Some of the Spurs players are labeling the game at Newcastle as a must win game for them tomorrow, so they can keep their pressure on other clubs at the top of the Premier League.
Harry Redknapp – has done fantastic job at Spurs
There’s no doubt that Harry Redknapp has done a fantastic job in his short time at Tottenham, and has built a very good squad, although most of the players were already there when he arrived in 2008, which is testament to Harry’s good management and coaching.
Newcastle put in a a more than decent defensive display, when they played in north London in late December, but it was two pieces of extra class from Tottenham wingers Lennon and Bale, that got Spurs the goals and the deserved 2-0 win in that game.
It was a good defensive display from our lads, and the first sign that Alan Pardew was organizing the defense to become less porous.
But Newcastle’s attack that day was non-existent, and if Newcastle are gong to get the win tomorrow, which is possible, they will have to be a lot better on attack.
And we have to take out chances in this game, unlike last Sunday when Shola Ameobi missed an absolute sitter after just two minutes.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
This is what Alan said this morning about the game tomorrow:
“It is difficult because you can control the center of the park and stop Luka Modric being a problem, and then you’ve perhaps got the two best wide players causing you problems down the flanks.”
“And if you stop that problem then you open up the middle.” “So that’s why they are such a problem to play against – because they have threats all over the pitch. They are a very forward-thinking team who will attack you.”
“When we played them last time, offensively ourselves we were really poor.” “We put a disciplined, strong display in, but we didn’t threaten the goal enough.”
“Hopefully on Saturday we are going to give Spurs a bigger test to their back four and see if that stands up.” “On occasion it hasn’t, so we’ve got to put them under pressure and try to force them into some errors.”
“They’ve got good players and a strong squad,” “I read a stat that said they have got more international players than any other club in Europe.”
“It’s a huge squad and it means their substitutions can change a game. They can freshen things up with some excellent international players.”
“Sometimes that can make the difference between winning and losing a game.”
It looks like Shola Ameobi and Leon Best will get the start up front, and we expect Newcastle to come out of the starting blocks tomorrow – like the proverbial steam train.
It was disappointing to only draw last Sunday at Sunderland and the lads can out that right with a win tomorrow.
It will be a big chance for players like Williamson, Guthrie and Best to show what they can do for Newcastle, and with the lads treating this as a big game, which it is, and having a little luck too – wouldn’t that be a nice change – Newcastle could well get all 3 points from this game.
And if we do then things will seem really good again on Tyneside, especially if Sunderland lose at Blackpool.