We are still missing a few players tomorrow, and at the moment it’s not known if Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson or Sammy Ameobi are fit to play at White Hart Lane.
Sir Bobby Robson – Newcastle a top four club when this man was manager
But it’s probably unlikely now that all four will be in the starting eleven tomorrow, but we do have an opportunity tomorrow to catch Spurs off-color – after they played on Thursday night in the Europa League.
And while the big clubs like Spurs want to be in Europe, it gives teams like Newcastle a chance on the weekend following their European games.
Newcastle used to have the ambition of Spurs – and at one time back just over ten years ago when the great Bobby Robson was manager – we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in successive seasons.
At that time we were vying with Tottenham to be the recognized fifth best club in England, behind the obvious top four clubs at the time – Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
But with Mike Ashley managing the purse strings so tightly at Newcastle, it looks like we wont spend the money needed to build up a good team and a good squad – that can again challenge to be in the top six.
That’s one of the sad things about Mike Ashley’s reign on Tyneside – we’ve been left behind by a number of clubs.
But Newcastle have an honest side – well at least in the last five games since the Saints debacle – and if we can play with the energy, commitment and purpose our lads have shown of late, we could still get something out of the game tomorrow at White Hart Lane.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game tomorrow and that we do have an advantage:
“Hopefully we’ll put an energy on the pitch that they can’t match,” “I’ve always said that the Premier League is such that you can fall on teams at good times, and it doesn’t matter that day if they’re a good team or not.¨
¨It’s about falling on them at the right time for you as well because you get injuries, or whatever.¨ “Things can build as you go and you can get victories against anybody, and we’ve got to hope that on Sunday we’ve got a strong enough team and that things fall our way.¨
“Spurs have played on Thursday night, so that gives us an advantage and we have to use those advantages.”
After the results today – Sunderland lost again at home to Arsenal 2-0, and they absolutely gifted the Gunners their two goals – a draw for Newcastle will take us one place up in the league table and above Sunderland.
If we can bring off another shock win like we managed last season, we could move up to 13th place – a rise of five places.
So it’s definitely worth going all out for the win tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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