The Newcastle team v Leeds has just been announced.

Huddersfield’s 96th minute win against Preston taking them to within seven points of NUFC.

Meanwhile, the teatime game has seen Brighton beat Wolves and go five points clear of Newcastle United

For tonight’s match, Rafa Benitez has made two changes.

Hayden comes in for Diame in the middle of the pitch, whilst the injured Dwight Gayle is replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Mitrovic

Subs:

Elliot, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Diame, Atsu, Murphy

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Time for the lads to step up to the plate with both Brighton & Huddersfield winning
    this game will sort the men from the boys

    • love toon despite

      Let’s hope so, Perez needs to be brave tonight!! The tackles will be flying in…

  • Leicester Mag

    Time to stand up and be counted. Good to see Hayden back.

  • Alreet

    Hayden being back will release shelvey to do more forward work. Diame has been poor and colback is the definition of headless chicken.

    Good to see anita at right back again. Yedlin is good on the overlap but anita keeps things tidy.

    Hoping for a good 3-1 with mitro and ritchie boxing things off

  • Vodkamagpie

    Let’s show our true class against this so called big team, a team that has made the playoffs once in 13 years I believe. Let’s beat them, and make Leeds fail to reach the playoffs. Way to much talk, time to play properly

    • Andy Mac

      I agree it’s time to play without fear, caution or predictability. Show the world watching on TV that this Newcastle United has something very special about it. HTL

  • MadMag83

    Get Perez off

  • Ed

    What is Shelvey doing in the left back position then pinging a 60 yard pass across the pitch, which is in flights for 3 seconds or so. Even I,67 years old could react in time and put in a challenge.

  • ToonTom

    Is it just me?

  • ToonTom

    We have torn Leeds apart in the second half. They haven’t been anywhere near our goal since the first half.

  • ToonTom

    And yet you just knew when the 5 mins of added time went up that they’d get one chance on 95 mins and score.

    • Jezza

      Sickening beyond belief. Not only do Huddersfield win in the 96th minute but then we are denied in the 96th minute. Those two last gasp goals have made a 4 point difference to our safety margin. Everything has gone against us today. I’m getting worried now.

  • ToonTom

    And they did.

  • ToonTom

    Naturally.

  • ToonTom

    46 years as a Newcastle fan teaches you to await the defeat even deep in the belly of victory.

  • ToonTom

    And there it was.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    shocking, threw 2 points away after being on top the whole game

    • Jezza

      Shocking but all too sadly predictable.

  • ToonTom

    Ncle 2, QPR 2
    N’cle 2, Bristol City 2
    N’cle 1, Leeds 1

    Never mind the shocking home defeats – it’s the shocking home draws that are killing us.

    • Jezza

      Not forgetting the lack of activity in the January window that could still be decisive.

  • Leicester Mag

    If anyone thinks that stupid carrot haired Mackem tw$t is a footballer they must be sniffing glue. This should be his last ever game for us.

    • ToonTom

      And yet it was Diame who was posted missing in action for Woods to wander in and score.

      • Jezza

        Colback and Diame were two very bad substitutions that probably played a huge part in us throwing it away.

        • Andy Mac

          No “probably” about it Jezza. Those substitutions send out the wrong signals to both us and them

          • Jezza

            Yes, Andy, t was a relief to me when I saw the starting eleven and there was no Colback or Diame. My heart sank during the closing stages when each of those two were brought on, especially Colback who has been a liability all season. I shudder to think how many points we have lost as a result of Colback’s constant rash and needless fouls around our box.

      • Leicester Mag

        Maybe but it was Colback done for pace giving away a stupid free kick that gave them the chance to lump the ball into the box everything led from that. He is utter $h1t

  • ToonTom

    I’m actually, genuinely in shock.
    Not because of the result but because you just knew it would happen – and it has, again!

    • Jezza

      Correct. I just knew it was coming.

      • Scottpaige

        Must be great to be right all the time !!!!

        • Jezza

          Just do one will you. I’m not in the mood for your playground antics tonight.

          • Scottpaige

            Says you who is on every post going. Picture of doom and gloom. You never stop moaning

          • Jezza

            I have got every right to voice my opinion. I use this forum to debate with fellow Newcastle fans about the state of our club. I can do without petulant adolescents coming on here just to have a pop at people, especially after a match like last night that has left all real Newcastle fans hurting.

