Aarons, Taylor, Tiote And Mitrovic Start


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Steve McClaren has named his team for the crucial game against West Brom today – which literally is a must-win game for Newcastle and for Steve McClaren too.

Aarons comes in at left back and Cheick Tiote replaces Henri Saivet who is dropped – and that’s a surprise after his decent performance at Goodison Park.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Rolando Aarons; Cheick Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Liam Gibson, Callum Williams, Dan Barlaser, Henri Saivet, Ayoze Perez, Seydou Doumbia

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

So that’s four changes from the team that was so poor in mid-week and lost 3-0 at Everton and there are three U21 players on the bench – Liam Gibson, Callum Williams and Dan Barlaser

The fact we have so many senior players missing is simply a disgrace for a club the stature of Newcastle United.

It looks like we are playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation and the big challenge today is to see if we can score a goal.

This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren said yesterday about the game today:

“The players know the urgency of the situation.” “Tomorrow is a huge game for us and we need to perform like we did against Manchester United and West Ham if we want to come away with three points.”

“With 14 games to go we have to be consistent in our performances. Tomorrow is a tough game, a big game and 50,000 Geordies will demand a performance of attitude, character and football.”

“Everybody can see that the talent is there in the squad but talent isn’t everything, you need something else. We also need attitude, character and to hold our nerve but make sure we perform in every game.”

“The key thing is that we have to pass and keep hold of the ball better, we can’t give it away. If you give it away against this West Brom team, they can be dangerous on the counter attack.”

“They’ve got a lot of good players Darren Fletcher has been a really good signing, Salomon Rondon has come back to form and Stephane Sessegnon is dangerous, so they’re a very good team who work together and they’ve got a certain style which works.”

“It’s not an easy game for us so we need to be right, we need to be patient and get the win. We want to win badly and generally the team who wants to win the most will win.”

Not many people would agree with Steve that West Brom are a very good team.

And normally you would expect more fans to think we can beat West Brom at home – but maybe it’s the “Everton” effect.

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If we play like we did at Goodison Park we will lose this game.

We need a win today – a draw is simply not good enough.

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427 comments so far

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    0-3

    I love football 😀

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    nice to see Tiote back in the team, not sure about Aarons a left back though

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  • toonking

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    0-3 leicester!!!!!!

    odds of that must have been something like 1000-1 how many more shocks can we see

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Beautiful! 3-0!

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  • ochytoon

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Aaron’s at left back makes me nervous but it’s a decent line up

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  • chewbaccy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    well beaten with that side
    i hope not

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow 3-0

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Reilly

    You’re also playing detective, maybe we should both grow up.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    wow expected Saviet to start,, he was one of our better players last week

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone know who is on the bench?

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Aarons at leftback… it could be a very tricky game for us. They’ll see that and be saying, focus everything down our right channel, cross it, their defence can’t head for toffee. MASSIVE game today.

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    3 under 21’s on the bench?

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13

    subs: Darlow, Gibson, Williams, Barlaser, Saivet, Perez, Doumbia

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  • manxpie

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I see klopp isn’t gonna be at the game today wonder if that will make any difference be just our luck the scum capitalise on it!

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  • ochytoon

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Not familiar with Gibson or Williams, anyone know what positions they play?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 6 minfor 6 minutter siden
    #nufc subs: Darlow, Gibson, Williams, Barlaser, Saivet, Perez, Doumbia

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Thank you firebug.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Olsson plays, that could spell trouble. I see he is out of contract in the summer…

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Mc Is Bltch For Playn Aarons At LB another Player Who Will Be Wasted

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  • toonking

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #20

    back to newcastle arrons is at big risk of getting maclareaned.

    will wini get a goal or are we left hoping for a 0-0 draw.

    being in the championship atleast armstrong can give us striker goals

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    BandB – I’ve no doubt you are right and another miscreant will appear. If one has not already done so.

    Might not have been so bad if other certain parties had not acted as trailblazers/pathfinders for these shallow folk.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Aarons has pace but that tackle giving a penalty away will have him bricking it ….
    Saivet is unlucky to be dropped.

    Fellas these are the games we ‘should’ ‘must’ and ‘need’ to win.

    SMC will be in trouble if we lose, I seriously believe either Rogers or Moyes will be approached if we are beaten.

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Mitro up front is a good thing at least he can hold up play.
    Hope Doumbia gets some game time

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    i’d take okazaki over that lump mitro any day.

    okazaki, fuchs, mahrez, vardy, kante all combined less than 15M.

    Thauvin = 14M. Carr’s scouting is a joke.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Benwell Boy

    Your welcome.

    On another note, you may well be a new poster, and if that is the case let me apologise in advance.

    But the name you have chosen and recent events on the blog have led to a little bit of scepticism amongst fellow bloggers.

    Time will tell if you are genuine or not, it’s just a case of sticking it out, and if you are not who you say you are we will know soon enough.

    Hope you enjoy your time here.

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  • Bri

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    A striker who cannot score goals upfront on his own again.
    Why not play two strikers and go for it and also Arrons at left back ? Wally i hope this is your last game

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  • TudorCrisps

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Would have started Perez over Townsend like

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  • AncientC

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Aarons was schooled by Lennon, that being said, maybe he learned something that he can apply today.

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  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Firebug ah I see, I live in Benwell that’s all

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Can be sure Pulis will be instructing his players to be rough and physical with our defence, in hope of injuring one, given our options on the bench,

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Perfect – Aaron’s at LB again , worked so well against Everton … McClaren must be wanting the heave ho do he can get a payout

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Attack Toon, attack, attack!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Nothing but a win will do. Draw or lose and Scteve has to go.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Massive mistake – again – playing Aarons at the back. He is no defeder and never will be -even as a fill in for a couple of games.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Benwell Boy

    Yeah I sorta got that, never thought you were from Peterlee like. 😀

    Enjoy the match, and let’s hope for a win.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s so obvious it’s you young magpie. I think you need to up your game, or just use the one account.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Danny Simpson – rated by NUFC as Championship at best – PL winner.

    NUFC – Championship club

    Very possible.

    🙁

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Looks like the info about Tiote not being selected was duff .
    It was Ryder I think.
    M’babu must still be injured – not even a sub.
    There’s so many players who like to bomb down the wing , young Aleksandar is going to be very busy methinks.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Belfast

    Believe what you want, I have no intention of trolling.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #40

    See a lot of you complaining about Aaron’s being played left back! Who else would u play looking at the bench, least he gives us some thing going forward

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