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Unchanged Team For Newcastle – Rondon On Bench


Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the vital game at Southampton this afternoon and it’s an unchanged team from last week which did so well against Brighton and were so unlucky to lose the game.

Salomon Rondon is on the bench along with Fabian Schar who keeps out the fit-again Ciaran Clark.

Ki Sung-yueng is also on the bench for today’s game.

Salomon Rondon– on the bench today

This is some of what Rafa said in his press conference yesterday about the game:

“Rondon is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from Florian Lejeune and Jamie Sterry,”

“You can see that we signed Rondón as the main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.”

“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”

“I would like to see us play at the level we played against Manchester United at Old Trafford,”

“I didn’t say we were better away – that is not true. But, when you play away and you play the way we play – with the chances we had, the belief and the determination – I like to see the team playing at this level.”

“We have to try and stay calm, and try to reassure the players. What we did last year is the way to change things now – we have to try and do things in the same way.”

“We were talking about the methodology, the training sessions, the approach for the games – a lot of the things we did last year and two years ago and went right – why do we have to change all of these things?”

“Obviously, we are changing little things that we have to improve – we have to make less mistakes, and we have to be more precise in the final third.”

“But, in terms of everything that we have been doing for years and have been successful, we have to carry on like this.”

“When you start changing too many things, it’s a massive risk.”

“It’s a massive risk. When you start changing this and changing that, it could be worse.”

“I think we are so close to being out of the bottom three, and we are so close to winning the first game.”

“We to believe we will do it because we did it last year.”

About two fans in five think we can win this game this afternoon – let’s hope they are right – we need a win!

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475 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Southampton: McCarthy, Cedris, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand (c), Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Elyounossi, Ings, Austin
    Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Long, Gabbiadini

    0
  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Perez is the only annoying selection. He does nothing for a forward. With his lame shots hes a liability. Rondon should have started in his place. Rondon Muto would have been a good starting pair.
    However we’re in the Spanish era aren’t we!! Thankfully Joselu not starting.
    Nevertheless, hope we get that first win. HWTL.

    5
  • ShearMagic

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Today is the day, today HAS to be the day our season starts. Away victory will do an awful lot in terms of confidence.
    Strikers need to be clinical today.
    Also big game for me as I went to school with Jack Stephens who is on the Southampton ranks! Pride at stake. Howay the lads!!!

    0
  • ShearMagic

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh and he’s in the lineup aswell. Thanks for that AncientC

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Bus moved just as I posted

    Todays team

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernández, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diamé, Kenedy; Ayoze Pérez; Yoshinori Muto.

    Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schär, Ki Sung-yueng, Christian Atsu, Joselu, Salomón Rondón.

    Exactly as most of us expected.

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad the same line-up
    Just hope we get a bit more from Perez
    Take him to score today

    0
  • mac the jaffrey

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Perez by the law of averages is gonna grab a brace today

    Hopefully

    1
  • ShearMagic

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    LaurentRobert
    Was never gonna start rondon after injury, maybe its time for him to impact when coming on. Hopefully not as late as the 60th minute as is often the case. And yes. Thank god no hos to begin with. Chances of joselu coming on instead of rondon?! Please no!

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Murphy not even on bench?

    0
  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Perez the golden boy!

    2
  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Perez first name on the team sheet what does he do for rafa to start him every game.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Trust the munster man….. Toon and munster to both win today. Perez to score. Htl

    0
  • mac the jaffrey

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Shocked at no Murphy, his pace and directness should be what we’re looking for surely. Expect crosses from Ritchie to nothing other than their defender’s heads.

    Above all I’d like to see us shoot on sight, not keep looking for one last intricate little pass, just leather it every now n then…..make them work!

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    With a bit of luck and some compensatory payback from the ref. we should win 10-0, but somehow!!!!

    0
  • Tuttelbom

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Perez and Diame in lineup again.
    I should better start drink again and become dead drunk at FT.

    0
  • kimbo

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Perez in ,Rafa out

    0
  • Bambams

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Boys

    Perez isn’t doing great I know, but still as long as he is wearing our colours I will still support him.

    I have expected more from him, at times a lot more – but he is a Toon player and he does have a goal in him – I hope he has it today.

