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Howe Provides Another Potential Selection Hint Ahead Of Forest Trip

During his press conference for Wolves, Eddie Howe raved about Jacob Murphy’s contributions this term. The winger has appeared in every league match though generally as an impact substitute.

Howe hinted that Murphy was in line for a start saying:

“I think he’s done very well off the bench this year but that’s not to say that’s his sole role. He’s done well when he’s come on in the last few games and that’s not lost on me.

“He’s pushing to start and there’s no doubting his qualities.”

That proved to not be lip service as Murphy was in the starting eleven on the right wing replacing Miguel Almiron who had previously started every league match.

Murphy got the job done with a solid display in his first start since the FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough in January. Almiron was not to be outdone as he took on the super sub role with a late match winner.

That sets up some intrigue heading into the match at Nottingham Forest on Friday. Will Jacob retain his place or will Miggy resume duties down the right flank?

Howe has provided some further speculative fodder with the following comment to The Chronicle about Almiron:

“I would not say he’d had a tough six weeks. I think he has been excellent.

“Maybe he hasn’t had the goals he had earlier in the season, but by his high standards that is very difficult to replicate on a consistent basis.

“I just felt a rest and a refresh of him would do him the world of good.”

Howe’s team selection will again be a point of intrigue. He made five changes to spur the first win since January. Whether he’ll continue that trend or reward the eleven who downed Wolves remains to be seen.

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140 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Cough cough

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Dog, been caught on blog during night school.

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Go with the same starting 11 I reckon, they all played well enough to keep their spots. Miggy is very dangerous to bring on from the bench and another little rest will do him no harm.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    CH, its a bit rich of you to give out to Dayvan, even if you have a point ( and you do i think) because you are regularly talking about ass licking etc?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Bet you’d get a load of opinions on Almiron’s position! Right winger? Right-sided midfielder? Right-sided forward? Attacking midfielder played on the wing??

    Simpler to say he plays on the right wing most of the time I’d say…but you could easily go deeper when talking about his role tracking back and preference to cut inside.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Adaqmn. Agreed.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Adam, same thoughts as me. Has to go with the same 11.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry about making you queue.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    We will start with the same starting 11 as we did against Wolves. The thing is Miggy came of the bench and scored which worked and Murphy had a decent game so not care to drop him.

    Eddie always keeps the same team after a victory (unless enforced changes due to injury)

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Well. off and trotting. Have a good night all.

  • coming home

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster iv called you a Raj Rimmer yes but can you not see the difference
    Have I ever brought posters family into it ?
    Have I ever talked sexual bandage or crap ?
    No I just take the piss (banta) no malice or insults

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Howe will stick with the same team, Murphy earned his place, and with Gordon still absent due to injury I’d rather rely on Miggy making an impact from the bench, I think the combination of him and Trippier has been found out.

  • Vask

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    There is a chance I feel that if Murphy starts it’ll be for maxi. Maximise our press in the early part of the game and unleash maxi against the tiring legs of the Notts forest defense for at least the last half hour.

    It would be a shame to break up the partnership that isak and maxi are building though so I suppose it depends on the strategy the management chooses.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #14


    Blank DayvanCowboy, rise above it as you are way too good to engage with such folk. It will only bring the blog down to this strange fookers level. 😉

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #15

    My thoughts turn to FPL H2H, I need Toney to not score (as TY captained him and I did too but did not confirm the change so that does not help me)

    I have:
    – a 3 point lead
    – 3 points incoming as Sanchez isn’t playing for Brigton so Sa comes in for 3pts.
    – Veltman
    – Toney but not captained!!!!

    Vs TY having
    – Toney captain.

    If I lose this I might need a “sexual bandage”


  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it’s very unhealthy when someone can post with such hatred. You have to feel sorry for them, they must have a disturbed life. Shame…

  • JohnJ

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Ok different subject for a wee while.

    Some weeks back there was some posts regarding “Post Boxes”. I think with the forthcoming CR boxes?’

    Well I’ve been keeping my eyes open and I saw a GR (George Rex) Post box today at the junction of Churchill Ave and Cedartree Gardens in Whitley Bay.

    Ah well back to football eh?

  • JohnJ

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #18

    15th March 2013

    So it’s a trip to Benfica in the quarter finals of the Europa league next – Haway the Lads!!!

    Those days can come back again soon!

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #19


    Well done Sir.

    So far (in Whitley alone) I have found:

    Whenever I pass a postbox I check.

  • The Ledge

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #20

    I see the serial hearter is out again tonight.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Evening Ledge fella, aye it’s sad re certain folk hearting themselves. Must make them feel powerful 😆

  • The Ledge

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Fenham …..How are you getting on mate .
    Its fairly sad alright.
    Nowt so Queer as folk as they say .

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Evening Ledge, I’m good thanks mate work is keeping me really busy with Temporary Works needed designed by me to hold parts of the building structures up whilst demolition works take place. Hope you are well mate.

    Aye there is nowt as queer as folk at times 🙄

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #24

    JohnJ. Going up to the Bay in 2 weeks to look at houses. Have you any input? None is fine but knowledge is good.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #25

    So threatening drunken behaviour mixed with a rich sprinkling of homophobia. Just another day on the blog!

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ll take the Toney goal for H2H 🙂 although Brentford still need not win this one

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #27


    I live in Whitley and am happy to offer insight.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Good point JohnJ I cannot wait for European nights again. I’ve got so many great memories of many away days in Europe following the toon. Inter Milan sticks out as one of the most memorable. Unbelievable support we had, we out sung their fans at the San Siro happy days. Which I’m very confident will be replicated next year. I still have faith in a top4 finish and CL spot. However I’d still be absolutely overjoyed with a Europa spot too, as it will still mean we would be at least 2-3 year ahead of the curve 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Mind you RH, not an immigrant mentioned or Linacre so some progress 🙂

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #30

    TTT, that would be appreciated.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #31

    CH, without getting too sensitive, the constantly rimming stuff is a bit gross.

    Aaanyway, back to footie.

    Fenners , dont think u have been on much, although neither have I. Brilliant game the other day eh?

    And only two nights to the next one 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Watching the Magpie Channel. Gorgeous concept kits. Especially the home kit

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #33

    No problem Pug. Perhaps we can arrange to meet when you are in the bay?

    If not I can ask Neil to give you my email address.

    To be fair I have only lived here since 2006 and only on my 3rd house but I am pretty familiar with the overall area of Whitley/Monkseaton.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Aye Munster, the lads showed up v Wolves. Isak was just what we needed and lacked for so long, this young man will be a force to be reckoned with in time. He took his goal very well and that’s 4 EPL goals in 6 games, so we have our CF now. Miggy took his goal well, he will hopefully come on as a sub the next game against Forest and do the same again.

    I se Forest have a bit of an injury problem for our game and don’t have a recognised striker up front for them if Johnson doesn’t play.

    Then it’s the biggy, the scum of manure at the cathedral on the hill. They are without Casemiro, and we have big joe back. Let’s give them some karma and 9 points from 3 games. It’s very possible and will get us right back on track for a top 4 finish.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    TTT , I have asked the blog to forward my email address.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Obviously a lunch or dinner.

  • Vask

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Funny post boxes came up. I passed a VR one today. Not in use but still in place built into a wall, painted black.

    On FPL so far so good for me. Now for Ferguson to get on and set up mitoma…

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #38

    You will have to put up with the Rabbit!

  • Ap

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyone ever find out who the phantom hearter is?

  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 15, 2023 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #40


    Sounds goods, I know several good places for lunch or dinner in the Bay.


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