          • Scottpaige

            So just because I don’t come on here with doom and gloom. Makes me not a real fan. I sat there in the ground last night “with real fans” as you say and went through that pain the same as everyone else like i do every other week !!!!!.

            So I am sorry that I’m not a real fan and could never be classed as one like you and all your other “fans” on here.

          • Jezza

            If you want to talk about football that’s fine. It is your constant personal sniping at anybody who doesn’t share your opinions that is unacceptable. The fact that you came on this forum last night and just started insulting people, not just me but other people too, when we were all hurting after the result gave the impression that you weren’t feeling it like the rest of us. Being a real fan is about more than having an expensive season ticket in a modern all seater stadium.

          • ToonTom

            Well said, Jezza.

          • Scottpaige

            I do apologise for coming on here last night and calling someone a “clown” for basically wanting Rafa to leave. !!!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    lost the midfield as soon as Hayden went off !

  • Richie

    The stupid fat little idiot deserves everything he gets, perez lascelles & diame shouldn’t be anywhere near the team, we’re playing with 8 men most of the time. What do we have to do to keep Benitez ? Let him go so we’re not all bored to death

    • MadMag83

      Yeah and while you’re at it lets get Pardew back as coach with McLaren as sporting director

    • Scottpaige

      Shut up you clown

  • ToonTom

    How many Easters and Christmasses can one team ruiin when it was so easy to avoid it?

  • hetonmag

    Total absolute shock if you want a team to get out of jail bring on Colback, the rest of the team played the best they have for a while and didn’t deserve that.

  • MadMag83

    Another awful referring performance. Mbemba should have been awarded a penalty and Leeds should not have finished with eleven men!

    Still don’t get why players try and time waste like that, it doesn’t end well. Either try and score a second or keep possession, mucking about by the corner flag might look effective but it wasted precious little time considering we had 5 bloody minutes of it.

  • ToonTom

    What’s most galling of all is that we played very well, never looked like conceding, and yet our lack of the killer second will always leave us victims of the breakaway equiliser. This was a game that should have been out of sight. Perez in front of goal had to be more decisive than give Green a sight of the ball. We have to give ourselves cushions in games, and we have simply stopped doing that.

    • Jezza

      We have gone through the entire season with only one top striker on our books. I knew that would be our achilles heel right back in September. I was concerned when we didn’t sign a second top striker in the summer and even more concerned when we didn’t sign someone in January to cover for Dwight Gayle who was injured by then. It is that failure to adequately strengthen our attack that could cost us everything before the season is out.

      • Leazes Ender

        You’re a guy who knows good sense….

  • ToonTom

    You have to assume that if we play like that in the last 4 games, surely we will pick up at least six points? That would leave Huddersfield needing to win all 5 of their rmaining games.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      we`ll get the points ok, but by [email protected]@k they make life hard for the fans

      • Coach Clagnut

        what’s new?

  • Steve Smith

    Well that’s Leeds’ cup final out of the way.

  • Kev-82

    If we’d played like that more often this season at home we’d be promoted already.

  • Leazes Ender

    This is a wake-up call… a wake-up call to Charnley…… ‘ARE THE CHICKENS COMING HOMER TO ROOST ‘….. no I didn’t think so….. moron ….. at least you’ve got your bonus again…. eh!

    • Coach Clagnut

      Charnley does as his Master bids. The ultimate Smithers

    • Andy Mac

      I was just thinking this afternoon why we didnt press BHA to sell us Knockeart ? Season would have been over by Christmas ?

    • Jezza

      Yes the club failed to adequately strengthen the attack last summer and passed up the chance to bring in some desperately needed reinforcements in January and as you say the chickens are coming home to roost in the final phase of our promotion campaign.

      • Vodkamagpie

        Please enlighten us to who exactly you would of bought for us in January

        • Jezza

          Scott Hogan would have done for a kick off.

          • Vodkamagpie

            Please, Scott hogan, really, why would we buy another striker, formation that we play is one striker, gayle 10Mil, mitrovic 14Mil, Murphy 3Mil, then hogan 12Mil, plus we would have Armstrong, riviere back for next season, for basically one position, doesn’t make financial business sense, does it

          • Jezza

            Well it all depends what your priorities as a supporter are. Success on the pitch for the team or money in Ashley’s bank account.

