Steve McClaren has given his news conference for the game against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon and the head coach has said the team will go there fully focused and intent on putting in another good performance and getting something out of the game.
Last Sunday could have been a watershed game for Newcastle against Liverpool and with 90% in our poll expecting us to lose against Jurgen Klopp’s team – it was a shock that we won 2-0 and we played very well too – especially in the second half.
Steve also reported some good news on the injury front with both Rolando Aarons and Cheick Tiote close to a return to action, but they will not be available for Sunday´s game.
Steve McClaren – good news on injuries
This is some of what Steve has said today:
“We go there to Spurs fully focused and intent on giving a performance and getting a result.”
“We need to follow Liverpool up at White Hart Lane. We need to put in a performance if we are to get anything.”
“Spurs are a good team. They have a good squad of players and they play with a very high intensity.”
“If Spurs weren’t in the Europa League they would be title contenders.”
“Cheick Tiote and Rolando Aarons are ‘very close’ to returning to training, but won’t be available for Sunday’s game.”
“Squad-wise we are the same as we were last weekend. Tiote is a couple of days away, Aarons also. Lascelles is out on the grass.”
Cheick Tiote missed last Sunday´s game but it´s looking like both he and Rolando could be available for the game after Tottenham – which is a relegation 6 pointer against Aston Villa at home.
It´s good that those two and probably Jamaal Lascelles will now be available for the tough holiday schedule – which is going to be very important for the club.
No word on Mike Williamson who pulled a hamstring on his second day back after his loan spell at Wolves.
Steve McClaren would not talk too much about the transfer window in January and we still have four very important games to play before the end of the year – one of the worst years in Newcastle´s great history as far as results go.
Tottenham play tonight against Monaco at home in their final Group J game of the Europa League and they have already qualified for the knockout rounds and are currently 3 points clear at the top of the group with 10 points from five games.
So maybe we can catch them after a tough Europa League game?