Five Players Could Return At Spurs – We Need The Win

Newcastle manager could have five players back from injury for the game at Spurs on Saturday – Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi, Emmanuel Riviere and Mike Williamson  – and in addition Ryan Taylor has announced he is now fit and available and ready to make his comeback into the first team.

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Alan Pardew last Saturday – we need wins

Newcastle did well to beat Leicester at home on Saturday, but that was a much easier game then the one that awaits us on Sunday in London at White Hart Lane, although we did manage to win this same fixture 1-0 last season – even though Spurs were all over us in that second half.

But a world-class performance from goalkeeper Tim Krul is goal saved Newcastle that afternoon, for a famous win.

This is what Alan has said about Sunday’s upcoming game:

“We’ve got a great home game coming up against Liverpool on November 1st, which I think is always a fantastic game,”

“We’ve had good results against them here, and we’ve got Spurs, where we won last year with a terrific performance, so we need to replicate that.”

“There’s no corner to be turned, really,”  “We need to win more games. We were never going to win pretty our first win, because it has been a long time coming.

“It was about grinding it out, really, and making sure we did the right things, which we did.” “Now, hopefully, we can just build on this, because it’s important that we take a step forward now, and not think that we’ve done the job and everything’s OK.”

“We’re still really in a position in the league we shouldn’t be in.”

Newcastle need some wins soon if we are going to pull away from the bottom reaches of the Premier League, but we will have to play at or near our best, and catch Spurs on an off day,  if we are get something out of the game on Sunday.

One positive is that Pardew has so many players coming back this weekend from injury – so we should be able to field a strong team in London.

A win or a draw would be very good results for us.

What do you think?

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41 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    does pardew ever look back and watch games

    we’ve got Spurs, where we won last year with a terrific performance, so we need to replicate that.”

    it was krul with super saves that won us the game not the team

  • cyprus

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Has anyone watched Spurs? I think it’s the only team I haven’t seen. I worry about their clever coach and the prospect of last year’s game where we got absolutely spanked. A lucky win with an inspired goalie.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    5 players coming back wikk not make us stronger – willo is a liability, riviere is poor and Ryan Taylor is championship class at best

  • cyprus

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Watched the game in a full spurs pub, in a Newcastle shirt. The only one. That was fun. Don’t think I’ll risk it this year.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    He’s talking like this now as he knows we’ve got a solid run in and we could easily be stranded at the bottom soon.

    If he loses vs Spurs the situation will be right back to intense pressure.

  • cyprus

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    just when he looks like he’s a goner, he pulls one out. It will probably be Liverpool after this 3-1 loss.

    ps. you may bet that result 😉

  • Graeme

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    If P45DUE could play the 5 returning players, in conjunction with the 11 who finished the last game – we may just give Spuds a run for their money!!

  • beermonkey

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    scoring goals is spurs problem they also not got to grip with the way pochitino wants them to play
    none of there strikers are scoring and there goals are coming from midfield

    but really is there anypoint in putting out who we think should play and how
    as we know the team, when he decides who is fit, our 11 when fit never changes the style never changes formation never changer and results will never change

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    beermonkey @8

    Bang on the money – AP only looks at options due to injuries; when the opposition make a change; or at left back.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    On the youth policy. It’s completely useless as Pardew is always going to be forced in to playing his foreign up and comings so they are in the shop window to make the profit they so crave every couple of years.

    The transfer structure is all wrong and always will be. It’s designed purely to make money not build a good squad.

    Even if they came through and shone we would not keep them. They would be away and sold for profit also.

    This policy of buy and sell for profit is one reason we see players out of position which is never mentioned on here. They have to be advertised and they need to be seen playing to do that regardless of position.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘miley’ cyprus

    AP does have the occasional ability to get a good result when in the underdog role and needs to generate that spirit in the squad for the next three matches.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12


    I nearly choked, “we see players out of position which is never mentioned on here” ???!!!


    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    backed ncle to beat spurs last season but cannot believe that we are a shorter price 7/2 than last year it defies logic.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14


    Aye, I believe Pardew has his hands tied with playing certain individuals in many ways. It’s all part of the buy and sell for profit structure where they have to be playing not decreasing in value. Being essentially advertised.

    Sissoko ain’t a right winger, neither is Cisse if you get me. Anita shifting to RB when we had a specialist in young Tavernier. Etc.

    You will often see players being played out of position, my take is one reason for that is because he has to play them. I’v never seen this mentioned on here, apologies if it is mentioned often.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Obviously another reason is because the squad is so limited also.

  • dazzler

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Great results like getting tanked 6-0 aye pardew?

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Last season Erikson had the record highest number of shots in a game which lead to Krul getting the most number of saves. But this season the front three behind the sticker are all chipping in with shots, goals and assists, which when countered properly also leaves them vulnerable. Potentially man marking their three attacking midfielders with three of our midfielders should stifle them and draw their full backs forward, creating more space for our three forwards to exploit.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18


    A very fair assessment of the situation and pretty much taken as read on here. Sissoko is a funny one as he seems to play everywhere effectively but not particularly brilliantly in one single position.

