Big Changes To Newcastle Side For Swansea – Shelvey Dropped


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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the vital home game against Swansea City this afternoon and Rafa has Anita, Lascelles, Dummett, Tiote, Colback and Cisse all starting this game.

Jonjo Shelvey has been dropped and is on the bench – so the manager has made five changes to the team after a performance last week that was completely unacceptable.

So at least Rafa holds people accountable at Newcastle.

Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko (c), Tiote, Colback, Townsend, Wijnaldum, Cisse.
Subs: Woodman, Shelvey, Obertan, Aarons, De Jong, Perez, Mitrovic

Moussa Sissoko is captain today so perhaps that will encourage him to turn up for the game.

Rafa has relied on experience and local lads with Dummett and Colback both starting – they will not give up – and Tiote and Cisse again get a chance to show their massive experience in the Premier League.

With Sunderland currently 2-0 up at Carrow Road after 70 minutes, if that score remains a win could see Newcastle draw within 3 points of Norwich and stay 2 points behind Sunderland and we would even have a slim chance of survival.

But we MUST win this game today.

It will be very tough today, especially since we yet again have a patched up defense and too many players out injured.

This is what Rafa said about the game:

“They have some confidence – they have won seven points in the last three games, so they have confidence,” he said. “They are well organized, Guidolin is their manager and he knows his job, so I don’t think that they now risk relegation.”

“I think that they will try to play football, but it will be tough because they have confidence now.” “We have to change the stats, so hopefully we can change the stats right now.”

“Dummett is coming back, Taylor is not available, Janmaat is not available,” “Some players, like Coloccini, had a reaction the other day, and he’s still struggling with it.”

“The good news is Dummett coming back, but we have lost Janmaat, so what we will have to do now is just manage with the players that we have at the moment, and if they know they will play maybe they will be better, with more confidence.”

“We have to have confidence. It’s massive for us, it’s crucial for us, and we know that we have to start winning games,” said the Spaniard.

“The positive thing is that our fans behind us can make a big difference, so if they stay with us I think that the players will do what we are expecting. They will give everything, they have to fight, and hopefully we can get this three points.”

Slightly more fans think we will win this game than lose it.

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297 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Cowardly selection just like those before him.

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  • barkel

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Surprised Mitro is on the bench

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Service must be supplied to Cisse. Hopefully Townsend can play better again and supply a few quality balls. Everyone should be pitching in with goals throughout the team.

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    good changes
    lascelles and mbemba are our best defensive partnership
    Tiote is a much bettter defensive midfielder than shelvey

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  • manxpie

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Wat the fusk team is that!!!
    Tiote!! Sisko!! And cisse!! No shelvey!

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Hmm no shelvey, whose captain?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Sissoko apparently captain 😆

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmm can’t be any worse than usual and happy with lascelles at CB (even though no choice) but de Jong been decent and looks to bring some intelligence to the team so not sure why he not get a look in????

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  • colwell

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Montero can give Anita a 50 yard start and still beat him no doubt at all we are down with the scum winning today Norwich will probably come down with us as well.

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  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I like Rafa but that’s a bit of a negative selection considering we’re at home and have to win and makems doing us a favour.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Sisko must have a starting clause because this is a joke tbh our worst performer of the season starts again and is captain! Mental

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  • MacToon

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s good to see Rafa actually reacting to our poor performances by changing the team.
    Still surprised to see Sissoko and Wijnaldum beating the drop though but I’d rather trust Rafa than anyone else at the club at this current moment in time. Wonder if they have a “must play” clause?
    Anita has been so poor too but guess we don’t have many options at the back.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Imagine McClaren picking that team at this stage, there’d be hell on.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    4-4-1-1 according to nufc.co.uk

    “Left back Paul Dummett returns from injury to make his first start since the home defeat to Bournemouth last month, and is part of a back four alongside Vurnon Anita – who switches to right back in place of the injured Daryl Janmaat – Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles, who replaces Steven Taylor, while Karl Darlow will continue in goal.

    Jack Colback returns from suspension to partner Cheick Tiote in the centre of midfield, with Jonjo Shelvey dropping to the bench.

