Tottenham Game First Real Test Of New Newcastle Side


Fabricio Coloccini has had a great start to his career as the Newcastle captain,  with the Magpies still unbeaten after playing 9 games this season, and currently the lads are back in 4th place in the Premier League, a full 10 points above the relegation zone, and 4 points off 1st place.

Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini happy at a job well done yesterday

Many of the Newcastle players, including Coloccini and Steven Taylor,  will now get a well deserved two week break before we take on Tottenham Hotspur in the next game.

Both center-backs had good games once again at the heart of Newcastle’s defense yesterday, and as usual, nobody is getting carried away with the good start made by Newcastle this season.

This is what Colo told the Newcastle web-site today:

“We have to keep going, keep our feet on the floor and take three points whenever we can,”   “There is the international break now and that is nice. We have to use this as a chance to rest as it’s important to rest in football.

“Then we will come back, keep working hard and hopefully keep picking up good results.”  “It was a hard game, but three very important points because we were playing away. We are very happy,”

“When we play away, maybe you have to defend more than other times. We defended very well and it was important to get three points.”

“Wolves did merit to score because they had a lot of chances to score. We tried to keep a clean sheet, but it is very difficult away from home.”

Coloccini, Steven Taylor and indeed  the rest of the Newcastle defense,  had a good game again yesterday, with goalkeeper Tim Krul the pick of the bunch, and the lads conceded only once, even though they were often stretched to the breaking point by Wolves,  in that second half.

But resilience and team spirit can see you though some tough times, and that’s exactly what happened yesterday afternoon.  The Newcastle players are a very tough bunch mentally, and they are playing the game as it should be played – as a team game.

We don’t know what Alan Pardew is telling his players on the training filed,  but he must be saying something right, because even though the lads were lucky yesterday, they have been a complete revelation  so far this season.

Next up for Newcastle could be their first real test of the season, when they entertain the in-form Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, 16th October, with a 4:00 pm kick off time.

That will be  a very tough test against a side who were too good for Arsenal this afternoon,  and Gareth Bale will likely be one of the danger men.

We have a hunch that Bale will be played by Harry Redknapp against Ryan Taylor, if  Ryan retains his place in the Magpies side at left-back, and if  Harry saw the QPR match, where Ryan struggled against Wright-Phillips’ speed down the right wing,  that’s exactly what he will do.

So maybe it’s worth bringing in a full back who can match Gareth Bale’s speed – Davide Santon for instance, and maybe Alan Pardew could also start Ben Arfa, even on one of the wings – perhaps out on the right wing in place of Gabriel Obertan?

What do you think the best Newcastle team against Tottenham would be?

Let us know – comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

58 comments so far

  • BigKirky

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Id def put Santon in.

    0
  • BigKirky

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #2

    The main problem with taking Obertan out at this early stage, is that I think his confidence would take a hefty drop. id maybe leave him there fir two or three more games and see how his performances are then. I would really like Hatem and Sylvain in the starting line up though. Besty and Obertan would be the ones who would give way.

    However, as long as we are winning I don’t have a problem with an unchanged line up. Santon could def be needed against Bale though.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #3

    If Santon is fit, and he is, then its time to play him . Simple as that really.

    0
  • murvar

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #4

    There is one aspect of the Spurs match I’m really looking forward to now that Scotty Parker is playing for them. That’s the sight of him and Tiote competing in midfield to see who can perform the most 360 degree turns with the ball in 90 minutes.

    As for the team…….. I think Raylor deserves credit for battling on at LB when he’s clearly out of place there. I would put him at RB and play Santon on the left. I don’t think anyone else deserves to lose their place and HBA and others should only come on as subs. Obertan was a bit careless at times yesterday but he will do a better job at home.

    0
  • boater

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #5

    BigKirky – I agree with all of that. There will be chances in the near future to rotate without penalising one of the players who has contributed to an unbelievable run. I’d love to see Arfa back, and think we could benefit from the technical intelligence of Marveaux over another head-down athlete in Obertan … santon is the longterm fixture, but squad morale is the most important thing to consider.

    looks like Ba could be out – so that’s arfa back in, if so.

    0
  • BUDGIE

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Santon for Simpson, BenArfa for Ba if he is injured.

