Riviere And Perez Start – Mitrovic Dropped


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Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has just announced his team what for is another vital game for the club in our fight to stay in England’s top league and today we entertain an in-form Bournemouth team.

And it’s another controversial pick by McClaren as he prefers Emmanuel  Riviere up front to Aleksandar Mitrovic – who is dropped.

Most fans would put Riviere at the bottom of our striker list and we did bring in Seydou Doumbia into our team in place of Mitrovic – otherwise it’s the same team that McClaren starts today.

Teams:

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

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Artur Boruc; Adam Smith, Simon Francis (c), Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels; Matt Ritchie, Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Max Gradel; Josh King, Benik Afobe
Substitutes: Adam Federici, Sylvain Distin, Tommy Elphick, Marc Pugh, Eunan O’Kane, Lewis Grabban, Glenn Murray

Referee: Paul Tiereny (Lancashire)

Gouffran drops to the bench because McClaren said we wants to win this game, but we are not sure what he sees in Riviere, who looked rusty and out of touch when he was brought on last Wednesday night.

Saivet and Doumbia were brought into the club last month but both remain on the bench and there’s still no Siem de Jong.

The Bournemouth squad on paper is nowhere near to that of Newcastle United, but they are still 8 points above us in the league and beat Southampton 2-0 at home on Wednesday night while we were losing our 7th away game (in all competitions) on the trot 1-0 at Stoke City.

And the Newcastle players issued a statement in support of McClaren about half an hour ago, but that looks far too political and comes just before the game and seems deliberate and calculated.

It is probably meant to give Lee Charnley more ammunition to keep Steve McClaren in charge, even if we don’t win today’s game – which would be another catastrophe.

The Board seems determined to keep the McClaren in charge even as he takes us down to the Championship – what exactly is going on at Newcastle this season?

However a positive effect of the statement could be to get the fans right behind the lads and even inspire the players themselves to put in a good performance and get all 3 points – that we desperately need.

Words mean nothing it’s the performance on the field that matters.

Newcastle fans are not too confident of the win today – which is what we really need.

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This is what Steve McClaren said yesterday about today’s opposition:

“My concentration and focus is purely on Bournemouth and winning that game,” “We’re coming into the business end of the season so any sort of win will be tremendous.”

“We need to get results to make sure we’re in the league next season. Bournemouth will be another tough game.” “Every game is a must win. We’ve got 11 games left and we’re just not thinking about losing the game tomorrow.”

“We know in football that things can turn around and change and Bournemouth is another good opportunity for us.””I admire what Eddie Howe has done at Bournemouth.”

“I thought they always had a great chance of staying up. The work ethic and culture he has created there is great and it’s going to be a very difficult game for us.”

“At the moment we’re just preparing, we need to show some fight and get a little bit more luck in front of goal.” “When you’re not performing and you’re in the bottom three you know you’re missing something.”

“It’s not rocket science, we know we’re missing goals and we’re missing clean sheets and we need to put that right.” “People to do their jobs constantly and when you get that you get results.”

“That’s what we want to see from the players for the next 11 games – starting tomorrow.”



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451 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    SM is either a genius…

    Or, as I suspect, a complete fool.

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  • toonheroes

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Ok I’m furious. McCloun has no balls at all. Sissoko and Rivi. No! Just No

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  • Vask

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Haha

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  • colwell

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Relegation battle and we start Riviere hahaha its quite funny how shite we are. We WILL get beat today no doubt about that, and hopefully the saggy faced cnut will be sacked. At least a new manager may give us some chance.

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  • Wayayman

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Wow. I hope Mirto is injured and not dropped for Rivi. God loves a trier but the lad isn’t a striker that’s for sure

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Is mitrovic injured or is Makro just looking to be sacked?

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Is this some kind of sick joke? riviere? A guy who scored 1 goal in an entire premier league season is our saviour? When we signed Doumbia who almost scored within five minutes? I’m done. Honestly Mcclaren must hate us.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    If he is going to play 1 isolated striker, who is tasked with doing the dog’s work of chasing the ball around, it may as well be the pace and intensity of Rivere.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    sissoko is undroppable i guess. unreal.

    Can someone tell me what the purpose of getting doumbia was????

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  • toonheroes

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    haha I can see it coming. Perez off for Goofy. Trying to protect a 0:3 loss.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Mautitoon
    I’m backing Lascelles. Good start so far. Prefer him to Colo. Will know a good bit more at 5pm.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    this man is a bit of an idiot
    Riviere is useless!
    Play perez and Mitro for goodness sakes
    Glad to see colo out of the team though

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    3-0 Saylor hat-trick!

