Teams announced – Only one change for Newcastle team v Stoke, Vurnon Anita replacing Jack Colback.
The Geordie midfielder both injured and suspended for today’s match.
Looking at the bench you have to say the team pretty much picked itself, difficult to see what other options were realistically available to Steve McClaren.
Although a surprise and disappointing to see Rolando Aarons not making the bench, even though apparently back to fitness now.
NUFC starting 11 v Stoke:
Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic
Woodman, Lascelles, Haidara, Thauvin, Gouffran, de Jong, Cisse
Stoke City team:
Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic, Walters
Haugaard, Ireland, Wilson, Afellay, Van Ginkel, Diouf, Crouch