We put out an article yesterday pointing to the big battle in central midfield that looms today in the Newcastle vs Tottenham game at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew – big battle in midfield today
In one corner are Tiote and Cabaye of Newcastle United, and in the other corner are former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker and top Croation midfielder Luka Modric for Tottenham Hotspur.
All four players of course are current Internationals, and it could be that who wins this midfield battle today sends their team on to victory.
And Alan Pardew has talked about the midfield match-up today in the Sunday Sun:
“That is probably the closest match up in the game,” “I’ve actually seen semi-finals of World Cups with a quartet not quite as good as that. We’re talking about the very upper echelons of the game here.”
“As much as it will be a test for my two, it will be a big test for Parker and Modric as well.”
“From my point of view it will be a barometer in terms of performance. We’ll all be reflecting on it afterwards, won’t we?”
“From the dressing room to the press room, we’ll be looking at it analysing how we’ve done.”
One thing you can be certain of, is there will be talk about this game once the final whistle blows for at least for the next two days, and if Newcastle win it, the analysis will last even longer than that, at least on Tyneside. 😀
Newcastle are an honest side this season, if nothing else, and what we mean by that is that the lads always give it everything they have, whether they are in form or not.
It’s always great to see players in the famous black and white striped shirt work their socks off for the team, and we’ll see a lot of that today.
And if Newcastle cannot get the win, and even if they lose their unbeaten record this afternoon, and they have given their all – they will be applauded off the pitch.
That’s the way it is at Newcastle, where fans almost demand to see the players playing at 100% for the Magpies. The fans can allow the fact that the skill is not always there , but not when the effort is not there.
We don’t think the lads will lose their unbeaten record this afternoon, in a game that will televised live around the world to millions and millions of fans, but there’s also no doubt that Spurs will provide a stern test for Newcastle.
A win would be terrific!
For Newcastle of course.