Iain Dowie knows Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp very well, and it seems he would like nothing better than to get his first win for Newcastle, at White Hart Lane on Sunday – same here!
Iain Dowie – would love to get first win at Spurs
Iain Dowie told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“Harry is a manager I know very well.” “But we’ll go there with plenty of spirit and buoyed by a good result.”
“We’ll put in a positive display as both teams like to pass it about a bit.” “We must continue what we’re doing here.”
“That’s playing with spirit, playing with passion and playing with heart – but also passing the ball. That’s what we’ll be trying to do.”
Dowie has been adequately impressed with the support Newcastle United get every game, and the traveling Newcastle faithful – the Toon Army, will again have to play their part to play in London, after a terrific display of support at Stoke City last Saturday.
In fact we have to applaud both sets of supporters, who cheered on their team in a good sporting atmosphere – which was great to see. After Newcastle’s equalizer, we though the Newcastle crowd were going to will a winning goal, and it almost happened, but we just didn’t have the luck. If the lads had been attacking the other goal the Newcastle crowd could have blown the ball in.
And Dowie seems to feel that the Newcastle are sensing a turnaround in the results of the team, as he added:
“The fans were magnificent for us at Stoke.” “We’ve talked long and hard about it.” “It’s such a ferocious type of atmosphere.”
“They want a bit of joy and we’re trying to bring it to them.” “Certainly they want to see a passing type of game and that’s what we are trying to do.”
“Both myself and Alan have always preferred that style of play.” “We’ve always liked to get the ball down and pass it round on the floor.”
“We’ll be working on that and hopefully it’s starting to show.” “In terms of the way we defended generally, apart from one slip-up, we defended well especially on set pieces.”
“Alan stressed that we should get the ball down and pass it we also did that.” “What was pleasing was that other than a rocky spell after half-time when they gave us a few problems, we had a great deal of possession.”
“I thought we were brave and got what we deserved.” “Stoke were always going to cause problems because of their size.” “But generally it was pleasing because of the attitude, spirit and desire.”
“The lads left nothing in the tank.”
It’s true in the last 35 minutes of the game Newcastle were the better side, having survived the first 55 minutes only one goal down, so credit has to go to the defense, with Bassong, Beye and Edgar all outstanding at the back.
Whatever happens on Sunday, the defense must be stalwart and try to keep the goals down, because it seems the lads are fitter now, and could mount a late surge, like we did last Saturday.
But we need a win very soon, if we are to survive, although one point on Sunday would also be a decent result, as long as we can then win our three remaining home games.