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Pundit Gives Fair Assessment Of Tottenham Match


BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for the Newcastle at Spurs match. Unsurprisingly, he has picked Spurs to win 2-0 at home against our struggling Newcastle side.

This is what Lawro says about the match:

Tottenham are getting used to playing at home now – that usually takes a bit of time.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are still a bit all over the place. They have already lost to Norwich and Arsenal but remember, former boss Rafael Benitez had a bad start last season, and they picked things up.

Steve Bruce has made some new signings, and the fans just need to get behind the team now.

We can’t really disagree with anything the former Liverpool defender says. It’s a fair assessment of the upcoming match. However, the performance is what counts. Mark picked Newcastle to win last week at Norwich, but we were played off the pitch 3-1.

If Newcastle can put in a performance and show signs that they are starting to improve, then we would be pleased with that.

We are also curious to see how Bruce sets the team up. Will he go with a complete overhaul of the system or just make some minor adjustments?

We suppose he could be hamstrung as to what he can do if Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin are unavailable. However, Joelinton has resumed full training while Saint-Maximin is set to return tomorrow.

We would rather Allan not be risked for tomorrow unless he has completely recovered from his injury. Newcastle are likely to have to play very defensive on Sunday so it may be best to keep Allan fit for Wolves the following week.


122 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #41

    A payrise of a third of that, it should say.

    Is Rafa worth it? To the fans, yes. To a club run to maximise profits – it improves the books for buyers increasing value, it cuts spending so money can be used in more creative ways to dissappear elsewhere, and it gives him the gamble that he loves, and him being able to say he got it right, if it works.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 22, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #42

    Well in that case we are in real trouble Lil’. St Max has to play his part in a defensive press or he’ll be of little use to us. I can’t think of a single decent team in this league that doesn’t press collectively, or a single team period. Muto would be a good selection this weekend, and until St Max understands what’s required of him. Almiron dragged players all over the place last term leaving a lot of space for others, even if he didn’t directly contribute to goals, and was certainly an effective part of the defensive press.

    I said yesterday my team for White Hart Lane would be…

    ………………..Dubravka.
    ……..Scharr…Lascelles..Dummett.
    Manquillo…Hayden..Longstaff…Ritchie.
    …….Muto……..Joelinton………Almiron.

    That front three would actually be more mobile than the front three we had last year. Rondon is badly missed though. Really battered centre backs, very strong, very good in possession, great target, held the ball up wonderfully for us. We won’t get that from Joelinton, but we will perhaps have a greater aerial threat in the box, and he will drag defenders around, and he is faster and more mobile.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 22, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #43

    Frankly Perez is just as big a miss, but they are both gone and we must get the forwards we have up and running.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #44

    Nicky,
    I can’t really think of much to chamge in that line up. I think that will be our best 11 – until Lejeune is fit – this season. For me, in most games, I’d start it as a 541, same players, just wide mid/wing backs drop deeper, and Muto/Almiron play as inside forwards, but slightly deeper.

    In possession that easily switches to a 343, and of we need to take the sting out of the game can be changed to a 361 to control possession and slow tempo/nullify the crowd or any momentum building up by the opposition.

    St Max to impact on games unless he can do the hard yards, something he hasn’t done on any of the occasions I have seen him – granted probably leds than 10, so possibly harsh to judge him yet.

    I don’t see goals in that side though, nobody who will get double figures. I think Muto is the most natural goalscorer there. As much as I don’t think Gayle is cut for a decent Prem striker, if he can work hard, he could push Muto and get in behind, playong off Joelinton.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #45

    Nicky,
    On Joelinton, he is faster and more mobile than Rondon, but his movement and instinct isn’t that of a goalscorer. He doesn’t natually make the right runs into the box, he has to think and make himself do it. That second is the difference between a goal and not quite connecting with the ball as you are stretching and off balance.

    He has ability, it just won’t translate into goals. We are going to need the wider forwards, and midfield to get beyond him, and they will have to score. Almiron isn’t a natural goalscorer, he said that himself the otherweek. St Max hasn’t a lot of goals to his name. Our midfield don’t. This leaves Gayle, Muto and potentially Carroll. All 3 who are yet to start.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #46

    Willems could come in for Ritchie, but he looks so unfit and out of shape. That may be his natural build, but I am sure I remember him being far more svelte a few years ago.

