Alan Pardew has named an unchanged side for this afternoon’s game against Crystal Palace.
It’s on the subs bench that changes have been made, with Rob Elliot back as the substitute goalkeeper and Ben Arfa also makes it on the bench, and it’s his first appearance since the Tottenham disaster.
But 17 year-old Adam Armstrong is dropped from the 18 man squad, and that’s a real pity because Adam is the future at Newcastle and we’d have liked to have seen him make his home debut today.
Newcastle are playing a side that is 4th bottom of the Premier League at the moment, but has a solid defense since Tony Pulis took over as manager, but still find it hard to score goals.
We really need the win this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi
Crystal Palace – tba
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)