Newcastle United travel to West Bromwich Albion in a relegation six-pointer on Sunday lunchtime, and fans are not happy with Steve Bruce's team selection.
It has been a rough week for the Magpies. A 1-1 draw with Wolves that felt like a defeat. A bust-up between Bruce and Matt Ritchie. Unrest in the dressing room and a growing injury list, it feels as though the season is spiralling out of control.
Newcastle have a chance to put to bed what has been a disastrous recent run of form, however, when they travel to West Brom on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce's team sit second-bottom, and, barring an unlikely escape in the final weeks of the season, seem destined for the drop.
It offers Newcastle the chance to secure an unlikely and precious victory, collecting three points and holding the rampaging Fulham at bay.
But Bruce and his players will be working with their hands tied behind their back, as the team selection indicates.
Callum Wilson is in the middle of his six-to-eight-week layoff. Both Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin suffered injuries in the last week and are not expected to play before the international break in late-March.
Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo have missed recent matches, too, though there is a boost on the latter in Sunday's team news.
In all, Bruce made three changes to the team that faced Wolves. Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick come in for the injured Saint-Maximin and Almiron, while Paul Dummett replaces Jamal Lewis at left-back.
It is not the most inspiring team, and Newcastle fans are worried.
One fan said: "Where are the goals in that team? Howay man!"
Another added: "So much worse than I was expecting, even with the injuries. [Ryan] Fraser literally the only competent forward thinker in that line up. Hopefully it’s enough to see off West Brom but I ain’t holding my breath."
One fan bemoaned the absence of Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll.
"Do or die game for #Nufc and we play one striker and that's Joelinton I was hoping for Gayle and Carroll starting," they exclaimed.
And one final fan simply complained: "Wtf is that?"
Here is the full Newcastle fan reaction to Bruce's West Brom team selection:
March 7, 2021
Prior to kick-off, Newcastle sit nine points above West Brom with a game-in-hand.
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Fulham, who play Liverpool later on Sunday, are three points adrift in 18th place, and have also played a game more than Bruce's side.
Should they win, Newcastle would move into 16th place, three points clear of Brighton and just one point behind Burnley with a game-in-hand.
With matches against Burnley and Brighton in their next five games, starting with West Brom, this is a vital period for Newcastle should they be successful in staving off relegation.