Players Need To Play Their Hearts Out If We Are To Beat Spurs

There is decent competition for places at Newcastle this season.

Danny Guthrie in action on Saturday against Aston Villa

And we think that’s going to get even stronger after the summer transfer window,  which we are hoping will be another good one for Newcastle, as they continue to build up the overall strength of the squad.

That will also mean competition for places will again increase, but Danny Guthrie told BBC Newcastle that’s part of why Newcastle have been so successful so far this season:

It has been part of the recipe for success. It is healthy and it gives the manager great options when players are injured or suspended.

I came into the team for five or six games, then I unfortunately got injured for a couple of months but the manager spoke to me and said as soon as I was fit and ready there would be games for me. 

The manager does give you chances, we’ve seen it all season with Ryan Taylor.   He probably did not think he was going to start as many games as he did.

He has come in and done brilliantly and he has played every game.

That’s good man-management by manager Alan Pardew, who seems to talk to all the players and let them know where they stand, and he often has words of encouragement for the players, especially the youngsters.

At least the lads on Tyneside seem to know where they stand,  and what they have to do to become better players at Newcastle.

It’s going to be a big test for the team on Saturday afternoon, no doubt about that, although they will have nothing to lose, since the vast majority of pundits are expecting a Spurs win.

The last time we played in London the players let themselves down in that second half at Craven Cottage,   when they conceded 5 goals after completely dominating Fulham in the first half,  and we had even gone ahead with a great goal from Danny Guthrie.

Everything looked great at half time – and then the whistle blew for that second half, which turned out to be the worst display by a Newcastle team this season.

If the defense plays on Saturday like they did at Fulham in those final 45 minutes, we’ll be dead and buried long before half time.

But the lads have confidence, and they are on a good run, having won five of their last seven league games and four of the last five, and a win on Saturday afternoon would really shake things up,  at the top of the Premier League.

And that’s what we are secretly hoping for, but to do that the lads will need to be near their very best,  and also the two Demba boys up front will need to take all their chances at White Hart Lane.

And in the Newcastle central midfield,  Danny Guthrie and James Perch will have to play their hearts out for the Newcastle cause.

But it should also be a great game.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    This should start the HBA debate again yawn yawn.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    hearts out, it will not be that difficult as CITY away, tough game. but spurs are for me a 1 man team i.e BALE

  • gaz 44

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    i see what your saying Indian.. don’t think modric adebeyor van Der vaart would get a look in at a team like wigan.. lennon not get a game in championship there a terrible team when u take out bale.. i mean pfft scotty parker who rates him

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    4-4-2 if you’re going for the draw and a 4-3-3 if going for the win.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    what i meant was it is not david Vs Goliath

  • PontiusLee

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    we need to hold on to danny…
    he is class.

  • gaz 44

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    its not.. man utd are a better all round team n look what we did to them albeit at home.. we have nothing to fear.. sure on paper they are a superior team specially when we are missing cheik.. but there there for the taking lots of injuries… uncertainties over there manager etc.

  • nufcmatt

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    should be a great game, it could go either way i reckon, we’ll either get hammered 4-1 or nick a draw, or if we are outstanding like we were against man utd we could get a 1-0 win, can’t see that though, spurs have quick attacking players that our defence always struggle against.

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    @gaz 44

    Lescott and Defoe are pretty awful too, don’t forget.

  • wynsleap

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Gaz44 – Apparently by all media accounts Adebayor was worse than useless in his last game, Lennon is doubtful and Van der Vaart is blowing hot and cold .. when he’s fit.
    I agree with Indian Magpie that Bale is the main threat. Keep him quiet and we have a great chance.
    The other danger however is Modric who, if allowed to run the show, can be devastating. Maybe we should put Perch on him to ‘stand on his toes’ in midfield. Just a shame Cheik wasn’t there.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    …And martoon you just startede it.

    For the record whenever a discussion arise that you dont want to participate in then dont.

    and if you dont have antthing to add to an ongoing debate then dont.

    This is not directed at you mate 😉

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    @nufcmatt – Agreed, if we play a high defensive line we’re toast.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13


  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    @IM – When I said Lescott, I meant King….oops

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15


    Don’t forget Modric, Adebayor (ok so out of form but still a crackin player) Lennon( If he’s fit) etc.,

    I rate Guthrie as one of the most improved players this season, and hope he gets a decent contract and resigns with us.

    Pards has to man manage 25 players for the first team and has managed to get many of the journeymen to up their game which is one of the reasons why we are doing so well. Team spirit is worth another £10m player in the team.

