Allardyce – Newcastle Must Stop Spurs Revival

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 Shield’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 Newcastle’s form at St James’s Park.

Sam said:

“”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.”

“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.”

“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. James’ 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.

You can leave extended comments, Newcastle’s expected team, and the expected result on our Newcastle United Forum before Monday evening, and join in the extended discussion of the game.

Comments always very welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Pete

    Oct 19, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    They are going to demolish us, I’ve got that feeling – expect rugby scores

  • ToonKing

    Oct 19, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Well your very optimistic……………….although i have the feeling too. 🙁

  • Pete

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Really, really hope that we do get something, but there is more bad news – Robinson is not in the net for them 🙁

  • Hammy

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey Doom mongers……I know what you up to…making out we are in for a sh$gging, then we will enjoy it even more when we stick it up em!
    like it…….. like it…

  • Owen

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Robinson not being in goal is a big blow, the guy is shot, he needs a rest and a new set of gloves…

    I reckon we should be looking at giving Geremi a rest, play Emre in his place. Owen and Smith up front. Back 4 of Beye, Casapa, Roz and Jose.

    Milner and Zog down the flanks with Barton, Viduka and Martins coming off the bench.

    3-0 to the Geordie faithful……. 🙂

  • Howie

    Oct 19, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    spurs must be the hardest team to call in de league and wuld nearly be the 2nd most. dis could be an easy home win, a tight draw or the start of the spurs revival. i fear the latter. 2-1 spurs im afraid.

  • Howie

    Oct 19, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    we wuld nearly be the 2nd most

  • briss

    Oct 19, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    This game will be very tense and slow to start but once fifteen of twenty minutes go by the game will open up for us and chances will come. It is very important that Big Sam starts a strong attacking side against Tottenham to keep them in there half. I think he’ll start Emre, Milner, N’Zogbia and Geremi in the midfield with Viduka and Owen up front. the back will be roz, beye, faye, and cacapa. I think he’ll switch to a 3-4-3 after the half and bringon Martins and take off Beye. In the end I’ll say 2-1 to the TOON!

  • Geordie joe

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Stop being so negative everyone. I agree when we play bad we play really bad. but on a good day we can beat anyone. so more positive thoughts please.

  • Bill f

    Oct 19, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    A Spurs win, It aint going to happen, any one know what the bookies say. I bet they aren’t giving very good odds for a home win, whats the word from the spirit world Hammy.

  • leo

    Oct 19, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #11

    we will win 100-0

    there is that positive enough???


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