    We need 3 points today you lot – that is a must

    8
  • crawfordm

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I am getting angry with the constant selection of Perez. Stubborn Benetiz . He has been shite all season and majority of last !!!

    1
  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Perez brace the day.

    0
  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #20

    I think this is a really important game to see our true level as Hughes has really kick-started the deterioration of this Southampton side so if we’re dominated by them then we really are in trouble.

    He’s turned a promising squad full of exciting young players into a dull flat 4-4-2 mess that doesn’t show any of the talent of the squad so if we lose to them badly then I’ll be even more concerned.

    4
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Feeling a bit more optimistic about todays game, even got my popcorn at the ready waiting for ilt8788 and the rest of his mackem friends to start shouting for Rafa to go.

    4
  • chicousa

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Neil Ashton on the pregame program reported that if Newcastle loses again today that Rafa could very well be sacked…?

    Not being familiar with Mr Ashton, wonder where the hell he is getting his info from?? Oh out of his arse, you say? 😉

    2
  • mac the jaffrey

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Fancy us today, I really do.

    As bambams says, they’re all toon players and will have my support. One thing that’s for sure is that they’ll try and if we go out like we did against ManUtd we’ll have that win in the bag as Hughes won’t have a plan b and won’t muster a change up the gears like Mourinho did.

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    a very scrappy game. but with perez there again, I can’t see us being any threat going forward similar to what happened at brighton. we will score first and rafa will park the bus and ings and Austin will punish us.

    Southampton 2 – Newcastle 1.

    more doom for rafa.

    1
  • crawfordm

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Ings and Austin upfront for Saints. According to people on here two over rated sicknotes who would should not touch with a barge pole. We offer Perez with Rondon coming on after 80 minutes. Would take either of Ings/ Austin tbh

    0
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26

    People wont like this but hoping soton win. Need to get relegated to lge 1 to get rid of ash

    0
  • Mike 'God' Ashley

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #27

    The Mags are going doon! The Black Cats are going up! The cat will feast once more on the magpie in the Championship, tearing it to shreds as we blast past them back into the PL!

    We’ve already had our nadir, we’ve been through the necessary transformation and now we’re building from scratch for a better future, all pulling together in the same direction.

    You’re yet to have your darkest days and they will be oh so much worse than ours given the extent of rot.

    Keep turning up to pay your tithe to Ashley, keep supporting one of your worst managers of all time – all is on track fro the Black Cats to have the ascendancy once again!

    F*** the Loonytoons!

    1
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #28

    TSN pre – match coverage pretty strongly anti- Ashley. So the narrative is changing, a year / 2 years ago you’d expect to hear a lot of vanilla whitewash type preamble on NUFC / Ashley but not any more. It is changing slowly but surely.

    Sky also did a video today chronicling Ashley’s tenure and whilst it was pretty unbiased, as you’d expect, it was highlighting the overall failings.

    0
  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Ban this prick

    2
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Get off our blog, Get off our blog, you fat fkiin mackem … I mean bastd, get off our blog!!!

    0
  • jasper

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Any streams – that don’t ask for a credit card?

    0
  • Mike 'God' Ashley

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Truth hurt, Armpit!

    Another gormless Mag with no stones to affect change.

    0
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #33

    I second Gonufc. Saints are a shambles these days and keeping Mark Hughes in full time was a terrible move. Awful manager, who over time systematically destroys teams. If we lose to them comfortably I think it’s fair to say we are 90 percent gone. I expect them to be right down there with us all season.

    0
  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #34

    That depends Jasper… Rafa in or Rafa out?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Well, I suppose MGA deserves some credit for not pretending to be a Toon fan.

    Still deluded though.

    4
  • Jammy-D

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I get all the Perez bashing I really do, the poor lad couldn’t score on a night out in Tenerife (see what I did there), but who else do we play there. Muto ran around like a headless chicken when I saw him playing in that role, i get the calls for either Ritchie or Kennedy there but I’d prefer them on the wing and does that leave Longstaff? I’d like to see him play there but it’s a big a ask in our predicament…

    1
  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

    3
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Jasper – download acestream free of charge and then go to reddit / soccerstreams and copy and paste the acestream code links into the media playback option in acestream. It will revolutionise your illegal football consumption.

    0
  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Yup Geremi that’s exactly what im doing.

    0
  • Black and white armpit

    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Perfect HD here

    1
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