Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur match banter!

Posted on January 22nd, 2011 | 145 Comments |

Will injuries take their toll today?
Will injuries take their toll today?
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our regular match banter post.

Today of course sees the lads taking on a formiddable Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park. ‘Spurs being, of course, Champion’s League contenders and currently standing at fifth in The Premiership. Manager, Alan Pardew, is also having to face up to something of an injury crisis in the team too.

More extensive team news regarding injuries, suspensions etc is available in yesterday’s match preview of the game. To add to that though, usually ever present captain and second highest goalscorer of the season so far, Kevin Nolan, who was thought to have been suffering from some kind of throat infection should definitely feature. It has also been announced that Danny Guthrie will also be a definite starter for the Magpies.

Despite all the bad news on the injury front however, and the formiddable nature of the opposition, Newcastle United can take heart from their previous results against ‘Spurs, having won the four previous home encounters with the North London side. They can also take heart from a decent performance against a Mackems side last week too, despite the absence of some key players in that fixture too.

Going back to our match preview for a moment, I gave quotes from Alan Pardew on how he was looking at the game. However, there were no quotes from his opposite number in the ‘Spurs camp, Harry Redknapp. So, looking at things from the other side, here’s what he had to say about the game:

“We’ll have to make sure we play well and try to pick up a positive result,” said Harry. “Newcastle are doing well.

“Chris Hughton did a great job there and Alan has picked them up again and apart from one setback at Stevenage they’ve been in great form.

“We had a tough game against them a couple of weeks ago, they played well and they should have beaten Sunderland last week.

“They have some competitive players, a few players who know how to win, like Nolan, Barton, they are strong characters and not an easy team to beat.”

Final team news will follow when the teamsheets are released.

Howay the lads!

Teams.

Newcastle United:
Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Sanchez Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Nile Ranger, Sol Campbell, Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, Xisco, James Perch, Peter Lovenkrands.

Tottenham Hotspur: Carlo Cudecini, Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, Steven Pienaar, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Jermaine Defoe.

Subs: Peter Crouch, Niko Krancjar, Younes Kaboul, Vedran Corluka, Sebastien Bassong, Raniere Sandro, Stipe Pletikosa.

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145 Responses

  1. Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
    Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Sol Campbell, Shane Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Xisco

    Tottenham (4-4-1-1): Carlo Cudicini; Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson (c), William Gallas, Gareth Bale; Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, Steven Pienaar; Rafael van der Vaaart; Jermain Defoe
    Subs: Stipe Pletikosa, Vedran Corluka, Younes Kaboul, Sebastien Bassong, Niko Kranjcar, Sandro, Peter Crouch

  2. Is Bale back to playing Left Back today?

    Hope barton can keep him back in his own half as he is nowhere near as good at defending as attacking!!

  3. icedog says:
    January 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    “would like to see young fergie get some game time at some point,draw for me like”

    I’m hoping for a 7-1 after watching that “Entertainers” video, Ice!

  4. im a spurs fan and im just warning you guys that bale isnt amazing at defending at left back but his attacking is arguably better due to the natural defender, the left back being occupied by pienaar, the winger will have to try and cover bale. giving him more space to run.

  5. WORKY they were the days (gone)but loved it,even A.S.had hair thata gone too along with some of ours :(

  6. hummmmm……..7-0 the toon with tino to come on in second half for hatrick! harry to have heart attack on side lines and ashley to streak across the pitch and give pards a mightly 700k warchest – for summer lol. If that sounds far fetched then i will go for score draw at best for us.

  7. icedog says:
    January 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    “WORKY they were the days (gone)but loved it,even A.S.had hair thata gone too along with some of ours”

    Ice, we beat Aston Villa 6-0 not so long ago, and the Tramps 5-1. :-)

  8. Bradley Champion says:
    January 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    “im a spurs fan and im just warning you guys that bale isnt amazing at defending at left back but his attacking is arguably better due to the natural defender, the left back being occupied by pienaar”

    I’m a bit of a fan of Pienaar, Bradley. Your lot did quite well there probably. Van Der Vaart was an excellent buy though.

  9. modric the guy to stop today imo

    WORKY mine going on the top,still got pony tail like :)
    ganning to stop useing that wash and go,it works :)

  10. Just a note to say that the man himself (no not Ashley) will be at the match today, so if you want a running (totally unsubjective)commentary and a stream of invective for 90 minutes from the ‘one-who-knows’; I suggest you all ring Hugh de Payen.

    If nothing else, it will annoy the feck oot of his wife who will be the silly one in the crowd wearing the Villa shirt(go figure).

    -This was A Public Service Announcement on behalf of the
    ‘Where’s Hugh? ASBO Tracking and Monitoring Service’.

