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Howe Reveals A Couple Of His Changes Were Forced

Newcastle have hopefully gotten their season back on track with the 2-1 win against Wolves on Sunday. Goals from Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron proved enough to secure the full haul of points.

Newcastle have moved to fifth in the league table with matches in hand on the clubs around them. Next on the docket is a trip to Nottingham Forest where the lads will face two familiar faces in Jonjo Shelvey and Chris Wood.

Eddie Howe made the changes to spark the attack yesterday. He completely overhauled the front three with Alexander Isak, Jacob Murphy, and Allan Saint-Maximin getting starts. It turns out that some of the changes were forced.

Anthony Gordon was an unexpected absence. The winger was not in last week’s ‘Toon in training’ and it turns out he picked up an ankle injury at Manchester City. This is what Howe said about the missing attacker as published in The Chronicle:

“It was a strange one, because after the game there was no sign of an injury. But, I think, it was one of those that got worse the day of the game.

“It was from a tackle. It swelled up, we had it scanned. We were hoping that we could get away with it, and he would be all right, but unfortunately not, so he’ll probably miss the next two games.

“Not sure whether he’ll be back after the international break. We hope so, but not 100% certain.”

Callum Wilson was also not 100% fit after a tough week leading up to the match. Howe revealed the striker has again been struggling with an illness saying:

“(He) had a little bit of illness, nothing serious,”

“He did very, very well to make himself available to me today. He wasn’t 100 percent to take to the pitch but he did for the cause.”

While Howe’s lineup was affected by injuries, illness, and the suspension of Joelinton, the lads were able to get back into the win column. Now the focus shifts to Forest in another massive opportunity to secure three more points.

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111 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    Mar 13, 2023 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #81

    Ty21 yeah agreed, that explains quite a bit about his starting selections.

  • cleveleysbob

    Mar 13, 2023 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #82

    Thanks Davas, I’ll go and watch it now, cheers. 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2023 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #83

    As much as I’d have liked us to sign Richards if we’d deemed him a good fit, you can’t blame him for taking a contract with Chelsea, especially if the terms were better.

    Very few know at that age if they’ll really make it so to secure your family’s future, particularly when from a country with a lot of poverty, isn’t something I’d judge a person for.

    Chelsea also do have a good few routes to first team football through all the clubs they have partnerships with, even if he doesn’t make it for them. There’ll be a good chance that he will have first team games and opportunity, even if it lies away from Stamford Bridge.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #84

    The suggestion that all was well in pre war Germany is a load of rubbish.

    The suggestion that it was J**ish immigrants who were attacked is a complete load of tosh.

    The folk who were attacked were German citizens (mainly) but attacked because of their religion and not because they were immigrants.
    Kristallnacht was launched on November 9, 1938 when synagogues, J**ish building burnt down and their shops had windows smashed (the broken glass was like crystals – hence the name crystal night).

    This was pre war.

    Ya leftoid tosh on here is dangerous.

  • magicmac54

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #85

    As i have previously said i`m not a fan of Gary Lineker but as far as i`m concerned today is a great day for civil liberties and freedom of expression which we should all treasure in any fair and just society. Yes there is a problem with some of the migrants coming over in those small boats which needs to be addressed in a humane way, but it`s absolutely disgusting the emotive langauge being used to try and dehumanize these people who are fellow human beings after all. Irrespective of your political affiliation`s don`t let political agitators behind the scenes pull the wool over your eyes for their own Bankrupt Policies.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #86

    Chelsea just hoover up. took four of my u13’s, and they do that all over the place.

    Look at this squad list. You do not stand a chance. Richards has dropped a brick. Maybe, just maybe, 1 in a 100 will play for them.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #87
  • cyprus

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #88

    On the pen, had it been for us, would you have cried foul? Me, yes. If it had been given, none of us would’ve said we was robbed. So, VAR evening things out nicely.

    On subs, would’ve preferred if Eddie hadn’t said they were forced. He’s honest, which is good though.

    Better to have said we now have depth in the squad, everyone who played did their thing. And, in the future, there’ll be more changes during a game, all five of them.

    On the game, it’s so hard to win a game, by anyone, these days. So, congratulations for a gritty and, at times flamboyant, performance.

    Unfair to mention standouts because people like Longstaff, Trip, Bruno, Murphy and all others played a massive part. And no one was poor. Just two terrible moments, Trippi and Pope. It happens.

    So, just mentioning some names which stood out for me, in order: Isak, ASM, Burn, Joe, Almiron, Schar. Did I forget someone who played very well?

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #89

    Meanwhile, Brentford has signed a youngster, on a contract, who is good friends with my son, I know the family very well and even been on holiday with them.

