Townsend Out – Gouffran Starts – Shelvey Captain


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Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the tough game at Stoke City tonight and it’s a shock choice of Yoan Gouffran to replace winger Andros Townsend who has picked up a knock.

So Gouffran is preferred to Aarons and Perez?   What’s going on here?

As expected Jonjo Shelvey is the captain and why Steve couldn’t have announced that in his press conference yesterday we have no idea – as if Stoke care.

Teams:

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Geoff Cameron, Philipp Wollscheid, Erik Pieters; Glenn Whelan (c), Giannelli Imbula; Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay, Marko Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters
Substitutes: Jakob Haugaard, Marc Muniesa, Stephen Ireland, Bojan, Joselu, Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey (c), Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Yoan Gouffran; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Seydou Doumbia

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

There are not many more surprises and it’s the team we thought it would be with Gouffran replacing Townsend – but there will be a lot of criticism for McClaren for that choice of the Frenchman ahead of two young star  sin Aarons and Perez.

When was the last time Yoan scored a goal?

And Sissoko and Wijnaldum keep their places, so we expect both of them to turn up tonight and put in 100% effort – and that goes for every single Newcastle player.

We cannot have any more let-downs like the two recent road games at Everton and Chelsea – they were a disgrace to say the least.

More than half of Newcastle fans think we will lose this game.

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This is what Steve McClaren has said about this game yesterday:

“We need to be harder to beat away from home,” “I’m really looking forward to the game tomorrow, I think it’s a good challenge and a good opportunity to show that we can do something.

“Our away form has not been good enough. We have to start demonstrating the character needed to win these away games.”

“It’s a character flaw that we need to put right. Too many times things have gone against us away from home and we haven’t reacted well and that’s why we’ve lost.”

“Tomorrow is going to be a great test for us. Stoke will be a very difficult game because they’re a very good team with good players.”

“Given our away form most people probably don’t expect us to get anything and we’ve got to go there and prove people wrong.”

“It’s one extreme to the other,” “We were fantastic against West Brom at home and then we lost 5-1 to Chelsea and it could have been more.”

“It’s the most frustrating team I’ve worked with in that respect because I know this team should be winning more games.”

“But it’s about the here and now and winning matches. To do that we have to keep clean sheets and score goals. We have struggled to do that, especially away from home and that’s why we’re in the bottom three – the table does not lie.”

“Every time you go away from home it’s a great test of character – we need to start passing it.”

Newcastle really need to win tonight so it looks like we have some kind of chance of surviving what has been another nightmare season for Newcastle.

We are hoping for something out of this game.

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486 comments so far

  • toonking

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like we’re goofed

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  • mattyNUFC

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    been far from impressed with aarons, but surely he warrants a spot on the wing before gouffran. my god

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    if goufran starting isnt an indication of clueless steve is, i dont know what is. I really think perez is a goner. No way he can stand behind a complete scrub like gouf. maca is a complete acewipe and i hope he gets canned when we lose. today.

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  • StuW

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    SO much for potentially dropping Wijnaldum or Sissoko…he hasn’t got the cojones to do it. Ayozé on bench again…Anita should be at LB ahead of Dummett IMO.

    I’ll take a draw, but only if we can keep Stokelona quiet.

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  • Macas

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #5

    When McClaren talked about changing the team I presume most of thought he meant removing the under performing players, not adding in another one

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Maca = Pardew = Coward
    we have scored 3rd fewest goals, and need a win so lets start 3 DM. We need to get relagated, only chance of waking up ashley that charnley is the only fool that would hire maca

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Cannot understand Gouffran getting a start ahead of Perez. Other than that -still no surprises.
    Not much threat up front- but I’ve previously said 2 -0 to the Toon so I’ll stick with that.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #8

    No Bojan, thank goodness. Shaqiri is overrated, Dummett should have the left flank locked up with few problems. If Janmaat stays disciplined and keeps close to Arnautovic, I see no reason why we cannot get a win.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    If he plays like he did when we bought him fine but Jesus wept he better no be the same that we’ve seen after Cabs left

    And terrified by our defence no leadership back there, Jesus I have a bad feel for this now

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  • manxpie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    tbf perez has looked crap when he’s been on the wing
    but surely aarons would be the better option

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Jfa

    Follow those seo-michael links as they’re easy to follow and would be your the best bet mate.

    Plus it’d be far quicker than someone trying to explain it on here.

    You’ll be up and running in no time.

    Blackley

    It depends on your network signal and if your getting 3g/4g.

    Much better off wifi either way.

