Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the home game against Stoke City this afternoon and there’s just one change with Vurnon Anita coming in for the injured Jack Colback.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Jack Butland; Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross (c), Phillip Wollscheid, Erik Pieters; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam; Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri; Jonathan Walters
Substitutes: Jakob Haugaard, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland, Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay, Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
As we expected Yoan Gouffran comes in on the substitute bench since he can play in central midfield at a stretch – and we seem to be short of central midfielders.
But it’s the usual 4-4-2 formation with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez up front – and we really need a win in this game – especially after what happened last Sunday at Sunderland.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game this afternoon:
“We will expect a vibrant, very good Stoke team who have an excellent manager and squad who can take the club forward.”
“They played 120 minutes in midweek and got a good result but I don’t think that will be a factor. The fitness of teams nowadays is such that you can play a game on Tuesday and still be ready to go again at the weekend without a problem.”
“We had a very disappointing result against Sunderland but we’ve had a very good week off the field – very focused and intense. We’ve been reflecting on one of the strangest derbies I’ve been involved in.”
“We know we have to take our chances. Against Sunderland we had 21 attempts, eight on target, we took our chances against Norwich and we need to do that again against Stoke.”
“It’s imperative we get the win,” “Recently we’ve had good performances so now we’ve got to keep reproducing those performances week in, week out.”
“We’ve shown what we’re capable of doing and we’re creating chances, which we weren’t doing before.” “In the long term I can see this team winning games. In the short term, we need to start winning tomorrow.”
Three in five fans think we can win this game this afternoon.
A win this afternoon is what we all need.
Howay The Lads!!