Steve McClaren will need to make some changes to the Newcastle side that played so well at Old Trafford over the weekend, and Tim Krul has said the game on Saturday took a lot our of the players.
The game also took a lot out of the fans who watched it too.
Tim Krul at the end of the game on Saturday
But the lads were simply great and although we didn’t win the game, it was a huge positive for the fans and the club, as we try to recover from the disasters of last season.
This is what Tim Krul has said and some of our players need a break:
“To have a good cup run is massive because we haven’t been doing well in them at all.”
“You need to manage it right because the way that the boys put the effort in at Manchester United, it takes a lot out of you.”
“You just have to manage it right because if we want to do the same on Saturday – and I think the manager will know it – a few of the boys in there are absolutely knackered.”
“And that is what it’s all about but we are definitely pushing for a good cup run.”
We have another tough game in four days time at home to Arsenal – but the team tonight still has to be strong enough to beat Northampton, and manager Chris Wilder has promised they will give Newcastle a tough test.
It’s not going to be easy – that’s for sure.
Here’s the side we think McClaren could start along with the subs:
Janmaat Williamson (c) Lascelles Haidara
Obertan de Jong Aarons
Subs: Elliot Mbemba Coloccini Wijnaldum Colback Thauvin Mitrovic
So there are eight changes to the side that started on Saturday, maybe that’s too many – but that’s still a strong side with experience too.
The team against Arsenal could almost be unchanged from last Saturday, apart from maybe Florian Thauvin coming in for Gabby Obertan.
We should be able to get through tonight, and there are also some good players on the bench in case we need them in the second half.
It would be a disaster if we lose this game – so we have to win and find some way of doing that.
It could be the proverbial banana skin tonight, so we cannot take any chances – but obviously we also cannot play an unchanged side from Saturday.
It will be a challenge for head coach Steve McClaren and if we assume this game will be easy, that would be a huge mistake.
What do you think?