Colback And Cisse Both Start For Newcastle


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Steve McClaren has just announced the team for the tough game at Crystal Palace today and as we had suspected Jack Colback comes straight back into the Newcastle team and Mitrovic is dropped and in comes Papiss Cisse for his big chance.

Teams:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Wayne Hennessey; Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney (c), Pape Souare; Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur; Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie; Connor Wickham
Substitutes: Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley, Chung-yong Lee, Patrick Bamford, Marouane Chamakh

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Yoan Gouffran was the other player who could have come in for the injured Cheick Tiote, but Jack is back and we hope he can have a good game – Yoan is on the bench.

Karl Darlow is also on the bench as expected and that’s a strong bench with young Sterry keeping his place as a sub.

Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye starts for Crystal Palace in central midfield and he could be a handful for us today.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game today after the surrender last week at home to Leicester City:

“We need a response.” “We’re going to get set-backs and bad days at the office but it’s how we respond to that and that’s the key thing for Saturday’s game.”

“The players know we will have to show a good attitude and fight for the result – we didn’t do that against Leicester and it’s something we need to put right.”

“Both teams will be feeling the pressure but it’s how we handle it.” “It will be an interesting game but we need to start showing some consistency. I’ve been banging on about it for weeks – just when you think we’re turning a corner, we take two steps back.”

“Palace are a very, very good team, I like the way they play and their organisation. Alan Pardew has done a good job since he’s been there and they’ve been going well.”

“They’re exciting in attack and they’ve made some very good signings. So the first thing we’ve got to do is defend well.”

“They are usually a strong team at home, I thought they were unlucky on Monday night but Sunderland did a good job against them and we will have to do one this weekend.”

The Newcastle fans are not too upbeat about taking anything out of this game today with three in four fans thinking we will lose the game.

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A draw would be OK today, but we really need a win to lift the spirits of our fans.

A defeat would not be good and would intensify the relegation fears we already have.

Howay The Lads!!


443 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Tremble in fear at that line-up, Percy.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    McClaren is toast if we lose this one. We played 4-2-3-1 to the point of stubbornness and it didn’t work, not once, not even in preseason.

    I still think we will win though.

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  • firebug666

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Ron

    We are the only club in the league that you can say “we are doomed” regardless of who starts.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    maca playing it safe, im saying we are down 1-0 at half and end up 2-0 with a late goal from CP. the way i see it there are 3 mistakes in the lineup. Dummet,anita & cisse.

    Over/under cisse touches the ball 1st half is 2.5
    Over/under cisse offsides 1st half is 3.5

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  • Sliema

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    This is getting really tiring, is it a forced formation from the nobeds above which means we have to play this pathetic 2 holding mids in every match crap? If we had decent cdms I wouldn’t mind, but they’re all cack!

    I guess not having and cbs means you patch up with as many bodies as you can to protect them.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Well earlier in the week I predicted he would just change Gouffran for Tiote and possibly Mitrovic for Cisse, not knowing Colback would be fit, so I got it pretty much spot on.

    So predictable. Same back 4 is laughable.

    If we lose heavily today, I’ll be calling for his head. No imagination or conviction to make the changes needed and bringing it on himself, much like his opposition manager did here.

    The players are largely at fault too, but the man in charge keeps picking them!

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  • AncientC

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    FAO Ed.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CU52KlkWwAAVx03.png:large

    You may want to update the reported formation.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    absolutely dire, at least give the likes of lascelles/marveaux/de jong a chance. I honestly don’t understand what the likes of cisse coloccini dummett gouffran have done to actually still be at the club.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    in the immortal words of mike bassett
    “it’ll be 4-4-fcuking -2

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    we are AWAY from home, and our lone striker is CISSE

    Poor. expected a lot more from mcclaren

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    firebug

    There are times when I wish I had been born in Manchester!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    At the very least from that bench, Lascelles and SDJ should be on.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    is it what, i’ll play you.you you.an ferkin you, play where you damn well want

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  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    cisse getting a second chance then.

    it might be 4-4-2 it might be 4-2-3-1, generally speaking they’ll all get you the same bad results. it’s the players not creating chances and full back not doing there job. I usually asking for colo to be dropped but it might be turning towards jamaat soon as he is consistantly getting too far forward and remaining there luckily he has now got the work rate colback returning so his position can be played by colback himself.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    another fracking tonking

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  • firebug666

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Ron @11

    My god man things could never get that bad, Now go and wash your mouth out with soapy water, have a beer after and like myself and many others, get blind drunk to ease the pain.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    the longer this season plays out the more maca looks like pardew. its pretty insane to think that i really cant remember when we had a coach that put out the lineup the majority of fans want to see when there were some decent healthy options. we have 2 away goals(lowest in the league) and this clown insists on playing 2 DM.

