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Steven Taylor Likely To Come Into Back Four At Spurs

We expect Alan Shearer to revert to a more common back four at Spurs on Sunday afternoon.


Steven Taylor – likely to come in for  back four defensive line-up

That could be because Steven Taylor is fit again, but also the big three will surely leave too much space for the impressive Spurs forward to exploit.

Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Hopefully, we will have one or two back.” “We have decisions to make.”

“We have a couple of things to think about.” “Do we stay with the same system or go back to a back four?”

Damien Duff and Ryan Taylor are reported to have impressed both Shearer and Dowie last week with their good defensive play, and they also attacked well going forward too, and of course Duff put in that beautiful cross for Andy Carroll to head home on 81 minutes.

And Ryan Taylor looked like a man possessed in those last 15 minutes, as he tried mightily to somehow create that winning goal for Newcastle, which would have caused the roof to have been blown off by the Newcastle fans at the Britannia Stadium.

We’re not sure why Ryan gets so much stick on this blog, because he’s a decent player – and hey – maybe Sunday is time for him to score from a free kick. Our advice to him would be to pretend it’s the Newcastle defense he’s up against – he didn’t seem to have any problems when he was playing against Newcastle United now did he?

And Jonas Gutierrez also looked very impressive when he was brought on and must have run a few miles in the 30 minutes and he showed great spirit and energy, which is what we’ve come to expect from Gutierrez.

And the play of the lads last week will have given Shearer some selection posers, but remember Carroll and Gutierrez were 1st and 3rd in our voting for Man of the Match last week, and both were subs, so players don’t have to start to make an impact on the game, and we’ll need the full squad participating in the last 6 games.

Alan continued:

“The back three was something we felt we could try and we certainly had the players to play that way for that game.”

“Whether it would be right to go into this game would be a different matter.”

“Obviously, Spurs play a different way to Stoke.” “Those decisions will be made and hopefully they’ll be the right ones.”

We expect the back three from last week to keep their places and Steven Taylor to come back in at right back, with David Edgar playing at left back, and on current form that looks like a good defense.

It would be S.Taylor, Beye, Bassong and Edgar. And of course Beye and Bassong both played great last week, and Edgar deserves to keep his place, and we think Alan will select that back four. So no place back yet for Fabricio Coloccini.

Danish international Peter Lovenkrands is slowly recovering from his back injury, and we were hoping he would be fit for the game on Sunday, but maybe not.

We need 3 points on Sunday – comments very welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Lancelot

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Steven Taylor = Real Geordie

    Sort of player we need more of, great to see our youngsters coming through as well, having watched the reserves and under 18’s all season, the future looks so bright.

    Get Ranger in because him and Carroll could be great together!

  • batty

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    http://www.missteenqueenuk.com/?Page=Section:Contest2 <<<can you vote for my niece text francesca smith on 84205 costs 60 p plz vote
    she is a toon fan

  • dougnufc

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    If Stevie T can perform like he did against Arsenal, he will definitely be first on my team.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #4


    Still think we need a defensive midfielder in Coloccini, because Butt just slows down the flow of the game

    When Viduka is fully fit I would like either him or Carroll to play with Martins and Owen, with Jonas, Barton and Colo in midfield



    With Beye and Enrique providing the width too. What do you think??

  • sickofitall

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    the team I would pick with the players available is


    Beye Edgar Bassong

    S Taylor Collocini Jonas

    Guthrie Barton


    bring on Owen for Ranger
    Duke for Carrol/Guthrie
    Tell Stevie Taylor to go on the rampage

  • sickofitall

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    the team I would pick with the players available is


    _________Beye _Edgar__Bassong_______

    S Taylor_______Collocini ________ Jonas

    ________ Guthrie ______Barton_______


    that looks better

  • jimiley

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    We will lose at Liverpool and WIN every other game. Whats the worry?

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    oops meant to say Martins not Carroll

  • jimiley

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Martins is transposing into the new Owen. Always seems to be getting injured. Owen and Carroll to sink the Spuds. Viduka to supply the drinks afterwards. Thats 80 grand a week Mark this season for nuffin!!!!! Thats 4 million for nought. Nice work if you can get it. You can only “earn” money like that for doing nothing in football. Taxi for Mr Viduka at end of season.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Taylor to come in at RB or RWB. Beye and Bassong should be our CB partnership. This will give us more years out of Beye as he will start to lose his pace soon and won’t be as effective at RB.


