Peter Lovenkrands, whose father died last Friday, is in the starting line-up tonight for Newcastle’s crucial encounter with WBA.
Lovenkrands partners Shola Ameobi in attack with a midfield four of Danny Guthrie, skipper Alan Smith, top scorer Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez, and this is probably Newcastle’s strongest side on current form.
His appearance could also provide the inspiration for the Newcastle side to get the all important win tonight, and you have to admire Peter’s courage in wanting to start tonight, and we’re sure a goal from the Dane will bring the house down.
Peter is of course in great form after scoring an excellent hat-trick last time out against Plymouth Argyle.
Danny Simpson returns to the side, for probably his last game in a black and white shirt, at the expense of Ryan Taylor.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Nile Ranger, Nicky Butt, Andy Carroll, Fabrice Pancrate, Tamas Kadar
WBA: Scott Carson (c), Gonzalo Jara, Marek Cech, Jonas Olsson, Jerome Thomas, Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu, Robert Koren, Chris Brunt, Gabriel Tamas, Roman Bedner
Subs: Dean Kiely, Simon Cox, Luke Moore, Joe Mattock, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ishmael Miller, Filipe Teixeira
Referee: Paul Taylor