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Colback Not Available – Here’s Our Revised Team For Today

Rafa Benitez has said that although local lad Jack Colback is back in training from the eye injury he picked up, he will not be in the squad for today’s game.

We had Jack in the side so we have replaced him with 21 year-old Isaac Hayden.

Isaac Hayden – should start today

This is what Rafa has said today in the Chronicle about injured players Colback and Grant Hanley:

“Colback has to have another examination.” “He’s training but in terms of confidence it’s the last step.”

“Hanley’s running now and I think he will be training with the team next week.”

So here’s our revised side for today’s game against Birmingham City.

Anita Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Shelvey Hayden
Ritchie Diame Gouffran

A shock choice today could be that Rafa brings in the very experienced Cheick Tiote to partner Jonjo Shelvey?

What is your team for today?

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far


    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail just for u
    Confirmed Rafa bingo
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran


    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    glad i waited to put my rafa bingo in,got stung a little while ago when a player dropped out….my confirmed rafa bingo

  • one fine day

    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    From previous
    As bus was leaving etc
    6one fine day // Dec 10, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Cheers tuff
    They don’t always get it right in the bunker
    A few shockers last season( even after deliberation ) but never anything as unjust as what we witnessed last Friday
    Never will be intimated here myself here but have a feeling many are .
    Always enjoy your posts with genuine wit / humour and a left field approach .
    Still a few who post here I think are worth a read .
    Hopefully those absent will return …speaking of which where’s Geordie two these days ?


    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    whey something like that….hope the players show up today,we need a performance.

  • AncientC

    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    It looks to me like Yedlin has made the RB position his own. Considering Yedlin was at the press conference, I would be surprised if he isn’t in the side today.

    I would be interested to see Yedlin (sporting his Ibrahim Ba) on the RW, switch Richie to LW, and play Anita in behind Yedlin.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    ofd – well thanks for that very kind of you.
    Sometimes the obvious humour I try to inject is deliberately rejected by the Misery Brigade/those who want to be offended brigade.
    But their jokes (really should say attempts) are fine and were obviously jokes when posted.

    Ref the bunker in Oz – has it ever happened that the communication lines are down/faulty and the ref either does not get a reply or the reply is late.
    What happened did the crowd get restless/did it spoil the game etc etc.

    I think Geordie 2 is writing for another Toon blog.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Spotlight Kid
    from previous
    Don’t be so keen to commit people to the beyond.
    John McNamee is 75 amd living in Cumbria.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    rafa bingo lineup:
    yedlin lascelles clarke dummett
    shelvey hayden
    ritchie diame gouffran
    2-0 the toon

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Todays team

    imo I hasten to add

  • one fine day

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    As yet no issues with Comms drop outs
    All NRL games tend to be televised and as yet never heard of any issues .
    It’s similar to the cricket with appeals / decision pending/ insert add from kfc chick etc . Actually it has now become an accepted “feature ” of th game here .

  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Hayden Mbemba
    Ritchie Shelvey Gouffran

    We win 2-0.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Whoops Perez is out with a fever
    Must be Diamé in.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I must say I would like to see Sazzer’s line-up sometime.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah they definitely should use technology in the EPL, since all games are televised. It hasn’t just gotten key calls right in League, but having it has also added to the tension, and it also has given the players a little breather and so can actually improve the overall spectacle, rather than slowing it down as many thought it would. If anything the game has gotten faster and more exciting.

  • Legolas

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Confirmed Rafa bingo


    Anita lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Gouffran




  • toontaff2

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Raf Bingo,unchaged!

    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouff

  • toontaff2

    Dec 10, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Perez has been ill.
    Colback,Ginger JAck Pirate, not ready to play with 1 eye!
    Mitro could be an option.
    Mbemba as defensive midfield?

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18


    I will now go and hunt down the t**t that told me otherwise. BJM, a true hero – and still scrapping!! Great news indeed….

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    In both codes of Rugby , as well as the obvious clarifying of decisions – it has cut out lots of the skulduggery that went on behind the refs back.
    Would nancy-boy Lansbury have been so theatrical if he knew it would be up on the big screen seconds later ?

  • one fine day

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Are you in Aus then ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    ofd/Jimmy – thanks for those Oz perspectives.
    In the UK -as pointed out -it is used in the big rugby games- ref gets the answer back in seconds really without the game being spoilt at all.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #22

    In Japan at the moment, but yeah, emmigrated in 1970. Queenslander.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Also -as already pointed out – if the players know they will be caught out and sanctioned (there and then) it will inevitably lead to less play acting etc – which will lead to a better game.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Rafa bingo line-up.
    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran

    Going for a 3 -1 to the Toon

  • toontaff2

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Off to count the magpies in the park, walking the dog. Only way to predict the score!

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Curtis Good with 6 games and nearly 500 minutes for the U23s in PL2 already has had more game time this season since he was with Melbourne in 2011.
    Fingers crossed the club has finally come to grips with his fitness issues.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Couple of points about Ed’s “Rafa Reveals His Advice To Jonjo Shelvey” thread. Moving too fast with his threads this morning.
    (So although delayed, on topic and submitted as a genuine talking point and not to provoke any forms of abusive backlash).

