27 responses

  1. KK
    October 13, 2011

    Nice balanced article. As a Spurs fan I think you’ve summed the game up pretty well.

  2. Turbohaggis
    October 13, 2011

    I absolutely love the 4-1-4-1 formation idea…pace from Santon covering Lennon and protection for Simpson from R Taylor (Who’ll also be handy for any set-pieces)…introducing HBA to field of play can only be good too and would provide valuable support to Ba…nice post mate

  3. davspurs
    October 13, 2011

    Firstly i dont no if you cant make your mind up but you have 12 a side my friend and has for Spurs not doing well at Newcastle we had not won at Anfield for years and we won and Wolves we won Wigan the list goes on, Adebayorwill play apart and score he was not kean against Arsenal and is due a goal your defence works hard and you ran 121klm against Wolves and you sort of won with the refs help we ran 114 klm and Arsenal ran 119 klm we won 2-1 and it should have bean more.only NORWICH work harder then NEWCASTLE this will increase if we score and keep the ball Verdict without the ref 3-1 too Spurs Necastle 47 percent Spurs 53 percent

    • Smith
      October 13, 2011

      I think you’ll count 11 players for each side my friend – two options for Spurs forward line dependant upon fitness, which is yet to be confirmed.

  4. BeeGuy
    October 13, 2011

    Well, it would be Marveaux for me instead of R Taylor in that 4-1-4-1. Speed kills and Sylvain has much more of it. Cabaye can handle the free kicks.

    Of course, will AP make any changes? Is he the type of manager that will let a man play himself out of the line-up, or is he going to be more pro-active? Santon looked mighty comfortable for Italy in his U-21 games, HBA and Marveaux also look ready to add to the equation. So what will the gaffer do? I expect he will let someone fail first, but sure would like to see otherwise.

  5. CLiNT FLiCK
    October 13, 2011

    Bang on as per lads!

    Like the quip/observation about igor trying his usual cod psychology about adebayor being 50/50. Funny & sooo true!

  6. Ndot17
    October 13, 2011

    Great post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading that and that’s from Spurs fan to .. COYS!

  7. TShill7
    October 13, 2011

    Very thoughtful post and a good read. Chances are that VdV & Adebayor will not start as ‘arry is too honest for his own good with his media mates.
    Lennon is out of sorts after injury and also will not start. Don’t be surprised to see Sandro & Livermore drafted in for extra height and muscle, Modric further forward dictating play. One up front – however neither Defoe nor Pavlyuchenko are any good as a target man.
    Spurs win playing on the counter-attack …I hope!

  8. nufc.net
    October 13, 2011

    Great write up, as always.

    Redknapp said Adebayor, VDV, Kranjcar, Sandro and Corluka are all doubtful. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2048493/Emmanuel-Adebayor-risked-Newcastle-says-Harry-Redknapp.html

    It would be nice to have Tiote man mark Modric in a five man midfield, but i dont think HBA will be fit enough to start and their defense is every shaky, so two upfront is a must.

  9. AndyMac
    October 13, 2011

    “Tactical suggestions:

    The temptation will undoubtedly be to keep the same team and style – but a slight formation and strategy change would surely be more wise to limit the effectiveness of what is a superior attacking opponent, whilst maximising our own effectiveness”

    You’ve got no chance of that happening Smithy. Pardwho hasnt got a tactical bone in his body but he does know a “winning side” when he sees one :(

    Ideally the best we can hope for is an early injury to the Oirish Best so HBA can get into the action. Then again we’re talking Pardwho here so he’ll probably replace him with Lovenkrands :(

  10. aspur
    October 13, 2011

    Fair write up. Think you have undervalued King/Kaboul though.
    Spurs may look quite different though because of injuries. Be interesting to watch the midfield contest between the two. Bit nervy about your set pieces against us. Should be a good game to watch though.

  11. CLiNT FLiCK
    October 13, 2011

    Good to see the spurs lads joining in the appreciation of a good balanced & fair article.

  12. Spurs
    October 14, 2011

    Think this post is very very good. In my opinion I think newcastle are more physical in there games than spurs which is y the run more as we like to pass more. I would like to c spurs play a tougher mid 5 keep modera bale Lennon if fit or replace with gio but play Parker and sandro to get stuck in to give even more bite against a tough Newcastle mid. But that is my opinion ; )

  13. Doocey
    October 14, 2011

    Very good article, balanced and detailed.
    Lennon is a threat, and a big one. We can’t have our fullbacks backing off him and allowing him time and space – ie. Danny Simpson last season, final minute of the game. Same goes for Modric – although he’s of such quality it will be hard to limit him.

