Tottenham Game Is No Bigger Test Than Any Other Game

Newcastle Assistant Manager John Carver seems to be taking on  a lot more of the press duties  these days, and he seems to think the Tottenham game is no different than any other game that Newcastle will play this season.

John Carver – great shot of John at training grounds

John is making the point to the Newcastle players,  that Sunday’s game is no different to any other game Newcastle play in the league this season, and they’re all worth 3 points with a win.

This is what John told the Newcastle press today:

“People are talking the game on Sunday being our biggest test. But I keep saying to the lads, every game you play is the biggest test, it’s always the next game.”

“No matter whether you play the top or the bottom sides in the Premier League there are no easy games.” “I’ve heard people say ‘The Spurs game will see where we are’.”

“Well, we have already shown were we are at the moment. This is another game.” “It is all about us really and after two weeks with a break, we are just looking forward to getting back out there.”

“Four of the last five games have been away from home and it’s a home game for us.” “It’s good to be back at home and have two home games.” “We have to take that advantage and get the points on the board.”

“We know it won’t be easy but they have had players travelling all over the world as we have.” “It’s all set up for an exciting and entertaining game.”

Those are good points that John is making,  and of course he’s right in that if you take one game as a bigger game, then when we play say Wigan Athletic at home, the lads may think  it’s not such a big game – and that’s when we’ll lose.

It’s sports psychology to be sure, but it’s important the players have the right mindset going into every single game.

That’s how good teams like Manchester United grind out the results week in and week out – they never under-estimate any side, and bring their best to every single game.

But it’s also hard to criticize the Newcastle side this season, because they’ve turned up for almost every single game, and they have battled in every one of their nine games they have played so far this season, and registered 6 wins and three draws.

Going into every game thoroughly prepared and with the right mindset,  is one reason Newcastle are flying high with 15 points from their first 7 league games, but we also think Newcastle can be on 18 points from 8 games come Sunday night.

Wouldn’t that be something?

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    18 points from 8 games. IF we beat Tottenham, a top 6 spot is most certainly within reach if all goes well with injuries and whatnot.
    That’s a big step up from relegation season.
    SO lookin forward to a possible win.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I think it will be biggest test for Raylor, Best, Simmo, Obertan and Best. It’s reason why players want to play in PRM, to test themself against the top.

    Surely we will step to the pitch for win but we have to make sure we put more than the best to achieve it ! Hopefully we can win this game HWTL !!

  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Lawro is a clueless individual

    Newcastle v Tottenham (1600 BST)

    Newcastle are still unbeaten this season, although they have had the rub of the green a couple of times against QPR and, more recently, Wolves.

    I am just wondering whether this might be the game where their luck runs out and I quite fancy Tottenham here, especially because Spurs will be buoyed by beating Arsenal in their last outing.

    Let’s not be too hard on Newcastle, though, because their central defensive pairing of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor does look very strong, and Yohan Cabaye has impressed me in midfield. Tim Krul is clearly going to be a top-class goalkeeper too.

    But I see this as being the game which might make Newcastle boss Alan Pardew re-evaluate their season after an excellent start. They are not a top four side and, if they finish in the top half of the table with the squad they have got, then they have had an outstanding season.

    For me, Harry Redknapp’s side still look the most likely to get fourth place, and I would expect them to underline that by winning at St James’ Park.

    Prediction: 0-2

    Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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  • geordieupontyne

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    the fact that its a home game that makes it so tense…but a win is gonna be such a big psychological boost….hwtl…

  • woodsee

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Tactics for this game are simple attack them and they will buckle,and if you keep gareth bale quiet then you keep spurs quiet..
    I would like to see bale get clattered first time he touches the ball,even risk a yellow card,it will be tiote obviously

  • geoff777

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #6


    A link would have done …

  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7


    You’re right mate! 🙂 apologies

  • traceline

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Just been chatting to a spuds fan and he reckons that we “haven’t got the class up front to score against them”

    which I’d 50% agree with (we haven’t got the class we used to have, but we’re still more than capable of scoring against them)

    Seriously, he followed it up by saying “it’s at newcastle? in that case – 3-0 to spurs, anyone else I’d say we’ll win it 2-1”

    I am gonna love it if we beat them.


    PS – great take on things by Carver – we’ve had 2 weeks of build up to this “biggest test of the season” (which it undoubtedly is) – BUT it’s not ManU, or barcelona …. all things in perspective – it’s spuds…. well done JC…. I hope he’s in the ear of the players 24/7 all the way up to the game.

  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9


    I can’t wait till the spurs can, so your friends, and the so called pundits can eat there words. Come Sunday the whole world will know that Newcastle has arrived!

  • veto

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    see us spanking spurs for some reason , going for something silly like 4-2 , lot of goals in this game
    don’t underestimate this squad or the player we have yet to see get a proper run out ,marveux will be a class act for us , and if abeid and vucik come good were set in the centre of the park for years .


    Oct 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Can someone please explain WHY so many on here are picking teams for Sunday and changing the starting 11???

    You’ve got to be some kind of stupid or absolutely nothing about football if you would consider dropping 2 players (Raylor and Obertan) from a team that is currently sitting 4th in the league and getting great results week after week.

    Where do you go if you bring Santon, Ben Arfa into the team and we get beat on Sunday????

    There really are so nuggets out there

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    The Worlds most popular clubs

    Nice link here folks A German stats company has placed NUFC as the 13th best supported football club in the WORLD so when tits like Matt “the Twat” Le Pissier opens his stupid mouth with comments like NUFC are not a big club then all he is showing is his ignorance and bias stupidity.

    Fact NUFC are the 7th globally best supported club in the UK and the 13th best supported club in the world hence they are “A BIG CLUB”. Sorry Matt but that is a fact.


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