We have a very important game coming up on Monday night against Spurs.
For the first time this season Sam has most of his squad to choose from, following a bad stint with injuries. But there are only really two now out injured in Ramage and Duff, so Sam can field one of his strongest sides of the season against Spurs.
Let’s see what the big man has been saying about Monday night’s game.
Big Sam – important game against Spurs on Monday night
Sam told the Shieldâ€™s Gazette today:
“It’s very, very important that the squad stays fit now, because it starts getting tougher and tougher as the season goes on.
“We are building from here to December, when it really matters, because we have been dealt the blow of so many games in such a short space of time, and four games in 11 days from the back end of December to January 2.
“That’s when your squad will really have to be fit and ready and come together.
“But up until then, we have got to keep going game after game, and Tottenham is very, very important now.”
Allardyce has warned his players they must stop Tottenham’s revival if they are to maintain their unbeaten home record.
Spurs have not lost in their last 3 Premier games and manager Martin Jol has been under intense strain to get results, given all the money has invested in new players. But Sam Allardyce has been pleased with Newcastleâ€™s form at St James’s Park.
“”We need to have as many players available and 100 per cent fit as possible to compete, because I think Tottenham are turning the corner.â€
“Martin Jol went from 4-1 down and staring at the sack to 4-4, and then went within a whisker of beating Liverpool, so they’re on the march, they’re on the up, and you’ve got really top quality players in that team.â€
“If they are getting the confidence back, it’ll take a really big effort here on Monday night to make sure we get three points from them.”
Newcastle have beaten Wigan, West Ham and Everton at home in the league and of course Barnsley in the League Cup. Aston Villa are the only side to have left St. Jamesâ€™ with anything, gaining a good 0-0 draw with the Magpies.
A win on Monday night will lift Newcastle right up there with the leaders. And although it will be tough, the home draw and our history of doing well against the North London team, can see us home with 3 points. But it will be a very tough game and the defense especially will have to be at their very best.
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