This is the team Steve Bruce has picked for the FA Cup tie at Rochdale. It has five changes from the loss to Leicester City and consists of all senior members of the squad.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 4, 2020
Steve Bruce wasn’t kidding when he said he’d choose as strong a side as possible. He’s kept Martin Dubravka in goal.
It looks like the lads will line up with four at the back unless he’s going to use both Isaac Hayden and Emil Krafth as part of a back three with Atsu as a left wing-back.
Dwight Gayle doesn’t make the trip, which means his time at Newcastle could be up this month. Despite traveling with the team, Ludwig Francillette doesn’t make the squad.
However, Lewis Cass, Elias Sorensen, and Tom Allan do along with Matt Ritchie and Ki Sung-yueng getting back into the team.
This is who Brian Barry-Murphy has selected for our opponents. Youngster Luke Matheson only makes the bench.
— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) January 4, 2020
Hopefully, we can get a comfortable win today to progress to the Fourth Round. Bruce has kept his word to field a strong team, so there are no excuses to not get the victory this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!