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Surprise Poll Results – This Goalkeeper Number One

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There's no doubt that our double acquisition of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest for just £7M in the summer of 2014 has turned out to be a stellar buy for Newcastle. Jamaal is now the Newcastle captainat only 23 years-old and he is improving all the time under Rafa Benitez and his [.

Newcastle Fan Claims He Had To Jump Onto Pitch During Huddersfield Match Because ‘His Tattoo Was Hurting’

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The Newcastle fan who got himself pinched for attempting to invadethe pitch duringthe recent 3-1 win overHuddersfield Town has claimed he simply had no choice but to encroach.

Reece Smailes was charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to entering the playing area when he spilled over the safety barrierfollowing Dwight Gayle's 91st-minute goal at The John Smith's Stadium on 4th March.

Some Good News From Rafa Benitez

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There's some good news from Rafa Benitez this morning that Isaac Hayden should be back in training at Newcastle in a few days and there has to be a very good chance he will be fit for our next game at home to Wigan a week on Saturday. It will be a welcomereturn for Hayden [...]

Sir Les Explains The Poor Home Form Of Newcastle

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50 year-old former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand has tried to explain why the home results this seasonhave been so poor for Newcastle. We have lost five of our 18 home games this season yet away from home we have lost only three of the 20 games played. The latest set-back at St. James' Park was [.

Newcastle Goalkeeper On Why Team Is So Successful

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Karl Darlow has been one of the pleasant surprises this season in that he has performed a lot better than we expected. Maybe it shouldn't be that much of a surprise, after he came in over the last eight games of last season when Rob Elliot was injured and performed so well for us and [...]

Former Striker – Rafa Has Done Fantastic Job At Newcastle

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Les Ferdinand has been visiting Newcastle and he has been interviewed in the Chronicle today. Les was part of that great Kevin Keegan side of the 1990s that thrilled not only Newcastle supporters but the rest of the football world in the way they played the game attacking other sides from the kick-off.

Another Player Now Doubtful For Wigan Game

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Another injury blow to Newcastle yesterday when Daryl Murphy returned to the club with a calf injury after he left the Republic of Ireland squad and he is now doubtful for the vital game against Wigan a week on Saturday at home. Daryl had been sent for a scan on the injury by the Ireland [...]

Good News – Players On The Mend At Newcastle

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After the disappointing draw at Birmingham last Saturday Rafa has more players injured with Grant Hanley the latest to pick up a knock and he's now back at Newcastle having withdrawn from the Scotland squad. Grant picked up the injury at Birmingham so it wasn't while he was training with Scotland and it's an ankle [.

Newcastle Player – Big Push Coming For Promotion

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Ayoze Perez had a decent game for us at Birmingham on Saturday in the disappointing 0-0 draw and hopefully the Spanish U21 International is in good form and can help us score some goals in the final 8 games of the season. Once things start up again on April 1st after the two week International [...]

Only Two Newcastle Players In Championship Team Of The Season

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Only two Newcastle players have made the Championship Team of the Season Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey yet surprising Brighton have four players in the side. Not sure how Murray made the cut but their other three players Stockdale, Dunk and Knockeart are all good players. But Matt Richie and Ciaran Clark surely [.

Rafa Benitez Heaps Praise On Newcastle Defender

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Grant Hanley is a player who may not be fully appreciated at Newcastle and he could still have a good future under Rafa Benitez on Tyneside. Grant is a dour Scot and a leader both off and on the pitch and those are the type of individuals you want in any successful squad. Hanley is [...]

Our Man Of The Match Could Be Player Of The Season

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Matt Ritchie is once again our Man of the Match against Birmingham, when we had a disappointing 0-0 draw and have now dropped 7 points in the last three games.

Why Rafa Is Pleased The International Break Is Here

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A few of Newcastle's players currently have injuries Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin being the latest two injured. But players like Isaac Hayden and Rolando Aaron could be ready to play on April 1st when the Championship games continues and we play Wigan at home. Ciaran Clark is an important player for us and [.