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Santon is our El Toro replacement so its about time he started to live up to that in the PL…yes he will probably struggle to being with but he will be no worse than Raylor who is pony at defending tbf

    Howay we bought a Italian Stallion to replace our departed Spainish Bull so lets see what you’ve got against two of the best wingers in the league

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it was Beards or Pards who said that Santon is just as quick as Jose was aswell, plus he’s able to use both feet.
    No offence to Raylor and his contribution, but it’s time to place our long term replacement LB in the team.
    And Pards would benefit of being a bit cynical about it.
    It’s only natural really, and i think Raylor would understand that.

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #9

    @WWJBD
    Just noticed the “italian stallion” reference, quite like that 🙂

    0
  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Fully expect TOOOOOON to beat Suds on the day, to be honest. Its at SJP – always worth a goal start – and after the enforced rest, the players will all be well up for it!! TOOOOON 2-0 or maybe 3-1!!!

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo
    Haha feel free to use it mate 😉 No doubt if Santon does well for us the Journal will use my little line

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Imagine when we play Liverfool.

    Italian Stallion vs Spanish Bull.
    Has to be a good one that. Just realised i miss the Rocky movies 😛

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Spainish bull against a Italian stallion oh it could be grand

    QPR played crap today didnt they christ

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Andy Johnson played a blinder as well like

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Yup, all of a sudden the squad realised they have Neil Warnock as a manager… Was abysmal, first rate relegation team.
    And against Fulham of all teams…

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Ruiz came on for Johnson at 75 mins, and then Fulham stopped scoring goals. Weird how managers decide to sub players on fire. Our own included…

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Adel Taarabt left the ground after being subbed? Oh not going to go down well that

    I still reckon Barton SWP and Campbell will be enough to keep QPR in top flight

    Not looking forward to watching the Bolton highlights….I quite like them and they got torn apart today 🙁

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Fair play to Sturridge for not celebrating I like that Bolton did a lot for him last season

    0
  • BigKirky

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #19

    I certainly don’t have a problem with the same line-up starting again. The opportunity to blend Hatem, Marveaux and Santon will present itself, so I don’t think there’s a massive need to rush. If Taylor is being turn apart, im sure Santon will be on for at least half an hour. Once in, he’ll be bombing on forward and will probably do enough to say to Pardew, you’d be daft tonleave me out now, type of thing.

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Ye, fair play to Sturridge that, seems like a decent lad. Good for him.
    Watched Tottenham vs Arsenal today. Arsenal lost again.
    I dunno, but i don’t see them grabbing a top 4 spot now. They’ll need an entire season to sort themselfes out. It’ll be up to Tottenham or Liverpool to grab the 4th.
    I’d say us, but we all know thats too much to ask 😛

    0
  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #21

    QPR’s defence is pretty poor though. Their cb’s are shocking for a pl side. Think they’ll be based on home form this year although they did hammer wolves away.

    0
  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m still betting on QPR and Norwich going down tho, but i can’t nail that 3rd team.
    But in all fairness, they’ve done reasonably well to begin with. Better than i thought for all of them.
    Swans beat Stoke today, didn’t see that coming.

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah maybe he has grown up a bit these days or maybe hes just respectful to the fact Bolton has made his career sparkle again

    Must say WTF ARE BOLTON DOING?! Desperatly need their injured players back…also gutted for Holden great player and a good bloke

    0
  • DoctorZelig

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #24

    I say keep the same squad until we are defeated,

    It would be a weird signal to send that: You have not lost but we will change anyway…

    Teams like Wolves play very old style British. That is a challenge to our french/foreign players. Crazy as it may sound, Spurs will better be far suited for many of our new players.

    Keep the team!

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye QPR’s CB are poor but come January they will strenghten in a few places because they will have time to plan and spend rather than what they had to make do with

    Norwich Swansea and Blackburn are my picks to go down….think Bolton may be down there as well if they dont find some luck

    0
  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #26

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Queens-Park-Rangers-playmaker-Adel-Taarabt-catches-bus-home-as-teammates-finish-game-against-Fulham-article807659.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    I don’t get warnock. How can’t you be concerned about a player doing that? If that was one of our players i’d be furious. Also Pardew talked about how HBA wouldn’t be happy not playing until fit etc a couple of weeks ago. Wonder his reaction on sat. Probably realised the game wasn’t for him

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Andy
    I think Warnock will be just playing it down tbh…I can see him (and Barton/Derry) teaching Taarabt a lesson tomorrow morning

    0
  • ToonJovi

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Krul
    Simpson,staylor,collocini,santon
    Obertan,cabaye,tiote,jonas
    Ben arfa
    Ba

    Goin for 3 points this would b my eleven! No question!

