Gouffran comes back in for Magpies
2:24pm Sunday 7th April 2013 in Newcastle United News
By Paul Fraser, Chief Football Writer
ALAN PARDEW has brought Yoan Gouffran back in to the Newcastle United starting line-up to face Fulham at St James' Park today in the hope of giving their Premier League fight for survival a boost.
With just three points separating the Magpies from the relegation zone, Pardew is in dire need of something extra from his players domestically after Thursday's quarter-final defeat to Benfica in the Europa League.
And Gouffran, ineligible for the trip to Portugal, has been asked come straight back in to the team to face the Cottagers and will replace the injured James Perch, who went off injured in Lisbon with an ankle problem.
Pardew has the option of playing Moussa Sissoko or Jonas Gutierrez alongside Yohan Cabaye in the middle, with Gouffran likely to be assisting Papiss Cisse in attack. NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Marveaux, Sissoko, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Gouffran; Cisse. Subs (not used): Elliot (gk), Williamson, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Campbell, Ameobi.
FULHAM (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Manolev, Karagounis, Enoh, Duff; Ruiz; Berbatov. Subs (not used): Etheridge, Hughes, Emanuelson, Frimpong, Frei, Richardson, Rodallega.