Newcastle Face Tough Test At White Hart Lane

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.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    No Ameobi.. please.

    I like Owen Carroll and Martins up front.

    Massive game. I was shaking during Stoke! We were bloody rubbish apart from Carroll’s goal. Even after that we didn’t cause a threat to win it.

    Have to beat Spurs.. and sock it to Benny Toon – the w4nker

  • Brettoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    And no soddiing Butt… HE is the sh1te of all sh1tes

  • bennytoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    my team for the barcodes


    Strong second string would be to strong for newcastle. You lot would be worried facing that team. But i expect harry to go for.


    Doesnt look good for your powder puff team.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like ketsbia will be the next newcastle manager.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Temuri left his manager post at Famagusta. Maybe joining Shearer’s coaching staff to help and assist to save the toon?

  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Fully agree with the suggested line-up – defiantely for Carroll, Martins and Owen up front with Jonas and Duffer supporting on the flanks.

    It’d be good to see a strong back four and Enrique at full fitness could provide ammo for the strikers too. However, Edgar seemed solid enough and I doubt Spurs’ll provide the ariel barrage that Stoke did so maybe it could just work?

    If Oba’s had a boot up his backside, he may even feel fired up and be a real handful.

    Fingers crossed for Spurs being on the recievibg end of a thrashing!!

  • brownrob

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont know why people are so pumped about the 4-3-3, it only worked due to Viduka using his strenght and fantastic touch to free up Oba and Owen, as good as carroll is, he isnt Viduka of last years runin yet

    Hoping we beat the puds and be ot of the relegation zone next week 😉

  • Martz20

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    This may interest you all to hear,

    One of my friends rang my this morning from Birmingham airport and said he was sitting in the departure lounge 10m away from Oba’…

    My friend was flying to Milan and guess where Martins went!!!!

    Does this not seem slightly strange??? shouldn’t he be training.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Spurs are the worst side I have ever seen at handling balls in the air!

    Carroll will tear them apart!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Martz20 // Apr 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    He is at training!

    Ya mate must have been looking at Robert Mugabe!

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    I seen Oba, Bassong and Cisse together in town when I was on the metro back from the airport

  • ian

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    We need to use our subs properly on Sunday.

    Carroll and Martins for the first half, then Owen and Martins for the second half when the game slows to owens speed.

    Butt in on the second half.

    Ketsbia will be brilliant as our manager, i hope you are right.

  • Matt

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed you don’t have pick some odd teams.

    Why on earth would you play Beye AND Taylor out of position? Play with Tayls at CB and Beye at RB. Get Taylor marking Bent, Bassong on Keane and they won’t score.

    Why would you pick butt aswell? I’d go for this

    Beye S.Taylor Bassong Enrique(if he can get fit)
    Duff Guthrie Jonas
    Carrol Oba

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Martz20- I went to the training ground today, and guess who was there, Oba!

    Strange really!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Thats what i would pick Matt

  • Brettoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeh I agree with MAtt..

    Well done for not picking butt and ameobi

  • Mikeflame

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    hmmm Ketsbaiaiaiai leaving his post is a bit dodgy…..fingers crossed he will be unveilled as some part of the new regime. Couldnt see him leaving his post for a 6 game stint tho…probably reading far too much into him going but oh well!
    As for Spuds theyre ours for the taking, they never seem to cope with our team, not sure why but its the same with us and Hull!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    stuart79- haha. I bet woody and king are bricking it at the thought of carrol tearing them apart.

  • batty

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart79 // Apr 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Martz20 // Apr 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    He is at training!

    Ya mate must have been looking at Robert Mugabe!

  • Steve R

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20


    I think this squad would be top notch! but i do think that Nolan could be effective at breaking Modric’s legs 🙂 …haha. Jonas was brought on for Guthrie vs. Stoke but he interchanged from the right to left wing-almost like a Ronaldo.

    Enrique is looking very good and even if Lennon was fit, he would be played out the game.

    I really liked how Duff and Jonas linked up vs. Stoke but i think Beye and Jonas could also work nicely….even if Enrique and Jonas communicate well.

  • bennymoob

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m a fat bald twat.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Spurs are plop but I expect a defeat as we are even more plop.

