Alan Pardew Confident About Upcoming Spurs Test


Manager Alan Pardew has offered a positive note about the visit a week come Sunday of Tottenham Hotspur.

Demba Ba and Leon Best – would you like this dance?

It’s almost a certainty that Alan will field another unchanged side from the side that have won their last two league games, and that will mean Ben Arfa and David Santon again on the bench, just waiting for their chance.

The Wolves side close teams down well, but the Newcastle strike duo of Best and Demba Ba again looked good at Molineaux, and Demba Ba scored a nice goal from a Yohan Cabaye perfectly flighted corner, and Leon Best had a very good all-around game.

In the 65th minute Leon unselfishly set up his strike partner Ba, as the Irish striker put  a beautiful ball through to the Senegal International, who put the ball only inches wide of the upright – otherwise it would have been 3-0.

Manager Alan Pardew seems delighted with the form of his strike duo, and thinks they can get the job done for Newcastle at home against Spurs, and in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies – and he could be right.

This is what Alan told Sky Sports:

“You have to say with the service they had, Demba and Bestie were very, very good again against Wolves,”

“At home, and on a bigger pitch against a team that don’t close down like Wolves – and Tottenham don’t – we’ll hopefully cause some problems.”

“Hopefully, we’ll put in a good performance for our fans, with St James’ Park full and buzzing.”

It will be a tough game against Spurs, but it will also be the first side in the top six that Newcastle have faced so far this season, so it will be a good test for the Magpies.

And Newcastle can surely beat any side at St. James’ Park this season, and a win at home against a fellow top side would be just terrific.

Here’s hoping.



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95 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, says it all really, he’ll start the same team again.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Dannyo
    From the last thread
    I agree he should play but when he gets a oppertunity much like the one Ba and Best have had and took

    If Ba or Best have a poor game then HBA will come on but until then I wouldnt drop them and knock their confidence

    Or I would have Obertan dropped and Hatem come in for him

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  • fungus44

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    if that’s, the case he has to put Hba on at some time and Saint James,s will erupt and hopefully spurs, crumble under the sheer noise it will create and we get the win

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  • HowayTheLads

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    WWJBD I read your posts all the time and, rightly, think you speak the most sence on here… So, you can imagine my delight to see you are back to your positive self ()and turning somne of the Neggers into seeing the lighter side of life)

    I to think AP can’t, and won’t, change a winning team – and why should he? But I do do think Obertan has had a good run in the side and has let us down so far, for different reasons, but he will come good. So it is surely time to drop Obertan and bring on HBA who is in a completely different class.

    What do you think?

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  • alex84

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Niafron – did you see the alan pardew interview in So Foot?

    it seems a really interesting read.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    HowayTheLads
    Haha cheers mate. Yeah I am back to being a bit positive transfer window rather messes with my head a fair bit

    I would agree fully with that analysis, Obertan I am not sold on, so far this season he has done alright but not what I would consider a starter when Marv and HBA are both sat on the bench

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Y hasnt da france game startd yet?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #9

    ED WE PLAYED AGAINST ARSENAL TOO REMEMBER SO SPURS WILL BE THE SECOND TOP 6 SIDE WE WILL BE PLAYING IN 2 WEEKS TIME

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  • HowayTheLads

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    WWJBD
    Can we all now admit, Striker or no Striker, we have a far superior squad than this time last year? When we eventually do get a decent Striker in Jan, (thank god we didn’t get Ruiz) then we will surely be a consistant top 6 side – which team could surely have a better 1st 11 and squad than us?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    roshan MAGPIE, think Ed means top 6 at present and Arsenal aren’t.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    HowayTheLads
    I would say we have a potentially superior squad however there is a lot of other issues that we cant over look.

    Top players were pushed out and gambles were brought in etc etc but thats a whole different issue that we can discuss come January for now lets just enjoy the ride

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Weird Dutch selection tonight. Vorm instead of Krul and Pieters playing RW, apparently….

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  • HowayTheLads

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Any pridictions as to whether the England National team will turn up and play tonight – or wil it be the same old England team putting in 50% effort for the national team and 110% for their team..?

    God I’m starting to sound like the Neggers 🙁

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  • zaktoon_swede

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #15

    although it would affect obertans confidence, i think marveaux should play instead so we can put jonas on the right to prevent bale from bombing forward for 90minutes. santon should be brought in instead of ryan taylor on the left. there will be alot of space on the right, neither vdv, kranjcar, walker etc are great at tracking back/defend. stick with best and ba. can’t wait!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Couldn’t care less about England. Watching Cabaye, if he is picked.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #17

    He is! 😀

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18

    If we want to beat Tottenham we have to be our best form. With some luck we will get 3 points but it’s our St.Jame’s Park, we don’t need to fear anyone here.

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  • Jesus1983

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #19

    @13

    Are you looking at the line ups on sky sports? They have Van Der Vaart in Central defence and Pieters on the right wing….they have surely messed up lol

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah, that’ll explain everything, only had a glance! 😛

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Im recording the France game as well as the Switzerland one cos I want to see more of Derdiyok and Shaqiri. Can’t watch anything from 8pm, but im watch first 15mins of Switz match.

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Shaqiri already tried a 25yarder within 9 mins. Prob just out of our price range which is a shame.

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye starts for france 🙂

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #24

    http://www.freefootball.eu/upcoming.php?id=a

    Range of links, for all matches.

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Watchn da france game 🙂

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  • hainesy

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Krul not starting is a travesty. C’mon Cabaye!

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Wow cabaye plays sup gud passes 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #28

    O shit cabaye almost scord a 30yrd goal 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #29

    France scores 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont know what the french commentators are sayng about cabaye. They tokn lot bout cabaye 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Cabaye takes coner kick n france almost scored

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Bale injured for Wales! 😀

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Half-time, let’s see if he reappears for the second-half…

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Barry is total pony that is all

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  • ChicagoToon

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Off topic, but preseason there were lots of people saying they wouldnt buy tickets as long as MA is in charge. If we keep up our play, will/have people change their tune?

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  • ChicagoToon

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #36

    cabaye hurt

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh and so is Terry

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Hmmm, I’m a Jonah, exactly the same situation with Cabaye, as what happened to Bale…

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Are Bale and Cabaye actually hurt? Both been taken off?

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  • Kris

    Oct 7, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Looks like Cabaye can be on the pitch after the break, fingers crossed!

    Hope Bale loose out against us! He is too fast!

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