ALAN Pardew is mulling over the changes he will make for Newcastle United’s Capital One Cup tie in the wake of the club’s defeat to Hull City.
Cheik Tiote, Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux are pushing for starts against Leeds United on Wednesday night.
And Pardew - whose side return to Premier League action a week today against Everton - is expected to make a number of changes, as he did in the club’s second-round win at Morecambe.
For the likes of Tiote, Dummett, Ameobi and Marveaux, the Leeds game will be a chance for them to take their claims ahead of the visit to Goodison Park.
Left-back Davide Santon - who had a poor game against Hull - is under pressure from 21-year-old Dummett, who has impressed since breaking into the first-team squad at Newcastle.
“I’ve got a lot of thinking time between between now and then, and I’ll be using that,” Pardew said.
Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce’s previous managerial visit to St James’s Park had been during his time in charge of Sunderland, when his team were beaten 5-1.
“That was certainly the darkest Sunday afternoon I have had in football,” said Bruce. “It was the worst result I could probably ever think of.
“It’s taken a long time to come back, but we have come back and dusted ourselves down, and it’s always nice to win here.
“As you know, I’m a Geordie and it’s always nice to come back, especially if we can get a result.”
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, an unused substitute, experienced mixed emotions on the Hull bench.
The 38-year-old talked of a “surreal day” on social networking site Twitter.
Harper tweeted: “A slightly surreal day today but the lads were excellent & a well deserved win for @hullcityteam. Remy looks a great signing too #signhimup.”