Newcastle United fans pile the pressure on misfiring record signing Joelinton as Steve Bruce names STRONG FA Cup XI

Newcastle United fan are shocked, but pleasantly surprised that Steve Bruce has named his strongest possible starting XI for today’s FA Cup clash at Rochdale.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th January 2020, 12:01 pm
ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Joelinton of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Rochdale AFC and Newcastle United at Spotland Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Rochdale, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Resisting the temptation to rest players, Bruce has left just one player out – Florian Lejeune – after he played four games in just 11 days after a long-term injury.

Here’s how you’ve been reacting to the team news on Twitter...

@NUFC360 – “All in all, far stronger than I thought we’d be, Bruce won’t have it against him for going for it. Would’ve thought we could have started one or two youngsters. I just pray we avoid injuries first of all, and going through to fourth round second.”

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@LeazesEnd1892 – “It's nice to see a full strength line up in a 3rd round cup tie. At least we can say Bruce picked his strongest team if there is an upset.”

@geordie_travels – “I did not expect to see us fielding such a strong 11. Fair play to Bruce for not bottling it - he knows how badly the fans would love a cup run!”

@JamesFernienufc – “That is a very strong line up no excuses today and there is no question about it joelinton simply has to have a good game otherwise we might as well cut our losses and get rid of him.”

@Kevin_Nichol - “Will Atsu be able to beat a league 1 fullback?”

@NeilJonNUFC – “No offence to Rochdale but if Joelinton can’t score against a team that are bottom half of League One then there’s a bigger issue than confidence!”