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
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!!
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