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Tottenham Win 2-0 And Go Above Newcastle

6:05 pm, Sunday, April 29th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

Spurs had a comfortable 2-0 win at White Hart Lane today, against relegation fighting Blackburn, and go level on points with Newcastle, but above the Magpies on goal difference.

Van der Vaart – scoring after 22 minutes

Newcastle drop down the 5th place,  so both Chelsea and Spurs today have taken advantage of Newcastle’s slip up yesterday at Wigan,  and gained 3 points on the Magpies.

Goals from Rafael Van der Vaart and Kyle Walker were enough this afternoon to see off Blackburn, who seemed to make no attempt to win this game,  and are now second bottom and 3 points adrift of both Bolton and QPR, with only two games to play.

And those games are at home to high-flying Wigan and away to Chelsea on the last day of the season.

Blackburn could well lose those two games and be relegated,  and we just cannot understand what the new Indian  owners Venky’s  have been doing at Blackburn – nothing much good – as far as Blackburn fans are concerned.

They fired Sam Allardyce on December 13th of 2010,  and Blackburn have been on a slide ever since under Steve Kean, and the Scot was third in charge when Sam was the manager,  and had never managed before.

Blackburn escaped relegation on the last day of last season, but have fared no better this season,  and even in this game – when they needed goals what did they do on 72 minutes – they substituted their top scorer Yakubu.

But let’s turn to better things – and Newcastle will face a rejuvenated Chelsea side on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge,  and the lads will remain in 5th position – if we can avoid defeat on Wednesday evening.

But we’ll have to play an awful lot better than we did at Wigan to get anything at all out of this game.

But it will be a good test of the Newcastle side after yesterday’s capitulation,  and then the lads are at home a week today against Manchester City,  in their final home game of the season.

That looks an easy 3 points. :D

Comments always welcome.



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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis Twice // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    1st?

  • 2 Spuggy // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Bring on Europa, summer signings and the return of Saylor and Marveaux!

    Still an incredible season!

  • 3 Spuggy // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Perfect season if:

    We survive relegation – Check
    We finish above the mackems – Check
    We finish above Liverpool – Check
    We finish in a Europa place – Check

  • 4 donegalmag // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Blackburn will strugle in the championship playing like that..very very poor..

    Made Spurs look better than they were.

  • 5 Papiss9 // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Blackburn will lose hoilett and some other players like rochina. They will struggle to get straigt back up. Hope they get back up tho

  • 6 shaun83 // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    What a terrible weekend of results! Although before the Wigan game I said 7 points, as long as we get at least a draw at Chelsea, would see us 4th and I still think that’s the case, means we need a win and a draw against Chelsea and man city though and can’t see it really but you never know

  • 7 Ben_BKK // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    That’s the problem with being so close to the Champions’ League positions at the end of the season, it takes away from what’s been an incredible season by making us disappointed if we don’t finish 4th. We’re guaranteed Europa league which is incredible as it’s only our 2nd season back in the Premier League, let’s not forget that! We’d all have taken Europa in an instant if we’d been offered it at the start of the season.

  • 8 Papiss9 // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Shaun83

    Agree, and it was expected that spurs and chelsea would take the 3 points.. Spurs have two away games against bolton and villa, and chelsea are playing at anfield.

    If we get a result agains chelsea, game on, if we lose i can’t see us gettin’ 4th place.

  • 9 hoppernufc // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    regardless of what happens in our last three games weve had a brilliant season and i cant wait for european matches at st james again :)

  • 10 donegalmag // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Great to see fans not dwelling on one bad result..

    We have had an excellent season and should be very proud of the club and players..

    Role on next season and Europe..

  • 11 santoooooooooon // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    thought 4-0 was a harsh result, even though we were poor we played better in the 2nd half and should’ve score a couple…

    BA doesn’t look interested at all, when anyone else loses the ball they work back to get it back, when Ba loses it he throws his hands up and strolls back. Not good enough imo

  • 12 Daley_Toon // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    There are so many downers on here. Yes we lost heavily to Wigan which is disappointing but really, so what? Does anybody reckon we are ready to tackle champions league just yet? 3 years ago we were getting relegated and now we are sitting joint 4th. Even if we finish 6th its been a fantastic season, our best for 9 years is that right? I for one can’t wait to see us in Europe next year and make a couple of quality signings while also holding on to our top players. Smile, it’s good to be a Newcastle fan at the moment. HWTL!

