Alan Pardew has made two changes to his team to play Hull City at home this afternoon, and in come Dummett and Tiote for Haidara and Anita.
But it’s a surprising selection and Haidara was our Man of the Match last week, but he’s been dropped and replaced by Paul Dummett – go figure that one out.
But the return of Cheick Tiote to the starting line-up should provide some steel in midfield, and it’s good to have Cheick back.
The team will once again play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Newcastle: (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez
Hull (4-1-2-1-2): Allan McGregor; Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies (c), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson; Tom Huddlestone; Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn; Mohamed Diame; Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, James Chester, David Meyler, Robbie Brady, Sone Aluko, Gaston Ramirez
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
It’s good to see Papiss Cisse on the bench and he could get say a 10 minute run-out today – and maybe he could be ready for next week’s tough game at Stoke.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today about this important game for Newcastle:
“It’s about being professional, going out there on Saturday and being as strong as we can be and trying to win as many fans back with our performance as we can,”
“We need to get back to not too long ago and get that performance that we had at Villa, and get ourselves a win.” “With players and staff, what we have to do is try and make sure that we give as professional a performance as we can.”
“I don’t fear the game – I think it’s a tough game,” “I have to say that Hull on Monday night were terrific, as I thought West Ham were, and it was a game you’d have to say was at the top of the Barclays Premier League level.”
“The most important thing is that our team don’t put in the performance they put in against Southampton, that we show that we’re unaffected by surroundings, unaffected by the opposition and that our spirit is strong, and I like to think we can do that.”
This could be a water-shed game today and another defeat could see Alan Pardew finally lose his job at Newcastle.
But we are looking for a win, but that would seem to be very difficult, given the negative atmosphere that will be created at St. James’ Park this afternoon – as fans demonstrate against manager Alan Pardew.
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