Newcastle May Rest Players With Injury Niggles At Watford

Steve McClaren has given his press conference today for the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Watford tomorrow and Steve says he will play his strongest team – but may need to rest some players who have a few injury niggles.

Newcastle have a home game against Manchester United on Tuesday night and that’s presumably why the head coach will need to rest some players tomorrow to ensure they are fit for Tuesday.

Anyway – that’s the party line today.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today

This is some of that Steve McClaren has said in his press conference today:

We are coming up against a Watford team in very good form, so it won’t be easy to win the game. But we will go there to win it.

We’ve got one or two players who have got niggles and it’s a big risk, so we need to decide if we play them.

Tomorrow will be the strongest team we can put out without taking a risk on anyone.

With the position we are in, it doesn’t matter if it’s cup or league. It’s an important game and one we want to go and win.

We need a win. We need to gather momentum and tomorrow is an opportunity to do that. Arsenal is the standard and the level.

It would be nice to get a win at Watford tomorrow since we have so few of those over the last 12 months – never mind just this season.

Two in three fans think we will lose this game.

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75 comments so far

  • estechco

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Macca getting his excuses in early for leaving out the big names then?

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Asked about Alexandre Lacazette that #NUFC have reportedly bid £19m for, McClaren: “I haven’t got a clue.”

    Are you honestly trying to tell the fans you have no clue of transfer dealings stevie boy…..And I thought you said that you wanted an honest and open dialogue with the fans when you took the job….HHmmm

  • manxpie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye rotunda I’m not usually a grammar police kind but that one annoys me about the same as when people said afra instead of arfa
    townsend would be good on loan he’ll be itching to impress plus when he was playing for spurs wasn’t saldado the main man upfront that’s got to have fusked up his assists chart

  • toon kk

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    We haven’t got a strong team to put out.

  • Belfast

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I think you’ll see a lot of changes from both sides especially with the upcoming midweek fixtures.

  • toon kk

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    The club’s run on secrecy and lies.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    he needs to play rola and 1 dm not 2 !

    i’ll see that as progress.

    i still say our best formation is 5-3-2 when hairdryer is back with wij/siss and tiote in cm.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    I remember Kennedy and Nattrass well. Supermac at the other end banging them in and Tommy Craig pulling the strings in midfield, but really we weren’t very good, and Kennedy only really blossomed later on at Liverpool where he went on to have an excellent career, despite winning surprisingly few caps, although many, many trophies..

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9


    I dont think we will see any first team players coming in

  • toon kk

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Macca just on ssn saying, they’ve going about their business very quietly and saying nothing so fans won’t be too disappointed if nothing happens.

    In other words don’t expect anyone through the door, it may not happen.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11


    Happy new year mate. How’s it going down there on the south coast. Coming down your way in July for our hols.

    On 1st team players coming in I think there will or should I say hope there will be players coming in. Whether it be loan or permanent is another matter

  • nut meg

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Didn’t Charnley say he always looked at transfer windows mid to long term, maybe somebody should have a word with him that he needs to deliver this window….the next one could be too late!


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #13

    i would like to see 5-3-2/3-5-2 for a few games to see if it could work…as i believe like u the players we have would maybe that system better….can only try it… but theres not much chance it will happen with the situation where in coz that would take almighty balls to do, coz if it did’nt work the gaffer would get any amount of stick…only a brave man would try something that bold in relegation battle…..but maybe we need a bit of boldness?

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think we can realistically expect McC to discuss transfer targets and deals for obvious reasons.
    The worry is can we get our targets to sign, with Charnley trying to sell the club and convince them.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    its blatently obvious we need some fresh faces through the door

  • toonluvva

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t mind us keeping quiet on the deals we are trying to tie up.

    Sadly I am not sure whether we a being cute and keeping stumm, or just not even interested in bringing in more players.

    We know how much we stand to lose in TV rights, but someone told me that there will be no more parachute payments anymore. Does anyknow know if this true or not.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17


    happy new year to
    the south coast is lovely thank its so warm I have only had to put the heating on 3 times this winter
    are u coming back down to brighton again

    we have been here before there doesn’t seem to be any urgency or even admitting there is a problem
    and the murmurings were getting don’t fill me with confidence I think they have there transfer plans and no matter what wont change the plan


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    i think its convincing players to come is the hold up……hardly an exciting proposition being in the relegation places ,constantly struggling and the club/fans turmoil in the headlines or mentioned on sky everytime we have a live match cant be doing us favours….unfortunately thats the way things are and players will need persuaded which will take time if possible

  • davetoon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    maybe Steve could rest himself…


