Newcastle Need This Player On Form Tonight

Ayoze Perez started the game on Saturday in the good 2-1 win at Brentford and he played very well and set up the winning goal for Daryl Murphy with an expert cross from the left wing with his right foot that was inch perfect for the big Irishman to brilliantly head home.

Ayoze looked very sharp on Saturday, but he has a tendency to blow hot and cold, so we are really hoping the Spaniard is on form tonight against Birmingham City.

Ayoze Perez – in action at Leeds United

If he is that could almost guarantee that we can go through to meet Oxford United in the 4th round of the FA Cup and then we could have a decent enough chance of reaching the 5th round for the first time in a long time.

This is what the 23 year-old forward has to say about Newcastle’s current situation and tonight’s game:

“We know we have some injuries, but we still believe in the squad.” “We know there are a lot of games but we are ready for them and focused on Birmingham and getting a win.”

“There is a big squad and there are injured players but the staff still believe in us.”

“We have to just play football and do our best. We have a great chance to win.”

“It’s not less important just because it’s the FA Cup so we have to focus on Birmingham and getting through.”

“It was really important because we knew Brighton were losing against Preston at the time and we were beating Brentford.”

“We had to give everything on the pitch because it was a great chance for us.”

Our fans seem confident enough that we can go through but with a patched up team this could be very close.

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43 comments so far

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Shelves will be the difference maker tonight

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I posted this yesterday, but for those who missed it.
    If you can’t stomach Radio Newcastle tonight – which tbh I think is dross – the good news is the game is also on talksport 2 tonight, which I believe can be accessed worldwide online as well as on digital format radio. Sky, Virgin etc. Not as good as watching, but definitely better than listen to Ando telling you how crap the game is. 🙂

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Ancient C

    You keep referring to Top 8 players but your realize that we are not a Top 8 club?

    We wont be able to attract a team of top 8 players when we get promoted. We may be fortunate and get a couple but we’re going to have to settle for some Mr Reliable types (like Snodgrass)

  • giimps

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah Bobby, Ando has been known to be slightly negative towards our players, some deserved but some definately not so.
    Cheers for the info.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the main issue with the BBC Newcastle commentary is that its always one guy who just doesn’t understand what’s going on and another who sounds like he couldve give less of a cr@p.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Bingo. Some hope!

    Yedders Hanley Clark Haidara

    Shelvey Barlaser

    Ritchie Perez Ben el Mhanni


  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Talksport usually do a decent commentary. Just thought it might make a change to get an alternative take for those not being there. It surely can’t be worse can it? I thought it might have been just me, but apparently not. They could make First Contact sound boring.
    Ando: ‘yes, I know, but come on, as aliens go, this one has no imagination. Two arms, two legs. No different from us really.’ Yawn.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8


    Always hate how Ando makes it sound like every time the opposition have the ball that they are going to score…. whereas if you are watching the game realise the other team are still in their own half!!!

  • mad-serb

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa Bingo

    Yedlin Findlay Hanley Haidara
    Ben Al-Mahni Tiote Shelvey Lazaar
    Murphy Perez

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Big couple of weeks coming up for Perez hes been in and out of the team and has said he feels he needs a run in the team to produce his best form!!

    Well with Gayle and Diame missing this is your best chance for a run in the team!!

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Talking about imagination, if my bingo comes up I think I deserve bonus points. 🙂

  • Budge123

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa Bingo Bango
    Yedlin Hanley Lascelles Haidara
    Shelvey Colback
    Barlasar Perez Lazaar

    Toon win 3-1

    Has anyone heard an estimated attendance for tonight?

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Given Ashley’s reported renewed interest in matters NUFC, I suspect that Rafa won’t be too popular with him if we happen to win tonight. However, if Rafa played a young side and won progression in the cup, he could be seen as prioritising promotion and thus limiting any room for criticism from Ashley. However, has anyone worked out how to play Ashley whilst having a different opinion? I doubt it – he must be a nightmare to work for.

  • Mag52

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14

    My team for this evening:

    Yeddo Lasca Nobby Lazza
    Shelves Colbo
    Rich Pezza Gouff

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    for anyone interested these are the signings so far in the championship, as published by BBC Sport:
    not a lot as you can see
    1 January