  • 13 Ben_BKK // Apr 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Agreed santoooooooon, basically they managed to take their chances and we were unlucky not to score a single one of ours. On another day we could’ve easily won that match. Although saying that we were god-awful in the first half which was a real disappointment.

  • 14 check the toastie // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Just as big a game wednesday is Bolton vs Spuds, if bolton turn them over then top4 is back on regardless of our result, 2 games to go and owt can happen,

    If we go into the Man City game on the same points as spuds and just 2 behind chelsea (who have to go to anfield) we are right in it still for champions league, so as i say Bolton Spuds is just as big a game as Nufc vs Chelski in determining our CL destiny.

    A draw at Chelski and i still fancy us, even after yesterdays shambles. Looking forward to next sunday wotever happens wednesday. Cud yesterday be a blessing in disguise, kick up the bum?

  • 15 moonraker // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Ed, I think you’ll find we go back to 4th if we avoid defeat on wednesday. This is a cup final to us and I hope we come out with all guns blazing, unlike QPR who were pathetic and will be relegated along with an equally pathetic Blackburn.

    Watching them today reminded me of the Toon when we went down; no spirit.

    It’s amazing that we feel deflated at losing our 4th place when we would have killed to be in 6th at the start of the season.

    I have the feeling that Chelski think the CL spot is theirs now and would love to wipe the smug look off their faces on wednesday!

  • 16 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    In fairness, overall i think Spurs and Chelsea are better than us , so if they end up ahead of us, i have no quibbles. I also reckon that if we do what we did this season, next season, we will be doing well, as the surprise factor will be totally gone. Hats off to Pardew and Co….

  • 17 toonking // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    spurs might be 4th but in one sence it could be the best thing to help us get a result on wednesday as the pressure is not on newcastle now, it has gone to spurs and chelsea who both know how much of an embarressment it is if they fail to reach the CL

  • 18 moonraker // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    @15
    I think Bolton will turn the Spuds over on weds!

  • 19 magpie6699 // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    This may sound daft but in some ways it may be better if we get 6th as it will stop some fans getting their expectations too high next year. The EPL is very tough and you have to run fast merely to consolidate. I’d be happy with top 6 next year – if we could win a cup!
    As for bob, eric whatever who seems to be coming on this blog for some reason – he has a hard job coming up with anything impressive. My recollection of when Sunderland were in their pomp – with Ratboy and Niall Beanpole – was that they finished 7th twice? Don’t think they’ve ever been higher. Wow!

  • 20 Wor Shearer // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Bolton away will be a totally different game to their home game against Blackburn today. I see Kevin Davies making headlines!

  • 21 moonraker // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    magpie6699

    we need always to be in the top 4! Once you’ve beeen there challenging nothing else is really good enough although I will accept 6th this year.

    We are such a big club and you can tell by the press that they all want us to break through again to add some interest to it.

    Toon are always big news and thank goodness it’s not scandal now we’ve got rid of some troublemakers and have a really good tight knit squad.

    I’m loving Cisse going to a Gateshead restaurant and hairdressers etc. Great publicity ha ha :-)

  • 22 check the toastie // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Champions League is only a great success for the club financially and in it enhances our recruitment, we quite clearly are nowhere near as a footballing team, however it wud be better to have tried and failed to have never tried at all,

    we wud most likely end up in Europa anyway if we were to pull out a tough qualifier in the knockout part, that wud put a downer on the club for all of next season, we are still not gud enough on the pitch for CL, but it wud move the whole club forward faster if we were to qualify, for the best really.

  • 23 Wor Shearer // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Sorry to keep going on about this Ed but can you please update the “Newcastle Transfers” list to include Cisse….please.

    It’s like being kicked in the shin every time I see it. Especially as you’ve included Rob Elliot.

