Why A Win Will Be Very Difficult Against Spurs

John Carver’s job is to get Newcastle some points on the board, so he’s trying his best to get the crowd behind him for the game at home against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, but there are at least a couple of things that have happened since the last home game against Arsenal almost four weeks ago,  that will make it much more difficult for our lads to get the much-needed three points.

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The first is that although we will be having Fabricio Coloccini back from his three match suspension, Moussa Sissoko got himself sent off at Anfield, and a player who usually plays well at home and can be a dominant force for Newcastle will be absent.

The second is the planned boycott from a section of Newcastle fans, and the publicity for that before the game and the effect on our players will make it that much more difficult for the lads to win.

It will take some mental strength for the players to overcome the negativity that surrounds the protests  and the boycott – and after all – it’s been difficult to accuse our players of being mentally strong this year under John Carver.

So it’s hardly a surprise that Spurs are definite favorites to win this game, and that more than four of five readers think we’ll lose the game.

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Our main emphasis this weekend will be on teams below us and that they keep losing, so that with five games to go next week we are still 9 points above the drop zone – and that will make us that much safer.

If it’s only 6 points that would not be good.

We can then hope that Newcastle can resuscitate what has become a shell of a club this season under the money-making policies of Mike Ashley.

Comments welcome.

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14 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Let us not look back in anger or foward in fear but around in awareness.

    The fans are the strength of NUFC not Ashley, why be angry at what has past, why worry about what might happen in the future, look around now and see what is happening and unite with the brothers and sisters of the toon army and storm the slugs ivory tower.


  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    obertan 100% agree the focus is on caver………charnley and ashley see him as expendable cannon fodder as long as he keeps the heat of them …….all carver is doing is protecting his contract and in the end his pay off just doing what he is told and allowing him self to be used like so many at the club

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m going to e mail you to say this to you as well, why don’t you just come out and ask our readers not to boycott as you seem so against the idea, our best results recently have cane in the face of unrest so there is no evidence what so ever to suggest that a boycott will make a win more difficult.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    I think you are being very unfair on your views against the boycott. We have had some great results when there has been action planned and considering 99.9% of our prideless and insipid displays have come in front of full houses there is no evidence to suggest a win will be more difficult during a boycott. You can’t have it both ways, moan all season about Ashleys methods and then pour water on any type of action. Make your mind up Ed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    E mail to Ed above.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail…It’s time that misconception was challenged. It provides no help to anyone as it’s based on an idea of fear, not reality.

    OP…Good post.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Spurs would have been favourite for this game even if a million NUFC fans came to support the team.
    The effect on the players should be that there ashamed of their performance and they should realise THEY owe the fans not vice versa.

    The fans always get behind the team if they show desire and commitment, win lose or draw, the problem is the players don’t respect the club and fans and don’t show any desire or commitment.
    just like the owner.

    Ashley out

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    “How Will Newcastle Fare Against Arsenal?”!!

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9


    Cheers, thanks for the HTWF

    I like that a lot

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    OP…For our non dyslexic brothers and sisters, HWTF! 🙂

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘Why a win will be difficult against Spurs this weekend’ – where to begin? Here’s four possibilities…

    The defence hasn’t had a clean sheet in weeks,
    The attack hasn’t scored a goal,
    The Head Coach hasn’t got a clue.
    Spurs are quite handy.

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m recommending Wonga adopt a tagline that would go rather well. Ypou’ll notice how it wittily references L’Oreal’s Geordie connection:

    WONGA ; Because you’re desperate.

    I think it would look good on the illuminated pitchside hoardings at SJP at the minute.

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Paul Merson noted:
    “It’s getting to the stage of the season where I don’t think too many teams want to finish fifth or sixth. The Europa League is a huge distraction for the teams that qualify.”
    This is the first time I’ve heard a well-known pundit has come flat out and said what has only been whispered and hinted at – that 8th is better than 5th if it means clubs avoid the Europa. That has been Ashley’s and Newcastle’s explicit view for 3 years now.
    How long before one of the clubs just outside the top 4 decides it is better to lose a match at this stage of the season than risk the consequences the following year? Perhaps Spurs will give us a bye?
    As for Carver getting the top Toon job, whatever else Mashley is, he’s not stupid.

  • EllaGuru

    Apr 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I have fortune telling powers and say we are going to lose to Arsenal 2-1. I can also tell you the scorers, but that will cost you more. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to reveal the result of the Spurs game however!


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