It might be jumping to conclusions…but is this a sign of Sven Botman playing key role in a Newcastle United back five?

In the final stages of the match against Nottingham Forrest, with the toon cruising and Eddie Howe wanting to give all the subs a run out, he brought on Sven Botman.

To the Gallowgate’s great joy, he had a couple of touches – both roundly cheered, then jogged off at the final whistle.

What I and most of the crowd noticed, was that Sven Botman slotted straight into a back five, with three in midfield and two up front.

This may be me jumping to a huge conclusion based on very little evidence, which wouldn’t be a first…but are we toying with that as an option?

Possibly for away games where ASM has often proved expensive in possession and we haven’t had the two full-backs that we have now in place for any length of time.

Or for tough home games against top five sides who play a similar system, or when we want to kill games off when we have started four three three.

I realise it is a pretty big assumption to make on two minutes play in the sunshine, in a game already won, but everyone on the pitch seemed to know exactly what that were doing immediately…and under Eddie Howe, not a lot seems to happen that has not had extensive preparation.

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I think the ideal team to give it a go against will be away at Brighton next week.

One of our bogey teams that have usually given us a football lesson when we have come up against them, though not against and NUFC under Eddie Howe.

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Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Saturday 6 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Schar 58, Wilson 78

Forest:

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Forest 38% (35%) Newcastle 62% (65%)

Total shots were Forest 5 (3) Newcastle 23 (14)

Shots on target were Forest 0 (0) Newcastle 10 (6)

Corners were Forest 1 (0) Newcastle 11 (7)

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance:  52,245 (Forest 3,000)

Newcastle United:

Pope, Trippier, Schar, Burn, Targett, Willock (Sean Longstaff 80), Bruno (Botman 90+3), Joelinton, Almiron (Fraser 81), Wilson (Wood 90), Saint-Maximin (Murphy 90)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Dummett, Ritchie, Anderson

(Steve Cooper refreshingly honest as he reflects on losing to a dominant Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Instant NUFC fan / writer reaction to Saturday’s excellent victory – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer loving Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Salutes goalscorers and ‘Fantastic’ man of the match – Read HERE)

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(Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Dominant classy opening day for United, just look at these stats – Read HERE)

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