    Did you also know that AP more often than not substitutes the left back (with little effect) and Gouffran rarely makes it through 90 minutes (yet still starts)?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19


    Aye. It happens all the time.

    My point anyway, is how can we give youth a chance given the already in place advertising vehicle of certain players? It’s always going to be very limited because of the need to push for profit with the regime. Ashley would do his nut if we had profits dwindling to give youth a chance to shine in the first team.

    Just something to think about.

    Got to go, past my bedtime.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d like a journo to ask Pardew why we’re in a relegation spot when he was talking about Europe at the start of the season. And why he was talking about Europe at the start of the season when we’ve been the league’s whipping boys throughout 2014. He gets an easy ride.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    pardew ‘ great results here against liverpool ‘ WHAT ? HAHH , also 5 playrers coming back this weekend , yeah great – match winners the lot of them – a terrific performence last year against spurs ? would that the performence when Krul broke the record books by making 16 or something saves in 1 game and where the opposition had a record number of shots at goal ? ah aye , i remember it well.

  • dazzler

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    B and b

    Because they are terrified of being banned so they’ve all just sort of fell in line

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    We need to win.That sounds familiar.And also like underestimation too.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24


    if we went 433 and rough up lamala and Erickson there bite will soon go they don’t appear to have the appetite for that side of the game

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #25

    People keep saying we buy players with a view to selling them on in a short while at a profit. I can think of three players we’ve bought and sold relatively quickly. Cabaye, Ba and Debuchy. All wanted to be away for a club playing champions league. Unless we’re in Europe, that is always going to happen. It’s the same at other clubs.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26


    even the monkeys on this blog have more intelligence than our esteemed manager!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Alain Perrin the current China manager is going to be APs replacement He has managed in England before and had Christophe Galtier as his assistant coach At Plymouth he was known as Reggie

  • 70TWO

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Blackley and Brownlie

    Certainly the business model is not unique, but counterproductive towards establishing youth players from the Academy in the PL. There is a lack of senior professionals with experience in the squad, that are role models and be respected by younger players.

  • mag92

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Williamson is back so the ridiculous punt up at set pieces will start and the indecisive defence will continue.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #30

    blackley and brownlie

    not got a problem with them a) wanting to leave for better things b) club selling for a profit cos a and b are closely linked

    our problem is we don’t get our youngsters out onloan and we haven’t got a system in place a style that when the kids come in and play they look awful because there playing completely differently to how the 21s play

    there are plenty of clubs out there that sell and it doesn’t stop them playing or being reasonably successful teams like athletico Madrid even arsenal all sell players on for bigger money, you need the right infrastructure in the club and while its disappointing for the fans they know there is another 1 waiting to take his place and there not gonna slide sown the table

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Hopefully we will see a continuation of the team spirit we have seen in recent times. Its crazy we didnt replace Yanga, but he never looked like a player suited to England . I dont hear all the whingers moaning after his team let in 7 last night.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #32

    The picture of the ManCity bench during the CSKA game typifies the modern-day footballer eh.

    A picture tells a thousand words etc etc

  • AndyMac

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33

    “We’ve got a great home game coming up against Liverpool on November 1st, which I think is always a fantastic game,”

    Er apart from when you get humped 0-6 and shown up for being the charlatan you clearly are. Its about time the Fatman realised his “Emperor” isnt wearing any clothes.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #34

    I expect a drubbing at spuds on Sunday!

    Last year we did quite well in one half and got battered in the other,, Krul had a decent game yet 90% of their shots where straight at him which helped.

    Ericsson will have a field day against us and I expect us to get beat by 3 at least.

    I did expect a draw against Leicster so the 3points was a huge bonus yet this weekend I don’t think we stand a chance.

    Hope to be proved wrong and would take a point now if offered as I expect most would take that.

  • Roger

    Oct 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    As a german member and supporter I say





  • JamesToon

    Oct 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Blew (on your post on the youth recruitment)

    We can poach nicola cortese ffs, he’s what started Southsmpton’s youth academy policy.

    Jason Dodd their reserves manager and Paul Williams, an under 18s coach both got released a year ago
    Them 3 could all massively benefit us.

    I think it’s a good move by the club to only bring in u21 players within a 2 hour radius, gives us a bit of geordie heart.

    But I think we should still snap up those bargains from overseas who are in their primes (23-27 years old) I.e. Cabaye, Debuchy, Cabella, Ba

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #38

    I thought that the Fans Forum minutes would have been published by now. I thought that the meeting was on Monday night – if it was on Monday I hope the delay is not because it’s being “over sanitised” otherwise it ends up not being a true reflection of the meeting. Interesting to see whether anything from the previous meeting is “chased up” and the standard of questioning by members and how the new members get on.

  • geordie157

    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #39

    I just hope wilo doesn’t play vs spurs or Liverpool.

  • Shahriarkan

    Oct 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #40

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