One Change – Dwight Gayle Back In For Islam Slimani


Rafa has just named his team to play West Brom at St. James’ Park today.

Rafa has brought back Dwight Gayle in place of Islam Slimani so that doesn’t look good for the Algerian who wants to stay permanently at Newcastle.

Dwight Gayle – replaces Slimani in the starting lineup

Rafa seems to be fully aware of the possibility of complacency setting in with the players, and they have to be somewhere near their best to win this game today.

More than four fans in five think we will win this game today so anything but 3 points will be a let-down.

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309 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Gibbs, Livermore, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt (c), McClean, Rodriguez, Dawson, Hegazi.
    Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Evans, Sturridge, Burke, Krychowiak.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    The logical and right choice. Let Gayle run the channels and tire their defence out before Slimani comes on second half to make it a physical battle.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Well that was a short and unnecessary discussion.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow thought we would of seen a couple of changes

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  • davetoon

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Is there any issue with Slims? If not, it doesn’t bode well for requirement of his services next season.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    No merino on the bench. Slimani and joselu both on.
    Think we’re going to “attack toon, attack”

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Is there a score bingo?

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Going to hope the lads put a show on today after that Everton lose so going 4..0 4..1 come on the toon.

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  • beefman13

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Has the bingo hall been closed down? good old Rafa.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Martin Dúbravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diamé, Jonjo Shelvey, Kenedy; Ayoze Pérez; Dwight Gayle.

    Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Jacob Murphy, Islam Slimani, Joselu.

    I nearly put Gayle in my bingo team but I thought that Rafa would give Murphy an outing to sling some centres in for Slimani so two wrong for me. Still should have the beating of WB.

    Ritchie apparently is in the top three of accurate passing so my last sentence may be nonsense. 🙂

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    No surprise to see Gayle back in the starting line up
    Sad to see Ritchie starting. Murphy deserves a chance

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    41 Minutes to KO and I have to go out soon so if someone else wants to continue the countdown, carry on.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Lindisfarne

    Unfortunately I currently have a very jaundiced view of refs so I expect nowt from them.

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    @Essex i dont know which stats you are seeing but if thats true, it shows how misleading stats can be

    Ritchie only ever makes short sideways or backward passes
    Very rarely makes a forward pass or attempts to go past defenders
    High accuracy matters when your passes are meaningful and impactful
    not the perfunctory sideways passes Ritchie is so fond on

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    toonbrother

    It was something in the DT today but I must admit I didn’t read it fully but it seemed to intimate that Ritchie was in the top 3. I may have read it wrong though.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Any thats me off for the rest of the day, back after MOTD

    HWTL HWTF HWTR HWTBRS.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I noticed that Slimani didn’t win even 1 aerial challenge during his time on the pitch against Everton. From the videos I have seen of Slimani, he is strong in the air, so it would seem the style of play wasn’t set up to suit him. I’d say Benitez is probably going to go direct from the off, then test Slimani from the flanks later on.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #18

    As I was thinking Rafa may have made his mind up on slimani. Possibly just not enough pace to go with the aerial power? Stoke just drew. They gave some decent players if we went down.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Typo…. If they went down, not we!!!

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  • Pottsclock

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Expect all 4 forwards to be used during the match….

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  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Good lad micky.
    Do you know if they work in the UK? Your last one did though
    Was just reading how sites block certain country’s from using them.
    Anyway will be trying. Always have radio as back up

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m not in UK mate, so no idea, just try them and find the best for you.

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  • chicousa

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Come on Lads….3 pts please!

    I’m expecting JonJo to play a great match to help seize a roster spot for WC!

    Going for a 3-0 win today.

    HWTL!!!

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Will do. Last one was great. I never been able to stream for years but have just been upgraded to fibre optic!! Fancy ehh

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Sing…I am hoping for a win and think it should be possible!

    …a 2-1 for us

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Essex…my moniker took you to the nufcblog…where else where you expecting mate?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Slimani didn’t really impress against Everton – really think he is not all that good. Might just be one game but from what I see I would give him the thumbs down for a future buy.

    Bet that knacker Rondon scores against us.

    2 -2 draw.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Bit harsh on Slimani. Gayle and Joselu have had plenty of opportunities.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Love that massive Lascelles banner

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  • davetoon

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    You can see the improvement in west brom but we still look by far the better side

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  • Douglas

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    How about this all you conspiracy theorists: Slimani has been dropped because RAFA has a deal in place for someone better 🙂

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Had a link but lost it and won’t reload.
    Any suggestions?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Tuff why is rondon a knacker?? Dangerous player in my books…

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  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #36

    WBA have no fear , as often happens
    when an assistant , who is close to the
    squad , takes the reins.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon in cheek

    Check mickys link.
    I found one fourth or fifth down.

    ripple.is

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Like Carver Jiblets, ha ha you plonker 😀

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  • davetoon

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Scrappy game so far. Need to het kenedy involved more.

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  • Throckley Gadjee

    Apr 28, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Not the best quality but works without buffering

    http://www.cyfo-live.com/cyfo3.html

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