Sunderland game is done. Now for Spurs!

Keeping Bale quiet will be key

Keeping Bale quiet will be key
Before the Sunderland game kicked off I’m sure many of us can agree that we would have been delighted with a draw.

The vile and unwashed were wounded animals after the 5-1 mauling at St James’ Park in October ,like it or not, they are hard to beat at their place these days.

In truth I was a little nervy about the fixture beforehand. They wanted revenge and to restore some pride after the outcome of the last meeting. I was expecting them to have a right go and cause a lot of problems. That however didn’t really happen. Newcastle were the superior team on the day and we all thought Kevin Nolan’s goal had done enough to get the precious double over our North-East rivals. It wasn’t to be as Asamoah Gyan made it one a piece with mere seconds remaining.

Conceeding a goal so late on in injury time (a very generous 5 minutes of added time I might add) was a real kick in the teeth. To the Newcastle players, staff and us, the fans, it was a big disappointment and a very lucky and undeserved equalizer for the filth. You would have thought Sunderland had won the game in the dying seconds by the way Steve ‘Bagpuss’ Bruce and co reacted to the the goal.

It’s maybe left a bad taste but it is what it is and hey it’s 6-2 on aggrigate, four points from six. Good enough for me. It’s time to move on and focus on the next game which is the visit of Tottenham to St James’ on Saturday afternoon. You don’t need me to tell you how tough a game this will be. Spurs have been in wonderful form this season and have been branded title contenders aswell, which shows how far they have come under saggy face Redknapp.

I sincerly hope the players can take the positives from the Sunderland clash and put them to good use against Spurs. It’s obvious the players are disappointed by the result in yesterday’s game but no one can question the performance. Let’s hope we can take the positivity and belief into Saturday’s game.

Of course we played Tottenham away last month over the festive period. We lost the game 2-0 and in truth didn’t perform very well. If you recall we were without our excellent little left-back Jose Enrique for the game, infact that was the game with the infamous Twitter injury update. Jose is available this time round as is skipper and the man who bagged four goals in two games against Sunderland this season Kevin Nolan. Kev was suspended for last months game with Spurs.

Andy Carroll has been nursing a thigh injury which has kept him out of action since that game against Tottenham, and I’d love nothing more than for him to come back and stick his middle finger up at all the Spurs speculation by getting on the score sheet. Though realistically I think Saturday may come too soon, time will tell. One man who sadly misses the game will be Cheick Tiote who is sitting out his 2nd game of a three game suspension.

A hard game awaits us at the weekend but you never know! Maybe Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric all pick up niggling injuries in the warm up 😀
Have we got it in us to get one over ‘Arry and co? What were your starting line ups be?

137 thoughts on “Sunderland game is done. Now for Spurs!

  1. DAVE try to drink on me own m8,if i go with mates there they wont let me spend a penny,divnt like that like to pay my way but they wont have it


  2. if we made a couple of decent signings we could easely get into europe ,so come on fatty sign bale and messi 😀


  3. TGS…Cheers, Alicante as we have use of a flat there we can live in for nowt til the house sells…. can’t wait to chuck my notice in. 😀


  4. Richie I still have one of the original Atari’s and the old sega master system and mega drive 😆 I dont know why I lept them the Lass says im a bit of a magpie 😉


  5. richietoon,

    Aye, 40 minutes or so from Benidorm. As I said earlier hope all works out well for you, It will be better than living in this crappy country.


  6. Ice I know what you mean mate and it can make you feel uncomfortable.
    Batty I have been saying that for a while, we do have a fair few top Players I cant understand why Fatty wouldn’t push the boat out and get a couple more top quality players in as im sure he would reep the rewards.
    And I said at the start of the season when the aim was to finish 17th as that is a dangerous tactic because if you fall even one plce short your fuked, but if you aim for a mid table finish and fall short its no big deal and if you do a bit better your laughing 😉


  7. this is not the window to gan shopping in imo,maybe a mill or two or a good loan player in,this is ashley we are talking aboot,would love a couple of top players but we aint going to get ash to do that, in summer maybe if we cant get the above gan with what we have,we have carroll,gosling coming back and benny for the back end but dont expect to much from him this year, we will be fine


  8. TGS….cheers again, aye had enough of it here plus wor lass is Spanish so it’d be rude not too 😆
    later Ice, Im away too, cya’s


  9. watch The Late Kick Off

    Pardew is on talking about agents and contracts.

    Got to be honest, the majority of the time I like what he says and I think he talks sense.

    Hopefully got big plans


  10. I think we can beat Tottenham Hotspurs this week, nullify the threat of Chivers by cutting off his supply. Perryman is underrated, mark my words. He links well with young Bale and Van der vaart. If we can stop the inside forwards we can launch our own counter attacks. This would leave that nasty chap Barton(but very fine right half) to cut like an incisor through their ranks, and produce through balls to our attack. This will finish them off! I employed similar tactics with Guide Post U12’s in 1954 against moneybags Morpeth, we won 3-1! Lance Percival bagging 2, and as I remember Phillip ‘Pip’ Lowes getting the other. Ah great days, by the way I timed the stoppages on my Smith stopwatch, and Mr Webb played 87 seconds too much! In the first half 203 seconds too little! I have emailed him to check what make of stopwatch he employs!