    0
  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Probably will i just find it odd he called traore a disgrace last week for getting red carded yet storming off and getting the bus home is alright with Warnock. In all honesty i just don’t really like warnock so will find any reason to have a pop at him haha

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Haha aye true but Traore was on the pitch and hurt the team….Adel is just a helmet and I doubt the team knew he had gone

    I am rather dubious to believe he was waiting for a bus though surely he would of got a taxi at least

    Warnock is a douche though.

    Swansea tearing Stoke apart….great watch haha

    0
  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #31

    we need to play 5 in the midfield for the spurs game or we will be completely over run. We should play 4-5-1 dropping raylor(love his attitude but will be torn apart by spurs wing play) bringing in santon obviously not the debut pardew would want to give him but i think this is a tough decision pardew needs to make. He can either keep raylor and follow the route of “where winning so if he does get torn apart i can say its been working and we might need to change things around” or start santon knowing he could not play worse than raylor as pace alone will set him (raylor) out of playing well. He just needs to tell santon to do the easy things get the ball pass it nothing stupid.

    And a 5 man midfield will give us some sort or chance of controlling parts of the game. I believe obertan needs to be dropped for this game as he has played ok in the previous games but he aswell as everyone in the squad needs top learn that he is not guaranteed a starting spot because with this he will become complacent, overly cocky and start doing stupid backheels when we are under pressure away from home 😐 marveaux should come in on the right as we have seen enough of him to know what he’s about and he for me has earned the right to prove himself for a starting position from his cameos.

    Usual centre mid (hope cabaye gets more into the game) on the left guti to protect whoevers at left back and i feel it will be raylor but if it is santon then guti can help him on his debut.

    Ben arfa has to start as he is match fit and at the end of the day is our best player and i don’t normally say things like that about a player who has only played a handfull of games.. (i was at boumsongs debut where he got man of the match :|) but he can change a game and nick a goal possibly and thats merits a start.

    He shold play off ba in the number 10 role assuming ba’s fit if not best gets another chance to prove he can score the goals which i’m sure he will gladly take!

    if anyone read all that i’m impressed just had to be said!

    0
  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Nice result for us early on 😉 Not sure who our challengers for whatever position we will be this season but reckon stoke may be one of them. Spurs at home on the 16th. Tough game that one but they haven’t a great record at SJP

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Modric or Nani should of won the goal of the month

    Rodwell sending off was a utter joke

    0
  • JBax97

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #34

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. HBA has plenty of time and the strikers and midfield are doing well. However I’d match santon with Bale if possible…

    0
  • Nojdani

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Krul
    Simpson-Saylor-Colo-Santon
    Obertan-Tiote-Cabaye-Jonas
    Best-Ba

    0
  • WWJBD

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Am I the only one wishing Tevez showed up on MOTD2 and chinned Colin?

    0
  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #37

    yorkshiretoon missed your post somehow. I totally agree with all of that and said it earlier. However VDV played rm for spurs today so maybe raylor would be alright as he won’t attack him as much as aaron lennon or bale if he was on that side

    0
  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    yeh i suppose, vdv isn’t the type of player who runs round people with speed but who knows he might try it against ryan taylor.. hah i think he should play santon but i’m only going on what i’ve seen and read from reserve games and youtube but i suppose pardew knows what he’s about more than us and if he’s ready to play yet… i’m pretty sure he’ll keep raylor and if he does i hope for our sake that bale doesn’t feel like swapping sides even for 5 minutes cos he’d run past raylor backwards!

    0
  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #39

    god i hate the international breaks! i don’t know why so many more injurys occur in them! i love how the best defence in engish football has no international players in it!

    0
  • beddersmag

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Ed your spot on here time to take taylor out. Harsh but needs to be done- bale will murder him. And defo time for ben arfa. As good as obertan has been he is weak in defence and nearly cost us three points yesterday.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.