Tottenham The Best Side Newcastle Have Played This Season


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. 😀



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266 comments so far

  • toonruz

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Dannyo
    your wrong i know a coach who could do better than pardew keegan could for 1 and many more

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah Keegan had a very successful reign when he walked.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    On a completely different note…..

    All the best for the final Tiote!! Bring a winners medal back! ACoN Final on ITV4 now.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Thank f*** that acon is over 2nite its awful.

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  • toonruz

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Spuggy
    easy for u to call some 1 who done great things for this club , nufc would not be where we are today if it was not for k keegan

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #6

    @toonruz
    KK had his time. U saw him with Man City and England i reckon? Also, Dalglish had his time with Liverpool, u see him now?
    They’re both outdated and done.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Luis Suarez and Kenny Dalglish apologise over handshake row

    And so they should….disgraceful.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17004667

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  • Barras

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    @Marty-Toon

    My concern is that Pardew is trying to offer Simpson a new deal, meaning that Simpson is in his plans for the future – if Simpsons future at Newcastle United is as a squad player then fair enough he deserves that. For the rest of the season I would use Cabaye instead of Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa instead of Obertan and R.Taylor instead of Simpson, and unfortunately we don’t have any other choice than Williamson for CB until the summer. But because of that we need to stop playing the high line.

    I know your going to say Cabaye has been un-available so Perch had to play – wrong. Abeid is a better football player.

    And then your going to say R.Taylor has been un-available so Simpson had to play – Pardew has picked Simpson ahead of R.Taylor on many occasions when both are fit, and I personally would be surprised if Tavernier was any worse than Simpson.

    And then your going to say Obertan offers more to the team than Ben Arfa, and for that argument I have just spent an hour of my time talking about. And the conclusion is obvious.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #9

    toonruz,

    I have utmost respect for what Keegan did first time round and as a player. But when he walked out second time he not only left the regime (fair enough) but left the fans and the club in trouble.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree about abied – what I’ve seen I like, he could be tried as a stand in for Tiote, defo better on the ball. But as yet unproven at this level against top quality opposition.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Tiote plays…..go on son!

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    1,Man City
    2,Man Utd
    3,Tottenham
    4,Arsenal
    5,Chelsea
    6,Liverpool
    7,Newcastle
    8,Sunderland
    9,Everton
    10,Norwich

    Mystic Rob’s end of season predictions. 😉

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  • toonruz

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Spuggy
    second time round keegan had every right to walk out of nufc and any manager worth his salt would of done the same , the thing is keegan is not a yes man like pardew is ,and thew main reason keegan walked out was because d wise had more say than keegan did no wonder he walked

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  • Barras

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #14

    One thing I do want to make clear to any reader who decides to read my comments is that I think Pardew has done brilliantly as manager and I don’t want him to leave or be sacked. No way. I just want him to start dropping the players who have been letting the team down and continuing to pick them under false hopes of them being better than they actually are (at the minute).

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  • Benry

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I wanna shake Suarez’s hand, and then crush it!

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #16

    So wolves got stuffed at home 1-5 so should be a walk in the park for us at home with Cabaye and Tiote back.

    😉

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  • Barras

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Barras’ Pivotal Predictions:

    1 Man Utd
    2 Man City
    3 Tottenham
    4 Arsenal
    5 Newcastle
    6 Liverpool
    7 Chelsea

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Suarez is a good player but an aweful player. Ballotelli anyone.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Everton will make a late push up the table as they always do,but I think the mackems will be our main rivals for 7th place.

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Simmo is by far a better RB than Raylor, raylor has a good cross, yes, but he’ll get passed more times than i can count.
    Simmo does an OK job, but there are better players out there. Simmo as a squad player, yes, ahead of Raylor, yes, but he should be replaced with better as a starter.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Person I meant.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Thank f*** Suarez said sorry.
    Im fed up of hearing about It.

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    @Robert
    Agree with your table assesment, altho, it’ll be interesting when Tiote and Cabaye come back.

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  • t00ntime

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    I think if we play propely we can finish abover liverpool and chelsea… Wud rather finish 5th then 4th cause in the CL we will fae teams like the spuds every round… In the europa league we have a better chance to impress… Also I live in holland and theres 3dutch teams in europa league so more chance of me seeing a game 😀
    Tiote going to win tonight 😉

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  • Benry

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Balotelli is a gent compared to Suarez!

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  • Benry

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Chelsea are finished. Liverpool got Kenny as manager – nuff said. The problem is Arsenal. (Over the next few seasons). I don’t see the MON effect lasting for another whole season at Sunderland personally.

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  • toonruz

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    i think pardew does not have a say on who we sign , and i all think pardew has a say on who leaves , if pardew was in charge with in who we sign i beleave pardew would sign player like c cole from west ham

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d like to add if we lose Colo to a long term Injury were f*****.lol

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  • Benry

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardew tried his level best to bring in Carlton Cole apparently! The man’s Allardyce 2.0!

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  • Benry

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    ————-Krul————–
    Santon–Mbwia-Pieters–Jonas
    —-Guthrie-Tiote-Cabaye—–
    ————HBA————–
    ——–Ba——Cisse———

    What a fkin team!

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  • toonruz

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Benry
    i would not be suprised at all in that 1

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #32

    At least Balotelli’s funny.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #33

    toonruz // Feb 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    No good manager or sensible one will ever work for Ashley mate.

    I actually dont mind Pardew,plus he’s probably one of the only managers out there who will put up with Ashleys crap.

    Even Hughton was getting fed up with Ashley.

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  • Klatoon

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    It’ll b “The clash of teams coming off 5 goal stuffings”

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone think Colo might lose whatever pace he’s got soon? a bit like Rio (and Rio used to be damn fast).

    If so, a long term contract (at over 80k/week) might not be a great idea.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Positive: AP says he has learned from this embarrassment… Positive: He took the blame.
    Now, what do big coaches do? They bench the culprits, be it Rooney, Drogba etc.
    So AP, who’re you going to bench? How will you change your game? Dude, at least try HBA on an extended run (that does not mean one half :)), prove to the fans your lowly opinion of him. He’s off in the summer anyway, and we can’t do much worse than the spurs game. Throw Abeid on, give Gossling a game. If the 3 above (and others) don’t cut it, then ok, they can go. Like you said a couple of days ago, we’re safe now!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #37
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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry Tiote but i’m going for Zambia tonight!

    This Greece Vs Portugal in the Euros x 1000!

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Tiote won’t be back for a we while, good thing its the break cus Cote’ d Ivory ( excuse the French, I know none 🙂 ) will have a big party on Tuesday if they win, so Tiote won’t get back till probably Thursday (good thing he doesn’t drink could be like Gervinho, with a massive head[lol]ache/hangover) and probably won’t train till saturday/sunday.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    The only Zambia player i’ve heard of is Mayuka and he’s hardly any good.

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