Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview

This is an important game for Newcastle United tomorrow, and if the lads are at or near their best, there is no reason why we cannot get all 3 points against Tottenham.

We have all been trying to get over the let down of conceding that goal in the 4th minute of injury time last Sunday at Sunderland.

A win would have seen Newcastle in  7th place in the Premier League and the lads would have had three win on the trot, with 7 goals scored and none conceded.

But that last minute goal was a huge deflation, even though an away draw at Sunderland, who have been more than decent at home this season, was a good result.

Newcastle are now lying in 9th place in the league and a full 8 points behind Spurs.

So normally we would be happy to take a point from Tottenham tomorrow afternoon – but not now – not after what happened last Sunday.

Now Newcastle will need to go all out and try to capture all 3 points at home tomorrow, against the 5th places side in the league, and if the lads can win tomorrow, it will show once again that Newcastle can be a match for most teams in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle have played very well and very solid in defense in their last 3 league games, and have collected a good 7 points.

But the Magpies have injury concerns and for tomorrow’s game Steven Taylor (hamstring), Andy Carroll (thigh), Dan Gosling (knee), Alan Smith (ankle) are all out injured and Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor are still long term casualties.

Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote still has two games to serve of his 3 match suspension,  for being sent off at Stevenage, in that disaster of a game.

But the absence of these players also gives opportunities to other players, and former Liverpool player Danny Guthrie will again get a big chance to fill in for the missing holding midfielders, Smith and Tiote and we expect Leon best to get another start in place of big Andy Carroll up front, and we need at least another goal from him tomorrow.

The last time he played at home Leon was devastating and scored a terrific hat-trick – as he proved in that 5-0 hammering of the Hammers that he has what it takes to be successful on Tyneside.

With Wayne Routledge now on loan at QPR, he will not be available of course, but we hear that Sol Campbell is fit again and should therefore be on the bench tomorrow afternoon.

This is the side we expect Alan to start against Spurs:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Guthrie Gutierrez
Ameobi Best
Subs: Krul Perch Campbell Vuckic Lovenkrands Ranger Airie

With Kadar being out on loan at Huddersfield, it was a bit difficult to see who the substitutes would be – but that’s an indication just how short Newcastle are of  top class players at the moment.

Under Alan Pardew, Newcastle have a decent home record having beaten Liverpool 3-1, beaten by Manchester City 3-1, after giving them a two goal start, and then the lads just hammered a very woeful West Ham side 5-0 – it was a no contest.

So tomorrow is a good opportunity for the lads to keep up the improvement of their home form at St. James’ Park,  by getting the scalp of a very good Spurs side, who have come on a ton under Harry Redknapp in a little over two years.

The major keys to this game for Newcastle are obvious and simple:

1) Defend as well as we have done in our last three league games, and be very tight at the back with no silly mistakes

2) Press forward and hope that Shola and Leon can get some goals, and at least give the Spurs defense a physical work-out, which the strikers didn’t do at White Hart Lane.

Where Newcastle were lacking against Spurs in the 2-00 defeat at White hart Lane, was in attack, where it was made all too easy for the home side.

The Newcastle defense played really well in that game, but Spurs were eventually able to score a couple of good goals in the second half, when that extra class made all the difference.

We are expecting to see a terrific game tomorrow afternoon, and we are also expecting Newcastle to be out for revenge,  because of Sunderland stealing those two points last Sunday afternoon.

If we can win tomorrow it will help to get that last minute goal out of the system – once and for all. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments always welcome.

87 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Pray for the lads….

  • kevymartins

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    i hink saylor is back

  • Mac

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    No chance. We will get nothing tomorrow.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we’ll lose this one, Van Der Vaart will most likely wreak havoc against Colo and Willo.

    I do fancy us to cause them problems though, especially at set pieces.

    My gut says we’ll lose 2-1, my head and heart say that if we get the first, we’ll go on to win 3-1.

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    We usually beat them about 3-1 at home, so that’s what I’ll go for. Shola, Guthrie and Drake scoring

  • tjshawsey

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    This game rests on how well Simpson and Barton cope with Bale. For me Enrique wins any battle so I don’t see much threat from the right! If we can keep Bale quite I can see a similar game to that of Arsenal, so we just need someone to step up and take Carroll’s place of goalscorer. C’mon Ameobi!

  • connor_nufc

    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I think barton will have bale in his pocket tbh

  • Toonmania

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I really hope we do the yids tomorrow, got a feeling there will be goals both ways but i’m going 2-1 to the toon

    p.s Pardew shift your ass and get some players in otherwise anyone any good will be gone, dam useless board

  • kevymartins

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    For me willo wont cope with it

    we need saylor back

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    jwheelie12, Drake = Gosling? Where you been Danny is injured.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    GG, Drake = Best, not Gosling

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12

    is tayls out for sure lads?

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    tjshawsey, Great chant. “C’mon Ameobi” at this moment you mean everything.