    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    ok, new rule since benny still persists on winding us up, to make sure we all remember not to bite when he comes a knocking, instead of “1st” for the first one to repsond to a new thread, you must write IGNORE BENNYTOOL.

    this will remind us all and advise the people who come on less frequently that its not worht it.

    also, bare in mind that i’m sure he’ll also try to change his name and weasel his way in some how so try not to bite to anyone, just dont respond. anyone with younger brothers all kids on here will know that if you ignore them, they tend to get bored quickly… please bare that in mind and perhaps if he persists to come on here, he will be courteous and polite…

  • blip

    Apr 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Beye’s annoyed me a little bit in the centre recently, he tends to drift towards the right a little bit as the game goes on. Keane and/or Defoe would thrive off that kind of space.

    Don’t get me wrong, Beye’s one of my favourite players but I think he needs to play RB. As long as he’s nice and shouty he can control the defence from there.

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Lancelot // Apr 17, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    “Steven Taylor = Real Geordie

    Sort of player we need more of, ”

    Why should that make any difference Lancelot?

  • He isnt one of several money grabbing tossers in the team. Owen, Duff, Viduka and Geremi etc. He is one of the only players who cares what happens.

  • Bill F

    Apr 17, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Actually DJM, I think most of us do just that. But what I think is happening, and other people have said this as well. He comes on with different names and argues with himself, which is even more sad. If you need any pointers to this then take note of who is involved when it kicks off. There is a definate pattern.

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Apr 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    “He isnt one of several money grabbing tossers in the team. Owen, Duff, Viduka and Geremi etc. He is one of the only players who cares what happens.”

    What about Beye and Bassong ESAMIM? And what about our very own “Fenham Eusebio”, Shola?

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Beye – Bassong – Colo – S.Taylor
    Jonas – Guthrie – Nolan – Duff
    ———-Martins – Viduka

    Play this XI and we’ll beat the spuds.

  • DENIro

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #18

    winning team for spurs…






    Just kiddin’….

  • batty

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #19

    worky how did it go m8 and thanks for voteing

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #20

    batty // Apr 17, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    “worky how did it go m8 and thanks for voteing”

    That’s alright batty, I liked her ‘skinhead’ look with the braces and jeans like, very cheeky!

    The hospital didn’t go as well as last time. No beautiful lady doctor, just an angry swine who got up on the wrong side of the bed that morning and a BIG African mama in case I needed holding doon like! He was yanking the camera around really hard! 🙁

    I’ve had worse though.

  • batty

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #21

    worky whats a matter with you m8

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Batty, If you mean why I was at the hospital, I’ve knacked my digestive system through taking too many anti swelling tablets for my neck. A life of sin hasn’t helped much either! 😉

  • batty

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #23

    worky drink or drugs or both

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #24

    batty // Apr 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    “worky drink or drugs or both”

    Er, both please batty! LOL

    No, seriously. I used to be a bit of a troublemaker, and I hurt my neck badly when I was chased over a wall once. I had to take anti inflammatory tablets from the doctor for a long time, and they’re bad for your stomach. That was most of the problem.

    I work in the music industry too though, there’s lots of drugs and drink and parties, that sort of thing. I’ve never had a real ‘problem’ with that, though a few of my friends have had huge problems. The lifestyle still takes it’s toll though so with that and the other thing I have to live like a monk at the moment. No drink whatsoever, only certain kinds of really boring food etc. I’m getting lots of sympathy from lasses though, so every cloud has a silver lining! 😉

  • edburn

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Worky, I hope everythings ok for you.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Ed aggre with ya on the Ryan Taylor thing there.
    He hasn`t played badly and it takes time to get to know your team mates. and system.
    How long is it since we got a real FREE KICK taker at the club??????
    You cannot say that SOLANO or ROBERT wher much good at Dead ball situations when you look at their scoring record.Scored some crackers all the same but they wasted a lot.

    We have scored from maybe 1free kick all season-that says it all.
    Chelsea,Man u,Pool,Arsenal,Filham,City,Spuds even the Scum have all good Dead ball kickers and finally we have one but i agree he hasn`t shown too much of his quality yet but it`s gonna come.
    Win tomorrow…Jonas and R.Taylor 😉

  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    edburn // Apr 17, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    “Worky, I hope everythings ok for you.”

    Thanks edburn.


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