Newcastle United news: Barlaser's 'surreal' debut, Benitez and Zola hail Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey returned from suspension in Newcastle United's 3-1 FA Cup win over Birmingham City.

Rafa Benitez and Gianfranco Zola
Rafa Benitez and Gianfranco Zola

Shelvey had a hand in all three goals at St James's Park last night.

And the midfielder won praise from United manager Rafa Benitez, whose side will face Oxford United on January 28.

Dan Barlaser was one of three Newcastle debutants.

And the midfielder – who was celebrating his 20th birthday – has reflected on a "surreal" experience in front of a 34,896 crowd at St James's Park.

Meanwhile, we have news of a new date for Newcastle's visit to Brighton and Hove Albion.