After turning in one of their worst performances of the season at Goodison Park, Newcastle face a must-win home game with West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

Steve McClaren offered no excuses after the 3-0 defeat at Everton and said he realised that his team needed to improve, starting with a rare home win against Tony Pulis’s Baggies.

Newcastle have won just two home games this season but a third may move them out of the relegation zone, so long as the teams around them don’t pick up any points.

Seydou Doumbia may make a debut after receiving international clearance, while McClaren must patch up a defence that was decimated against Everton on Wednesday night.


McClaren must find a solution to his problem at left-back, with Paul Dummett sidelined with a hamstring injury and Massadio Haidara also out. Jack Colback is 50/50, so untried teenager Liam Gibson is on standby to make his Newcastle debut.

Other options include Kevin Mbabu or Rolando Aarons, who occupied the position in the second half at Goodison Park – and gave away a penalty in the dying minutes.

Chancel Mbemba will also miss out with a foot injury, so Steven Taylor is set to deputise after returning from an ankle problem.

Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong are all out injured, while suspension rules Jamaal Lascelles out.

Tony Pulis has confirmed that Newcastle transfer target Saido Berahino will not start the game but will be involved in the squad. Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, Callum McManaman and James Morrison are all injured but Pulis will still find a way to field four centre-backs in his back four.

Add to that two or three defensive midfielders and Newcastle are going to find it tough to break down their uninspiring opponents.


West Brom have won just three of their last 14 visits to St James’ Park in all competitions.

In those 14 games, the Baggies have only failed to score once.

Ayoze Perez has scored two goals in two games against West Brom, including a stunning backheel at the Hawthorns last season.