    Saying that, the first link on valhalla last night when I was checking the scores was a bit dodgy tbh but never checked the other’s (usually 5 of them) and usually there ok.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Gouffran?
    Oh sweet Jesus, I never saw that one coming.
    Going for stay solid, defend and try and nick one. Mitro will need to fight for scraps.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Who’s gouffran? Wow. Just, WOW.

    If he’s not deployed as a second fullback and just occupies our half then er..err. Maybe.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Goufran!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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  • manxpie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    i suppose its keep it tight and then unleash perez aarons n doumbia later on
    which i’ll be happy with but then again i thought that was the plan vs chelsea

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16

    manxpie
    Perez on his worst day with one foot in a cast is better than gouf.

    dont worry though, im sure when we are down 1-0 perez or arrons will come on with 7 or 8 minutes left.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17

    We should of kept Jonas

    Right am done gonna get behind him and them, Stokes defence doesn’t look the best, Whelan can be gotten at, Walters shouldn’t get up to much and our locked down left flank should contain Shaqiri, Colback/Shelvey will hobble the fake Zlatan and Afellay will get injured in the warm up

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Back in goofys early days here,Pardew picked him even when he started losing his original decent form, however he had the excuse that goofy was in our top 5 most creative players at the time (stats available showed key passes and chances created et.c) These days he is beyond pointless. I do not understand this selection at all.

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  • lukes26

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    i understand the reasoning for starting Gouffran..not that im eager to see the results

    He was one of our better players his first year at newcastle..or am i delusional?

    I keep waiting for him to show the same form..just hasnt happened.

    Basically this game will devolve to the old “attack RW every possession” we saw before Townsend arrived

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    So we have two players who will not attack on left and two players who will not defend on right.

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  • toonking

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Looks as though macca is doing to perez what parjew did to abeid Wini himself has been a common wideman throughout the season whilst perez has been on of the few with speed. If he wants wini up front then mitro should be the one dropped.

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  • MadisonToon

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Well that’s not what I expected or probably what any of us hoped for. I guess we’ll have to wait until the end to see if this was a ‘fire-able offence’ or a ‘stroke of genius’. I’m betting on the former, but hoping somehow it’s the latter.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Perez has been poor this season so am not fussed he is on the bench however Arrons or even moving Gini into the left and playing a real 3 in midfield would of been preferable to Gouffran for me

    Where’s Tiote?

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #24

    lukes26
    you really justifying starting gouf because he was good 4 years ago???? yes, that is completely delusional.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #25

    saivet must be better than goufran
    can’t believe he’s back in team. its like a nightmare.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    We need a huge huge performance out of Colback and Shelvey tonight. We must control the middle and retain possession, get as much decent ball in to Mitro as possible with Wij linking up. Then we can get a couple of goals. And hopefully that’ll be enough.
    The problem is that Wij rarely looks the same player away from home, similarly Shelvey. Up to now.

    HWTL

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  • martoon

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #27

    The good news is Shawcross is injured he makes a difference to their defence.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #28

    He’s a worker, other than that, who knows.

    Could be an inspirational move.

    I agree that Anita should be figuring somewhere.

    I can see all three subs being as desperate measures however.
    Aarons, Perez and any one from the rest.

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #29

    i def would not have picked goofy however he’s def got more defensive work to hi than rola has and imo 9/10 of there attacks will be from the wing so goofy may well prove useful !

    how we will get goals again though playing with 1 striker and only wijnaldum in support is just stupid imo.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Thanks whitbytoon and beermonkey finally got kodi working.

    Yay lol

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  • clinath@ed

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    He’s afraid to try in case he fails.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I think this could be Gouffran’s first PL start on the left since the new coaching team has taken over… if this coaching team are an improvement on the old one, then Gouffran’s game should be showing improvements.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Shawcross injured, d^mn. I was hoping to see him sent off.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #34

    How can we play better when the team has so many flaws? Who’s going to score? Who’s going to defend?
    What about our motivation?

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  • lukes26

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    I disagree with most of the Blog when it comes to Perez.

    He’s only suited playing the N. 10 role or attacking mid. Too weak/defensively suspect to be a winger. Honestly prefer yoan to him as a winger

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  • mad-serb

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Is that a 4 3 3 setup maybe?

    janmaat taylor lacacelles dummet

    gouf colback
    Shelvey

    Sissiko Gini

    Mitro

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Asking for the sack.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    jayphoto Jimily

    i hope the people wake up and vote out, the country is on its knees right now, as is most of Europe,

    i dont care about all the scare mongering going on with the stay in campaign, their only worried about their stock portfolios and nothing about our beautiful country.

    Hitler proved it was better to go it alone…

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  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #39

    What the hell goes on in training? Are they going out to kill each other?

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  • reilly

    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #40

    we have had 3 weeks to prepare for this game.
    so there no excuse for a half arsed display.

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