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Posted on October 16th, 2011 | 59 Comments |

Newcastle United  vs Tottenham Hotspur.
A crucial fixture for the Magpies.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sunday, October 16th, 2011.
Kick-off: 4:00pm.
Referee: Lee Probert.
TV:Sky Sports 1 / HD.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our regular “match banter” feature.

Today sees the Magpies facing a testing home fixture against Harry Redknapp’s stylish and dangerous North London club, Tottenham Hotspur, who are hot on the heels of ourselves at sixth in the Premiership with a game two games in hand on the opposition, one because this game is on a Sunday and one cancelled in the wake of civil unrest in one of the most salubrious parts of the capital.

For some far more detailed and extensive posts looking forward to this game with stats, interviews, team news, probable squads / formations and all that kind of thing, please check out Jimbob’s excellent match preview and my own “What the managers are saying” piece.

As usual, we shall endeavour to post the teamsheets of the respective teams below when they become available. Also as usual, if you have any good links for the game, then please feel free to post them in the comments.

Howay the lads!

Teamsheets

Newcastle United:

Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba

Subs:

Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Rob Elliot, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Davide Santon, Peter Lovenkrands

Tottenham Hotspur:

Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jake Livermore, Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart, Emmanuel Adebayor

Subs:

Andros Townsend, Danny Rose, Carlo Cudicini, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Sebastien Bassong, Jermain Defoe, Dos Santos Giovani.

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59 Responses

  1. Big test for the toon today, I fear we may get turned over today. Still I’m intrested to see how we stack up against a better team

    Howay the lads

  2. Team-sheets updated.

    This is a biggie. I have no expectation about taking any points off the Manchesters or Chelski, but if we really are worthy of 4th place I’d hope we can take at least a point against Spurs at home.

  3. looking at the spuds team I reckon we can score goals against them, just wonder how our defense will cope

  4. Yes I’ve become slightly jittery… But we can score against them for sure. Both teams will score I reckon… Just hope the Toon manage that extra goal!

  5. I think Obertan has been a bit ineffective, slows the play down and tries too many flicks. Get Ben Arfa on to create a couple of chances and maybe a couple of shots like the one against Everton!

  6. Yeah on our right side going forward we are poor because Obertan and Simpson just stop when they get the ball.

    It’s been very ridged so far. Not much happening either side, but Spurs ping it around nicely. I think Tiote’s doing well. Jonas is winning the free-kicks but not much else.

  7. I think we looked the better team (just) for a lot of that half.

    I just hope that going 1 down like that doesn’t bother us too much. Agree with what Harry & Jimbob say about our right side. Obertan off and either Marveaux or Benny on.

  8. How the feck can we continue with Obertan who doesnt track back like Jonas does and doesnt do much going forward either ? Where’e the invention, creativity or game changing spark ?

    Ben Arfa, Gosling or Marveaux would be better options yet Pardwho ignores them ? Shades of WHU and Tevez, Mascherano ?

  9. Think that the goals we let in were just mistakes. We more than matched them today.

    Wonder if those Spurs fans who said they’d “smash us” will be back on here.

  10. I think HBA was trying to be the hero and save the day a bit. He lost possesion and almost gave them the game. Still think he’ll come good though.

  11. “AdamStadius on Twitter: “Re 1812. NUFC are turning things around under Pardew. Hughton found that fighting spirit but now we have some structure to our game.”

    Tell me how that performance was was structured ? Anybody ?

    “Hba needs time to gel”
    No he doesnt he needs fecking games under his belt not occasional cameo roles.

    This afternoon was all very mundane and boring until we got a hold on the game which was about the time Pardwho finally saw sense and brought on HBA.

    We were so one dimensional in the first half that Arry must have thought he was watching a replay of the Gooners game.

    FFS this was our sternest test since the opening day and yet Pardwho seeks to maintain his “man management” style by remaining loyal to those who have played previously – some of whom were only playing because others were injured or not available ??

    FFS surely we all know our best team does include HBA but doesnt include Pardwho’s secret lovechild (for that is the only reason I can think of for picking him ????) Obertan ???

