Steve McClaren has just named the team for the important game against Watford at St. James´ Park today, and it looks like there is just one change from the side that lost to West Ham on Monday night – Ayoze Perez in for Vurnon Anita.
So there´s no Siem de Jong or Aarons in the starting line-up, which is a bit of a surprise.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez, Florian Thauvin; Papiss Cisse
Subs: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong
It looks like Wijnaldum will take Anita´s place as one of the two holding positions, alongside Jack Colback – so Vurnon is a little unlucky to be the only player dropped after Monday night.
We need to see a lot more from Cisse in this game, and he needs to get a lot better service than he got on Monday night too.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game:
“We were very disappointed with the result and the performance on Monday” “The main disappointment was how we reacted to the second goal going in.”
“We picked things up after the substitutions but for about 20 minutes following the second goal there was no response, no urgency and that’s something we’ll be looking to put right.”
“It’s normal to lose games but it’s the way you lose that matters and the way we lost on Monday wasn’t acceptable.” “It is how you respond to that which is important and we’ll look for a good response against Watford.”
“The atmosphere has been unbelievable in the first two home games and we need it to continue on Saturday,” “We’re in a transition period so we need that support to help us get that result and push on.”
“We’re still learning about each other and it’s a learning process, but you need results and we need a reaction against Watford.” “We knew it would be a tough start.”
“It’s going to take time to settle but on Saturday we have the opportunity to move on and get a win on the board.”
Three in five fans think we can win this game.
We really need all 3 points today.
Howay The Lads!!