There’s not much you can do about it when you meet a side much better that you are, other than to just take it on the chin and move on.
Joe Bugner fighting Mohammed Ali in the 1970s
That was basically the case on Saturday, when Spurs played the best they have played all season, and simply ripped apart the dodgy Newcastle defense with their fantastic pace and movement.
And we had that nonsense from the TV commentators after 35 minutes about damage control, whatever that is – but you always have to try to win – and then the comeback Newcastle achieved last February against the Gunners is always possible.
Damage control is we suppose when you give up the game and try to keep the score down – not really very positive.
It reminds us of when Joe Bugner fought 12 rounds with Mohammed Ali in the 1970s, one of the most courageous fighters who ever stepped into a ring, and Joe was pummeled for every single round .
Joe made no attempt at all to win the fight – even though he lost every round – and the American commentators were wondering why he didn’t try to knock Ali out – which was the only way he could win the fight because he was so far behind on points.
But of course Joe wasn’t thinking of winning the fight - only of surviving (damage control) – and then at the end he said well at least I wasn’t knocked out – as though that was some kind of victory.
And Alan Pardew is also taking it on the chin this morning, as he admits Tottenham were simply too good for our boys on Saturday:
“We will take it on the chin.” “We will take the embarrassment of the headlines on the chin and go to the next game.” “I said that to the players at half-time.”
“I’m proud of them in the second half, I really am.” “It would have been easy to buckle or point fingers at each other. We didn’t – we stood firm and stood together.”
“The second half was about not losing our heads and being disciplined. And we did that. That’s all we could do – the game was gone.”
“It was evident at 4-4-2 we could not cope with them. They were just too good.” “Sometimes that happens and unfortunately for us we’ve got a scoreline that we wouldn’t want.”
“On the positive side for us we were 4-0 down at half-time and could have lost our heads and been silly.” “We could have lost somebody to a sending off, we didn’t.”
“I can only think of Spurs having two attacks in the second half. We did better and we will take that to the next game.”
“We had no Cabaye and no Cheick Tiote and no Ryan Taylor. There was a big part of our midfield missing – and that was pretty evident.”
But the lads have to learn what they did wrong on Saturday, as there were so many wide open spaces in the Newcastle defense it looked like the Town Moor at times.
Newcastle still have to play a lot of the lesser sides through the end of the season, and we can still shock ourselves as to how high up in the league we can finish.
After all we still have an outside chance of 4th place in the league and the other teams after that position – Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – are having their own troubles this season.