    Winger Andros Townsend – who scored United’s goal in the 3-1 loss at Southampton last week – looks likely to start on the right of midfield in a probable 4-4-1-1 formation, with Moussa Sissoko set to start on the left. The Frenchman will wear the captain’s armband for the Magpies.

    And Holland international Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to line up just behind lone frontman Papiss Cisse, who comes in for Aleksandar Mitrovic. Ayoze Perez also drops to the bench.”

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  • Toonacious T

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Shelvey has done nothing the last four games in a row. Obviously Rafa is hoping Colback and Tiote can protect our weak defence. Wings will be crucial though as there won’t be much forward balls coming from central midfield with those two playing there. I think Rafa is thinking try to stay in the game until second half as we have been so poor in the first half recently. Then he will bring Mitro and Shelvey on around 65 minutes, when hopefully we will not be two or three nil down as per usual.

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  • bladeuser

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    I think the F S waiter has a clause in his contract that he will be given a massive bonus if he takes us Down
    WTF cisse is shit mitro changed the game last week only our shit defenders F@@@@@ it up RAFA is a clown
    ASH OUT COLO OUT CARR OUT PENFOLD OUT SHEEP ? OUT AND FOR THE FIRST TIME RAFA OUT

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  • AncientC

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Swansea

    Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (c), Taylor, Fer, Cork, Sigurdsson, Montero, Ayew, Paloschi

    subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Britton, Routledge, Barrow, Gomis

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  • geordie157

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Not sure what De Jong has to do to get a game, he has leadership qualities, is link up play is really good, something we really lack in the side.

    Sissoko captain, time to show us just how committed you are then!

    this will either be a 2-1 win or we’ll concede early and crumble again

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  • El Sleeve

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Cissé must be a world-beater in training. Haven’t seen a good game from him in 3 years

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  • Goromagpie

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Cisse has scored 4 goals in 5 games against Swansea city !!!!
    Let’s hope guys !

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  • chicousa

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Terrible team selection! Cisse instead of Mitro? Colback AND Tiote, one is bad enough! Not feeling great about our chances today…

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Stupid selection

    Mitrovic on the bench.

    Worry about Mbemba at lcb. He’s clearly not comfortable there.

    Agree with Colback and tiote. But Shelvey should be in there too.

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  • El Sleeve

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    probably is coz he’s up against our defenders, haha

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  • geordie157

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Mitrovic not starting is a bit disappointing, if you are scoring goals you start surely?

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  • ToonMatt

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    I trust the manager, Shelvey has been poor the last few games, Glad to see Tiote starting, I’m happy with that line up and I’m confident of the win, Come on the toon!!!

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    That lineup seems defensive minded. Seems were just going to try and stay in the game first half.

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  • STB

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    A very defensive selection in an attempt to still be in with a chance in the second half.

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  • Blofal

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree. Plan looks to be to keep things solid and try and stay in the game. Then we have a bench full of attackers should we need them.

    Mackems are doing us a favour right now dragging Norwich back to the pack.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Is it anybody’s guess what the mackems will be praying for after their win today????

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #30

    I can only assume he will try and play it tight and bring Mitro on as an impact sub second half. Cisse must have been looking sharp in training but how many times this season have we heard how good training has gone only to be left scratching our heads on Matchday.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Not sure about ANITA still and perhaps i never will but maybe this is the match that actually kick start our season, but its a BIG MAYBE AS EVER.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Odd selection, again. If rafa wasnt rafa we’d say he has done nothing. Sorry but i dont see how this makes sense. Lose this and u can take a hike rafa.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #33

    maybe RAFAELLO is following the trend set here,that is from world beater to zero like the rest of our players.

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  • expatmag

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Defeat and relegation confirmed.

    I just hope the board have realised the inevitable and are planning accordingly.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Shelve has been poor but that’s because he’s been playing in colbacks position
    we might see a record number of sideway passes today between colbacks and tiote where is the creativity coming from?

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  • VanToonMan

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    How is Doumbia not even on the bench – what was the actual point of signing him?!!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster, but it is Rafa…

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  • Wowhatawhopper

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Any good streaming sites for the match?! Any help would be appreciated! My dad and brother at the match and didn’t get me a ticket help a brother out!

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  • Derek

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Jofa McBenidew

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  • Toonacious T

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #40

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