Rafa Benitez ready to make MORE changes for Newcastle's visit to Forest

Rafa Benitez is mulling over his Newcastle United team selection for tomorrow night's visit to the City Ground.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 1st December 2016, 3:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:53 am
Rafa Benitez and Matz Sels
Rafa Benitez and Matz Sels

Benitez's side take on Nottingham Forest looking to put back-to- back defeats behind them.

Championship leaders Newcastle, beaten by Blackburn Rovers last weekend, were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Hull City after a penalty shootout at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night.

The home side, down to 10 men following the 89th-minute dismissal of Dieumerci Mbokani, quickly cancelled out United's extra-time opener to take the game to penalties.

Asked if he had any fresh injury concerns, Newcastle manager Benitez said: "No problems.

"Apart from the penalties we didn’t take properly. Maybe a couple are a little tired, but they are fine. We played against a Premier League team and for a long time we were the better team.

"We had a lot of chances, and then when we scored we needed to manage the situation better. We should have defended better, because we needed to control the game at that point, we had nearly won."

Benitez made seven changes to his team for the cup tie.

“We have to change players," he said. "How many? We have to decide. There will be some tired legs, but it can depend on the position. Some can manage easier another game."

High-scoring Forest are 17th in the table, but have won their last two league fixtures.

“Forest are a good team, scoring goals and playing well," said Benitez.

"We have to be ready, both physically and mentally. They are a good team they have had some better results and they will be dangerous. We have been up against teams not doing too well and then they play well against us, so it will be a tough game."