Surprising Poll Results On Spurs vs Newcastle Game


Well would you believe it – even through we were well beaten 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday, and gave a poor display compared to how the lads have played over the last two months,  66% of fans voting in our poll think we will beat Spurs on Thursday night at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

Alan Pardew Arsenal 4-1

Alan Pardew – come on – we can beat Spurs!

That’s with only just over 700 votes in – so please vote if you haven’t already done so – there is no draw possible because we will play extra time and penalties if necessary to get a result on the night.

Can Newcastle Beat Spurs In Capital One Cup?

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36 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Based on the wording of the question, I’m surprised it’s not 100% Ed. Of course we can, but away from home, at Spurs, despite their baggage, 50/50 chance of victory at very best.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Should really have these polls when the teams announced

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #3

    All those wins we had in that run of ours the opposition had an obscene amount of possession bar the Leicester game which was 51/49, that type of counter attacking simply isn’t sustainable without receiving severalmhidings over a season when something goes wrong.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope it’s done and dusted in 90mins.
    We don’t need tired players Sunday 😉

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #5

    The Cup is the only thing we stand the remotest chance of winning but that said, if we do go out it’s a few less games for our patched up squad to be put through. That can only help us up the league.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #6

    We have a very good chance to beat them especially with their home record this year not being the best. However, actually doing it is another matter. We need all players working together, can’t afford to carry players such as gouffran or tiote on his current form. We should try and stick to the team that have done well for us in our current cup campaign therefore not picking our supposedly strongest team. Armstrong should play considering he has played very well against palace and man city.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #7

    I see Rooney talking up Man U’s title chances. They are getting their defenders back, and if they can get one more decent CB in, in January, then looking at the league, I think they can win it. Football is a game of fine margins, and I think when we get our tactics and intensity right we can upset anyone, but over the course of a season, teams like Man U, City and Chelsea are certainly tens of points superior to even the best of the rest, of which at the moment we are at most trying to be.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Not if pardew cant see the light re gouffran ( poor work from the scouting team ) and willo and tiote although we may have to play him

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  • p

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Depends what toon turns up. I thought we would beat Arsenal but we sat too deep and let Sanchez take the p$%^.

    If Sissoko is back that will be good though I gather Janmat will miss out which is a massive blow.

    As someone mentioned above, we need to see the squad.

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  • dexter53

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Cant see it myself. We always shoot ourselves in the foot.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Having a chance to think more about it, perhaps Tiote is dwelling on the ball fractionally too long and choosing the more ambitious pass too often to the detriment of the side at present, possibly, but again, aren’t he and Colback potentially a fantastic central midfield pairing behind Sissoko, if that can be ironed out, really top draw. I’d be surprised if Pards is entertaining the notion of dropping Tiote for Abeid.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #12

    As usual it’s wait and see. Which I won’t seeing as it’s on at some ungodly hour on a workday!

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #13

    The foundation for our recent good form has been our midfield.
    If we start with Sissoko, Colback and Abeid, we have a good chance of winning.
    Just hoping Abeid has been ‘rested’ for the last couple of games to give his injured toe a proper chance to heal.

    Our midfield against Arsenal wasn’t strong enough, allowing them to dominate.

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  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #14

    I voted we could, not that we would. However, Coloccini’s words to ‘concentrate on the Tottenham game’ are encouraging and in stark contrast to despicable Mackem, Don Hutchinson, who says the club must be pragmatic and save energy for the derby on Sunday. He says senior players, if asked to choose, would pick the derby every time. Me, I prefer our captain ‘s view – the next game is the important one. When the League Cup is decided, then Sunderland becomes the important match.
    This imaginary choice reflects the choice Monster Mash may soon have to make – Newcastle and the Prem or Rangers and Europe… now there’s a tough one.

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  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Whatever Pardew goes with, it would be good to see Arma getting a start – hopefully in place of the sadly out-of-form Gouffran. Gouff has hardly warranted his place in 12 months, no other player being as individually debilitated by the loss of Cabaye as this bloke.
    …Any news on Abeid and Aarons?

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s exciting, despite a tendency to indulge in enjoying knocking the owner, I see us now approaching punching at our correct weight, which certainly gives us a chance of going to Spurs and getting something, and also taking three points in a ding dong derby with plenty on it, but also very significant in light of the excellent way Sunderland responded to the loss of our two comrades in the MH17 tragedy.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 16, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Sav @14
    Lets hope he throws his lot in with the Scotts and then maybe we’ll get some one who actually wants NUFC to progress as it seems Mr Ashley has little interest in us in that regard.

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  • usmagpie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #18

    The whole match will depend on one thing and one thing only, how Pards set up the formation. If he goes with the one up front then we may get killed, if we have any chance at all he needs to go with a positive formation and set up with either 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2 and not let teams pass the ball around the back with one striker getting killed and tired trying to chase them down. When we look positive the other teams don’t know how to handle the Toon, when we go with a loan forward other teams just pass the ball out of defense and laugh at the lack of attempts we have on goal. They just are not worried at all and we need the other team on the back foot a little. Just hold of Eriksen and Kane and we are golden, let them two run around with out a care in the world and we are screwed. Simple stuff this football.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Again, the choice thing.

    Try this poll Ed.

