Newcastle have just announced the side for the important game against Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle fans have not been able to celebrate a win since we took Chelsea apart on May 13th, 3-0 at home in the final game of last season.
That win followed four successive defeats.
So let’s hope we can get all 3 points this afternoon to get our first points at St. James’ Park this season.
Chris Hughton – Brighton manager
As expected there’s just one change in the side with fit again Paul Dummett coming back into the side after recovering from injury.
He replaces Javier Manquillo who drops to the bench.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 20, 2018
It’s interesting that Ki Sung-yueng doesn’t make the bench today with Isaac Hayden preferred.
This is what Rafa has said about today’s crucial game:
“The first win is always the most difficult. As soon as we win the first game, I think we will start having more confidence and it’ll be easier for us,”
“At the same time, we are playing at home, so our fans have something to prove – they have to prove that Bruno was wrong.”
“Bruno was talking about the fans, saying they will be on top of the players if they make mistakes, and things like that.”
“Our fans are very clever – they know that this team, they care. They work really hard.”
“The players know our strengths and they know our weaknesses, and one of our strengths is having our fans behind the team.”
“So, I think if the fans see something wrong, they will still be supporting the team.”
Almost seven in ten fans think we can will this game.
Let’ s hope they are right about that.