  • 24 davybtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    See sochaux looking relegated lots of players who would b decent signings from there

  • 25 boing123 // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    We would need to draw with chelski and hope for bolton to beat spuds for us to be in with a shout.

    Suspect Pardew would revert to a more defensive 4-4-2 and possibly play Ameobi to help put against a physically strongly chelski.

  • 26 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    @boeng 123

    Ameobi normally plays well against Chelsea to be far, i would probably go 4-4-2 with Ameobi and Cisse up top and bring Ba on for Cisse at around the 60 minute mark

  • 27 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    1st of all id just like to say DENNIS TWICE u are a complete dickhead people like u bug the shit out of everyone who comes on here to actually comment on the article in question.

    secondly more important os the game was at white hart lane today and i still think they are a far cry from the spurs people fear fingers x for a man u win and a visiting city who are feeling sorry for themselves

  • 28 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    We need to line up the same way we did against west brom.

    stick with the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 however people label it.

    Sit deep, win the ball in our half then spring on the break…hopefully we can get an early goal and force them to come at us…leaving gaps for benny, cisse and ba to get in behind.

  • 29 level7wonder // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Roy hodgson? Wow

  • 30 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I can’t honestly see us getting 4th now.

    I think we need 7 points out of our last 3 games which will be a big ask.

    Spurs have bolton, villa and fulham and are level on points…..the max i can see them dropping is 3 so we need 7 with our inferior goal difference.

    But 6th or 5th place is still a terrific season…we will hopefully continue to build next year and getting a full season out of cisse and benny will add more points hopefully.

  • 31 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Boom boom – what because he said 1st? Lol

  • 32 nufc786 // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    great season but 4-0 to wigan is embarrsing for a team that sat in 4th place but thats by the by now if we really want cl then let the players prove it against chelsea and man city otherwise im happy with europa

  • 33 nufc786 // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    level7wonder
    i know im a bit miffed why they came to him but he’s an okay mager i suppose and i guess them not taking pards is a good thing for us

  • 34 Oleg G // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I think most of us don’t care even to lose all 3 next games (just in theory) as long as the team performs and shows spirit, determination, passion and good football.

    The problem with yesterday is not the final result of losing, but the fact of how we lost, 4 to nothing, and first horrible half.

    Just make the next 270 mins good to watch and enjoyable for the fans, even if we lose, really.

  • 35 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Richtoonfan – was you who didn’t get my ‘home team’ comment? Didn’t get back to you as I had to go out. What I mean is the well-known 12th man phenomenon where the home team is pumped for the expected win that is obligatory for season survival. Away teams notoriously dig in and face the onslaught and maybe do that for an entire game either for a draw or nick a win against a team desperately pushing forward in the latter stages of the match. We went there and played a gung-ho style as if we were the home team but unfortunately the impetus and the crowd motivation, along with the desperate desire to survive, were with them. Our mistake for not being more conservative.

    Reasonable explanation?

  • 36 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    i like how we showed fight in the second half…..cisse hit the wood work twice and ben arfa did a nice turn in the box and shot narrowly wide.

    if they had gone in we would have been 4-3 down with 25 mins to play.

    its just typical the day we are not clinical in front of goal happens to be the day we have a nightmare at the back…..

    never mind though…3 games to put on a good show now

  • 37 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Oleg – we didn’t do bad 2nd half though so lesson may already have been learned.

  • 38 bills-son // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I said a few weeks ago when we changed to 433 with Ba and HBA out wide and Santon at LB that we might be great when in possession but weak when the opposition had the ball – and so it has proved.

    Even though we beat Swansea, WBA, Norwich, Bolton and Stoke all of those teams had plenty of possession as any Toon fan who watched the games knows. So did Wgan, but the difference was they scored goals where the others didn’t.

    We concede possession because Ba and HBA don’t defend and protect the full backs in the way that Guti and Obertan did early season (when we only conceded 8 goals in the first 11 games) and Santon has nowhere near the defensive ability of Raylor. Ba and Best were also closing defenders down and we played a hassling closing down game (remember Stoke away) JUST LIKE WIGAN DID TO US YESTERDAY.

