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.
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.
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!!