Newcastle take on Accrington Stanley tonight and we have to hope we can make it through to the next round, with some of our fringe players participating tonight.
The key for Chris in his team selection is to have the tight balance of youth and experience in the team, and he didn’t seem to do that last year when the lads were beaten 2-0 at Peterborough United.
It’s a toss up as to which players Chris will start tonight, since quite a few are due a start – but here’s a possible starting eleven for the game:
Tavernier Williamson Kadar Enrique
LuaLua Haris Guthrie Taylor (R)
Subs: Harper Perch Smith Barton Donaldson Nolan Xisco
This assumes Danny Guthrie has recovered from his slight knee injury, but it could be he will not play, since Chris Hughton said this morning he hasn’t trained at all this week.
Chris will need to start a few experienced players, and have some on the bench in case they are needed in the second half, and who gets introduced will depend on how the game is going of course.
This is a good opportunity for a number of the younger players, including 19 year-old James Tavernier, who played in a number of pre-season games, and looked very promising and a good bet to have a good future at the club.
It will also give Haris Vuckic, who turned 18 last Saturday, a chance to show how good he is, and also 19 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who may still be sent out on loan for the season.
And of course Tim Krul will get another chance to impress, and certainly Steve Harper hasn’t done too much in the first two games, and this may be the season that Tim can make his break through into the first team at Newcastle – but only time will tell.
It’s a tricky tie for Chris Hughton, but we still expect to get through this game and be in the hat for the next round – who knows we may even draw Sunderland, but we’d be lucky to get such an easy draw. 😀