Newcastle United make three changes for Huddersfield Town trip


Newcastle United make three changes for Huddersfield Town trip

With a clean sheet a necessary first step towards taking victory at the John Smith Stadium, pressure is on Lascelles and fellow centre half Ciaran Clark's to stop Mounie and his teammates.

But, ahead of Sunday's clash with Newcastle - the Yorkshire outfit's first-ever Premier League home match - the former US worldwide has also emphasised his philosophy of "no points target, no place target, no limits". The main difference between the two teams is that you don't start panicking when they have to defend. The Australia global exchanged a clever one-two with Elias Kachunga to create space for himself at the top of the penalty area and curled a brilliant finish beyond the reach of the outstretched Elliot.

Huddersfield managed to assert themselves early in the second half and deservedly broke the deadlock through influential midfielder Mooy.

Before the game Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle was being hugged by hordes of Terriers fans who chanted his name all around the ground - maybe Newcastle fans should do the same for Mike Ashley? USMNT right-back DeAndre Yedlin is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. When they did, Chancel Mbemba got back quickly to snuff out a pass from Elias Kachunga that was in danger of setting Steve Mounie free. Bar the Perez chance they looked good from set-pieces as well. New signing Mikel Merino, on loan for the season from Borussia Dortmund with an obligation to buy triggered by a certain number of appearances, should slot in alongside Hayden to make up a youthful middle two, with the pair both comfortably under 23. Subs: Quaner 5, Palmer 5, Hefele 5. Subs: Joselu 6, Diame 5, Murphy 5.

Newcastle had to come out and play after that, and BenĂ­tez sent on Joselu in place of Gayle, only to see his new striker booked for following through on Lossl.

The Australian rolled a pass into Kachunga in the box and claimed the one-two return around Manquillo before dispatching an unstoppable effort into the corner to leave Elliot with no chance. He picks the ball up about 25 yards out. Great strike and the stadium is buzzing. Lossl makes the save and tips it wide. Their first ever Premier League goal was an own goal in the 23rd minute.

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton discusses the controversial decisions from this weekend's Premier League games. Without an early goal, the away side will just sit and break, getting deeper and deeper as a the one point they've come looking for gets closer, only stopping when the final whistle is mercifully blown.