    Firstly Ed’s take on the incident :-
    “Jonjo Shelvey slipped into his past ways a bit when he lost control with Henri Lansbury and lashed out at him, but only after the Forest captain had done the same to him.”

    Key words = “lashed out”

    Rafa comments :-
    “I didn’t have to say anything to him after the Forest game because he was apologising to everyone because he knew he made a mistake.”…………“Normally with Jonjo he’s fine in 99% of the situations and you have 1% where he loses control. ” “Hopefully he can control even this one per cent.”

    Now then – I think it is rather obvious that making a mistake/losing control can in NO WAY be attributed to Shelvey not having done anything wrong nor with him pulling his leg out of a tangle or wiggling his leg.
    It clearly suggests, no more than that, it means Shelvey kicking out.
    Shelvey would not be apologising for pulling his leg out or doing nothing.
    Also he would not be apologising for the ref sending him off.
    He is apogolising on behalf of himself for committing an offence.

    And before anyone starts ranting and raving -the overturning of the red (s) does not mean nothing happened. His offence still occurred and has not been expunged – just the punishment has been reviewed.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s taking a long time for the Ginger Makalele to get fit.

    That’s mine and quite a few others Rafa (all hail him) bingo selections bugg£red up.

    Shudaa waited. 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    i think it’s going to be a great day today, i feel it’s going to be one of those days where it just goes right.

    saying that, if i could make one change to the way he sets the team up, i would play Gayle in the role where Perez or Mo play and play Mitro up top as we don’t get enough from Mo or Perez other than running, i don’t think the position suits there style of play.

    on another note, how good a coach is CH at Brighton? what a guy, what a gentleman. hope they finnish 2nd behind us.

  • one fine day

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    So Broncos ?
    To be honest I watch it ( work for one o them I fact ) but always think it’s flat compared to football ( soccer ) but Se no reason why decent tech cannot help th epl and championship .especialy with all th money involved nosy oh would think it would be a given.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #31


    No lash out for me.

    Player apologising to team-mates for getting a red card is not an admission of guilt.
    He could easily have said “Sorry lads but I did f**k all”

    All opinion

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    mr T , with your greater logic skills, please inform us why the ref got it so wrong in this game. imo shelvey has nothing to say sorry for esp looking back with hindsight. something was made out of nothing and if anything shelvey was the victim 2times, once by the actor then by the ref

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib – even the commentator on that clip comments upon what he see Shelvey doing – ie committing an offence.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    the blog hasn’t changed much, i see some don’t watch the games but are qualified to pass judgement

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35




  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Mr T, now there is your problem, your listening to the cometary rather than trusting your own eyes, that’s why people are called sheep

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    I thought Lewis Dunk play-acted for Brighton’s second penalty.
    If the powers that be could eliminate simulation from the beautiful game it would be so much better to watch.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Redcliffe fan as a kid. Liked League at school. Very exciting game to play, you’d get a bit roughed up, but the 80 minutes flew by, unless you were stuck out on the wing. Follow State of Origin pretty keenly. It’s a good game at the highest level. Not as keen on Aussie Rules or Union though and I think “soccer” will inevitably now reel the other footy codes in Australia, and surpass them. It’s always been a popular participation sport, but the A league is a pretty decent standard now, and is getting some big crowds. It’s just the better game and there’s no keeping it down.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Going back to teams in the 50s and 60s tackles were harder then, we had a few that took no prisoners. Jimmy Scoular, Bobby Stokoe, McGarry and yes McNamee.
    People didn’t need to feign injury, when they went down it was usually for good reason. there was still a degree of play acting but not so much as there is now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #40

    catchy – posted about this previously but short summary.
    (please note this post is in reply to a fellow poster and not designed to invite an aggro).

    My take on it.
    Ref does not see the incident – thats obvious from the video.
    Linesman sees something – not the whole incident and informs the ref.

    Linesman has only seen Shelvey kicking out and Lansbury’s play acting (has not seen Lansbury fouling/scything down Shelvey)

    On the basis of what he’s been told the ref correctly (at the time and from what he’s been told) sends off Shelvey for violent conduct and awards a penalty.

    (Off ball incident adjudged to be violent in the box IS a penalty)

    NUFC plead not guilty.

    Commission review case with video and see entire incident and that no contact was made by Shelvey (or minimal?????) and see Lansburys deception.

    With new rules (following Haidara case) the Commission are allowed to be flexible in their decision making.

    Commision rule that as the contact did not occur/was minimal -the off the ball incident cannot be construed as violent . As such the ref should have shown a yellow card – hence error by ref in showing a red.

    As the red is wrongly issued – three match ban is not appropriate -hence overturned.

    (Dummett – ref error again – Lansbury definitely put the brakes on left a leg. But I think they will have adjudged – no goal scoring opportunity – hence red not appropriate).



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