Armstrong Starts For Newcastle At Doncaster


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Rafa Benitez has just announced that starting side for the friendly game against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight and local lad Adam Armstrong gets a start and he’s in the number 10 role.

There are 3 changes from the side that started at Bohemian in Dublin on Saturday and won 6-0.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Vurnon Anita; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Matt Ritchie, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Subs: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Cheick Tiote, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle


Vurnon Anita starts a left back which is interesting and it’s another strong side that starts tonight with 10 subs on the bench and Lascelles is again the captain.

Colback and Shelvey are the two holding midfielders.

gini wijnaldum arriving at Keepmoat stadium

Gini Wijnaldum arriving at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight

Gini Wijnaldum has trained with the Newcastle squad the last couple of days and he’s traveled to Doncaster, but not in the squad tonight.

The Chronicle is reporting negotiations with Liverpool are not as advanced as had been reported.

Let’s hope the lads can play well together tonight and maybe come away with a good win.

Update – just before kickoff both Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum – two wantaway players were added to the Newcastle bench – wonder what’s going on?

Comments welcome.


142 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Apparently not:

    Team news – NUFC XI: Sels; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles (c), Anita; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie, Armstrong, Aarons; Mitrovi?

    Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Dummett, Gámez, Hayden, Tioté, Saivet, Gouffran, Perez, Gayle

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    C’mon armstrong. Score a hat trick. This is your chance to impress benitez

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like arma is playing in the middle of a 3 behind A striker (mitro).

    4231

    Sels

    Jan mbem lasc(C) anita

    Colb shelv

    Richie arma aarons

    Mitro

    Gamez is on the bench

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Ron knee

    From the squad alone we can all see that we now lack any attacking midfielder.Another position that needs to be addressed

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  • BeeGuy

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Any audio or visual of this match?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Lascelles captain again

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Jazzy

    Yeah we are short there, if and when sissoko and gini leave. SDJ is the only one who fits that role. Perez as a No.10 in there works too, but i’d agree we need to sign an attacking mf player

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  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Ha ha
    Ed deliberately left the “s” off of Bohemians to put Munster in his place.
    😀

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    YCMIU

    Yes agree, if he can stay fit then we do have a master AM in SDJ.
    But question is on whether he’ll ever get back to top form as he’s had real bad luck injury wise. I’d love to see him have an extended run in the side.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #10

    bloody good team that.

    come on arma do us proud lad and make rafa keep you at us this season.

    shows our depth under rafa now with thauvin/wij/sissoko/tiote not even on the bench.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    jazzy

    I think we can expect more signings from Benitez.

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  • South_Wales_Geordie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Arma Ritchie and Aarons, that’s a very young and pacey front 3 with Mitro playing up top to hold the ball up and play it wide to these man, I’m excited to see how these work

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #13

    @12 south

    theres goals in the 4 of them thats for sure eh .

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Hippo Heed to be announced England manager in next 24hrs
    Moyes to take over from Hippo Heed

    HO Ho Ho

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  • Themesh

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #15

    dummet on the bench and anita lb again, also jaanmat starting maybe hes possibly staying after all

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  • Themesh

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #16

    maybe hanley with lascelles in the middle and mbemba moved to rb ?

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  • South_Wales_Geordie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #17

    @croftus 100%. Plus to have Perez and Gayle as options to come on as fresh legs fills me with optimism. A brace tonight is exactly how Arma needs to start his career under Rafa

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #18

    will it be on BBC newcastsle?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Charlie

    How will SAFC fare without Hippo Houdini?

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  • manxpie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    i think armstrong has been very clever with his “injury” he knew this was his absolute best chance for his newcastle career to kick off so good on him tbh

    is there any streams or radio tonight?

    can’t wait for fat sams 1st team sheet keeper 9 defenders and andy carroll upfront!

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  • Toonces

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Just watching a bit of the Chelsea at Wiener AC preseason match on ESPN3. 3 minutes or so into the game, ball is in the air, Ivanovic positioned underneath and jumping to head the ball, Wiener player also jumps and clash of heads ensues with the Wiener player clearly heading into Ivanovic’s noggin. Both players now on the ground holding their heads, Ivanovic clearly getting the worst of this. Referee blows the whistle to stop the game. When the match resumes, the referee does a drop ball for the injury stoppage and not a free kick to Chelsea for the a foul. With the issues of head trauma at a high profile now, why are clash of heads rarely called as fouls? The Wiener player was late trying to head the ball. If the ball had been played into Ivanovic’s feet and the Wiener player tackled late catching his foot or leg it would have been a foul. Why is the late “head” different? I may be making this up in my imagination but these clash of heads need be called more closely by game officials. Sorry for the diverging, non-NUFC rant.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    no thauvin

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  • geordie157

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #23

    No thauvin but good old gouffran makes the bench.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Sunderland will be better off without BFS. He’s a clown.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Could we see a Rafa v Moyes rivalry again?

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Anybody know of any streams??

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #27

    @26 shadow

    not me unfortunatly i only got chronicle live and twitter.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #28

    gini and thauvin now added to bench

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  • manxpie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #29

    gini and thauvin now added to the bench apparantly

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #30

    thauvin and wijnaldum now on the bench.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Looks like benitez decided to name wijnaldum & Thauvin late as a surprise

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Ron
    Could be Moyes the Magician

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33
  • geordie157

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Boro getting Negredo on loan is good business

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #35

    McClaren to replace Hippo

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Charlie

    I see a certain Andy Williams is playing for Doncaster!

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  • swemag

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Shadow Shearer, nice of that one works.

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  • Toonces

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #38
  • firebug666

    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #39
  • lordy_geordie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #40

    How do I get that periscope working?

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