A win. Three points by any means necessary.
Nineteenth-placed Newcastle United head to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace today looking to secure their first win of the 2021/22 season at the tenth attempt, ninth in the Premier League.
And they do so without Steve Bruce in the dugout for the first time in 27 months.
Graeme Jones takes charge of the side in South London – and here’s who our writer Liam Kennedy thinks should be in the starting XI.
1. GOALKEEPER: Martin Dubravka
Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton scores their sides first goal past Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on August 28, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Photo: Ian MacNicol
2. RIGHT BACK: Javier Manquillo
Tanguy Ndombele of Spurs is challenged by Javier Manquillo during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on October 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Photo: Stu Forster
3. LEFT BACK: Jamal Lewis
Jamal Lewis of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St. James Park on September 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Photo: Ian MacNicol
4. CENTRE BACK: Federico Fernandez
William Troost-Ekong of Watford FC and Federico Fernandez of Newcastle United interact with Match Referee, Jarred Gillett during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on September 25, 2021 in Watford, England. Photo: Stephen Pond