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    in hopeful world we will put the strongest team we have out against watford and then sign 2 top signings before man utd on tuesday to get the atmosphere up and that might help get a good result against them….like i said…hopeful world!lol

  • Our Toon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I couldn’t care less about the FA Cup, if we go out we go out! Priority is staying in prem

  • Mag52

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #22

    O.K. guys. The team we should put out v Watford is as follows :
    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Mbabu
    Thauvin Sissoko Winji Aarons
    De Jong
    That gives Thauvin and Aarons and Mbabu a chance to start a game. It saves Tiote for Man.U. while Perez can replace De Jong later in the game if nec.
    Sooner or later we’ve got to see what Thauvin is all about, and with him and Janmaat raiding up one flank, and Mbabu and Aarons up the other, there should be enough chances made for Mitro and Winji coming in late.

  • davetoon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #23

    @bettyswallocks agree that Charnley couldnt attract any player to the club. They should have Shearer calling the prospective players and Charnley should just be handing him the blank cheques


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    i think lascelles thauvin and goofy will start aarons off the bench he’s been out so long cant see him starting,so maybe…
    second team more likely from macca tbh


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #25

    apparently colback is injured so with him and anita out pretty sure goofy will start somewhere

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I think you could put SM’s ” I haven’t got a clue” on an endless loop

  • davetoon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #27

    no chance he doesn’t start Collocini. He loves him that much


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    with everything…transfers,tactics,consistency and best team?lol


    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    ya could be right like,just thinking coz of his age and playing tuesday,….didnt he drop him for one of the cup games earlier this season?….not sure mind

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Beer monkey
    Yes mate 16th July for week
    We in Snowdonia at moment trecking through mountains around Dolgellau.
    I would like to think we could at least bring in a couple of loan signings as in Remy. Personally think it will be a disaster if we don’t do any sort of business

  • croftus5678

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #31


    <3 the mbabu option as think he's earnt a cup game imo with his chelsea app.

    i also think thauvin has earnt a game also with his displays on the right and ye if rolando and river are available i'd give them a chance in place of rested players to see what they can do seeing as they have been motivated through one way or another.


    wiji/siem/perez to come on as subs if needed.

  • davetoon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #32

    @springy had to look it up. He didn’t play colo when we lost to Wednesday in the league cup

    Lascelles and Williamson started in the middle

  • jimiley

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Does getting relegated count as trophy? Like 4th place does??????? I fear our owner may be with us forever. If we wait for a trophy before he departs. An eternal owner much loved by all. It cannot get any better. Harrumph.


    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #34

    i was reading an article on aarons on wed i think and he said he was gutted that a couple of the under 21 games had been cancelled(monday/wednesday) due to the rain as he was looking to build his fitness, so with that being said im not sure he’ll start,he might like but makes me doubt it….sure mbabu will start….rest is up for debate tbh


    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #35

    i thought he’d missed a cup game so if we have lascelles fit he may well rest colo again and save him for tuesday

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    ” We’ve got one or two players who have got niggles and it’s a big risk, so we need to decide if we play them.”

    ” Tomorrow will be the strongest strongest team we can put out without taking a risk on anyone.”

    Best we can expect is an entertaining effort from the bench boys.


    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #37

    sounds defeated already….hardly inspiring is it!lol

  • geordie157

    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Will Marveaux somehow make the side?

    It’s a game where Mbabu and Thauvin should start.

    442 possibly

    Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles/Dummett, Mbabu
    Thauvin, Wijnaldum/Sissoko, Tiote, Aarons
    Mitrovic/De Jong, Perez/Toney

    Just no Gouffran please!!!

  • MadisonToon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Ummm…”strongest strongest” without risking anyone? No point in saying “strongest strongest” if what you really mean is “I’ll be playing the players I think should play and keeping as much of the starting XI off the pitch as I want to.” At least he’s not saying that they’ll play the starting XI and then not doing it, but it’s just pointless words at this point. I was hoping SM would not toe the party line as much as AP did, but his behavior seems pretty consistent.

    Hopefully we get a win as our bench is much stronger than last season. Our second string should have a lot more fire in them to try and work their way into the starting XI which could lead to some good performances from Thauvin/DeJong/Perez/Mbabu etc.

  • MadisonToon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Janmaat, Lascelles, Dummett, Mbabu
    Thauvin, Wiji, Tiote, Aarons
    Mitrovic, Toney

    Bring in Mbemba if we’re in trouble and Perez/DeJong to push things forward when necessary. I’d keep Sissoko out to get him well-rested for ManU as we’ll need his strong runs to tire them out and hit them at the end of the game if we are to get anything from it.

    Need to get Mitro firing and this is a great game for him to do so. Once he starts hitting the net it’ll happen consistently.


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