Newcastle Injury Problems Mount

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Ciaran Clark will be staying on Tyneside to get attention for his knee injury and Mo Diame has now retired from International duty so he will also be on Tyneside for the next two weeks. And it turns out that two more Newcastle players Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot and Scotland center-back Grant Hanley have [.

Rafa Reveals Logic Of How To Use Shelvey Yesterday

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It turns out that Jonjo Shelvey had a high fever on Friday and wasn't passed fit to play yesterday. But he did start on the bench and we suppose in an emergency he came on for the final 12 minutes to try to help Newcastle get the winner. Rafa must have been tempted to start [...]

Blues Manager 100% Certain Newcastle Will Win Championship

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Wigan, Leeds and QPR are three teams who have won at St. Andrew's over the last month in the Championship, so we expected Newcastle to be able to take all 3 points yesterday. But the game ended up in a 0-0 draw a very disappointing result for the Magpies but Blues manager Gianfranco [...]

Split Reaction To Draw From Newcastle Fans

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It's not too surprising that Newcastle fans were split on thereaction to the draw at Birmingham yesterday when we were expected to beat an off-form Blues side. But we didn't, even though we had the chances to do that, but it was the same old story we missed chances and their goalkeeper was outstanding [.

Newcastle Did Everything Yesterday – Except Win the Game

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It was just one of thosedays yesterday when once again poor officiating in the Championship cost Newcastle three points as a Matt Ritchie goal in the first half was disallowed for offside but replays showedthe goal should have stood. That would have given Newcastle the goal they needed and all 3 points but surely this [.

Diame, Perez And Murphy Start – Shelvey Sick – On Bench

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Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. Andrew's this afternoon against Birmingham City and there's a surprise with Jonjo Shelvey sick and he starts on the bench. Mo Diame will play in central midfield with Jack Colback and let's hope we don't miss the creativity of Shelvey in this [.

Alan Shearer Loves Bristol City – But Only In Short Term

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Here's the tweet Alan Shearer put out at the end of the Bristol City vs Huddersfield game last night that ended in a surprise 4-0 win for the 3rd bottom placed Robins side after they were 2-0 up at half time. That has given Newcastle a huge opportunity today to go 9 points above the [...]

Forgotten Man Could Make Surprise Return For Newcastle

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Ciaran Clark is injured and will not play today at St. Andrew's against Birmingham and we would expect Grant Hanley to get the start in his place in central defense. However, Rafa Benitez talked yesterday about a man who seems to have been out in the cold this season at Newcastle 22 year-old Chancel [.

Newcastle Talented Midfielder Ready To Resume Training

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Issac Hayden hasn't played for Newcastle since the game against Derby on 4th February and a couple of weeks after that game he underwent surgery on his ankle and he was expected to be put about four weeks initially. Ir's fair to say we have missed Isaac in the side since Newcastle tend to be [...]

Better News On The Injury Front From Benitez

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Rafa Benitez has given an update on the injuries to DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett and they don't seem as bad as first reported yesterday especially with 23 year-old Yedlin. It seems the American could be back in two or three weeks and with the International break of two weeks coming up, [.

This Number Of Wins Will Now See Newcastle Promoted

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With Huddersfield surprisingly beaten 4-0 last night at Bristol City, it's a great opportunity for Newcastle to go into the two week International break on 80 points from 38 games and be that much closerto an automatic promotion spot. Huddersfield remain 6 points behind Newcastle with both clubs having now played 37 games, so we [.

Rafa Gives Injury Update – Fulham Was Wake-Up Call

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Rafa Benitez has given his press conference this afternoon for the important game atBirmingham City against a struggling Blues side under manager Gianfranco Zola. It was a rare off-day for most of the Newcastle players against Fulham and we hope it was just a blip a bad day at the office and the [.

Sky Sports Pundit Predicts Birmingham vs Newcastle Result

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David Prutton has a habit of not predicting a Newcastle win and when he does that we usually win the game as we did at both Brighton and Huddersfield recently. But after those two wins he relented and took us for a 1-0 win at Reading, but of course we dropped 2 points in [...]