    Sticking with the 541/343 then I would be tempted to play Ritchie on the right if Willems came good. I just think given the age of the midfield and attack, his character and experience will be important in the situation we are likely to find ourselves, even if his ability is declining.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #47

    Yeah, all of that sounds better with the players we have. Why doesn’t Brucie see it that way? 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #48

    Cause he is lacking the self assurance that most managers have in themselves. I think, despite the warnings he didn’t quite realise what he was walking into. He hasn’t got that air of confidence to do it his way completely, but he wants/has to change things slightly, and this lack of assuramce meams tje message to players is confused.

    His press utterings seem confused, the players look confused and a little lost. It’s mixed messages and not stamping his authority because of having self doubt, possibly for the first time in his professional career.

    He is following a manager who is far superior and taking over his boyhood club. He wants to emulate Rafa, but has neither the tools or capability. He needs to be his own man, whatever that is, and do it his way in a fashion that suits what he has available.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #49

    Means the….

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  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #50

    Somebody impersonating Jib??? Maybe time to get an Avatar Jib! 😛

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #51

    Are we where we are because Ashley wouldn’t take 10 million less.

    Won’t take 10 million less than his own dubious valuation, won’t run the club right. Would prefer to sabotage it, and for what?, to milk it for the advertising he gets, while letting it reduce in value and stature, to the point it becomes realistically unsellable at anywhere near the sort of money he would let it go for.

    Go figure this guy out.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #52

    Yeah, he’s been oddly out of sorts these past two weeks. I think he’s better than this, but it can’t continue. He really does need to sort his formation out quickly, and get the side playing as a more compressed cohesive unit with and without the ball. Lotta pressure building.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #53

    Nicky,
    Have a look at the True Faith article evaluating the advertising benefits he likely derives from the advertising, and it is questionable how much the advertising benefits SD.

    Alternatively, looking at it a different way, if the additional income for SD derived by using us as an advertising vehicle is so big that it is the reason he is clinging on to us, how come most Prem clubs in our strata only generate around £10-20 million in selling it. If it was such a driver of business, surely it would command far higher fees on the open market?

    And why hasn’t he used the most visible marketing position (even before all the fall out) that can be seen regularly all over, the shirt sponsor?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #54

    He has nowhere to hide, he needs to do something soon. Amazing that after 2 games, it already looks like he is getting close to a last roll of the dice, his ‘Hail Mary’ play, to turn this around.

    Who knows what/who would come next. Dawson? Redfearn? Richardson or Watson? Shola?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #55

    Right, that’s me for the night. All went oddly quiet once the football was discussed. A damning indictment of Ashley’s ownership more than anything else.

    Take it easy Nicky, good chat.

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  • MG-Man

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #56

    Reilly # 35 . It looks like there’s something in that Dell consortium news. That could make the mackems , serious players in a couple of years . Ffs hopefully it’s all B S

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #57

    Lilongwe

    The traitor was told exactly what he was walking into by AS

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #58

    As for believing SD don’t benefit from free adverts i doubt anyone would believe such rubbish

    😉

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #59

    yeah, goodnight Lil’.

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  • magic hat

    Aug 23, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #60

    I also think we were onto something with the 3-4-3 end of last season. I think carrol could be the key to getting it back. that way he can come in and be the rondon. Whilst allowing alot of competition on both inside forward/wide forward roles. joelinton could be pushed wide a role hes more used to playing.. or any of muto, gayle, atsu, stmax and almiron could be played in the wider roles. we’d also be able to have two central mids with the four midfielders competing for places nicely.. Carol being fit enough could make or break our season. with lejune and schar back either side of the 3 we’d also have no need for shelveys quarter back holy wood pass. Him dropping so deep when we have 3 centre backs is pointless.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #61

    LG

    I’d stick Maximim upfront as part of the 2, as you say he doesn’t track back. From what I’ve seen he always wants to come into the middle and rarely puts a cross in.

    Upfront he’s out of the way and maybe it’ll click for him in a striker role.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #62

    Well done toon22 you managed to stiff the blog for nearly 6 hours this time.

    Chico
    I would expect the hacker/nickname changer to get a finger wagging off Neil.
    Lilo
    I argued for ages that the benefit of the SD advertising was hugely exaggerated
    It’s nice to be vindicated.

    I think NUFC is a real pain in the butt for MA and all the attempts to sell were genuine.
    He’s regretted his involvement for nearly a decade.

