Diame, Perez And Murphy Start – Shelvey Sick – On Bench

Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. Andrew’s this afternoon against Birmingham City and there’s a surprise with Jonjo Shelvey sick and he starts on the bench.

Mo Diame will play in central midfield with Jack Colback and let’s hope we don’t miss the creativity of Shelvey in this all important game – we certainly missed him when he had that five game suspension over the Christmas period.


We almost had the team right this week if Shelvey had started the game.

Daryl Murphy, as expected starts up front and Ayoze Perez gets a start in the number 10 position.

Grant Hanley comes in for Ciaran Clark with Chancel Mbemba on the bench.

This is what Rafa said about the game at his press conference yesterday:

“The good thing about this division is you have a lot of games to put it right. We have one now vs Birmingham, then 7 next month”

“I was very disappointed vs Fulham as we were expecting to do well after 3 good games. We made too many mistakes and lost 3 points”

“It depends on us. If we do what we have to do, which is keep winning games, then it doesn’t matter about Huddersfield.”

“Birmingham have changed their system. They are trying to find solutions. It will be tough, they are more solid now than before”

“The key here is confidence but not over confidence. Every game is difficult.”

Almost four in five fans think we will win this game – let’s hope they are right because it will leave us in a very good league position during the two week International break.

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246 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • TyneMouth

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Shelvey dropped?…

    Didn’t see that coming…

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Bingo bobbins!


    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Fairly underwhelmed with that team tbh but howay lads prove me wrong, turn over Birmingham and get that GD flying again

  • ramboreilly

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Defend defend defend by the looks of it

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    The team was pretty ineffective against Reading in the last away game. Perez has not wised up to this division and gets knocked off the ball way too easy. Darlows shot stopping is good but he so often fails to command his area resulting in mix ups / goals and a general uneasiness when defending.
    This game is winnable – but I think we will concede at least one goal.

  • beefman13

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope we can nick it but not over confident, but this is the toon isnt it. like that Murphy is getting a start, and we have a decent bench so you dont ever know!

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Bloomin’ ‘eck 4 – 4 – 2 with everything through the middle !!!!!

  • BenArfa the magician

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Strongest bench we’ve had in a long time, Murphy deserves to start.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Question is…does anyone dare to tune in to radio Newcastle and listen to the curmudgeonly John Anderson twist for 90 minutes about our lack of offensive play??
    Oh well…here goes!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11


    Anita Lascelles Hanley dummett

    Diame Colback

    Ritchie Perez Goufrron



    Elliot Gamez Mbemba Shelvey Atzu Mitro Gayle

    10/11 for me, close but no banana.

    34m to KO

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Diame really needs to motivate himself today, probably end up as MOM 🙂


    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    is this 442?

  • magspuggy

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    If john Anderson fell into a barrel of Bristol city’s
    He would return pouting and sucking his thumb.

    Toon 3-1. Murphy to score and diame motm

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15

    26 m to KO

    Can’t get6 sound on NUFC

  • Belfast

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s 4231 glad to see Diame in his proper position.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    22 m

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Really surprised Gayle isn’t starting.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    still no sound

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Hanley over mbemba is sensible due to the problems jutkiewic (spelling????) caused us before with his height and physicality.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #21


  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22


    Do you have a link marra?

  • magspuggy

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #23

    If we win this I’m calling promotion..

    Do us proud lads …

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24

    I fancy us for this. Will rafa encourage 2 up front?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #25




  • Toon toon b&w army

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26

    50million pound worth of players on the bench, some prem leagues clubs would love that.

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27


    Cheers marra.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28



    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #29

    here we go, here we go…………

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #30

    What makes people think it’s 4-4-2?

    Simply Diame dropped back for Shekvey and say system.

    Howay the lads! 3pts a must.

  • dannitoon

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone got radio link… nufc not got it on


    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #32
  • Thump

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    @Essex: Cheers for that mate

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Away fans sound amazing, doing the Toon proud as always. No sound from the brummies.

  • Zekalea

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Guessing there are no streams today then?

  • Black and white armpit

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    No Zek, not being beamed out

  • Zekalea

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Shame… gonna have to use a good old radio then!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Ah, come on, sounds very much like a continuation of last time so far. No reaction, no urgency and no creativity.

    Need to up it pronto.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Thankfully Diame is in DM. I thought in that number 10 position he was only doing a job defensively. But offered no attacking threat. Pulled off a moment of magic once or twice a month. I think he will suit that position better.

    Also I’m surprised rafa hasn’t rewarded shelvey by putting him in the number 10 role. I would have tried that by now. If he doesn’t want shelvey there I think we should up grade the number 10 & gouffran in the summer.


    Mar 18, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Hail Wor Ashley
    well i better say nothing

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