  11. Toonsy, just a quick diversion.
    I’ve been busy all day so never got an opportunity to post on your last subject about Sunderland not being able to contain the disorder.
    I was baffled by your views.
    My cousin is a police officer for Northumbria police and he says the same officers can police both grounds. Ie. They have special units, same officers that police both grounds.
    Are you telling me something different?
    Are you telling me that if some toon fams decided to run on the pitch in the final minute because we had just equalised that it would be the fault of the nufc?
    Your last thread was utter rubbish and I speak on behalf of my cousin and his colleagues.
    Nothing to do with SAFC/POLICE/STEWARDS , everything to do with the fans and theoretically could happen at SJP as well.
    It’s the moronic fans to blame and no one else!


  12. Booby – As I said in the last article, where did I say different tactics were used by the police???

    The difference is the segregation. We give an entire block away to segregate. They give in walkway which brings the fans together.

    As for the chap on the pitch, sure it could happen anywhere, but its the stewards job to stop that. Why do they always seem to fail to stop them at SOL? By my reckoning its the last three times this has happened.


  13. People getting on to the pitch could happen anywhere, what do we really expect, one steward per person? Not going to happen really is it, so people will get on to the pitch if they want.

    However, from being there, toonsy has a point. As I said on the previous thread, the policing outside was organised, profesional and generally done quite quickly.

    However inside was the problem, both me and my dad agreed that at the end there was no sectioning off of fans, no chanelling of them out, they were simply allowed to just walk along and gather near our fans, that’s where things failed.

    And when they were there, they weren’t heavy handed enough in getting them out. Whole ground was empty by the time they started getting them out.


  14. Hello to all!

    I’ve just heard what can only be described as idle gossip, but it’s something that has bothered me. The topic was a move by Man Utd for Tiote, offering Carrick as a make weight. Like I say it’s just gossip, but the way the lad is playing, I’ve got grave doubts that we’ll be able to secure his services past this season. So the point is, what fee do you think would be appropriate for him and does anyone else think Carrick would be an acceptable replacement?


  15. Nothing in football would suprise me anymore. I really wouldn’t be shocked if at the end of the season Tiote puts in a transfer request and ends up moving to a top four club. That’s football as they say. I would definately like to see the club have some balls if it did happen and say “you’re under contract and staying”.

    If Rooney can do it for Man Utd then anyone can do it.


  16. It’s until the end of the season, with the hope that if things go well, he’ll get a long term deal as assistant manager.


  17. Short contract to see if Pards gets on with him, if so he’ll be offered an extension!
    Good news!
    Welcome home John 😎


  18. Nathandio
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Short contract to see if Pards gets on with him…….

    & his wife.


  19. Good move on the Carver appointment,

    @toonsy – I’m unable to enter comments on the mobile site as the box doesn’t show up – any chance of fixing it as you’re I know you’re all missing my wit and humorous banter when I’m on the train home


  20. toonsy sleeping in when there is a good bit of news for the toon, get out of your pit. We need the comment box back on the mobile site, so get a grip of your blog fella. 😆
    Atlast we got Carver and ice has something to be happy with 😉


  21. DAVE toonsy will be in pit playing with his knobs 😉

    ime happy with carver,strange ashley went for it seeing he worked with k.k. 🙄


  22. The one day you have a lie in?

    What constitutes a lie in Toonsy?

    Try up at 6 to feed the baby and then off to work every day!!!


  23. great new on Carver

    but for me now , I don’t know what to think about our board anymore. Ashley & Co. certainly made some mistake on football term-decision but then again no one can argue about the good of business term they run.

    and after sacking of CH , Carver seemed to be very furious about the situation and now he’s on board with this regime , so I guess they must do something right.


  24. Magpie_May13
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Just looked in to that and you’re right, check this out.

    “Carver said the decision was ‘a travesty’.

    “I’m devastated and angry,” he told BBC Radio Newcastle. “It’s another situation where you have a young coach-manager learning his stripes like he did last year in the Championship, did a fantastic job, did the job with style.

    “He then took them into the Premier League on limited resources, brought in some decent players and this has happened.”

    That was on 7/12/10, now 5 weeks later 18/1/10

    “I am proud and honoured to be able to come back once again to my home town club.

    “I am looking forward to working with Alan Pardew and building on the recent strides that the club has taken to get back to where we belong, at the top of English football.

    “I would like to thank Mike, Derek and Alan for giving me this incredible opportunity.”

    hahaha changed his tune a bit hasn’t he, but hey, he was out of work, wouldn’t begrudge anyone for taking a job, especially someone as experienced as Carver. Good appointment I reckon


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