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MATCH PREVIEW: NEWCASTLE V TOWN

21 October 2016

Blues striker is looking for Town to pick up where they left off at Newcastle on Saturday

Freddie Sears admits he can feel the benefit of the midweek win over Burton Albion all through the Club, and hopes to bring that good feeling into this weekend's game.

Town take on Newcastle at St. James' Park, and the striker, who scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday, believes all the pressure will be on the hosts.

"Everyone has come in a bit more jovial, and I think that's the nature of the game," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"You get that win and everyone from top to bottom at the Club has a smile on their face and I'm sure the fans went into work happy like we did.

"It definitely makes a difference, but I don't think we've been doing too bad as of late but we've not been getting the rub of the green.

"It's going to be a tough game [on Saturday] because you're going to St. James' Park and they're flying at the minute.

"The pressure is on them because we aren't expected to go there and win, but if we can go there and cause an upset then it will be brilliant."

 


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Team News

Town

David McGoldrick has been included in the squad that will travel to Newcastle, with the striker recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since August. Jonny Williams and Jonathan Douglas will also return to the squad after the duo missed Tuesday's game with Burton with thigh and knee injuries respectively, but Cole Skuse and Luke Varney are doubtful. Luke Hyam, Brett Pitman and Giles Coke remain out.

Newcastle

Rafa Benitez has a relatively full squad to choose from ahead of the visit of Town, and has no fresh injury worries to contend with. Chancel Mbemba, Massadio Haidara and Rolando Aarons, however, all miss out through injury.

Where They Stand

Town: 12th
Newcastle: 1st

Last Time They Met

Jonathan Walters scored deep into stoppage time to earn the Blues a point when Town last made the trip to St James' Park in April 2010. The Toon Army had already sealed an immediate return to the Premier League having been relegated the season before, and had the opportunity to break the 100-point barrier with a win, but Walters last minute strike meant they would have to wait until the final game of the season to do so. Andy Carroll had the hosts in front midway through the first-half before Connor Wickham levelled things up just before the break. Shola Ameobi looked to have claimed the points with a late penalty, but Walters was on hand to score the equaliser, and dampen the mood ever so slightly, as Chris Hughton's side lifted the Championship trophy.


Key Players

Leon Best

Since joining the Blues towards the end of the transfer window, Leon has been slowly building up his fitness and he admits he's close to being fully match fit. He got himself into a couple of dangerous positions in Tuesday night's win over Burton, but couldn't quite fashion a clear-cut opportunity for himself. Chance could be more sparse on Saturday against the table-toppers and, should he be selected, Leon may need to be clinical if Town are to claim all three points at St James' Park tomorrow.


Dwight Gayle

The former Crystal Palace man currently sits at the top of the Championship top scorers table having already found the back of the net 11 times this season. Seven of those goals have come in his last four matches, so the striker is in red hot form ahead of the visit of Town. He isn't Newcastle's only threat up top, with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy waiting in the wings, but he is certainly Rafa Benitez's main man at the moment.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 7/1
Draw: 16/5
Newcastle: 4/9

Match Officials

Referee: James Adcock
Assistant Referees: Tony Peart & Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Darren Handley


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