In retrospect, after we got over the pain of watching the game, Tottenham looked a very good side yesterday against Newcastle.
Danny Simpson tries to tackle Emmanuel Adebayor
Of course they were helped big time when most of the Newcastle players started the game seemingly in a deep sleep, and we were two goals down in the first five minutes, as Tottenham seemed to find oceans of room in the Newcastle defense.
Since Tottenham were looking for a tough game against Newcastle, the two goals really helped them, and they went on to play some exhilarating football, and they now have to be close to the two top Manchester sides.
It seems that Danny Simpson, one of the Newcastle back four yesterday, who was nowhere to be seen for that first goal, when Emmanuel Adebayor crossed the ball from the right, and left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto had plenty of time, and loads of space, to smash the ball into the back of the net after only a couple of minutes.
Danny seems to have been impressed by the Spurs side yesterday:
“Conceding two goals in five minutes doesn’t help,” “Tottenham are a great team and to concede two disappointing goals in the first five minutes, it’s going to be tough from then on.”
“We base our game – especially away from home – on making sure we are solid in the first 10 minutes and don’t concede, especially against the top teams. To go 2-0 down, the fans lift up and the players are confident and it’s tough.”
“The manager was obviously disappointed because before the game he said we had a great chance to perform and maybe break into the top four at this stage of the season.”
“I think Spurs have got a great chance of winning the Premier League. We’ve played against the top teams this season and for me they are the best team we’ve played against.”
“But he said you’ve got to hold your hands up – they are a great team and they played really well.”
The Tottenham players were inspired by the fact that Harry Redknapp had just been cleared in his tax evasion trial, and with Fabio Capello having resigned from the England manager position, it could also be their last season with Harry in charge at Spurs – although that’s far from certain.
When you consider that Redknapp has only been at the north London club since late October of 2008, he has done magnificently, there’s no doubt about that.
But we also think that Alan Pardew has made as good a start in his first 14 months at Newcastle, that Harry made at Spurs. And even though we were hammered yesterday, by a much better side on the day, our lads are still 6th top of the Premier League.
A win against Wolves, who were hammered at home 5-1 by WBA earlier today, in out next game in a couple of weeks time, and we’ll still be in good shape in the league.
Alan Pardew came in for some criticism after the game yesterday, but that’s part of the job of being a football manager, and being the Newcastle manager in particular, and he would have expected as much.
But Simpson thinks Alan is a great manager as he continued:
“For me personally he has been a top manager,” “He gives a lot of confidence; he is very thorough and gives us all of the information that we need for games. He is a man-manager.”
“If you need to talk to him, his door’s open and he gives great advice.” “He’s still young and, for me personally, in the future I can see him doing the England job.
That’s not the first time that Alan has been praised by one of his players, and he seems to be a very good man-manager, and we know he’s great with the youngsters too.
He was at the FA Youth Cup game last week when the lads beat QPR 2-1 after extra time, and Pardew went in the dressing room before the game to give the young lads a pep talk.
It was a very tough loss for the fans yesterday, and another very difficult game to watch – for those who saw it though.
But in the past Newcastle have come storming back, and I think I convinced my son today, who was just a little down-beat about yesterday’s performance and result, that a win against Wolves will put us back on track.
And then a win at home to Sunderland and we’ll be in great shape.
It’s disappointing to get walloped 5-0, but didn’t a London team lose 8-2 to Manchester United last August, and didn’t a Manchester side lose 6-1 to Manchester City this season in the league also?
I rest my case – kind of. 😀