The Tottenham Game Is A Great Game For Us


The big news yesterday was to do with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, and of course Newcastle play Spurs on Saturday afternoon in London.

Redknapp talks to press after being found not guilty of tax evasion yesterday

Harry Redknapp, the former Portsmouth manager and former Portsmouth Chairman Milan Mandaric were both found not guilty of two charges of tax evasion at Southwark Crown Court.

And when the unanimous verdict was read out in court, the two men and hugged each other, after the stress of the pending court appearances had been weighing on the two men for five years.

And the other big news is that Fabio Capello resigned from his England post  just a few months before the European Championships start in June, and the red-hot favorite to replace Fabio, at least on a part-time basis through the end of the season,  is Harry Redknapp.

It seems Capello couldn’t accept the FA’s decision to take away the captaincy from John Terry, after his trial had been delayed until July.

That’s after the European Championships, and he will be facing a criminal charge of using racist language towards fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand.

It will be interesting to see how these two bits of news affect the Tottenham players  on Saturday afternoon, as they are expected to beat a weakened Newcastle side, who will still be be without top central midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.

Tiote will play in the final of the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday for the Ivory Coast against Zambia,  and Yohan Cabaye who will be suspended for his third and final game for violent conduct, a charge he picked up after the FA Cup 4th round tie at Brighton.

Danny Guthrie  has played great for Newcastle this season

But with Danny Guthrie coming in and again playing well – he was the Man of the Match in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Sunday –  the two top players have not been missed too much by the Magpies.

And utility player James Perch played defensive midfield in the last one and a half games,  and has looked solid for Newcastle,  with his no-nonsense and solid performances.

Danny Guthrie, who we hope will be signing a new contract at Newcastle  shortly, talked to the local press:

The midfield is a bit unfamiliar at the moment but I think on Sunday it was so much better in the second half.  We had Perchy sitting in there,  and I think it allowed me a little bit more freedom to go ahead and try to create for the team.

The Tottenham game is a great game for us regardless of who is out, who is not available or whatever.  It is a tough game because we know how good they are at home, but we have set it up nicely with two really important wins.

We have got a lot of grit and resolve about us. We are not going to Tottenham scared or worried about them. We are a much more solid unit than we have been before and we have got a manager who is not afraid to change things at half-time if its not going quite right.

He did that on Sunday and I think it had a big effect , it is little things, positional advice or just changing the shape of the team slightly. I do not mind having a bit of extra responsibility.  I worked hard to get fit and got thrown straight back in.

I feel in great shape. My mentality has not changed. I know I am in possession of the shirt now but I have always taken the same view of things. I was out of the team, got back in and got injured, but now I am back in the team and I think things are going all right.

Danny has played very well indeed in his 13 appearances for Newcastle this season with two great goals,  but he seems to accept when the big boys are back,  he may lose his place.

It’s a compliment to Alan Pardew and the coaches that they have instilled a team spirit at the club,  and that can only stand Newcastle in good stead for the rest of the season.

It’s a tough game at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but we’ll  need to wait and see just how good this Newcastle team is.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    i think guthrie might leave, he is on ridiculously low wages

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    if FA had consulted capello and then removed terry then it would have been better

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Good words from Guthrie. He’s been excellent and is a big reason we’ve done so well without Cabaye and Tiote.

    Also notice the praise for pards tactical insight, it doesn’t always result in subs and nor should it.

    Take note doubters.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    oh danny boy the toon is calling. like guthers more everytime i see him play. will be reet up there if he continues his run.

    him and cabs will have to battle it out for that spot. at the moment guthers has got it for me.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    hope GUTHRE signs a new contract

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s definitely time to role out the 433, but not away to spurs, at home to a lesser team….

    …………………….Krul

    Simmo…Willo….Collo….Santon

    ………………….Tiote……………………..
    …..Guthrie……………….Cabaye…….

    ……………………Arfa……………………..
    …………Cisse………….Ba………………

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  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    My worry is if Redknapp gets the England job then Spuds might look at AP to replace him. Hope these rumours of AP owing MA gambling debts are true!

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  • scdoty

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    @Spuggy

    That’s my favourite line up, however like you say, defiantly not against spurs. Bale would murder us.

    HWTL

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Its got to be 4-5-1 away at spuds for me lads. Demba just dropping off Cisse, and Jonas / Obertan providing width and pace on the break. If we break at them from deep they are very vulnerable, becaus etheir defence is not so great. Intersting to see how Ledley King’s knee stands up to being pulled left right and centre at pace by Cisse / Ba….., and Dawson will be severely tormented by Ba in the air.
    But we must bolster the midfield as they are exceptional passers of the ball. My prediction 1-0 Toon, with a Ba goal (possibly penalty?)

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  • Les Grossman

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Martoon
    redknapp will stay at spurs till end of season.
    Spurs, though highly unlikely, could still win the league. Levy has backed hime through the Court shit, he owes him a debt of gratitude, and he will honour that I am sure. He will take over england at end of season and Mourinho will take over Spuds!!

    Get you rmoney on it!

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  • Les Grossman

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    4-4-2!!
    Raylor and gutti as wingers perch and guthrie as mf
    Cisse Ba up front!!
    Need to double up on bale Raylor and Simpson and perch needs to be wedged up Modric!!
    Leta the Demba Boys do the biz upfront…give them the ball as often as possible and they will scare droopy to death!! he wont even make england job!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    is RYAN Taylor available?

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Team for Saturday:………….Krul………………………………………..

    Simmo………………Willo…………………Collo……………….Santon

    ……………………………………..Perch………………………………………..

    ………..Obertan………………Guthrie………………….Jonas…………

    ………………………….Cisse……………….Ba……………………………….

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Take note of what Spuggy?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    IMHO,

    we will need to score 3 goals to win the match, may as well go with an attacking line up

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Mo Drysdale // Feb 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Team for Saturday:………….Krul………………………………………..

    Simmo………………Willo…………………Collo……………….Santon

    ……………………………………..Perch………………………………………..

    ………..Obertan………………Guthrie………………….Jonas…………

    ………………………….Cisse……………….Ba……………………………….

    This is the team for me too…
    Should be a decent game like

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  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Les Grossman @11 – I was talking about the end of the season. I can’t see ‘The Special One’ going to Spuds when he still has a fondness for Chelski.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    The performance Danny had against Villa was as good as anything Cabaye has given this season.
    On that basis if Pardew has to play one or the other when the Frenchman comes back, in all fairness Guthrie should hold onto his place until Cabaye can rightly take it back from him.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Hope Danny puts in another MoM performance.

    If he has an off-day, there will be “Danny is sh**te” and “kick him out in the summer” and “I always said he was useless” posts aplenty.

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  • mickg108

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    An Italian,Deserting a sinking ship,who would of thought it ?..Would Harry go to the F.A,doesn’t like people interfering/meddling,,so that leaves A.P..Would he leave or want to finish off the Revolution,,I think he’l stay,he’s admitted that it’s too early for England..HBA is a Luxury the Team can’t carry,with the work ETHOS,we have (Never thought I’d say that about the Toon)..

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  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Stuffed brown envelopes to pelt at Honest ‘arry.
    Guthrie has come on in leaps and bounds. you can se he is fitter but credit to him for rising to the challenge Cabaye presents and to the coaching at Newcastle (now THERE’s a first!) as he is doing just great.
    Danny G. for England!

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