    The Dell computer guy involvement with Sunderland is a weird one
    Ellis Short was a US billionaire and he screwed up
    Michael Dell has strong affiliations with Israel which could restrict Sunderland
    acquiring Muslim players.
    We shall see.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #63

    LG

    You’ve have made the most balanced accurate description of Bruce I’ve read.

    He needs to shit or get off the pot, I’m bricking it thinking fat sham to the rescue.

    My thoughts on the side are pretty much the same as yours, lack of goals etc. I’m not convinced about Scharr Fernamdez and now Krafth.

    The first 2 didn’t look bad under Rafa but also didn’t look great, both prone to lapses in concentration both are over rated by fans. I’d have Lejuine and Lascelles as CB and if it was 3 Dummet in there.

    CM, Longstaff and Hayden did well in their brief stint, if they can hit it off they’d be my pair.

    That’s the spine,,after that it would take a bit trial and error to get a balanced side.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #64

    Also I dont think Shelvet warrants a spot in the side

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #65

    With regard to ASM
    I watched Adama Traore (a similar player) terrify
    Torino’s defence for an hour last night – some of
    that vs Spurs on Sunday would be nice.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #66

    see Bobbybee had yet another of his epic psychotic episodes last night LOL

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #67

    JIB

    It’s a shame we’re all not pro Jabba like you and your many alts
    Suppose I’m to blame for the low crowds and 0 support in the ground to ?

    Blame the fans as it’s never Jabbas fault

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #68

    Hehe

    Global free adverts arnt worth Jack ?
    Pull the other one lol

    We’re all not that stupid

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #69

    With regard to ASM
    I watched Yaya Traore (a similar player) terrify
    Torino’s defence for an hour last night – some of
    that vs Spurs on Sunday would be nice.

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #70

    So he tried 8 times to sell us ?
    It’s not his fault nobody would pay his price ?

    That includes the Msnsours who he managed to insult , or is hoying up a valid negotiation tactic now ?

    Nice way to start the day
    With a couple of WHOPPERS

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #71

    JIB

    You know Jabba personally ?
    How do you know he regretted buying us ?

    Wild guess ?

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  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #72

    Hiya

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #73

    toon22
    I see one of the main thrusts of this blog is to provide a forum for the diaspora of Geordies and NUFC fans worldwide.
    The madrugada (look it up) used to be really humming on here
    Since you have been boring the ass of everyone it’s gone real
    quiet – no coincidence I’m sure

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  • Patoon

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #74

    Funny how the whole thing about the takeover just went completely dead after 2 statements from the bin zayed group, why havnt they ever made a statement saying why the deal fell thru, its because there never was a deal, it was all a bluff to waste up time in the transfer window

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  • Patoon

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #75

    OP

    Defo dont think shelvey should make the starting 11, we played our best football last year when longstaff and hayden started in center midfield

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #76

    Lobby does his best stuff in a more advanced role in midfield
    Bruce has a real quandary picking from Hayden ,the 2 Longstaffs, Shelvey, Ki ,
    Ritchie , Saint Maximin and Atsu (when fit)

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #77

    Guardian: Bruce already under pressure
    Newcastle visit Tottenham looking for their first point, with Steve Bruce already facing questions about the tactics – or lack of them – he employs. His team were dismal at Norwich last week and, in the aftermath, former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra claimed in a radio interview with TalkSport that he had spoken to senior players at the club who claimed they “don’t know their jobs” under Bruce. On social media, Chopra’s comments seemed to be largely ridiculed by fans who preferred to focus on his own shortcomings as a player rather than address the clearly salient points he made about those currently representing their team. While all available evidence from the Norwich debacle suggests he might have had a point, Sunday’s trip ought to provide Newcastle supporters with a very clear indication of exactly just how concerned they should be. BG

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #78

    Charlie Nicholas has us at 4-0 on Sunday.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #79

    I think it was Chopra’s shortcomings as a man rather than a player
    Ipswich had to bail him out for a quarter million gambling debt and
    he got into trouble for domestic violence.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 23, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #80

    I look forward to seeing “Mike Ashley was ‘ere” plastered all over the stadium instead of SportsDefect.
    If there was no monitary value then why not sell the advertising space.
    Could it be?
    No major company wishes to be associated with a MA product.
    It helps to tie the accounts in knots
    The stadium is a trophy to the owners ego.

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