Toon Do It Without Longstaff Brothers

Last updated : 04 November 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor


Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Dummett 87), Almirón, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 77), Joelinton (Carroll 89)
Subs: Gayle, Krafth, Darlow, M Longstaff

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Saturday's victory saw head coach Steve Bruce return to a partnership in the middle of the park that has never fully fulfilled its potential - that of Shelvey with Isaac Hayden .

With Sean Longstaff still suspended for the next two games - the pair look set to continue in their roles but Crooks questions whether Bruce may be better off changing it up.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks: "The dilemma for Magpies manager Steve Bruce is: does he stick with Shelvey or return to those who can regularly provide the grit and the endeavour?

"If Bruce wants the credit Rafa Bentitez received from the Newcastle fans, he will need to get those decisions right first."