Sels, Sterry, Aarons And Gayle All Start At Lokeren


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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the starting team for this our third preseason friendly against KSC Lokeren at the Daknamstadion Stadium.

Rafa makes four changes to the starting side from Wednesday night at Doncaster.

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

Grant Hanley is not in the squad today for whatever reason and Matt Ritchie is out with a slight groin strain.

We’re  a little surprised Matz Sels starts in goal again and we thought Karl Darlow would get a full game this afternoon, but maybe Rafa is trying to get Sels bedded in to start for Newcastle at Fulham?

Maybe Karl will see some action in the second half.

20 year-old Jamie Sterry again starts this game, but this time he’s at left-back and he has replaced Vurnon Anita in that position from Wednesday night,  with Vurnon is starting in midfield this afternoon.

Newcastle seem to be playing in a 4-3-3 formation this afternoon and we will look to see a much improved performance in the first half from Newcastle.

That’s especially true for the defense, which was very poor at Doncaster in those first 45 minutes when we have away two sloppy goals.

Rafa again has 10 players on the bench today.

Comments welcome.



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121 comments so far

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Any links for match?

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  • Mag52

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see Tiote get a run out this afternoon.
    He could be important for us this season.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    the lineup just screams out the fact that we need a proper left footed left back, we dont want to be predictable like the last few years and just go down the right as dummett just doesnt offer enough going forward

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Definitely need a LB like James says

    Robertson, Charlie Taylor, Rico Henry or ????

    p.s. Targett is not possible to get in my opinion

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  • Jack Root

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster Mag.
    In the games at Sunderland and Villa we were set up not to lose. Tactics were not too adventurous and we drew games we should have won. That was last season and lessons have been learnt.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    is this match being televised ??

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    @6 beer

    it may be on that periscope thing like the last friendly.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #8
  • geordie157

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Been saying for ages we need a left back.

    But good luck to sterry! Would have liked Thauvin to start

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    jesus can play lb and tbh its a bloody god send having a fullback who can defend and more importantly mark a player properly from corners.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I must admit Munster my first concerns when hearing that double UEFA manager of the year and multiple trophy winner Rafa Benitez was on board that we might start playing a defensive brand of football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Mag52,
    I hope he’s important for us this season, he’s brilliant when on form.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    So is Sterry a LB then, I thought he was a right sided defender?

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Sterry is only a RB yet Rafa has him on the left just as Anita was on Wednesday ? Surely we can buy a decent LB from somewhere ?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail, if you’re incapable of analysing tactics and approach that’s not my problem

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Andy Mac,
    Like I’ve said many times I think we should loan one from Chelsea or Manchester City, Van Arnolt worked out really well last time we were down.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I totally trust Rafa and he has more hands on football knowledge than anyone on this blog, but I’m confused about a few things today. If we’re short of CBs right now, why is he playing Hayden in midfield and not as a CB replacement in the second half? And why is he playing two RBs in the first half when he has two people who can play LB on the bench?

    Interesting choices to start to say the least!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    They should have streams of all of our friendlies available from the club website!

    We really need a left back surely its got to be a priority with the money we have available!?

    Also we need guaranteed goals and creativity we should look to sign Mccormack , Pritchard and another midfielder who has goals in them as well as a few more youngsters like that Rico and Che Adams to build the squad up

    Looking at the turmoil that Hull City are in we should try take advantage and look at getting Diame or Robertson from them as they will be getting relegated for sure

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Why play sterry left back & leave dummet on the bench??
    Also why is the central defence always lascelle & mbemba??
    Not gonna argue with rafa, but I will argue we are lacking depth.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Jack Root, fair answer, but it cost us in 6 point games. Maybe you can teach Jail about football and he can teach me and you how to annoy people and wind up the forum for now good reason?

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21

    I can see Rafa bulking up the squad nearer the end of the transfer window, depending on how many we sign/sell.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22

    With loan signings I meant, sorry.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Dummett is terrible which is probably why hes on the bench and Sterry may have a future so giving him a chance might work out well

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Mr Funk
    Those seem to be the best and most realistic we could get.

    I would add Mitchell Dijks from Ajax.

    Also Jordan Amavi from Villa even if it’s unlikely that they will let us have their best player.

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  • Dukis22lt

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    any streams? periscope streams? audio?

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #26

    croftus5678

    do i have to do anything like install the app or can i uat watch it

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Rafa likes the look of Sterry and to be honest the young lad has looked decent in the small cameos that I have seen of him! The boy loves a tackle !

    Quite like the look of Hayden as well

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    I suppose we could have played gamez left back. But let rafa experiment with players, tactics & formations.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Shadow_Shearer – having the same CB pairing for as many games as possible is a good thing. It builds their partnership and understanding. Maybe they can be our Adams and Keown for the next few seasons? Although Hanley has to figure in there at some point too.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster,
    He inherited a team not only short of confidence but without a will to live and a core of “star” players he’ll bent on taking us down. We faced the run away league leaders in the first game and the mackems who we’d not managed a goal against in six games. It’s like you’re almost blaming him for our relegation.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #31

    @26 beer

    no bud no install just click on the link if there is one.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    croftus5678

    cheers doesnt look like there is one
    bit of bugger that

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Lee Ryder ? @lee_ryder
    Sterry starts at right-back, Vurnon Anita at left-back #nufc
    3:33 PM – 23 Jul 2016 · Ghent, Belgium, Belgium

    S

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  • martoon

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #34

    According to Lee Ryder Sterry RB, Anita LB so I guess Janmaat is playing right side of midfield?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Sorry posted it too early does this mean Janmaat is playing on the wing??

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #36

    sterry rb and anita lb

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  • colwell

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Might as well get used to no links every week

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    5′ – Interesting team shape for #NUFC. Daryl Janmaat is playing wide right, while Vurnon Anita remains at left back.

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  • colwell

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Sh1t we really do lack decent wingers Aarons is not good enough to be a starter and if Ritchie gets injured thats it, along with not having a decent skillful CM that can make things happen we are pretty short of the right players all over.

    Colback,Tiote,Hayden,Saivet,Shelvey,Anita players that can’t burst forward with the ball I’d say we need at least with players going out another 5

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  • firebug666

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #40

    NUFC 1 – 0 up

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