          • Vodkamagpie

            My priority would be Newcastle utd, be smart, financially and on the the field, we don’t need six average players to fill one spot in the starting eleven. Hence why we should sell gayle, mitrovic, Murphy, Armstrong, riviere, and absolutely don’t sign hogan

          • Jezza

            I don’t get it. If we miss out on promotion this season are you saying that while the rest of us will be inconsolable, you will be jumping for joy over that £30 million transfer profit?

          • Vodkamagpie

            Why would we miss out on promotion, we have been in the the top 2 for 85% of the season, 5points clear, with 4 games left, against mid table teams, who have nothing to play for, if anything, I still believe we will win the league. 30mil profit, should be invested in a striker that has the potential to get 20 premier league goals a season, that won’t happen with our current lot, for example, maybe a michy batshuayi, a possibility.

          • Andy Mac

            I’m not so sure a striker was what we really needed ? For some time the secondary striker/No 10 role has been the problem position and if we’d managed to solve that particular conundrum in January we would have had more creative options in the team and less chance of JJ getting marked out of the game.

            Creativity, as I’ve said a million times before, is sadly lacking in this current squad yet wouldnt take a kings ransom to put right !

          • Vodkamagpie

            What number 10 could we have possibly bought in January, baring in mind that we are in the championship currently, and that would be good enough for the premier league. Not many that I can think of. Wouldn’t it be wiser to get promoted, clear de Jong and saivet of the wage bill, bring in a quality number 10, for example, sigurdsson, a possibility

  • Wozzey

    I’m really not enjoying this season! I should know by now 50 years of supporting this lot they never do anything the easy way. Oh for a Beardsley, Waddle or an Andy Cole, for Christ’s sake just see the game out and get the three points! Three promotions I’ve seen, if, and it’s a big if, this is the fourth it’s been by far and away the worst! By the way you young uns it doesn’t get any easier the older you get!!!

    • Andy Mac

      If you were enjoying this season there’d be something basically wrong with you !

    • Coach Clagnut

      If Sociology, it’s a science you know, had of been invented back in the fifties, this club would be a definitive study in ” shoot yasell in the foot, go on, a knaa yi kin di it”

    • Jezza

      Yes I’ve seen those same three promotions and this season hasn’t felt like any of them. This has felt a lot more like 80/90 when we ended up just missing out on promotion after regularly shooting ourselves in the foot throughout the season.

  • Andy Mac

    1. We played well for most of the match

    2. We were positive up to the point where we scored
    3. We then created our own problems by stepping off the gas, bringing on players with nothing to add which gave Leeds the opportunity to attack a nervy team.

    FFS I want to see an NUFC team score the first goal and then pile on the pressure for the second, third and fourth. I’m getting royally sick of sitting back and waiting to hit them on the break. We should be better than that ?

  • ToonTom

    Okay, so minute 95 last night was agony (in a footballing sense – let’s not lose what others think is our renowned ‘lack of perspective’), and (despite the excellent level of play throughout the previous 94 minutes) I genuinely lost sleep about it which I wouldn’t have expected from what is essentially a TV fan these days (I think I wouldn’t be if I wasn’t 200 miles away, but that’s a moot point – I’m not hardcore, that’s for sure, and never have been). But here’s the rub, deep in the early hours a (now) rather obvious fact occurred to me, we have not lost the Championship in the last few games, nor even played particularly badly in them – the reality is that in the last 9 games, we have played the sides which are currently:
    1st (W), 3rd (W), 4th (D, should have W), 5th (D), 6th (L), and 7th (L).
    In our 3 other games, we have won 2 and drawn 1 (technically a win at Birmingham if the referee had applied the laws of the game correctly for Ritchie’s disallowed goal – where have we heard that one recently?). In all those games – mainly played without our star striker – we have really only been very poor against an inspired Fulham side. Brighton and Huddersfield have obviously had to play the same set of fixtures, but I doubt very much that they played the other members of the Top 7 in a run of just 9 games. So we have handed Brighton the Championship trophy (and I genuinely will send a congratulations card to Hughton when they do it), and kept Huddersfield in the race – but not in the last 9 games. The games we threw it away were Wolves, Blackburn, QPR, and Bristol City at home, and Blackburn and – of course – Forest away. We should have taken a comfortable 14 points from those games and instead we took just 2. Those 12 points – with a bit of reality in other games such as Brighton and Huddersfield away – would have seen us sitting now on about 93 points (technically 97, but we can’t have it all our own way here, we had some unexpected results along the way).
    So, what’s the takehome message? There are 3, I think:
    If we’d made Brighton an unrefusable offer for Knockaert, we’d now be up with 100 points or more. That’s life. We tried, and it wasn’t to be.
    Barring absolutely criminal luck, to pip us Huddersfield have to complete a truly astonishing run-in of about six consecutive wins.
    We now have a four-game mini-season against clubs with only mid-table to fight over. Assuming Huddersfield ultimately win no more than 88-90 points, we need a win and two draws to secure promotion.
    Huddersfield’s next two games are Derby away followed by Fulham at home. If Fate is kinder to us in those games that it was yesterday, we could be up on the evening of Monday, April 24.
    I’ll be back at my armchair in front of the TV. Many of you will be in the ground. Play against Ipswich and Preston the way we played against Leeds last night and we will all be dancing in the streets of Raith at long last after this strangely disappointing season!

