The Newcastle defense will need to play a lot better than they did last Saturday in the first 60 minutes at Stoke, if they are to get anything out of their game at Spurs this coming Sunday.
Alan Shearer – has a tough day at the office on Sunday
The game in London has an early 1:30 pm local kick off time, and it looks like the game is again being televised live around the world.
Newcastle came of age a bit during the last 30 minutes against Stoke, but let’s be honest, the defense looked all at sea more than once before that, and against a better side with more skilled players, like Spurs for instance, Newcastle could have been dead and buried before the hour was up.
So it will be very important to play solidly at the back and we have to hope for Steven Taylor to return and we could well see a back four of S.Taylor Beye Bassong and David Edgar. And yes, Habib Beye and Steven Taylor could switch positions at any time.
The word coming out of the club is that Shearer was going to play a 3-4-3 formation against Stoke, and at least in the first half he did play three at the back, for the first time this season. But there seemed to be just too much space available that good players could exploit.
We have a sneaking suspicion that Alan will play 4-3-3 in London, which Kevin Keegan played last year in our 4-1 mauling of Spurs, adn here’s the team we think Alan could field for Sunday’s game in a 4-3-3 formation
S. Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
Nolan Butt Gutierrez (Duff)
Owen (c) Carroll Martins
We’ll not bother with the subs other than to say Barton and Viduka should also be fit for the Spurs game and if so we would expect them to both be on the bench.
It seems hard on Damien Duff if he doesn’t start, but Gutierrez also looked excellent when he came on last Saturday. We’d like to see 4-3-3 because we have to start scoring some goals if we are to get the wins we desperately need.
And there are other games this weekend that would suggest other teams low down in the league could pick up some points.
Sunderland entertain Hull and should be able to beat the Hull side, who have been hopeless since the turn of the year. Middlesbrough entertain Fulham, and the London side seem to be in top form having beaten Manchester City 3-1 at Eastlands last Sunday. However Middlesbrough will be buoyed by their great 3-1 win against Hull City last Saturday.
And Portsmouth entertain Bolton Wanderers, who are probably safe enough now and Stoke City entertain Blackburn Rovers so maybe a Stoke win would help us there. There’s nothing we can about these games of course, and we have to concentrate on what the team can do to survive, and hope it’s an awful lot better than the 8 points over the last 14 league game we’ve picked up, which is embarrassing to say the least.
But these games look a bit ominous for Newcastle and we just have to take something out of the game at White Hart Lane, otherwise we could be in even more trouble than we are right now.
And Spurs are now in good form having won 5 of their last 7 league games, and pushing for a place in Europe, after trailing Newcastle in the league in December. 🙁
But this is not telling Alan Shearer anything he doesn’t already know, because he’s well aware of what the team has to do to survive, and that’s try to win every game we’re in over the next 6 weeks, including Sunday at White Hart Lane.
It’s not knowing what we have to do, but whether we can it, that’s the big concern at Newcastle.