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THE INSIDE TRACK: NEWCASTLE UNITED

13 February 2017

Our guide to the Magpies

NORWICH City host Newcastle United on Tuesday, February 14 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here we take a look at what City will come up against at Carrow Road.

IN THE PRESS
Rafa Benitez knows his Newcastle United side face a stern challenge when they visit Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, the Magpies boss said: "It will be very tough.

"In the first part of the season they were a team that were candidates to win the title. They're a very good team, with experience in the division.


"They have players with quality who know their jobs. We have Dwight Gayle in the squad, so that's good news.

"It's important to have the top-scorer back, it's a boost for everyone."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Norwich City endured a torturous ending to the meeting at St James' Park earlier this season, eventually losing 4-3 having led going into injury-time.

A dominant Newcastle start was rewarded by Dwight Gayle putting the hosts in front on 24 minutes but City rallied to level through a Graham Dorrans penalty just before the break.

Cameron Jerome curled home superbly early in the second period to give Alex Neil's side the lead, with that advantage later extended by Jacob Murphy's deflected effort.


United quickly pulled a goal back through Gayle's second, before Yoann Gouffran netted in the fifth minute of added time to make it 3-3.

To complete the misery, Newcastle struck again within seconds as Gayle's third of the night stole an improbable victory.

MAGPIES TRIVIA 
Newcastle United were founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and have played at St James' Park ever since.

They have been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition's history, and have never dropped below English football's second tier since joining the Football League in 1893.

Their top-scorer from history is Alan Shearer, who netted 206 times in all competitions from 1996 until his retirement a decade later.


Andy Cole, however, holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season; striking 41 times across all competitions during the 1993-94 campaign, including 34 in the league.

United have won the FA Cup six times in all, with their most recent success coming in 1955 during a period in which they lifted the trophy three times in the space of five seasons.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, Matz Sels. 

Defenders: Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Achraf Lazaar, Chancel Mbemba, Massadio Haidara, DeAndre Yedlin, Duarte Jesus Gamez, Jamie Sterry.

Midfielders: Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Mohamed Diame, Rolando Aarons, Yoan Gouffran, Christian Atsu, Sammy Ameobi.

Forwards: Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran, Daryl Murphy, Aleksandar Mitrovic.



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