Kevin Keegan has expressed confidence today in his central defensive pairing of Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye.
Abdoulaye Faye – dominant in the air last week
The two of them played very well indeed last Saturday and goalkeeper Steven Harper only had a couple of long shots to deal with in the first half. And of course it was also our first clean sheet since mid-January so it was an excellent result and display by the lads.
In particular, Faye was dominant in the air and didn’t let danger man Brian McBride get much of a sniff of the crosses coming in, and Brian was eventually replaced, to the relief of the Newcastle fans.
On Sunday the defense will be facing any two strikers from Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent and they are all good and dangerous players. It will be a good test for the defense and hopefully we will see continuing improvement from them.
Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today about our two center-backs:
â€œWe have taken a bit of stick defensively lately, but I thought Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor did very well for us against Fulham last Saturday.â€
â€œOf course, the headlines all went to Dukes (Mark Viduka) and Michael (Owen), but there were a lot of other good performances in there from the lads at the back and we will be looking for the same on Sunday.â€
It will be important on Sunday that the defense has a good day because no doubt Tottenham will be going all out for a win, since they will be trying to get themselves as far up the league as possible in preparation for a much better season next year.
The Carling Cup winners have shown some good form recently. But they are also beatable, so we are hoping that Kevin has worked out some game plan with former Tottenham coach Chris Hughton, so we can pull a surprise and even win the game.
We certainly need to show some attacking spirit on Sunday, so we can get those points we still so desperately need to haul us away from the relegation threat.