  11. Kilgore_D_Sprout says:
    January 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “Just a note to say that the man himself (no not Ashley) will be at the match today, so if you want a running (totally unsubjective)commentary and a stream of invective for 90 minutes from the ‘one-who-knows’; I suggest you all ring Hugh de Payen.”

    I’m on standby for his match review, Kilgore. I’ll get the invective then, probably.

  12. “I’m on standby for his match review, Kilgore. I’ll get the invective then, probably”

    Trust me, Worky, you had your fair share when switching servers.

    Hugh is a sensitive man.

    HWTL! – “Hugh Watch Tracker League” – You have to be innit to winnit”*

    *OK, that was lame.

  13. Welcome

    SOPCAST has been a quality program for years, only shortfall is that you don’t always get a stream published for the game you want to watch.

    the mackems have scored again, Richardson twice

  14. “What was he saying, Kilgore?”?

    Well as a guest in his hovel, I tried to pretend that I was doing other things, like discussing quantum physics with his neighbours, cooking the tea with his wife (who wears a Villa shirt, go figure), and discuss in what ways we could trim the budget deficit; but all conversations start with, “FFS! What the bloddy hell noo?”

    I do try to get him to turn the laptop off, but until he admits his addictive problem to himself I can try only do so much.

  15. 6 Sunderland 24 5 37
    7 Newcastle 23 3 30
    8 Bolton 23 3 30
    9 Stoke 23 1 30
    10 Liverpool 23 -1 29

    See why we need three points today, it’s too tight in there based on scores as they stand at HT

  16. Wimbledon Mag says:
    January 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    “Try that. I’ll do Sopcast at H/T”

    Sopcast takes a bit of “warming up” while the stream buffers, Wimbledon.

  17. Kilgore_D_Sprout says:
    January 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    “I do try to get him to turn the laptop off, but until he admits his addictive problem to himself I can try only do so much.”

    I had to go through “cold turkey” recently with a completely buggered power supply. Couldn’t hack it. I will admit to my problem though, Kilgore.

  18. You’re right worky but it’s worth the wait given quality of the picture and sound, much better than an embedded web browser IMHO

  19. Steve_48 says:
    January 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    “You’re right worky but it’s worth the wait given quality of the picture and sound, much better than an embedded web browser IMHO”

    Aye Steve. It is ATM I suppose. I used to like “Setanta US” on the Veetle player, it was almost as good as the telly sometimes. No more of that though.

  20. I like to watch FSC as we can all laugh at Warren Barton pretending to know what the hell he’s talking about ;)

  21. Thanks Worky. Sopcast valves warmed up. much better thank you.
    An I can see someone’s told Jonas not to fall over so much – he’s even getting crosses in

  22. Wimbledon Mag Wimbledon Mag says:
    January 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    And Collocini can even shag my wife

    That’s a nice offer mate but we didn’t need to ask ;)

  23. Wimbledon Mag says:
    January 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    “Thanks Worky. Sopcast valves warmed up.”

    My buffering’s gone down now and it’s all gone a bit “Norman Collier”.

  24. We need to start defending resolutely now, keep them in their own half.

    All came from a good head of steam building up, HWTL

  25. 5 Tottenham 23 5 37
    6 Sunderland 24 5 37
    7 Newcastle 23 4 32
    8 Bolton 23 3 30
    9 Stoke 23 0 30
    10 Liverpool 23 -1 29

    Makes for better reading now

  26. Brilliant thread needle pass from Barton, and a great save from keeper, has McLoven pulled a string?

  27. Pity Loven is crap, that was a great chance…

    Lurch on…sounds like high ball bombardment time…

  28. “Munich Mag says:
    January 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    of course the TV commentators are creaming themselves at every Tottenham move…bah…!”

    Because they hate to see a NE team doing well that’s why

  29. Id it me or has Jonas had a kick up his arse becasue HBA is back training in a couple of weeks?

  30. 1 Man Utd 22 29 48
    2 Arsenal 23 26 46
    3 Man City 23 18 45
    4 Chelsea 22 19 38
    5 Tottenham 23 5 37
    6 Sunderland 24 4 37
    7 Newcastle 23 4 32

    As it stands…

  31. There needs to be an inquiry into this as that’s two weeks running

    These commentators are w*nkers they really want spuds to win this

  32. Absolute BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, I’m so bloody annoyed

    Now we’ve dropped 4 points in 2 weeks, should have been ahead of mackems, sick as fcuk

  33. Steve_48 says:
    January 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    “Absolute BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, BASTARD, I’m so bloody annoyed”

    Would you have taken a draw at the beginning though, Steve?

  34. guttted again last minutes !! but against spurs ova all is a good result thought we played well and ranger has to play from now on!!!

  35. Happy with 1-1 before match, just like against the mackems, but 4 points dropped in xtra time both matches

  36. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    fuc1ing sick to my stomach…just a c*nt hair in the last 2 games and we could have been attacking europe…. AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGHHH

  37. Since the W/Ham result, and Pardew’s statement to the effect we don’t need another forward, he’s been shown twice now how wrong he is.

