Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the 3rd round of the FL Cup tonight against Wolves after they surprisingly beat us 2-0 on Saturday to end our six game winning streak in all competitions and he gives starting berths to Yedlin, Lazaar and Murphy – with the last two making their debuts and all starting for the first time for Newcastle.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin Hanley Clark Lazaar; Shelvey Colback; Ritchie Diame Gouffran; Murphy
Subs; Woodman, Dummett, Lascelles, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic
So we make that 8 changes Rafa has made from the side that lost to Wolves – and he is making a statement there – the performance on Saturday was simply not good enough and we need to be much better tonight.
It’s a massive opportunity for all the players starting the game tonight and Jonjo Shelvey gets another chance after his very poor showing on Saturday and he’s made the captain.
There’s Rafa’s man-management in action and he’s showing massive faith in the former Swansea play-maker.
Four in five fans think we can win this game tonight.