    That is the way to do it.

  • Ap

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #90

    Ashworth says Newcastle will have a pathway to 1st team for young players to encourage them to sign for us. But if perrone.. Brazilian at chelsea and Richards are snubbing us then is Ashworth model working for us? Anyways early days and im sure we will get some young uns in

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #91

    Cyprus.. Willock?

  • cyprus

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #92

    He’s on the list.

    Why is players you’ve been on holiday with the way to do it?

    Just wondering 🙂

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #93

    Local lads, who will have a chance to make it. Chelsea just hoover up and throw them out. Brentford, like Fulham are more paternal to the youngsters they take on. Fulham took two players as well!!

  • magicmac54

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #94

    Getting back to football i think Forest at the City Ground is going to be a more difficult game than the Wolves game, they have a really impressive record at home this season so our lads will need to be at their best to beat them HWTL.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #95

    And, don’t forget my next door neighbour was a Fulham EPL player. We chatted a few times.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #96

    Magic, it is the use of number theory. Not lost for last 9 games at home (since Sept) so it is coming. 🙂

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #97


    For what it’s worth, it might be helpful if your comment #69 had been pointed at all who’ve expressed opinions rather than quoting and implicitly identifying me, in particular.

    I’m not surprised you did so after all, one can’t be expected ditch your loyalties to this current government – it seems that supporters of this current government don’t do that.

  • magicmac54

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #98

    Sir Peter the Pug

    Good afternoon Peter mate, are you and TDS and Dr Gloom attending the Newcastle v Southampton game in April young man?

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #99


    I can’t. In Toon 24-26 March but have “something” to do from April 3rd.

    If anyone fancies a pint Saturday 25th, give me a shout.

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #100



    Yes, it was mostly German nationals of Jewish stock among others who were targeted in 1930s Germany.

    You know the point being made but oh, no, you can’t accept that recent language employed by Braverman, Patel isn’t too far away from the likes of Farage.

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #101


    Don’t worry, it won’t be too long before your fellow travellers pile in.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #102

    Lesh!! Football blog. Just saying, for a friend. Banter 🙂

  • sparky55

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #103

    Would love to Sir P but on holiday that weekend.

    At some point in the future I’m sure we can catch up.

  • magicmac54

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #104

    Sir Peter the Pug

    I previously seen your post about being in the Toon between the 24th and 26th of March mate, and posted a few days ago that we will be in the Toon between the 28th and 30th of April and was inviting you lads for a few pints even if it means clearing the cobwebs from my wallet 😀 😀

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #105

    Lesh – give it a rest with your politico mischief.

    As for having a rant about Suella Braverman and suggesting she is a N*zi her bloody husband is J*wish.

    For God’s sake stop your leftoid hate. It is so so intense. Respect your fellow man.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #106

    Magic, misunderstood. Could make an April Sat/Sun game if could get tickets. Hway! I am still a Saints listed supporter (did it to get tickets to our away game). Will look that up. Rather be in the home end.

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #107


    Your point @102 is well made, but perhaps you could address it to others too?

    Just banta….

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #108

    Lesh, fair point. Well made.

  • magicmac54

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #109

    Sir Peter

    We are coming over for the Toon v Southampton game Peter it was switched to Sunday the 30th with a 2pm kick off time which is not a problem as we get an evening flight back usually at 9-50 pm, love to meet up for a few pints if you can make it, although your big Sister might not approve of you drinking alcohol 😀 😀 😀

  • dazzler

    Mar 13, 2023 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #110

    Lineker said the language was similar, i.e. blaming/victimising a group of people for all of societies current failings. In what way is he incorrect?

    In no way, shape or form did he compare the scope of the migrant issue with Germany in the 30s.

    It’s mental how mad people have gotten because a left leaning BBC media personality has an opinion over something. Where was this similar outrage when the gargoyle Alan Sugar was making much, much more explicit comparisons to the former opposition leader, even photoshopping him into a photo with Adolf?

    It appears selective outrage dictates that it’s fine to reference 1930’s Germany so long as it’s directed at a left wing politician during a targeted smear campaign, but abhorrent to reference 1930’s Germany when discussing actual policies being acted out by the actual current government.

    Strange that….

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 13, 2023 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #111

    Catchy, one of the reasons I stopped commenting on this site, was because of you and others.
    I personally do not think that Gl’s remark was not sports related.
    But yet again you try to stir things up way out of proportion.
    We are NUFC. A football club with passionate followers and should not therefore
    revert to political means, to follow your usual nonsense for the sake of it.
    I am 81, and can remember past glories, and sstill live in hope


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