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  • firebug666

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    So basically there is no one on the field that can hold the ball up for us, But that’s just as well, because I fancy we will be playing this game in our own half.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Again, mcclaren not putting his balls on the line. it doesn’t take a genius to know that wickham will have a field day again coloccini in the air, when we’ve got lascelles on the bench…

    It doesn’t take a genius to know that marveaux hasn’t done much wrong and offers so much more creatively than gouffran yet gouffran is ahead of him.

    It doesn’t take a genius to know that cisse has no pace, can’t hold the ball up yet we’ve got SDJ/Mitrovic on the bench.

    I’m really hoping i get proven wrong today

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    firebug

    You’re quite right. Who needs Messi when you have Cissé to bang ’em in?

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  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    taco

    macca appears totally oppisite to pardew.

    only the europa league season had a full poor season, the other seasons were good to begin then sh1t boring after chrismas with macca a sh1tr boring run after christmas will be certain to relegate us basically we hoping his the total opposite, sh1t boring season to begin but after chrismas he turns us into top quality.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Matchday, luckily I’m going out to watch the game so don’t have to read Hail wor Ashleys pointless utterings every two minutes

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  • TheToonKing

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    I HATE that Cisse is starting ….HATE it…he should not be near the team. Call back Armstrong if needed for gods sake.

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  • Big B

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #24

    well i guess its cisse’s time to shine. heres hoping anyway

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    my opinion on this line up, is that Cisse does not hold the ball up, so he needs players to help him, the players are there to help him which mean playing higher up the pitch. which in one way might play into P45s hands, but then if we score first palace will fold

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone know anything about ADD\ADHD ?

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  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    super 6 prediction

    palace 2-0 newcastle

    I still have a good chance to get 5K from this being wrong and the other 5 correct.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Never lost to Palace in the Prem!

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  • firebug666

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    To be honest it’s difficult to see where our goals will come from with this line up, McClaren must be hoping that off side Cisse can rediscover some form, or sneak a lucky goal.

    My fear is Cisse is dead weight, and this team cannot afford to carry anyone.

    Lets hope the midweek bust up as put some fire in the bellies of our players.

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  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    catch

    it’s a mental illness
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

    People who’ve got this can act very hyper and do odd things out of there own control, they can’t remain relaxed for long at all

    I’ve got this mental illness myself and take concertaXL to help assist it not getting too far.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    I wish Makro would give SDJ a start. Then so many of you would get him out of your system for a while. Those players who don’t play seem to go up in fans’ estimations.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #33

    firebug

    He probably hopes Cissé will repeat his goal of last season.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Watch Colo’s positional play today. He’s cost us on most games. Can’t see today being any different.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Today, as we practically have been all season, we are the under dog and yet Schtevie will persist with the theme of playing the ball. Trying to keep the ball, play passes, move forward with purpose and attempt to impose themselves on the match. The problem being the ability of the players are not capable of playing out of a paper bag.

    From the team selection I deduce it will be more of the same, I hope they have some how turned a corner in training and that Cisse can impress against the Manager that took away his mojo.

    Still a big ask.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #36

    We’re the worst footballing side in all the football leagues put together, our pathetic excuse for a sh..t team will be ripped apart.
    Useless.

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  • firebug666

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron

    You could be right mate, but I’m not going to go that far, expecting a goal and all that.

    Blackley

    Colo is pants of that there is no doubt, but he loses players and get out of position by trying to cover other players mistakes instead of being a captain and getting them where they should be.

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  • Douglas

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #38

    14:48: Not conceded yet I see.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #39

    It wasn’t very long ago that some bloggers were trying to tell us that they’d seen a definite improvement in our football under Makro. I’ve watched us all season and I’m yet to notice it. One wag also called me a dinosaur for suggesting the lads should be training until they’re physically sick. He was delighted to see them forget that and practice with the ball.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Blackley

    Nah, it’s just that things can’t get much worse and everybody lauds SDJ, including McClaren, yet he won’t play him! We need to see what he’s made of given a sustained run and today the timing was perfect. He’s supposedly a leader too, which we’re sorely lacking on the pitch. I don’t understand his exclusion unless they are just being supremely cautious with some medical issue that only allows him to play 10-15mins currently.

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