Goalkeeper Rob Elliot gets his first start since September for today’s FA Cup with Brighton and Hove Albion which kicks off in a few minutes time.
And Alan Pardew has included youngsters James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid in the starting line up today, and Adam Campbell and Paul Dummett are on the bench..
It would be great to get the win today, but it’s a fairly inexperienced side the manager had turned out today.
Shola captains the side.
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-3-3): Casper Ankergren; David Lopez, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge; Dean Hammond, Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker; Andrea Orlandi, Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes
Substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Will Buckley, Stephen Dobbie, Kazenga LuaLua, Will Hoskins
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan; Shola Ameobi (c)
Substitutes: Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Nile Ranger
Referee: Lee Probert