Big Test For Steve McClaren Tonight

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 manU 0-0

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
Tiote Anita
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?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    if we get beat tonight the the honeymoon will be over

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon KK, we haven’t actually “cashed in” on many players. The players that have left have either been because they have fallen out with the manager (cant blame them in most cases) or because they have forced moves eg Cabaye, Ba, Debuchy.
    The problem has always been replacing them in a timely manner. I think the idea of bringing in more ambitious signings this summer is to hopefully stop the better players we have from trying to force moves out. Unfortunately this is tempered with decisions like keeping Colo and not getting another CB!

  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    your right there, the honey moon will well and truly be over. We worked hard against Man u, but not one shot on target and only 30% of possession isn’t anything to shout about really.
    We’re miles behind the majority of other prem teams, we have a long way to go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda telling people to let go of their Pardew obsession ! Looking forward to Kim Jong Un’s speech on human rights this week ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    ?= 😀

  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    toon kk at best we have stood still for 8 years its going to take a lot to even catch the mid table teams from a standing start ….the club has been so badly run were lucky were still in the prem…. Mc didn’t even have the luxury of a well organised pre season play fitness levels look to be off the expected mark for 3 games into the season all factors that make his job harder

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I beg to differ,the policy since being promoted has been very much modelled on the idea of buying players to sell as soon as possible for a tidy sum, whether or not other areas suffer is inconsequential.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    The honeymoon shouldn’t be over.
    The new staff quite clearly are working their socks off to improve the club , the owner has backed his words with deeds , the club have spent well , if fans go into attack mode because we lose a cuptie , the club is better off without them.
    Will you be driving up from Teesside to buy a ticket at the turnstiles ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m hanging fire in regards to saying fair play to our portly and unsightly owner until the window is shut.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail, you’d think that but the facts don’t back it up. If that is the policy they have done a crap job withe the selling on part of it. We haven’t sold a player for a profit in >12 months!

  • Whumpie

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    I wish I was up there for this game – and not just because it’s cheap 🙂

    I just want two things from this:

    1. A win
    2. A reason to believe we have strength in depth.

    We have a lot of 2nd-choice players pushing hard for 1st choice spots and I just hope they give Maclaren a real selection headache for league games by showing their class tonight.

    Should be a great game – no excuse for not going if you’re local!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Really wish I’d bought my new fancy digital radio away with me to listen to the match tonight 🙁

  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    jib… picked the tickets up last week dont expect a big gate will you be there

  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    jib …………please NORTH YORKSHIRE…..

  • Sav

    Aug 25, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Mitrovic, Riviere and Afobe have scored no Premiere league goals. Zero, Nix, None.
    The only one of the strikers Ed you want us to rely on who has scored is Perez, who bagged 7. And you would be happy to see Cisse sold for 5 million squids? Isn’t that exactly what the Mashley regime has always done – run this club like a corner shop? Where is the great new dawn or the sea change in that?
    In Mashley’s West Ham speech he only said he wasn’t leaving until we won something. He didn’t say anything about going all out to do that or that if we won something he would leave. With the amount of money about to be poured down the club’s throat, I’m not surprised. Selling a fit Cisse for a development player is one sure way we won’t win anything.

  • Sir Eric

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Riviere scored against QPR


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