Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the important away game at Bournemouth today and it’s unchanged from last week’s team that drew 0-0 at home to Stoke City.
Here are the teams just announced for the game at the Vitality Stadium:
Bournemouth (4-3-3): Adam Federici; Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Sylvain Distin, Charlie Daniels; Harry Arter, Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman; Matt Ritchie, Joshua King, Junior Stanislas
Substitutes: Artur Boruc, Joe Bennett, Steve Cook, Lee Tomlin, Shaun MacDonald, Yann Kermogant, Tokelo Rantie
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles, Yoan Gouffran, Siem de Jong, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
As expected Kevin Mbabu comes in for Massadio Haidara on the bench after the Frenchman was injured in the U21 game last Monday night.
Former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling starts for Bournemouth today.
There are 1,365 United fans who have made the trip to Bournemouth for the early kick-off game today – and to their credit Newcastle have cut the cost of each ticket by £10 by using some of the Away Fans Fund allocation.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about this game:
“It doesn’t matter how far you travel, we want to win games.” “We’re prepared to win and we have no excuse not to.” “We’ve got to be consistent at home and away.”
We’ve got a tough away game but if we perform well we’ve got an excellent chance of winning.”
“I feel sorry for the fans who have to get up really early and get the bus down there, especially for a 12.45pm kick-off.”
“I can sympathize with them, but with us, the preparation has been right and we’ve got no excuses.”
“It’s a fantastic turn out and we’ll be telling the players that the fans are setting off at 2am or 3am looking forward to a good performance while we’re still tucked up in bed.”
“So it’s up to us to give them something back on the field.” “I think when you get the result, all that distance doesn’t matter.”
“The fans have been great and they don’t often get to see their side win away from home, so it’s about time we turned that around.”
If we can win this game today then Newcastle fans at the game will enjoy their long trip back to Newcastle.
That´s why the players have to go all out today to get the win which would be only our second win in 12 league games this season and only our 5th win in 31 league games this year.
Almost seven in ten fans think we will win this game.
Howay The Lads!!