    I’m as peed as Steve 48, but like JJ says, could see that coming. In fact any 1 goal lead is dodgy, but the way we’ve played today, and Mackem’s, think we’ve got nowt to worry about in the long run.

    Anyway. Pardew U-turn a possibility now, esp with Carroll.

  38. Worky

    Yep probably, but given the fact that Best hit the bar, Ranger almost trickled on in, we must learn to kill these games off, it’s something Pardew will have to hammer home in the post match analysis to the players, we are not a charidy and cannot afford to give away 4 points.

    Had we scored from best and Ranger at 3-0 at home you have to say spuds should have been dead and buried

    Just galled the fact the mackems won again and stretch their lead ahead of us as well

    Anyone want a £5 bet that we’re on MOTD last tonight?

    Agree?

  39. Barton was wastefull today, and it didnt help when Perch came on for Guthrie… But to me, the biggest disapointment is Shola. The ball he refused to play to Løvenkrands and instead shot at the moon said it all, and it had a bad smell of making sure the competition for places dont get too hot with Loven getting a goal… Might sound paranoid, but what the feck was he thinking if not that?

  40. “Wimbledon Mag says:
    January 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Ranger deserves his chance to start”

    Absolutely agree, ahead of Strolla

  41. “antmanbee says:
    January 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Since the W/Ham result, and Pardew’s statement to the effect we don’t need another forward, he’s been shown twice now how wrong he is.

    I’m as peed as Steve 48, but like JJ says, could see that coming. In fact any 1 goal lead is dodgy, but the way we’ve played today, and Mackem’s, think we’ve got nowt to worry about in the long run.

    Anyway. Pardew U-turn a possibility now, esp with Carroll.”

    Bang right, we’re no Arsenal, and have proved we cannot hang onto a 1-0 lead, it’s like playing russian roulette and every time we lose, Pardew take note.

    It’s not a knee jerk reaction to start talking about the R word but if we’re ever in that position, we have to look back to games like this as the reason.

  42. Too bad about the tie, but it was tossed chances galore for NUFC. Why Loven was not waiting at the far post for Rangers shot is beyond me. Barton with a 4 on 2 breakout & nothing. But all in all worked this Spuds to the nubs and they are pxss now.

  43. What the fucxing De JA Vu !!!! Fucx fucx fuuuuucxx !!!

    At least we showed our heart today. Our day will come, I rock on !!!

  44. Nolan and Barton gave the ball away to easlly, but spuds were good – best team at SJP so far? They didn’t come to defend – took the game to us, so fair play to them. They lsot Bale, but of course we didn’t have Tiote or AC. If this is an indication of how far we’ve come – then great

  45. Take Lennon out of the spurs side and their action options are limited. I thought we defended resolutely today, and what probably cost us amongst other things was all-round fitness, since as well as having second srtirng players coming in they are also lacking match practice and the general pace of the EPL. Pity about the Lennon goal as we had two defenders doubled up on him, but they still let him come onto his stronger right foot to finish..

  46. On the plus side today I thought Guthrie again showed well today, great ball for Collo’s goal. Hoping the knock’s nowt serious…anyone know the crack?

    BTW, why didn’t Lover lift that 1 on 1 with the keeper!? To be fair it looked like it took a bobble at the critical moment…

    I’m looking at things this way…we’ve got a canny few of the first team to come back…we look a lot stronger now, in the last few league games, despite the stretched squad, so you could say our fringe players are improving…the window for loans or even another purchase under circumstances is still open…we dropped 4 points in last 2 games-add to that just some of the daft home points dropped this season, and yet we’re 7TH !!

  47. Meant to say ” we look a lot stronger now in the last few league games, than we did against W Brom, etc with the fringe looking sus…despite the stretched squad, “…etc.

  48. Guys,we might drop down alot of positions,as our next match is in FEB. There are still games for other teams in JAN. :(

  49. “Too bad about the tie, but it was tossed chances galore for NUFC. Why Loven was not waiting at the far post for Rangers shot is beyond me. Barton with a 4 on 2 breakout & nothing. But all in all worked this Spuds to the nubs and they are pxss now.”

    Loven was as far forward as he could be without being offside.
    Ranger did well but should have squared it to Lovenkrans.

    Ameobi looked poor again. Best is a far better player.

    With the amount of chances we wasted, we didn’t deserve the win, so a draw is fair…

    I think if we get Carroll back and start with Best and then bring Ranger on as an impact player for the last 20 mins, that would be our best forward options – at least until Ben Arfa is fit.

