Team news: Murphy starts at St. Andrew's
Written by Tom Easterby
Frontman Daryl Murphy has reclaimed his place in Newcastle United’s starting line-up for Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City.
The Irish frontman scored after coming on as a substitute during last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Fulham, and will start at St. Andrew’s – a ground where he bagged during January’s FA Cup tie against the Blues – in place of Dwight Gayle.
And midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is fit enough to be named among the substitutes having recovered from illness.
Scotland winger Matt Ritchie – who scored for his former club Bournemouth in an 8-0 win at St. Andrew’s in 2014 – lines up wide on the right, with Mohamed Diame partnering Jack Colback in the middle and Gouffran on the left flank.
And Perez will start just behind Murphy, with leading goalscorer Gayle named on the bench.