Steve McClaren and Lee Charnley have both gone on record to state that Newcastle United will now be taking Cup Competitions seriously and actively try to win them. Some might say that’s supposed to be the whole point in football – but the club adopting this approach is better late than never! So here is your dedicated match thread to comment on the game currently under way at St.James’ Park.
Steve McClaren has made 9 changes from our recent draw with Manchester United following Tim Krul’s suggestion that the team is shattered after a long season of 3 games thus far. It is an opportunity for the fringe players to stake a claim for the 1st team whilst a couple of players will be trying to showcase their skills to potential suitors knowing that they are surplus to requirements (aka Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran).
Earning starts tonight are the likes of Rolando Aarons, Florian Thauvin and Siem De Jong. Despite being a back up team – it looks rather strong. It will be interesting to see what condition Aarons and De Jong are in following long lay offs last season and if they have the stamina to pull through 90 minutes. Meanwhile we get a more thorough look at future world’s best player Thauvin and the new English lads at the back (Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles) get a chance to impress. Our recent future prospect signing Ivan Toney may get an opportunity to hurt his former club should the management decide to give him a run later in the game. He starts on the bench.
Unfortunately there are no match threads so its a case of looking at the live feeds from BBC etc for your updates.
26 Darlow, 22 Janmaat, 15 Lascelles, 06 Williamson, 19 Haidara, 24 Tioté Booked, 11 Gouffran, 16 Aarons, 10 de Jong, 20 Thauvin, 17 Pérez. Substitutes: 03 Dummett, 04 Colback, 05 Wijnaldum, 18 Mbemba, 21 Elliot, 36 Toney 45 Mitrovic.
26 Clarke, 19 Watson, 04 Taylor, 23 Yates, 16 Buchanan, 15 Potter, 10 Adams, 08 Byrom, 18 McDonald, 06 Cresswell, 09 Richards. Substitutes: , 01 Smith, 07 D’Ath, 14 Hoskins, 17 Corry, 20 Calvert-Lewin, 21 O’Toole, 22 Hackett.
Referee: David Coote