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  • AncientC

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Gosling, Surman, Gradel, Ritchie, Afobe, King.
    Subs: Federici, Distin, Elphick, Pugh, O’Kane, Murray, Grabban.

    No Harry Arter. The God’s are on our side.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Makro has just upped the stakes. Like Gullit when he dropped Shearer. If we flop, the world will fall on Makro’s head.

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  • TastyyyGingerLUKE

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Can someone please tell me why McClaren decided to buy Saviet and Doumbia? Colback is utter shite and has done absolutely nothing to keep his place in the team. Riviere? Do I really need to say more? Doumbia nearly scored five minutes from coming on! And you play probably the worst striker to ever grace the Newcastle United shirt? I really hope we lose today so McClaren gets sacked, but I am always gonna back us up!

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Ancient

    That categorically does not justify playing rivi. We won’t be chasing the ball, they’ll sit back waiting to hit us on the break.

    Mcclaren wishes to be sacked today.

    £££££

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  • bladeuser

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    F@@@ this game I know it is hard but one more loss and this moron will b sacked if not Nufc are a Leeds in the making also wake up u zombie home fans and hound this clown out
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #19

    So he’s picked fans’ favourite Rivière. He’ll do anything to curry favour with supporters!

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • manxpie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Jesus christ we’re putting our faith in riviere! The guy can’t strike a ball ffs Wat does doumbia have to do he nearly scored after about a minute last game with a brilliant difficult effort!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22

    im missing something here

    rivi = hesky, now imo hesky was not a bad player, but his job was to run and run and make space for the real striker on the pitch, Rivi did it at Monaco for Falcao.

    now perez will play left side, rivi up front running around, who is the forward ? Gini ?

    Dumbia should be starting,, full stop the end..

    mac has lost the plot

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Comparing misfiring Mitro to Shearer? Wally.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t think Mc did buy Saivet or Doumbia. Townsend and Shelvey were his, the others smack of the once heralded Carr

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  • reilly

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Macca “I have a cunning plan”

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  • brklyngeordie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #26

    More upset Sissy still starts then Rivière has been given a shout this game will be trash

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  • chicousa

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Toonbrother,
    I have to disagree with you mate….McClown is not “a bit of an idiot”, he is a complete idiot!!!

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #28

    last week Gouffran now riviere I’m sick of this

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  • colwell

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Does it actually matter? we are as good as down anyway played w@nk for best part of 2 years now its not exactly a surprise. We have become the new Wigan pissing about at the bottom season after season some how escaping, Not this year we are down.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Mmmm – not sure about Riviere – he’ll work hard and that’s about it. no end product. Initially thought he might come good – but not now. He is not PL standard.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #31

    what’s the formation?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Riviere up front can do all the things Mitrovic can do except he has a little bit more pace neither of them can finish great but they can hold the ball up

    We should switch Wijnaldum to the right wing and Sissoko to the left means Sissoko does not need to worry about tracking back because of Dummett and Janmaat and Wij can link up well with Wijnaldum sneaking into the box to get on the end of things

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    river gives us strength/speed and workrate but again lacks finishing/heading ability and leading the line as a true no9.

    we have a ton of “strikers” who lack a bit of everything to be a good lone striker so why the hell do we keep trying to play that way when they are obv suited to play a lot better with 2 up front.

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #34

    15 stellas later – Riviere is in the Percy with the match ball. Ooops 15 stellas before- who gives a shyte!
    Doumbia must be looking at Riviere and thinking – am I really that good?

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  • AncientC

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #35

    The Newcastle Armchair, I could be wrong, but I would expect Bournemouth to have more possession in this game.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Watching the spurs game that was the most stone wall second yellow you’ll ever see the refs are absolutely shite and so inconsistent

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  • Blackstarbullet

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Tufty McClaren must have a death wish. How on earth can you play a CF who has scored once in past 2 seasons.?
    Can’t see the point of Doumbia being signed, if, when we are in dire need of goals , and he has a record of scoring them he gets to sit on his backside again. Another game when team selection is very questionable.

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  • Silk Cut

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    JfA with a face like a trunkless elephant

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  • banjax

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Another naive team selection from McLaren, namely Rivierre who has shown little enterprise let alone goals for the team. Far better to have stuck with Mitrovic or handed a starting slot to Doumbia after all Perez has worked quite well with Mitrovic. Hope I’m wrong !

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #40

    This game would be tailor made for someone of Doumbia’s pace and movement.

    Bournemouth play a high line and he would get a lot of chances on goal as they are not great at defending either

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