Townsend, Mbemba And Lascelles All Start


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My initial report seems to have disappeared or been destroyed – that must be omen we will win this game.

Here it is again.

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Rafa Benitez had just named his team for his home debut as the Newcastle manager against Sunderland in the local derby this afternoon and Andros Townsend, Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles all start in what is a 4-4-2 formation.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez will be the two strikers up front.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Jonjo Shelvey (c), Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Henri Saivet, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Vito Mannone; DeAndre Yedlin, Younes Kaboul (c), Lamine Kone, Patrick van Aanholt; Jan Kirchhoff; Fabio Borini, Yann M’Vila, Jack Rodwell, Wahbi Khazri; Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Jordan Pickford, Billy Jones, John O’Shea, Lee Cattermole, Ola Toivonen, Jeremain Lens, Dame N’Doye

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

It’s great to see Chancel Mbemba back in the side and he should make a big difference at the back.

Papiss Cisse is also back from injury and on the bench along with Manu Riviere – so Rafa is looking for goals this afternoon.

With Steven Taylor on the bench it looks like Jamaal was preferred to Taylor in central defense and Vernon Anita is dropped and it could be that Gini Wijnaldum moves into central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey, who captains the side.

This looks a very strong side, with Jack Colback, who is on 9 yellow cards, continuing at left back.

This is what Rafa has said about the game this afternoon.

“We know how big the derby is for the city and for the fans,” “It’s massive for both teams and we have to make sure we enjoy it but also give everything to win.”

“The main thing for me is the players on the pitch and the fans in the stands, because that is what makes the difference.”

“The fans are crucial for us.  At this stage we know the fans will be disappointed if someone makes a mistake but it is important that we stick together and every fan gets behind the players on the pitch.”

“They will be pushing for us to make a good start to the game and they will be important in determining how we approach the game.”

“At the same time, we need to stay strong in defense and show a bit more going forward. This game is about the players and the fans – if we have everything going well we can score goals and win this match.”

Three fans in four think we can win this very crucial game this afternoon.

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358 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Scums look more up for it. Hope we are just warming up.

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Mitro shuda scored

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    phew

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    They look the better or at least the most likely to score.

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  • zimtoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    another unnecesary foul by colback nearly cost us a goal

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    come on lads
    no colocinni
    with a bit of grit we can get all three points

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  • davetoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Colback almost costs us another goal from another unenecessary free kick

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    colback doesn’t learn does he and mitro still can’t hit a barn door,

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    crikey shelvey what are you doing

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    someone explain to me how shelvey is captain ahead of gini
    thats just so unjust

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    townsend is wonderful always delivers gorgeous crosses
    sissioko should have done better there

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Colback’s a dunderhead

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  • manxpie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    mitro wrestled to the ground has to be a penalty!!!

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    colback is all over the place

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Townsend our best bet, Colback could be a liability giving free kicks away

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Colback is going to blow this for us

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  • zimtoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17

    stupid colback again

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Any links?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #19

    WTF was that between Mbemba and Shelvey, faffing for 30 seconds and led to Elliot having to just clear his lines.

    Take Colback off, he’s an idiot. Anita has played LB, get him on.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Colback is having a stinker. And we look so nervous and poor. Sunderland look like they might just take all 3 points again.

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  • davetoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Colback is a liability

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #22

    is colback the stupidest footballer ?

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Why the f… Is sissoko on left??????

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Rafa needs to take him off
    Bring on anita before the situation detonates

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Defoe is far too quick for us.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #26

    We’re getting outplayed. LB area is shambolic. No positional sense, no communication, no composure.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    borini is a little pussy like!

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #28

    SHelvey is not a natural DM
    He and Gini are struggling to get a hold in midfield

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Townsend and Sissoko looking sprightly

    As usual for Mitrovic – must do better – not involved currently.

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  • matias

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Here`s the predicted card for Colback. Positive is we`ll get tp be without him. Just has to stay on field today.

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Glad coldback is suspended he did it against Leicester constant free kicks that’s how we went a goal down. Same again today he is the new Williamson and Simpson bang average championship player

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Our defence are bricking it. Mbemba’s distribution has been woeful.

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  • bladeuser

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Colback P@@@ off back to scumberland also mitro is pants
    ASH OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT RAFA IN

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  • davetoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    This is a horror show. Pray we can make it to halftime without conceding

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  • Obertans_on_roids

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Anita in for Colback all day long.

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  • zimtoon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    we are being outplayed and sunderland are now targeting colback for an early sending off

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #37

    our central midfield is non existent!
    Rafa can’t allow this continue

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #38

    How many fcuking times colback you little knobend FFS!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Defoe schooling our CBs despite having a big weight and height deficit.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Completely outplayed by Sunderland today.

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