  50. What a story. the £18 million man scores in the 18th minute! Hart perhaps at fault, as Young’s shot didn’t seem to carry much power at all. 8O

  51. Draw fair on the play – but with luck we could have been 2-0 -and if you see my pre-match comment, we’re now a point up on my predictions for the Maks/Spuds/ Fulham games, so not too upset.
    As someone said, I’m starting to believe that we’re a decent team and shouldn’t be in the relegation dogfight at the end.

  52. Gutted at the result, but once again astounded at the slagging off of the players that goes on on these blogs. Most of the time I keep away for that sole reason.

    Thought everyone did well, and I’d have taken that result at kick-off. It’s just gutting we didn’t hold on to those wins for the last two games now, especially to lose both the wins in injury time.

    Jonas was excellent today, he covered every part of the field and crossed the ball well. His teamwork was no surprise to me though – his running from end to end, movement into space, harassment of opposing players and opening up of space for our own players is pretty consistent. Even if he hasn’t made that last cross part of his game yet, which he accomplished today, his teamwork is phenomenal. Considering his critics, he should feel fairly hard done by considering the position we are in. I’m happy these days that when I see lads playing, I see them playing for the shirt, which, despite our owner, is a fookin’ miracle.

    Ameobi, too. Can beat players, has passion, knows where to go. Good head, good feet. Can take the pressure. Yet that man gets so much unnecessary stick considering what he has done and sacrificed for this club.

    Things are looking up without a doubt though. Who would have thought this time last year we would be in this high position?

    By the way, thanks for the work Toonsy, but after your apprenticeship, I’m again enjoying the writings of Worky and Hugh, but unfortunately missing the satrical genius of Bowburn Mag…Where is that guy?

    C’mon the Toon!

  53. I am with Jimi (#126). Spidy is one of our best players (and very likely the most hard working)IMHO and yet he is the one who is constantly been critised by many fans…I doubt who we could get to replace him once he feels he has had enough.

  54. Yes – people are over-critical sometimes. I thought Ranger’s run and near miss from a very tight angle were actually brilliant and I don’t fault Lover for the run onto the through=ball and shot against the keeper’s ;egs. The best one for me was the guy on the bus who said harper was at fault for Lennon’s goal! Actually he made at least 2 superb stops. And Colo is a star!

  55. @Widowmaker (127)

    Exactly. Who would, and who can, replace him. For me nobody. The only reason his expectations are so high are that he does so bloody well in other areas such as defending, gaining territory, attracting and worrying the opposition. And, he makes so much space for people while he’s being consistently marked by two people.

  56. Jimi – absolutely – even if he hadn’t scored that great goal, his other play was brilliant. When you think about the Spurs team – but more importantly their bench ( able to bring on Bassong, Crouch, Krancjar etc.) compared to ours! A few weeks ago our bench was looking good but with all our injuries we’re getting a bit stretched.
    Anyone know the chances of Staylor, Gosling or Carroll being fit in time for Fulham?

  57. Got to get a better right bsck in the summer. Just like the stevenage game he lets the guy have the freedom of the park. We are carrying Simpson

    Also Lovenkrands cannot afford to miss sitters like that in this league. All in all nothing new. Know the areas we weak in and in the summer put these right.

  58. 134?

    Simpson held his own today as everybody. Some great movement and tackles against a champions league side. In fact, I can see him improving all the time. I fail to see your pessimism mate.

  59. Good result for the lads today,
    coulda, woulda, shoulda been better.
    Interesting that igor ‘arry thought they deserved their point & didn’t harp on about the win. ;)
    When you look at the 2 team sheets, every pundit in christendom had us down for a home loss banker. So, to put things into perspective, good result.

    &,
    yea, yea, yea, this player or that was shite, sack/drop/kill/sell him.
    You can say that about every single team, every single week, in every single league, every single where.
    There’s always someone having a blinder, someone having a ‘mare.
    If we changed the team as often as some would, due to the odd mistake, we’d be all ower the shop.
    So,
    Howay!

    Toon, Toon.

    Happy birthday Colo, hanx man, we love you.
    :)

  60. Jimi says:
    January 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    “I’m again enjoying the writings of Worky and Hugh, but unfortunately missing the satrical genius of Bowburn Mag…Where is that guy?”

    Thanks, Jimi. I think that Bowburn was ‘tapped up’ by another team, but I am currently in negotiations with another top player.

  61. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    January 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    “worky,
    all in good time mate, nee rush mate.”

    Clint, got the highlights and interviews up not so long ago. Next it’s Hugh’s match report from SJP.

  62. I didn’t get to watch or listen to the match live today, but for me it was another disappointing two points lost in the last minute, just like last week.
    It sounds like we had a decent crack at a very good team, so I suppose I can’t grumble.
    Wonder if I’m setting my sites too high with our lofty position? :lol:

    Worky – I’m still working on that January thing I mentioned, hope to have it done very soon. Just tweaking it a bit on the mac before putting it in wordpress.

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