In a first half that had very few chances, two out of form sides were concentrating more on not making any mistakes than actually trying to win this game.
Newcastle have played quite well in the first half, and certainly have tried to cut out the mistakes in defense and so far so good, but this is hardly an exciting game for the few fans who turned up tonight.
Newcastle have looked solid if unconvincing, and Nicky Butt has been in the game more than any other Newcastle player, although Coloccini is having a good battle with Russian striker Pavlyuchenko, and if anything is getting the better of the Euro 2008 star.
This game is anybody’s game for the taking, but it will be the side who wants it more, since both teams are lack-luster and seem even shell shocked with their poor starts to the season.
Both wingers N’Zogbia and Duff are showing up wel,l but Owen has hardly been in the game, as there has been little support for the two strikers.
Newcastle need to get some inspiration from somewhere, because that first goal is going to be all important and the team that gets it, will have the confidence to go on and win this game.
But this is hardly a game for the ages, as was the last game against Coventry City.
The game is being played at a snail’s pace and the both attacks have to be a lot quicker if they are to forge a breakthrough. Right now there seems a good chance this game can go to extra time, simply because neither team looks like scoring.
If the lads can wake up we can win this game tonight.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Fabricio Coloccini, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger
Tottenham Hotspur: Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Vedran Corluka, Jamie O’Hara, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate
Subs: David Bentley, Darren Bent, Gilberto, Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Fraizer Campbell, Ceasr Sanchez
Referee: Chris Foy