    Yes I’m happy for a point but I’d have been a darn sight happier with three !!! Did Pardwho ever intend going for them ??? Maybe not until the last five minutes.

  12. BBC football pundit Pat Nevin at St James’ Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    “Newcastle showed spirit to come back from the dead twice. In the last five minutes only one team wanted to win this game. Look around us now, it finished 2-2, and every Newcastle fan is on their feet. They know they’ve got a team here, and with a little bit more quality they could be extra special.”

    We have that quality now in the squad unfortunately we also have a manager who fails to recognise that fact :(

  13. Same old same old….who’s the WUM in disguise !!

    Having trouble that the toon are top four now ?…must be devastating for some on here :lol: :lol:

    Pardew pitched against the next England manager and he came up with the goods again. Well done Alan Pardew.

  14. Worky, check your email ASAP, I’ve got a thread finished in the editor, I’ve just mailed you the picture for approval etc. Cheers.

    AndyMac, great goal mate. :-)

  15. Proud geordie tonight…so close to nicking it and had a smile on my face since the final whistle.

    Ashley Out!
    ha.

  16. Haha Andymac.. Bet if Pardew won us a trophy you would say something like “if it wasnt for Pardwho we would have won 10 more!!” :D

  17. Jackripper says:

    “Haha Andymac.. Bet if Pardew won us a trophy you would say something like “if it wasnt for Pardwho we would have won 10 more!!” :D”

    That tells me that you’re happy with second best when we could have taken Spuds today with our first XI.

    Nobody in their right mind would choose Obertan over Marveaux or Best over HBA except perhaps for Clueless and you ? (Oh and a certain person from distant shores who knows feck all about football :( )

  18. I was happy with our performance today and we were wary of the threat posed by a Spurs counter attack. We responded in the right way to going a goal down twice and, although I questioned Pardew’s subs, we managed to get a point and were unlucky to not get three. The two goals we conceded were disappointing as they could easily have been avoided.

    It’s difficult to explain why you’ve dropped a certain player when we haven’t lost yet and the team are performing well. However, I think Obertan needs to be dropped because he rarely sees a pass and allows the opposition to get back into position with his slow play.

    Other than that I couldn’t be happier with how we’re doing and a top ten finish could well be on the cards!

  19. An entertaining game (as opposed to the Wolves & QPR games)
    One which i think we shaded and probably deserved all three points.

    The defense looked good, but if you take a real close look, you will find it’s mostly to do with Tiote.
    He sits in front of the back four constantly breaking up one attack after the other, a veritable one man show.

    Then we have Cabaye, who directs the attack, picking out the open man, plus can take the set piece attempts.

    Then we come to the wingers, both of who can be frustrating, with wasted possession, either running into traffic or loosing the ball.

    Sure Jonas got a goal in his last game and it was his pass that resulted in to-days first goal.
    But a success rate of around one in ten, does not lock in, a starting role, though one has to take Jonas’s defensive play into account.

    Some fans have associated Pardew’s sitting of who could possibly be our two most talented players, Marveaux & Ben Arfa, with his refusal to play the two Argentinos, while under threat of relegation at West Ham.

    In which case nothing seems to have changed as far as he is concerned, playing a one size fits all side against all teams, regardless of what style they play.
    An, “If it aint broke” approach.

    I thought it was the prudent thing for managers to pencil in the players who best matched up against the opposition ? but the what do i know ?

    Also time to bring in Santon, as Raylor is begining to struggle there and as mentioned Cabaye can take the set pieces.

    Best appeared to struggle to day, don’t know if i would want to play two strikers, Ba looked good but appeared to tire in the second half.
    Think i would go for a 4-1-4-1 lineup, with BA-Cabaye-Marveaux-Jonas, line, and Ba up front.

    We have at least as shown to-day some quality in depth,lets start using them !

  20. I’m wondering if HBA is being handled with kid gloves. The dude’s been broken for an extended period. I’d guess that there’s some trepidation about pushing him too hard too fast. Don’t know about Marveaux. Hopefully we’ll see more of him soon, he defo looks promising. When’s the next carling cup match? We’ve got Blackburn at Ewood right?