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Sean Longstaff, Gayle, Murphy, And Ritchie Get Starts Against Spurs



This is the team Steve Bruce has named for this afternoon’s match against Spurs at St. James’ Park. It has five changes from the 3-0 defeat at Brighton.

It looks like Bruce has made some wholesale changes and is possibly reverting to five at the back. He’s also handed Jacob Murphy, Sean Longstaff, and Matt Ritchie rare starts. Dwight Gayle gets another shot after Bruce confirmed he is in talks for a new contract.

It’s great to see both Matty Longstaff and Elliot Anderson back in the squad along with Allan Saint-Maximin. It is a surprise that Ryan Fraser and Federico Fernandez were both left out.

Here is who Jose Mourinho will send out for the visitors.

Newcastle put themselves at risk of a place in the bottom three without a win today. Fulham are just two points adrift and take on Aston Villa after today’s match.

A reaction from last time out at Brighton is mandatory but with no wins in the last six, we’ll take one anyway we can get it. Hopefully, all these changes will make a difference.

Howay The Lads!


281 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Willock cannot have any complaints. Great first game… total lightweight since then.

    Bruced? who knows.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    No Carroll no Fraser??

    1
  • SiOliver

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    No chance, no points

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Where’s the bang in form Ryan Fraser. I wonder if it’s got anything to do with his quotes after the Scotland match posted on Nufc.com
    “We all want to play for the manager and when you feel like that you’ll run through brick walls for him”
    That’s not the exact quote as it’s not on anymore but it’s very similar. I wonder if Bruce has took that as a slight?

    10
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Tackle
    Bus moved but we said the same thing on previous thread! 🙂

    0
  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Wonder what tactics we employ ?

    It’s not even funny

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Krafth Shelvey and Gayle I the same side, cake walk for Spurs.

    That’s probably the worst selection I’ve seen from Bruce.

    What a joke.

    7
  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Most people knew the clown was utterly hopeless as a manager
    Seems he’s vindictive and narsasistic too

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    541

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    On a scale of 0-10 my optimism for this game is -10!

    Still I’ll settle down behind the sofa with my eyes closed!

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m going to let them spoil my Sunday too

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Why has he dropped Clark?

    The man’s a idiot, cabbage headed moron..

    Hes TRYING to take us down!

    7
  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s a 5 4 0 sadly

    1
  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    OP

    It’s been said he’s playing for the sack

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  • Slatymag

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Shelvey and Joelinton again, eh? I’m giving this one ten minutes to see if there is any application from the players. No point in sitting through 90 minutes of same old. Sad state of affairs given league position.

    4
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    I despise Bruce!

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    3-2

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Pity there’s no fans in the stadium, the cries of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ would be ringing out loud and clear.

    I’m almost hoping we get stuffed. Which from a supporter of over 65 years is a damning statement.

    1
  • matias

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Atl least he got rid of Manquillo, our worst defender by far.

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    He won’t walk, so he’s trying to get sacked and Ashley won’t sack him.

    They’re taking us down out of spite!

    Pair of shite hawks, egos bigger than their deformed heads.

    7
  • Zele

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    This looks like a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 formation as

    Kraft – Lascelles – Dummitt
    Murphy – Shelvey – Almiron – Longstaff – Ritchie
    Joelinton – Gayle

    I’m assuming that Fraser and Clark are not selected because of their international duties.

    And ASM because he isn’t fully fit.

    No idea how this will turn out.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Wheres Fed?

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  • jon.c

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Just cleaned my glasses cant believe the team selection this man will have us relegated no problem what a plonker

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Think Soton are winning 3 – 2 – good.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Tactics – big boot up to Gayle – he’ll not win any/many of those.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Not that I want to post but removing something which shouldn’t be removed is frankly censorship which makes this blog worthless. I posted a public profile of Mund on twitter, one that has 700 + followers. No comment, simply posted what he posts to the world, so why was it so uncomfortable to be posted here? What’s he ashamed of that we can’t see it here? It’s an advert for a like isnt it? Judge for yourselves –

    White circleCraigBlack circleWhite circle
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    Long suffering fan Black circleWhite circle White circleCraigBlack circleWhite circle
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    #NUFC #BeAGameChanger #MentalHealth

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    I wonder how long it will take us to get out of our own half with that set up?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    “I ain’t played right wing-back in about four years if I’m going to be honest. So when the gaffer asked me to do it, I’ll play anywhere he wants me to play.

    “I think that’s why we’re doing so well. It’s because everyone wants to play for the manager and when you want to play for the manager, you’ll do anything for him. You’ll run through brick walls for him”

    I think Bruce has asked him to play RWB in the past(as he has done with Murphy) and Fraser has said no, then said this???

    3
  • kimbo

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Nogoallinton must have to start as instructed by Ashley.

    2
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail

    Key phrase that stands out “when you want to play for the manager”

    Fraser doesn’t want to play for Bruce, never has as far as I can see – remember the hapless red card that he brought on himself rather than look like a fool doing what Bruce had asked of him.

    5
  • IrishRob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Its definitely not going to be 3 at the back, Keith Downie has to be wrong there, Bruce hasn’t played 3 at the back a single solitary time in his 2 years here. Keith has also said numerous times before that it was 3 at the back only for him to be wrong every time. Its going to be 541, anything else is just dreaming. And we can’t score with that formation with a fully fir squad nevermind without asm and Wilson. Its going to be a long day

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #32

    No Fraser. Why? How does Krafth start before Clark?
    We will get hammered. The bloke is an idiot.

    7
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Chris Waugh clearly impressed:

    Chris Waugh@ChrisDHWaugh

    Here are a selection of XI names who I think will be playing in some sort of system containing a back 5 today, although I am not entirely sure.

    6
  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruciesaurus hoofball here we go!

    Footin idiot!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Why is Krafth ahead of Manquillo? The questions are endless.

    3
  • kimbo

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Well what will be sung in Scumberland tonight.???
    Going down, going up but teams reversed this time.
    I now despise Newcastle United non Football Club. BRUCE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1
  • matias

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail if you watched last two games you know why Manquillo should never play for NUFC ever again.

    1
  • jane

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #38

    “I posted a public profile of Mund on twitter, one that has 700 + followers.”

    i think it must be a different Mund. i’ve given you a heart 🙂

    i’ve got a good feeling about today’s match, think we’re going to get point(s).

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Even if we had 22 players on the field and played 10-8-2 we’d still get hammered

    2
  • geordie157

    Apr 4, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #40

    If Murphy and Ritchie have good games and can get forward then we have a chance. If we’re on the back foot like usual it’ll be another painful watch.

    Kraft worries me, where’s Fernandez?

    S. Longstaff and Shelvey together, think I’d have tried playing both Longstaff brothers for this one.

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