Rafa Benitez has named his team for the vitally important game between the top two teams in the Championship tonight with Newcastle United at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The defense is unchanged but Rafa has Gouffran up front in place of Mitrovic and Ritchie and Atsu are on the wings.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 28, 2017
We had mentioned in passing that Gouffran might play up front, but this has to be a shock and it doesn’t look good for the current form of Mitro or Murphy – although maybe Gouffran has looked very good in training.
Let’s hope the defense can get their act together and put in one of those strong performances we know they can produce.
That looks like tow changes from Saturday with Gouffran and Diame coming in as the lone striker and the number 10 respectively.
This is what Rafa has said about the game between the Championship’s best two teams tonight:
“Our away record means that we can go and play against anyone trying to win. In football, you never know, but we will try to win.”
“It is important to have the belief that we can do it – because we have done it during the whole season.”
“We know that we made some mistakes against Bristol City, but because the reaction was so good, you have to think about the positives.”
“We have to try and play in the same way that we did in the second half – with the same determination, with the same attacking football, trying to create chances.”
“The players know that every game is important, and we still have a lot of games to play. They have all the information, but they all react in one way or another way.”
“My job is to keep sending the right message. We have to keep doing things in the same way – training well, sticking together, helping each other.”
“You could see the reaction of our fans on Saturday, and it is the same situation now – going away with our fans behind the team.”
“We are really pleased with that, and the best way to say ‘thank you’ is to give everything on the pitch and try to win.”
Slightly more fans think we will lose tonight than win – it could be very close.
Howay The Lads!!