Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has put out a strong starting line-up for today’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie at The Hawthorns.
Hughton retains six of the side who started the game on Monday evening, with Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez and Kevin Nolan all retaining their places today.
As we expected Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul and Tamas Kadar all start in defense, and Kevin Nolan will again play a more advanced role, off lone striker Andy Carroll, with Fabrice Pancrate coming in, on the right wing, as expected.
Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Ben Tozer, Shane Ferguson and Ryan Donaldson are named as substitutes, so that’s a fairly young bench.
West Brom name the same side that started the game at St.James’ Park five days ago, and gave Newcastle such a hard time of it, especially in the first 45 minutes of that game.
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
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Fabrice Pancrate, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Ben Tozer, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: James Linington