    Time and again yesterday there was acres of space down our flanks because Ba and HBA didn’t pressure and track back and Guti and Tiote were all over the place chaing Wigan shadows. Mark my words, with this 433 set up away from home against Chelsea we could concede 10 – and I’m not joking.

    This doesn’t make us a bad team all of a sudden, far from it, but we are trying to play a system that accomodates Ba, Cisse and HBA up front – and its great when it works, but has the potential to be horrendous when it goes wrong.

    It will be interesting to see the team Pards puts out against Chelsea – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ba (probably) or HBA is left out and we revert to 442.

  • 39 WWJBD // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Gan on Roy, hope he takes the job better manager than Rednapp and has more experience

    Gutting for West Brom though good team under him…media will tear him to shreds though cos they are utter prats

  • 40 ConsettToff // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Roy Hodgson? The most mediocre, boring choice possible. Why should we expect anything else from the FA? I think I would have preferred FloppyChops or even an up-and-coming talent like Brendan Rodgers. Or even Pep Guardiola if the FA wanted to show some balls.

  • 41 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    i imagine pardew will stick with the same team…he might drop santon for perch…although i dont think he was impressed with simpson bringing him off before the end.

    I think the only change we need to to make sure guti and tiote sit in front of the cb’s so if the fullbacks go forward they can cover them and when we dont have the ball hba , cisse and ba need to press a bit more to force mistakes.

    If we get a pacey fullback and centre back next year we can play a higher, more pressing game but with simmo and willo (and even collo) there is not a lot of pace to play high up the pitch

  • 42 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    poor roy….the stories will be how he failed with liverpool and therefore will fail with england.

    he is a good, experienced manager……you need good tactics to win nternational football and he will give us a good chance.

  • 43 Dannyo // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    CL is still a possibility u know, but Chelsea, Man City and Everton in the last 3.
    Only one team there who could’ve made it harder tbh.

    But hey, Wigan gave us a hammering, we can do the same to our next opponent. Thats why we love football :)
    Unpredictability.

  • 44 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I think Roy has already had his present with the baggies doing the scousersm

    Ok I am not doing predictions any more because I am no better than lawro atm! What result at cheski then?

  • 45 santoooooooooon // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    i hope he drops ba, moves gutierrez to LM so he can help deal with ramires, then have tiote tracking mata, cabaye pushed up on mikel/meireles and guthrie/perch owning lampard. My only concern is ashley cole bombing forward on the left, hopefully HBA decides to track back and cisse up front

  • 46 GeordieToon89 // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Anyone know what to do when stitches that have been inside you leg and should have dissolved about 5weeks ago start coming out like never ending string?

  • 47 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Listen and listen well. The wigan result means nothing, there are very few predictables in his league or even the game. We are as likely to lose to Brighton as we are to hand Man U a footy lesson. Go figure, as our American cousins quite rightly exclaim. Let us, then, by all means, man up and grow a stout pair, this team is our passion and our pride, the softy londoners await their humiliation and the hardy black and white soldiers that bear our names will bring their pain to bear. Howay The LADS!!,,

  • 48 davecokes7 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Business that would land us Champs League next year

    Players Out
    Guthrie
    Simpson
    Lovenkrands
    Gosling (I would love him to come good though)
    Ranger
    Xisco
    Smith

    Players In
    Nathaniel Clyne
    Pieters
    Douglas
    Sigurdsson
    Adam Johnson
    Victor Moses (If Demba goes)

  • 49 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Tsunki, we wont beat Chelsea in London unless they rest players for the CL, and thats not on for a few weels surely. Look, over a full season we are not as good as Chelsea or Spurs, and there’s no shame in that. And winning the Europa League looks beyond any English team IMO.

  • 50 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Billsson, good point re Santon. I have been saying the same since he arrived, and the same re Obertan ( in his own mediocre way ) too. Santon may turn out to be a decent left back, but he doesnt loom a good left full back in a defensive sense, and never has IMO.

  • 51 Dennis Twice // Apr 30, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Europa here we come!

  • 52 Dennis Twice // Apr 30, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Last?




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