Game on! Newcastle v Tottenham! Unchanged team!

Could Colo make his mark this season?
After a long international break of two weeks Newcastle will today finally take to the pitch again against Tottenham looking to continue their great start to the season.

We’re currently sat fourth in the league and going great, but I feel that today is going to be our first really hard challenge of the season and it will show the fans how far this team can actually go.

Spurs are looking for their 5th win in a row and we’re aiming to preserve our unbeaten record, so something has to give and hopefully the luck is shining on us once again.

Newcastle are virtually full strength with the only absence of any note being Mike Williamson. Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon are all now fully fit and pushing for a place in the starting line-up. Yohan Cabaye came through international duty fine after an initial scare and Demba Ba was rested. I still expect us to be unchanged from our win last time out against Wolves.

Tottenham have a lot of injury doubts but as its Harry Redknapp I expect most of them to pull through. The likes of Van Der Vaart and Adebayor are touch and go for the game, as are Corluka and Sandro. They will still be a big danger to us and the returning Lennon and in form Bale will give our full backs something to think about.

We’re in a good position at the moment and that looks likely to stay the same after today with the worst place we can drop to being 5th and that’s only if we suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Tottenham. A win can take us sixth points clear of Stoke in 7th, which is a realistic finishing position for us.

Normally I speak about my hopes for the game; well I’d like anything from a draw upwards. I don’t expect us to lose, and that’s not me being cocky, I just feel we’re strong at home. But if we were to lose it wouldn’t be a disaster, so please remember that and don’t offer to sell our whole squad at the final whistle.

The game is a 4pm kick off and it’s on Sky, so anybody who subscribes will be able to listen to Jamie Redknapp describe the sun shining out of his Dad’s ring piece. For anybody who doesn’t there will be multiple sites streaming up and I’m sure there will be a link pop up in the comments at the bottom.

Howay the lads!

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

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

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

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

333 thoughts on “Game on! Newcastle v Tottenham! Unchanged team!

  1. Excellent resiliance today and a real though test. Stupid first goal to concede and second was a bit poor marking as well, although cracking finish.
    Our two goals? Well beatiful setup for the first and sublime finish for the second. Other than that, I thought we were the better team overall, and we are only now starting to incorporate Ben Arfa/Santon and havent even seen much to Marvauex yet. We are looking at exciting times me thinks.

    Oh yea heres one for all England fans, Sholan – Defoe in attack??? 😀


  2. Thank you Shola. Peach of a goal. You never know with that man. We played well in patches. First half Tiote stopped almost every Spurs attack by himself. If Cabaye had a bit more pace he could be devastating. Ba played well. I would have started Santon but Taylor’s set pieces were good. Very interesting game. Should give Pardew a lot to think about before Wigan. Nice pass from Hatem to Shola for the tying goal. Sent the supporters home happy. 16 points from 8 games and 4th place still. Couldn’t be more pleased except if we had won.


  3. The Kid…I reckon Ba may not make it due to fitness issues mate. He most definitely should start of course…


  4. Simpson was disapointing in hopefully he will be dropped… Santon needs to learn our tactics fast tho as he was nowhere near Ade a couple of times late in the game where they fortunately didnt play the ball. Obertan was under par as well, but i can understand why Pards was reluctant to take him off in this particular game since we needed his speed to match Bale’s. I would hope Marveaux gets a chance against Wigan though. At the top Best had a bad game in my opinion and could make way for either HBA or Shola.


  5. All in all despite the negatives we should have beaten a quality team today we really should. Another great performance from the Lads and could so easily have been all three points


  6. Let’s not forget the other cOntributor to a good day: mackems lost.

    I’m chuffed. Yes we could have won it, but a crackingly entertaining game and a gutsy performance with some wonderful skill. And we’re unbeaten and 4th.

    AsmI said: chuffed.


  7. Surely against Wigan we could start Ba with Hatem. Give Santon a start and bring Marveaux into the team as well, maybe as a second half sub. Still not sure about Obertan. Looks so promising but ends up with nothing. Did some good work on Bale though. I thought Parker actually outplayed Modric who actually got pretty frustrated and ended up with a yellow. Parker had no time for running in circles today.


  8. Arsenal had nowhere near that. They count season ticket holders as well.

    Most of them don’t turn up unless they are playing well and winning.

    Poor set of fans


  9. If we can’t get a full house for a game like that it shows people don’t have the money to spend. Not surprised given the economy and high unemployment. The support was still fantastic though. This season is looking to be the best we’ve had in quite a while. A little more quality depth at forward and at the back and we might start to worry the big boys even.


  10. Oooooooooh
    Shola Ameobi….OH SHOLA AMEOBI!

    Defies his countless critics once again and comes up with the goods. SHOOOOOOOOOLAAAAAAAA


  11. The Kid – Yes they count tickets sold and not actual on the day attendance. As for the real attendance at The Emirates. Pass.


  12. Jonas was outstanding today and my motm. However, Shola looked world class in his cameo appearance. He seemed to be turning towards goal more often and faster.


  13. Troy Stavers
    October 16, 2011 at 18:37

    What was the crowd and also the Arsenal crowd?
    Strange question after watching a match like that 😕


  14. I guess the real ultimate test is on Nov 19 onwards,when we face man city,then man united,then home to chelsea. 🙄 😎


  15. Moreno not to be too negative but yeah he defies his critics today, but there is countless times that he doesn’t.
    I will say that his goal today was a belter 😉


  16. Great game thought Tiote MOTM for sure he bossed the midfield for nearly the whole game but i do think he dwells on the ball abit to long.

    Sets us up great for the Wigan game which should be 3 points they have been piss poor this season cant wait only 6 days to go

    King Shola the donkey does it again 😀


  17. MDS @ 318… “Troy speak” that means…..” see, I told you the toon attendances would be down this season”….

    Good point too actually, I fancied a near full house for todays game, coming on the back of a 2 week international break, and that we have started so well….


  18. Sunderland’s season is falling apart. One or two more bad losses will see Brucie out of a job. Their owner must be pulling his hair out. This can’t get much better can it icedog? Already 10 points ahead of them lot.


  19. MM – It’s usually the posh seats that are the empty ones. At upwards of £60 a pop I’m not surprised….

    Match report up 🙂


  20. MM- that was my impression as well.

    Hard to find many negatives so I guess there’s always the attendance figures 😉


  21. Great game, we looked a bit down after they scored but pards made the right subs in the end, tho we were all wondering why shola came on instead of marvs – just goes to show playing fm and FIFA teaches you nowt 🙂
    Super shola looked kin magic !!
    Great game


  22. Geordie2…this season has been immense so far….

    Crap pre-season results wise, all the uproar with Barton and Nolan …and now all this…

    Toon fourth top, and deservedly so. The makkems already ten points adrift and dropping like a stone…plastic Geordie Bruce toast by Christrmas….

    Wehey the lads !!!


  23. Pardew got his sub calls spot on today. He brought on 2 attacking players and just went for it. Of course spuds could have scored a couple of times on the break, but that was to be expected cos we were chasing the game…

    I wonder what it would do to the balance of the side to replace Obertan on the right with Jonas, with Santon behind him, and to play Marveaux on the left side. With a natural left back who could get up the field that would be a tasty combination. Raylor cannot get forward, but you cannot fault the lad too much for his defensive displays at left back.


  24. bruce said today cannot understand why there fans are only happy when they beat the toon instead of overall games there overall games are shit dick heed,needs to gan back to wigan,kna you stay brucie tak them doon


  25. Ice your a bit rough on Brucie babes he is only doing his job, and its not complete yet but hopfully by the end of the season he will have finished his job 😉


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