    If you had to win one lose one, which would it be? Of course we’d all rather win them both, but…

    Ok. My vote: Agree with Hutchinson. Btw, he played for the mackems but he is an NUFC fan, always was.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Canny and sav

    If Ashley was to sell up he will have to do it pretty quick as he has got until the 27th of jan till the hearing. That’s roughly 6-7 weeks to find a buyer if he is to choose to sell us. Here’s to hoping

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #21

    West
    He’ll have a list of possibles from back when he was talking about selling before. People at his level are always five moves ahead and ALWAYS have the escape route planned!

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  • expatmag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Westoz

    That is, of course, if someone has a spare 300 million quid or so down the back of the settee.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #23

    I think the SFA are stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. They can’t afford one of their greatest clubs to fall again, I read somewhere that the current Sky deal they have was based on the expectation of Rangers returning to the big time quickly. If they were to fall again then Scottish football could be in financial difficulties.

    Without Ashley, the only other serious offer was the £16million from Brian Kennedy. Kennedy owns Sale Sharks, but also owns his local football side, Stockport County. While Stockport aren’t among football elite, the rules don’t stipulate the size of club, or league they play in, so Rangers are likely to go under if Ashley was forced out, or Ashley would take the SFA to the cleaners if they allowed Kennedy to replace him.

    Ashley has them by the balls. Not to mention he can refer it to EU laws and the court of arbitration for sport which would likely rule on Ashley’s side as the SFA rules are against EU law.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Abeid named in the Algeria squad for AFCON.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Might have been a bit slow onto that, just noticed the story was from yesterday….

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Yeh I agree. He will be many moves ahead. We can all speculate but it could be dropped on us all tomorrow for all we know.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Quite an interesting read there Lil. I’ll be looking forward to see where this one is headed.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #28

    expat

    300 million quid plus an extra 200 million to get us up too a top 4 calibre team so 500 mill is alot to ask but there are plenty of billionairs out there. Just hope to get the right one.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning all.

    On this SFA charge, Ashley is not going to sell Newcastle anytime soon because he is making too much money out of us. The fact that he is a bare faced liar and is driven by greed depicts a man who will hang on to what he has by his fingertips rather than cut his losses at any point.

    As for Spurs on Wednesday, I think this will be a tough game for us, Teams have now sussed out the inept one’s one and only tactic and have found us out. If we turn up for the match and all the players concentrate on the job they have we will have a chance, but if one or two player under perform again (as they did at Arsenal) we will be out of the cup.

    I suppose we will have to wait and see who is fit or back from suspensions etc, and then who the inept one eventually picks to play the game. For me this is a game that can go either way.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Firebug,
    It will be interesting to see what side he goes with. The side against City was put out with the full expectation of defeat, in keeping with the ‘fact’ that doing well in cups equals relegation. Will Pardew put out a much weakened side for this game, or will he/the powers that be see this as an opportunity to get some silverware.

    It is a difficult balancing act, but I’d love to see Arma and Perez get a start together, if Aarons is fit (I doubt he will be) then have him up as part of a youthful and exciting front three. Midfield and defence I would probably make it as strong as we can. Cabella would be my choice if Aarons doesn’t make it.

    Pick any 3 from Tiote, Colback, Sissoko and Abeid for me. If Abeid is fit it would be good to see him get another chance, but I wouldn’t be overly bothered by any of those 4 starting.

    At the back I’d have Anita right back, Haidara left back, and in the centre any 2 of Saylor Dummet and Colo. Alnwick in nets.

    For me that represents a decent blend of youth and experience which would stand a good chance of going through.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Lil

    I love the idea of Armstrong and Perez as a front two, I think they would work really well together. Nobody ever knows what the inept one will do however, it’s seems every time we get a little momentum going he finds a way to derail us.

    He never seems to look at the bigger picture, for him it always….Play his favourites stick to his 4-2-3-1 formation, and field his strongest side out of position. The only time he has changed any of this is when it has been forced upon him, and low and behold it worked. But now he seems to be reverting back to type.

    When 50+ thousand fans can see what needs to change but he can’t something is very wrong.

    Hope he goes with your suggestions above and gives us a chance, but history says otherwise.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Firebug,
    It will be interesting to see what team he goes with as more and more of our players return to fitness. Where do Rivi and Goofy fit in? Where does SDJ fit in? Will Sissoko shift back out to the right? Or will Perez make way and SDJ plays as a centre forward.

    As you say, the worry is, that he tries to fit all his best players in rather than selecting the best team. A reverting to type could see a number of players being forced out of position, which will do us no good at all.

    You would like to think that maybe the penny has dropped this time, but it looks unlikely given the selection of Goofy and Willo.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #33

    It might well have been the intention of the SFA for their bylaws to restrict ownership in other Leagues but this I believe falls foul of EU law.
    The EU permits free movement of capital and UEFA has allowed Gianpaolo Pozzo to have holdings in Udinese and Watford . The Mickey Mouse SFA are out of their depth when it comes to taking on Ashley.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #34

    Lil

    If Riviere was played on the left (his best position) of a front three he would be more effective. He love to make those runs cutting inside and shooting, but has never had that chance yet. Siem de Jong is a number 10 and should be played behind the main striker, but for me Perez should be starting every game as our main striker, and given support from a number ten I think he would hammer the goals in.

    Goofy should be on the subs bench and brought on to see a game out. I like him, when he first came and was played on the left he looked better and seemed he had the potential to be great for us, now on the right he just looks jaded and poor, he runs all day and tracks back well enough, but he looks uncomfortable in that position.

    As for Willo, Arrrrrhhhhhh! enough said.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Giampaolo

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  • Jimbothemag

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #36

    If we turn up on Thursday to play Spurs we will definitely lose as the match is on Wednesday!

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