Three things we learned as Newcastle stutter against Birmingham in the FA Cup

Rafa can tinker

Following the recent loss to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Benitez was questioned in some circles for failing to change things often enough and keeping to a rigid setup.

However, the Spaniard tinkered today and deployed a variety of different formations, sometimes either setting up in a 5-3-2, or a 4-4-2.

This type of fluidity really can be helpful going forward if the Magpies struggle for ideas once more.