Mitrovic, Perez And Clark Start At Loftus Road


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Rafa Benitez had just named his team for the important game at Loftus Road tonight and there are only three changes from the side that beat Derby 2-0 on Saturday.

Newcastle: Sels: Anita Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie Perez Gouffran; Mitrovic
Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Diame, Atsu, Gayle

Jonjo Shelvey starts his third game in a row this time partnering young Issac Hayden in central midfield.

Ayoze Perez comes in at the number 10 position in place of Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark gets a start next to captain Lascelles in place of Mbemba.

So Colback, Diame and Gayle are rested tonight and it’s another strong side.

This is what Rafa has said about tonight’s game and also about his philosophy for the season:

“It will be very difficult. We have seen them working and playing, and it’s hard to beat them. We have to be sure we are ready,”

“It will be difficult. They have pace, they have strong players, they can score set pieces, so it’s a good team, working very hard and scoring goals, so we have to be sure that we will have the confidence.”

“What we do, we did last year, without too much time.”  “This year, we keep working on the pitch in terms of tactics and in terms of understanding of the game, the understanding between players.”

“Some of them are the same players, but it’s just to be sure that they know what their teammate is doing, and trying to get everybody doing the same things.”

“We have the same ideas, and then something could be wrong, but everybody knows that that is the idea. Everybody has to be on the same page.” “After some bad times, when they have good times they have to enjoy it – that is normal.”

“But at the same time, our message and my message is very clear. There’s nothing done yet, so we have to keep working hard, we have to keep training and playing in the same way as a team, with the same team spirit, the same intensity, and it has to be like this for months.”

“It’s not that we are talking about one or two games or one month, it has to be for months. Last year, Hull had a great advantage at the beginning or in the first part of the season, and after they had some problems.”

“You know that it is a very difficult competition, with two games a week, and everything can change in one month, so we have to carry on, enjoy it if we can – especially the fans – but for us, we have to concentrate and keep working hard.”

Newcastle fans are quite confident of a win tonight at Loftus Road.

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409 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    hahaha…sissoko!

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    #nufc bench Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Diame, Atsu, Gayle

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Who the fcuk is Sissoko?

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Hahahahahaha. Sissoko. Quality.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Any bingo winners let me know please!

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  • manxpie

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Ffs Clark goof and mitro messed mine up
    lol

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  • Belfast

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Jails bingo bollox

    Sels; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran; Mitrovic

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Yup, pretty sure nobody guessed that 😆

    I had Clark in at LB for Dummett. Hanley in for Mbemba. Lazaar in for Gouffran and Yedlin in for Ritchie.

    Mitrovic must show us what he’s about tonight. Time to step up.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Well. Goof does play…. but i was still miles out.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #10

    If Sissoko is playing no one has any points in the name that team competition !

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  • Legolas

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail,

    Your Rafa bingo is a con. Did you know we had re signed Sissoko?

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Not me, Jail!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    The inclusion of Sissoko has surely got to be Ed taking a little poke as some users here.

    If not, it may actually confirm some readers suspicians that Ed is in fact obsessed.

    C’mon lads. Expect to see a bit more from Perez.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking at QPRs team. How far have they fallen in such a short amount of time? Really don’t scare me and looks like they could be going with 5 at the back at home!

    Hasselbaink vs Rafa – no contest.

    Going for 2-0 again. Called it correct on the last 2 occasions.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Belfits,
    Rafas bingo not Jails.

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  • BandB

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I didn’t know Mbemba had a knock and forgot that if Mitrovic played, as I said he might, Perez would play rather than Diame.
    Otherwise, almost exactly as I expected.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #17

    good strong team and bench

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I got seven out of eleven 🙁

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    If Sissoko is playing for us do you think QPR will play Charlie Austin ?

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  • Budge123

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Perhaps a new bingo game – what time in match does Mitro get booked / sent off!

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  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #21

    This will be a difficult match and Mitro needs to hassle their CB and run the channels which should leave space for Perez.

    Just hate our London record……

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought Murphy would start before Mitro

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    The Citeh match could be called off.

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  • lukes26

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Lineup seems a little weak in the middle…especially w/ no mbemba.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

    I managed nine out of 11 so not to bad.

    firebug666 // Sep 13, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Lineup

    Sels

    Anita….Lascelles….Mbemba….Dummet

    Hayden

    Ritchie….Shelvey….Yedlin….Gouffran

    Mitrovic

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Shame the back line is disrupted, not only one player changed but also Lascelles moving from LCB to RCB due to Clarkes left peggedness
    Lascelles & Dummett have been building up a good understanding, as have Mbemba & Anita.

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  • msk21dec

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #27

    with mbemba and lascelles we have balance as mbemba is right cb and lasc left cb. but with clark and hanley being left cb we lose that balance if mbemba doesnt play. with lasc playing right cb tonight i think will be uncormfortable for him and he may struggle.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #28

    The actual team I posted. Didn’t even have gouffy in it. I am not having the best of times. My brain is breaking.

    Sels

    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummet

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Diame Perez

    Gayle

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #29

    7 out of 11 personel, but i had perez wide left instead of no10.

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  • BandB

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Well done Firebug.

    Just Yedlin for Perez wrong, as Clark is only in for a late fitness worry.

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  • Teamstoof

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Any stream for the game?

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  • BandB

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

    People haven’t been wildly wrong because Rafa has done anything stunning, but because they have believed their own meme that he’s going to throw the whole team up in the air every game.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Well I was mil;es off, bleeding Rafa eh

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Firebug

    You had yedlin as a CMF? Interesting.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    BandB

    Thank you, close but no cigar.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Markaccus

    Aye but only because he burst through the middle on Saturday to force the second goal. His pace could get us out of a lot of trouble this season.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #37

    BandB

    Well,some did that. Some didn’t though. I actually only changed 3 from the Derby match. I changed the wrong ones 😮

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  • BandB

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Blowing hot and cold has been the bane of Diame’s career.
    It’s possible Rafa is making it clear to him that if he doesn’t perform he gets dropped.

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  • msk21dec

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #39

    ritchie was poor vs derby always passing sideways and backwards and scared to take on their fullbacks. ritchie has no pace whatsoever. think rafa should sub him later let yedlin have a run at their left back. or maybe atsu.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Think we will see a different Richie now that he has someone who will attack crosses

    3 little terriers behind Mitrovic not letting QPR settle is quite a good move and we have plenty on the bench to change the game if need be

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