Newcastle United have received a boost ahead of Manchester United's visit to St James' Park after Islam Slimani joined in his first full training session following his move from Leicester City during the January transfer window. The 29-year-old forward joined the Magpies on loan for the rest of the campaign after struggling for game time at the King Power Stadium. Slimani was unable to make his debut against Crystal Palace last weekend as he was carrying a minor injury, but according to Sky Sports, the Algeria international took part in a full training session with the rest of the squad on Wednesday (7 February) making him available for the game against the Red Devils on Sunday. The Algerian forward had scored five goals in all competitions for Leicester this season before his move to Tyneside but only one came in the Premier League with the others coming in the Carabao Cup. Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez lost Aleksandar Mitrovic during the January transfer window after the club … [Read more...] about Islam Slimani could make his debut for the Magpies when Manchester United visit St James’ Park
Goals: 0-1: Diame (22, lost his man before having the simple task of converting Kenedy’s corner that squeezed through a tight box) 1-1: Milivojevic pen (55, Darlow dived the right way and got his hands on it but the ball still found the net) Loading article content Bookings: Dummett (57, foul); Fosu-Mensah 63, foul) Referee: Andre Marriner (Walsall) – infuriated the home supporters with a couple of decisions but had a good game and also got the penalty right. 7 Attendance: Entertainment: ** CPal Newc Shots on 6 8 Shots off 15 3 Corners 5 6 Offsides 3 3 Fouls 11 8 CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-2-1): Hennessey 7; Fosu-Mensah 5, Kelly 4 (Sakho 45, 6), Tomkins 5, van Aanholt 7; McArthur 5, MILIVOJEVIC 7, Cabaye 6; Zaha 6, Townsend 6; Benteke 5. Subs: Henry (gk), Ward, Sorloth, Chung-Yong, Souare, Riedewald. NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-1-1): 5 Darlow: Made some important saves but his confidence took a knock after the penalty went in; 5 Yedlin: Didn’t … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: Match ratings from the Magpies’ draw at Palace
After a turbulent year which saw a devastating fire in the spring lead to its closure throughout the main tourism season, the iconic Magpie Cafe in Whitby finally reopened its doors shortly before Christmas. After an extensive and costly renovation, there was immense relief from owner Ian Robson and chef Paul Gildroy and staff when the Pier Road restaurant declared itself back open for business again – and it seemed a natural choice for a Friday night family meal. The business certainly attracts the high and mighty, with celebrity chef James Martin and ex-England Test cricketer David Lloyd both recent visitors. We were shown to our table and immediately attended to by our friendly and chatty waitress for the evening, Audrey. The first thing to mention about the food is the sheer variety. It offers a huge array of fish alone – try John Dory instead of the more traditional cod – plus plenty for those who are less keen on fish dishes. I kicked off the evening with … [Read more...] about Dining Out: The Magpie Cafe, Whitby
Goals: 1-0: Perez (30, pounced on the loose ball after Stech had failed to hold Gayle’s free-kick) 2-0: Perez (36, on hand at the back post to force over the line after Stech had saved Gayle’s downward header) Loading article content 3-0: Shelvey (39, side-footed into the bottom left corner after meeting Gayle’s perfect pass) 3-1: Hylton (49, rounded Woodman who had raced out of his goal and then tapped into an empty net) Bookings: Hylton (29, foul); Shelvey (62, foul); Hayden (67, foul) Sending-off: None Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston) – did well to let the game flow even if he should really have cautioned Hylton for a second half shove on Manquillo. 7 Attendance: 47,069 Entertainment: *** Newc Luton Shots on 6 2 Shots off 14 5 Corners 6 6 Offsides 2 2 Fouls 5 9 NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1): 5 Woodman: Would have liked a better first team debut for Newcastle but can still be satisfied; 5 Manquillo: Didn’t look … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: How did the Magpies rate in FA Cup win over Luton?
RAFAEL BENITEZ was relieved his decision to send out a strong Newcastle United team in the FA Cup was justified by progress into the fourth round. The Magpies scored three goals in nine first half minutes – courtesy of a double from Ayoze Perez and one from Jonjo Shelvey - to ensure they avoided a slip up against League Two leaders Luton Town. Luton pulled one back soon after half-time when striker Danny Hylton found the net, but Newcastle’s first team line-up had enough to see the game through. Loading article content Benitez said: “I am pleased with everything. The goals we scored, the way we managed the game. "Maybe because of that and three goals up we relaxed second half and gave them belief they could score and it became more difficult. "But we go through and the fans enjoyed an emotional game. It is good to win games, another after Stoke.” Benitez, who admitted beforehand that the priority is to stay in the Premier League, would still … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: Rafa Benitez thinks the Magpies have sent out a message after FA Cup win