    Marvin Sordell [Coventry – Burton] Free

    4 January

    Luke Varney [Ipswich – Burton] Free

    Milan Djuric [Cesena – Bristol City] Undisclosed

    Jens Hegeler [Hertha Berlin – Bristol City] Undisclosed

    5 January

    Sam Johnstone [Manchester United – Aston Villa] Loan

    Julien de Sart [Middlesbrough – Derby] Loan

    6 January

    Izzy Brown [Chelsea – Huddersfield] Loan

    Morgan Fox [Charlton – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed

    Greg Halford [Rotherham – Cardiff] Undisclosed

    Ibrahim Meite [Harrow Borough – Cardiff] Undisclosed

    Luke Murphy [Leeds – Burton] Loan

    Bailey Wright [Preston – Bristol City] Undisclosed

    7 January

    Jakob Haugaard [Stoke – Wigan] Loan

    9 January

    Pablo Hernandez [Al-Arabi – Leeds] Undisclosed

    Tiago Ilori [Liverpool – Reading] Undisclosed

    David Nugent [Middlesbrough – Derby] Undisclosed

    10 January

    Kazenga LuaLua [Brighton – QPR] Loan

    11 January

    Craig Gardner [West Brom – Birmingham] Loan

    13 January

    Sam Winnall [Barnsley – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed

    14 January

    Callum Connolly [Everton – Wigan] Loan

    16 January

    Kieffer Moore [Forest Green – Ipswich] Undisclosed

    Jordan Spence [Unattached – Ipswich]

    Interesting to see just who has recruited so far.

    Exactly half of the deals so far, have seen clubs in the bottom eight bring in 11 players between them, to try and ward off relegation.

    Another four deals have been done by clubs in lower mid-table (Villa, Birmingham and Ipswich) who have no realistic chance of promotion.

    Whilst the five clubs currently in positions 3rd to 7th have all brought in at least one player, with Derby and Sheffield Wednesday the most active with two each.

    Neither of the top two have dipped their toes in yet and interesting to see if Brighton, as well as Newcastle of course, make a move.

    Rafa Benitez has indicated that there’s a strong chance any incoming players are likely to be on a loan basis initially and 11 (half) of these 22 deals above, were either loan arrangements or free agents/transfers.

  • barkel

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16


    Who’s nobby? and surely Murphy should be smurf

  • magpie6699

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    It would be a disaster if anything happened to Shelvey tonight and I’d rather he was fully fit for Saturday. My thinking would be to give him 30 minutes at the end to get a bit of match fitness and no more. Anybody agree?

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Rafa Bingo

    Yedlin Hanley Lascelles Lazar
    Tiote Colback
    Ben Al-Mahni Perez Gouf

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Tomorrow when watching Senegal vs Zimbabwe – as well as keeping an eye on number 12 Mo Diamé (if he plays) – look out for number 20 for Zimbabwe , attacking midfielder Khama Billiat .

    He plays in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns and NUFC have enquired about him !!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s amazing how many have picked El- Mhanni since I did.


  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Nobby Clark
    were you brought up in a cave?

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Magpie, I’d give him an hour tonight then sub him. He needs game time after a lay off so the longer he can do the better imo. Want him to get his touch back for Saturday so I definitely think he’ll play tonight.

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Nobby Clark
    Dusty Miller
    Chalky White
    Todd Brown (todds are broon)
    any more ?

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Is The Gouff fit? Thought he took a knock on Saturday that would make the risk not worth it. Might be wrong though.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #25

    PROGRAMME: @LazaarAchraf is on the cover of tonight’s matchday programme.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib, Drew, Drew, Barney Mcgraw, Cuthbert Dibble and Grub. 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #27

    McGrew, ye bloody spellchecker. Keep ye nose out.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Essex Geordie Bill
    its wishful thinking. Plus all the HBA talk has fans wanting to see something special on the pitch

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Spud Baker
    Bunny Warren
    Tug Wilson

  • mad-serb

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #30


    Have they maybe enquired about Dolly as well that would make my day as well as us winning of course 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Bill, tbh I didn’t realise anybody else had! Can rarely be bothered going back to see what’s been said when I ain’t on. Good choice though mate, hope he plays. Been getting good reviews so fingers crossed.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib, is that Dolly from Brighton? We gave him a trial and kb’d him before Brighton signed him. Typical.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #33

    I would like to see us sign the following this month:

    Abeid – £3m
    Santon – Loan
    Townsend – £11m
    Sebastien Haller – £8m
    Another playmaker on loan

    We should sign these in the summer:


  • giimps

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyone know if Brum are fielding a weakened side too through injuries afcon or suspensions, i was thinking of having a little bet on tonight friday and our game on Saturday, us to win both and sheff and brighton to both score?

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #35
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #36


    Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola:

    “It’s a tough place to go (SJP) but I will make some changes because we also have a very important game at Blackburn on Saturday.

    “I have to try to change some players, especially because we have one or two that have little issues physically and I want to preserve them.”

  • giimps

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Cheers Ron , thatl do nicely

  • barkel

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #39


    Never heard Nobby Clark before, I did a quick interweb search and have educated myself to your English ways

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Is Bomber Harris still current?


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