  • ToonTom

    I posted this about an hour ago and it’s disappeared so here’s all I had in the clipboard …
    Okay, so minute 95 last night was agony (in a footballing sense – let’s
    not lose what others think is our renowned ‘lack of perspective’), and
    (despite the excellent level of play throughout the previous 94 minutes)
    I genuinely lost sleep about it which I wouldn’t have expected from
    what is essentially a TV fan these days (I think I wouldn’t be if I
    wasn’t 200 miles away, but that’s a moot point – I’m not hardcore,
    that’s for sure, and never have been). But here’s the rub, deep in the
    early hours a (now) rather obvious fact occurred to me, we have not lost
    the Championship in the last few games, nor even played particularly
    badly in them – the reality is that in the last 9 games, we have played
    the sides which are currently:
    1st (W), 3rd (W), 4th (D, should have W), 5th (D), 6th (L), and 7th (L).
    In
    our 3 other games, we have won 2 and drawn 1 (technically a win at
    Birmingham if the referee had applied the laws of the game correctly for
    Ritchie’s disallowed goal – where have we heard that one recently?). In
    all those games – mainly played without our star striker – we have
    really only been very poor against an inspired Fulham side. Brighton and
    Huddersfield have obviously had to play the same set of fixtures, but I
    doubt very much that they played the other members of the Top 7 in a
    run of just 9 games. So we have handed Brighton the Championship trophy
    (and I genuinely will send a congratulations card to Hughton when they
    do it), and kept Huddersfield in the race – but not in the last 9 games.
    The games we threw it away were Wolves, Blackburn, QPR, and Bristol
    City at home, and Blackburn and – of course – Forest away. We should
    have taken a comfortable 14 points from those games and instead we took
    just 2. Those 12 points – with a bit of reality in other games such as
    Brighton and Huddersfield away – would have seen us sitting now on about
    93 points (technically 97, but we can’t have it all our own way here,
    we had some unexpected results along the way).
    So, what’s the takehome message? There are 3, I think:
    If we’d made Brighton an unrefusable offer for Knockaert, we’d now be up with 100 points or more. That’s life. We tried, and it wasn’t to be.
    Barring
    absolutely criminal luck, to pip us Huddersfield have to complete a
    truly astonishing run-in of about six consecutive wins.
    We now have a four-game mini-season against clubs with only mid-table to fight over. Assuming Huddersfield ultimately win no more than 88-90 points, we need a win and two draws to secure promotion.
    Huddersfield’s next two games are Derby away followed by Fulham at home. If Fate is kinder to us in those games that it was yesterday, we could be up on Monday, April 24.

    • Jezza

      What you said makes a lot of sense nevertheless I’m worried our promotion dream might be slipping away from us. Before yesterday we had a 10 point lead with 5/6 games to play. Now it’s 8. No need to panic just yet, that much is clear but I can’t help thinking back to our title challenge in 95/96 when our 12 point lead evaporated in just 5 games. Then when you consider two 96th minute goals making a 4 point difference to the size of our lead over Huddersfield yesterday you can’t help thinking fate is against us.

      • Andy Mac

        Calm those jangled nerves Jezza. Even though we’re stuttering and failing to kill teams off there’s more than enough points still to be won to make this a promotion year even if it is on the coat tails of BHA ?.

        • Jezza

          I’m worried, Andy. I’ve got to admit it. If we’d just held on for 1-0 last night I’d be feeling an awful lot better about our prospects. Another thing that concerns me is that without Dwight Gayle the goals are drying up. 6 goals in 7 games since the win over Huddersfield not to mention 2 wins in our last 7. That’s not promotion form.