  • broon ale

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    moobs.. you couldn’t handle chris samba nevermind owen, martins or carroll.

  • ian

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    If we do not win we are definately finished, we should have won the last game even if Stoke are tough at home, we have to go for a win as drawing every game wouldnt do the job for us, that is why we must use Owen and Butt as subs at the right time, they are both far to slow for full matches but quality players and both are well capable of changing a match, both of them on after half time, either adding Owen and changing formation or swapping Owen for Carroll either would do.

    When is Lovenkrands fit again? He should be in central midfield.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    This is a game Spurs should win. However, looking at our record there, i am going to go for a 2-2 draw.

  • bennymoob

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Get my moobs out
    Get my moobs out
    Get my moobs out
    For the lads

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #27

    With our new found Carroll and STaylor back with his great form I think we can beat Spurs, but like Stoke, subs will be crucial

    once Spurs score they sit back, We all know they cannot handle a big physical presence, Viduka proved that last time, he controlled that game!

    Corners throws and Freekicks are Spurs weak spots Carroll will own in the air.

    Another thing, we need a freekick taker, the prooblem is Butt and RTaylor aren’t good enough for the game, any takers ?

    I would say a repeated Spurs 1-2 NUFC

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    No Ameobi No Butt then everyting will be fine! Get 18 points? No problem then!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #29

    Where is RTaylor’s freekick power?

  • bennytoon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    broonale- Your in the bottom 3 because you are rubbish and most teams can handle your strikers ,. We wont be any different.

  • PaceOba

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #31

    Oba will launch his thunderbolt again!!!
    c’mon,click the link. Fight my brute. =p


    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #32

    sunderland 38
    blackburn 38
    toon 37
    Hull 37
    boro 34
    west brom 26

    That’s us losing v spurs, liverpool villa, drawing with fulham, beating portsmouth & boro.

    have Hull losing to sunderland, liverpool, Villa, bolton, man utd but beating stoke.

    Boro beating fulham and drawing with westham but losing to arsenal, man u, toon, villa

    I hope we can do it, obviously some of those results aren’t going to go as plan ie, one of the big four might have off days but with it being tight up top all the big teams will be chasing something ie Europe, champions league.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #33

    What a disgrace Ryan Giggs getting nominated for player of the year! What has he done this season that is so special! His reputation is overshadowing his current ability and I find that disrespectful to other deserving players who have preformed better than him this season.

  • Macas35

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Bennytoon – I think the main problem is our lack of creativity in midfield

  • Dragonera

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon Factor

    Same goes for Van der Sar and Ronaldo. Ronaldo has been average for most of the season and below par for the rest. Van Der Sar has done absolutely NOTHING. He’s failed miserably when he has been called upon and his clean sheets are down to what WAS an impregnable defence. There have been performances far better than those this year.

    Hangelaand, Bassong, Modric, Xabi Alonso…It seems you have to be English or play for a top four club to be considered. The award just lost all credibility with the fans.

  • bennymoob

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    I have man boobs and I can not lie
    You toon fans can’t deny
    That when a spurs fan walks in with a massive pair of moobs
    And a round thing in your face
    You punch him

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon Factor @ 33 & Dragonera…
    …Totally agree!..

    …But, we all know what a disgrace the fa are, don’t we!..& what they know is summed up by their monika…F.A.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38


    you beat me to it though i would not have modric there he is good now but poor at the start i agree when called upon van der sar has been poor the fact that the man u defence has been shaken up and are strugglin compared to how they were earlier is proof of that

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    It’s the same old ‘usual suspects’!..

    …But hey, they’ve got agbonlahore & lennon in the young players part…Laughable, if i thought they weren’t bein’ serious!..Divvy gets!..

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    So you have resorted to taking the piss out of your moobs then Benny!

    Very sad

    You get ripped to bits last week because you are a fat baldy twat, and you bit! and bit hard!!! 🙂

    Now you are mentioning the fact you have man tits and a baldy head on every one of your posts!

    Is this a pathetic attemt to make out that you wernt botherd about the treatment you recived from us last week.

    But you WERE botherd Benny wernt you 🙂

    You hid under your mammys apron and cryed yourself to sleep diddent you 😉


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