    HBA is another issue. He has a terrible reputation has had a dreadful injury and is not ready in his head to play to a system. Can we afford to have one player with a roving brief ?
    Not yet. Has Benny got a lot to offer. Undoubtedly.
    Pardew stretches your patience at times by bringing players e.g. Santon into the team so slowly, but I’m still prepared to go with his judgement on how to play HBA.

    And finally…..

    MattyNUFC – previous threads
    I’m afraid I’m not convinced you’ll ever be a supporter of Pardew as you’ve lost confidence in him. I get what you’re saying – that our form veers and also the quality of play. That’s football. I don’t think this annoying lack of consistency is entirely Pardew’s responsibility – Saylor’s injury hit us hard as have other disruptions – I still think the Chelsea game was a turning point for us as if the ref had sent of that hairy git we’d have run the game. Things can turn on seemingly small events and I think this one has had a lot of knock on effects. You’re too far gone with Pardew (he makes you sick) but the rest of us are happy sitting fifth and give him some of the credit for that.

  • GoGoBoots

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Enormously difficult game, but I’m with Pardew when he called it a ‘free hit’. Of all the top seven sides, we have by far the least to lose – we’re fairly assured now of exceeding all pre-season expectations, and can get the ball down and try to enjoy ourselves in what should be an attractive, open contest.
    Spurs attack and move the ball from all over the park; it certainly isn’t just Bale that poses a threat. Liverpool crowded him the other night and that was largely very effective.
    Danny Guthrie and our two Dembas are key. I’ve read comments on older threads saying things like – ‘he’s good but he’s no Cabaye’ (Danny). That is complete nonsense. Amazing how people are fooled by a French name, large-ish price tag and big reputation. Cabaye is neat and tidy and strikes a ball cleanly – I like him. But Guthrie has the invaluable capacity to impose himself on a midfield, box-to-box, for a full 90 mins. He’s technically very sound, he’s strong, passes superbly, is dynamic and at home in the premiership, and plays like a leader. With Tiote would be a fearsome combo. I’ve read criticism of Guthrie for not possessing pace. Well: Roy Keane, Ince, our own Rob Lee!, Vieira, Petit, Gerrard, Scholes, Lampard, Iniesta, Xavi, Pirlo, Fabregas, Essien (even Nolan and Joey for us last year!) etc etc… Pretty much all modern central midfielders of note have not possessed genuine pace. It just isn’t required in that position.
    Guthrie deserves to stay in the side and grow into the role. He could even compete for an England spot if he does.
    With him and the two Dembas ruffling feathers up front – who knows against Spurs. 🙂

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    a comment from another delusional “fan” on HBA

    “He’ll get another chance soon, but he’s had plenty. I would love to see him ”

    Highlight ton the word PLENTY…No wonder, he should just leave….save himself the pain…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Im just worried about Perch. I wonder if he can stop Modric and VDV there.

    And if Jonas doesn’t stay deep and help Simpson. Bale will skin him alive.

    I prefer Santon playing against Bale and Simpson over on the left or Raylor. Bale and Simpson is just going to make Simpson look like a fool.

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    “devastating. Maybe we should put Perch on him to ‘stand on his toes’ in midfield. ”

    Yeah that will do…..(facepalm)

  • Londtoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Agree with MagpiesFlyHigh, I actually think Pards has done wonders for us.
    Managed to get 100% out of players bar Ben Arfa. Hopefully he will manage that and time will tell. I don’t think we have been out of form except when we had severe injuries to our CB’s.

    I think the talking points for Saturday will be how we hold in midfield against a very strong tottenham midfield and whether we are solid and have the pace at the back (eyes on willo) against a pacey spurs side

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21


    Simmo is weakest at moving forward, he’s actually not bad as a stopper.
    Jonas is pretty good at providing cover though and Bale can blow hot and cold too – let’s hope he has an off game….

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    @gogoboots 16

    Totally with your analysis
    We’ve got some real midfield dynamos and Guthrie Cabaye and Tiote as a mid 3 would be ‘formidable’ – in the French sense of the word..

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    jesperfuglsang @11. Calm down – I think you are taking this a little too seriously. I have commented on HBA previously but I just think there are those for & against playing HBA. This has been ‘discussed to death’ and there is nothing new to add to this debate.

  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Danny-G for England!

  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Bale is my main worry. He is furiously fast and highly skilled. Simpson and Santon would both have their work cut out suppressing him. But this is one game where, because we aren’t expected to win, we could surprise a few pundits. Maybe, just maybe Spurs may take us as lightly as we have with lower opposition in the past.


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