the Argentine following last Sunday’s less than impressive performance against Liverpool.
Steven Taylor is moved to right back, as expected, to the exclusion of David Edgar, who is on the bench and Jones Gutierrez drops to the bench in favor of Damien Duff which is a controversial move by Kinnear.
Hull City: Matt Duke, Nathan Doyle, Michael Turner, Craig Fagan, Geovanni, Paul McShane, George Boateng (c), Sam Ricketts, Dean Marney, Daniel Cousin, Stelios
Subs: Ian Ashbee, Ryan France, Peter Halmosi, Marlon King, Kamil Zayatte, Tony Warner, Nicky Featherstone
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Geremi, David Edgar, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez
Referee: Chris Foy