    Sung to Dexby’s midnight runners.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Sgt. cant actully rember if they said he is doubtfull or out


  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Sgt. Heagerty, How should I put this so you understand…

    … Yep

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    i thought he was fit, thought ssn said trio out meaning, tiote, carrol, smith

  • kevymartins

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #17

    If we beat spuds…i would be laughing all weak..

    cuz if i had to pick my weakest nufc team that would be close enough to it.. ok maby not team but midfeild an CF

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18


    that sucks tayls is out where did you see that besides from ed, either way, i fill confident about our defense with willo in there as well, krul did a job for us but harps is a world class keeper and he leadsthat back line much better because of his experience. Since harps has been back our back line has looked very strong, i feel confident at home we could keep a clean sheet at worst we might give up 1. Lads if we can get an early goal, i dont see why we cant get all 3 points, but i would settle for a point. You know, thats this new nufc mentality we all have and it sucks, we should never be happy with a point at home, we are nufc for pete’s sake, i watched the nufc v barca champions league match at sjp from 97 and it was electric, God it left me wanting europe so bad. Most of yall know ive only discovered Newcastle as a young 20 year old lad 7 years ago in iraq and since then its been mostly downhill, God i want to see newcastle back to where it was so bad it hurts…

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #19


    Alan Smith could miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury while leading scorer Andy Carroll is recovering slower than expected from his thigh strain.

    Dan Gosling made his return from a serious knee injury last weekend but is now out again after the joint swelled up.

    He joins Steven Taylor (hamstring), Sol Campbell (leg), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) on the sidelines.

    Captain Kevin Nolan has a throat infection but will start while midfielder Cheik Tiote serves the second instalment of a three-match ban.

    Wayne Routledge is also unlikely to be involved after Newcastle accepted a bid from QPR to take him on loan.

    Squad: Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Donaldson, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger.

  • jimiley

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Harper is not a world class keeper. He may be good but there is a massive differnce between good and world class. World class in my opinion means one of the best half dozen keepers in the world. He might creep into the best half dozen in the Prem but not the world.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #21

    dammit i hate it your right geordiegerman

  • jimiley

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Why did we buy a player in Gosling who we knew would be out for six months? You could not even guarantee he would ever play again. More bafflement from the Toon heirarchy.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23


    Simp willo colo enrique


    Barton Nolan(C) Jonas

    Best Strolla

    Krul-backup keeper
    Perch-bout only defender we got, emergency use only…
    fergy-fullback sub or wing
    vuckic-replace guthrie if needed
    ranger-1st attacking sub choice
    mcloven-2nd attacking sub
    airey-give the lad a shot…

    1-0 toon (jonas)

  • jimiley

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Toonmania @ 8
    Its not Pardews fault. He is given pennies to spend and monkey nuts for wages.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25

    to answer 24 see your answer from 22 lol!! that’s why.
    He’s been given funds to spend but has so far been unable to strike a deal with any of our targets so you have to ask yourself what the problem is as there is plenty of players out there to get.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #26

    i’m looking forward to this be great to see the man again, i wonder if he wants to play??

  • Mags

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #27

    jimiley – 22, we did NOT buy him, we got him for nowt and took the gamble.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #28

    I heard we are in for the Korean winger, Wun Hung Lo. He swings those long balls in quite well.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #29

    come on lad give ap a break, he was brought into an impossible situation after chrissy was sacked unjustly and he has said and done all the right things hold for 1(letting routledge go without a replacement). Now i think he is being extra careful not to bring in anyone who will upset the locker room and the chemistry on the pitch. plus we dont need anymore shite players bought for big money as in the past cuz they have big names but arent fit to where the nufc strip. And we dont want players we have to beg to come here. We want players like hba who only want to be at newcastle, players that will bleed for the black and white. Give him a chance. His tactics on the pitch are strong for the most part, his man management seems good,(needs to be careful with ranger), and he locked hba on a longterm deal right away which is good. Lets wait and see where we are come feb 1st before we judge. I still think we need 2 players, a winger for sure now, and i would get fullback cover before a striker even though Big Andy is our only world class striker the others are good enough to get the job done. Having said that i would not complain if we got a class partner for the big fellow but we need cover at fullback desperately, perch cannot fill simp mor enriques boots and can lose a game all by his self. Stevonage roasted this lad and they are league 2…..lets just be patient(im not patient so i know yall arent either lol) and see what happens before we start judging

  • TinoToon

    Jan 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #30

    OH MY GOD, I´m a Colombian fan and see Tino on SJP again is so awesome, hope Toon Army give him a warm welcome.

    HWTL Nufc 2 – Spurs 0

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Sgt. Heagerty, Yesterday you compared Shearer to Michael Jordan…

    … Who’s Michael Jordan? 🙂

  • ksmit

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Is Routledge actually gone? I heard that the deal had stalled?

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Routledge gone, its on nufc site, qpr site and routledge twitter account.

  • ksmit

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Never mind, looks like it’s official as of today.

  • shearer4pm

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    too be honest it shows how little the press know..a week ago they were saying routledge was on his way to liverpool for 8m…and now he’s joining qpr on loan …press are clueless

  • davybtoon

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    i fancy win tomrrow spurs arnt great away from home 3-1 best2 n ameobi, vdv for them

  • toonoholic

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Drake’s gonna score!

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Magic Jordan!

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Wun Hung Lo, eh? When I searched that name all I got were chinese porn sites. Strange…


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