Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was disappointed his side couldn’t hold onto the 2-1 lead they had held for almost 20 minutes of the second half, yesterday afternoon.
Harry Redknapp – Newcastle are a good side
But then Shola Ameobi, who made a sub appearance after 71 minutes with Ben Arfa had one of those games when he looks a world=beater, and Shola scored a wonderful opportunist goal with only four minutes left in normal time, to get the well deserved point for Newcastle.
And even after that both sides had chances to win the game, in a pulsating and exciting conclusion to the game.
But evn though Harry was disappointed after the game he only had good words for the Newcastle side and what Alan Pardew has achieved on Tyneside in a short 10 months.
This is what Harry said after the game:
“They are a good side. They work hard and they can play. Their two midfielders are very good,” “The left winger has got better since he came to the country and Ameobi coming on made a big difference. He looked lively.”
“Not being disrespectful but if Alan Pardew can get them in the top four he deserves to be manager of the year.” “It will be difficult but they’re going well and Alan’s done a great job here.”
Tiote and Cabaye both had good games, with Tiote having an excellent game and being Man of the Match, and Gutierrez on the left wing was a menace throughout to Tottenham, even though he was up against the impressive Kyle Walker.
Harry’s right that if the impossible does happen, and Newcastle finish in the top four, then Alan Pardew will get the manager of the year award, and he’ll deserve it too.
But Newcastle are not yet a top four side, but on the performance yesterday Newcastle have shot at possibly getting into the top six this season, but it will take Newcastle to have no major injuries to their top players, since the squad is still not strong enough, although it’s much stronger than last season, to be sure..
But if Newcastle are still in say the top six come January, we wonder if the club will try to bring in say three top players, to try to maintain the momentum?
After reading the mission statement yesterday, that probably will not happen, but we do expect Newcastle to go after a top striker in January.
What do you think?