Predicted Starting Eleven For Birmingham – Four Changes

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Rafa Benitez is likely to make a few changes from the side that played so poorly last Saturday against Fulham to lose our 5th game at home this season this time by a score of 3-1. The defense needs to play a lot better and we will assume that Ciaran Clark is not available [...]

Rafa On What Newcastle Have To Do In Final 9 Games

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Rafa Benitez has been working intensely with his players thisweek after the shock 3-1 defeat at home to Fulham last Saturday, when Newcastle could have put in their worst performance of the season and it doesn't help that we don't seem to play well at home. The other disturbing fact is we particularly don't play [.

Rafa Demands Results At All Levels Of Newcastle

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Last season Newcastle had a losing mentality and they got that from losing so many games under head coach Steve McClaren. When Steve was finally fired in March of last year after managing 28 PL games, we had lost 16 of those games and won only 6 a 57% loss rate and a 21% [...]

An Example Of How Rafa Gets The Best Out Of Players

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Yoan Gouffran has given an interview with nufcTV and he talks about the conversations he had with Rafa Benitez lastsummer when Rafa told him he could find him a new club if that's what he wanted. But Rafa also told Yoan he was happy with him if he wanted so stay presumably because of [...]

It’s Bad News For Newcastle On Injury Front

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This is not good news DeAndre Yedlin is now expected to be out for five weeks for Newcastle after having an assessment of his thigh injury in Los Angeles by the US team doctors. Initially it was thought he would be out for up to two weeks but that's not the case and he [...]

Interesting Facts On Newcastle’s Season So Far

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We are keeping a number of tables on Newcastle's progress this season and we thought it would be interesting to put some of the latest facts and figures out. The total transfers for the season were what Rafa and Lee Charnley achieved last summer since we did nothing in January. And if heaven forbid [.

Newcastle Must Find A Way To Win At St. Andrew’s

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Crunch time is coming for Newcastle United and our players have to show a mental toughness in every single game if we are to be promoted this season. We have lost 5 points in the last two games to Brighton and Huddersfield and we cannot slip up too many more times in the final 9 [...]

Confident Rafa Lays Down The Law To His Players

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Rafa Benitez has some work to do with his players this week and a lot of thatwork will be on the attitudes and temperaments of his players it's a mental thing that has shown Newcastle have a weakness this season when we play at home. It seems the players become anxious when things do [...]

Great Times Lie Ahead For Newcastle – If Only

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Local lad Paul Dummett is just one of the players who have improved their game under Rafa Benitez this season and so going into the summer our squad will be better than it wasat the beginning of the season. And with Rafa Benitez likely to get big money from owner Mike Ashley to improve the [...]

Benitez Identifies The Key To A Successful Football Club

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Rafa Benitez wants his players to only concentrate on each of the last nine games as it comes up and execute the game plan that will hopefully get us the win. We were hoping that at this stage of the season that we would be well clear of third place, but with Huddersfield continuing to [...]

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Tell Us Who Our Best Player Was At Birmingham

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Newcastle were unlucky not to get the win yesterday, but it was still 2 points dropped and again the problem was too many chances missed. Our next games are at home to Wigan and Burton and we cannot keep dropping points against teams we shouldbe beating. It's getting to be that time of the season [.

Benitez Explains Why Magpies Didn’t Win Yesterday

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Newcastle had enough chances to have won the game yesterday and gaina full 3 points on both Brighton and Huddersfield, but we didn't and we had to make do with just the one point.

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EFL Announce ‘Team Of The Season’ For Championship, League One & League Two With Eight Games Still Left To Play

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In what seems like a slightly premature move, the EFL have released their 2016/17 Team of the Season selections for the Championship, League One and League Two.

As you may have twigged, on average there are still two months and eight games left to play this campaign (Rochdale have ten fixtures left), with the play-offs scheduled thereafter.

4-2-3-1 vs Brighton: Leeds United predicted starting XI, Team News, Key Stats

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Leeds United vs Brighton Prediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of this week’s Championship fixture.

Leeds United vs Brighton
Championship 2016/17
18th March, 17:30 pm BST
Elland Road, Leeds
How to follow: BBC local radio

Leeds dropped two crucial points in their last game against QPR as they were held to a 0-0 draw.