    All in all, going forward we’ve enough to grab a goal or two. Keep it tight at the back, let the lads get the job done in midfield and I think we could nick it 2-1. Here’s hoping.
    Well done on the article again!
    Dooce :-)

  14. Jawad
    October 14, 2011

    I think your strategy will not be addapted at all Smith i say this with the greatest respect.
    pressing modric in their own half exposes us to the quick wide ball and with their wide players massiver threat. David Santon will not start the game, he has not played a single first team game and in a big game you wouldnt put the 20 year old in, if anything shane furgusen would have a better chance.

    Ryan Taylor may protect Simpson, but his lack of pace will reduce our impact on counter. You yourself have said that Totenham are a possession team, so our best bet will be counter attack. You might instead use marveux or loverkrands who has played in that position before.
    Ben Arfa will not start the game either, as he is coming back from a massive injury, he will be given 10 – 20 minutes and nursed back (mental and physical reasons) just like marvuex.

    I think to combat their midfield threat, we could pack the midfield so a 4-5-1 formation. But being a home game Pardew will stick to 4-4-2.
    Our advantage definately will be the crowd, if their vocal we could do well in this game.

    • Smith
      October 14, 2011

      Cheers for your comments – although will equal respect I can’t agree with some. Pressing Modric will more likely catch players out of position and unavailable for the pass, whereas leaving him unpressured to dictate tempo simply is not an option. I agree with the principles of Santon and Ben Arfa’s injuries, but Santon has proven his fitness and played in far higher profile games than this before and has the benefit of excellent cover from Gutierrez – Ben Arfa would be a gamble in terms of whether he is 90%-95% fit but the less combative nature of the game would at least be far more inviting to introduce a player of his style in, especially with the support of Cabaye.
      The counter attacking option may be a good one but to do so we would have to play Obertan RM who exposes Simpson often – neither Marveaux or Lovenkrands would provide anywhere near the defensive cover to Simpson against Spurs’ strongest side, which to me is more important – especially given this season the mass majority of our goal threat has came to decent effect from the centre.
      However, I very much agree the midfield should be bolstered, and if the crowd get firmly behind the lads it could push them just that little bit further to get a result, much as it did in the same fixture last season.
      Ho’way the lads!

  15. Luke Smith
    October 14, 2011

    Being a Spurs fan, I dont like saying this but a well written analysis of the game, can you come and support Spurs please?

  16. shielsy_nufc
    October 14, 2011

    according to the metro paper rednapp has been quoted as saying he won’t risk adebayor at all against us and give him more time to recover for next week. so thats good news and i think we should go with santon at LB cause taylor gt no pace if lennon get goal side least santon has a fighting chance.

  17. Lee
    October 14, 2011

    Good article
    Newcastle will confirm their status with a good win 4-1.
    Davspurs might want to use to instead of too next time he has a go at the team numbers.

  18. ashley Walker
    October 14, 2011

    I see Lee is on the weed nice and early this mornin :)

  19. Smith
    October 14, 2011

    Thanks for the comments all – on the whole very productive and respectful. Although, I must stress for those who haven’t picked up on it that the ‘tactical suggestions’ are just that – suggestions! The ‘team strategies and likely line-ups’ are what I generally will believe will occur in a given game – in this instant Adebayor will probably not play but (call me cynical) but I don’t take everything that Harry Redknapp says as gospel… Cheers again all.

  20. Vol
    October 14, 2011

    Great analysis, enjoyed reading it. I thought I was the only one who could talk sense about football. Nice to see the positive comments from the Spurs fans, great, after all we are all football fans, second. HWTL

  21. ashley Walker
    October 14, 2011

    I cannot see Lennon starting. He is not ready. Expect to see a 4-5-1 from Spurs. Bale Sandro Parker and Modric on the inside right. VDV, then Defoe. You won’t have to worry about Lennon, but Walker will be bombing down the right. Bale will be wide left. Watch Sandro. He is a beast and will no doubt be Spurs next big star.

  22. Don Dawson
    October 14, 2011

    Excellent write up again Smithy.
    I look forward to watching this in the Burswood Casino, Perth at 11pm!

    • Smith
      October 14, 2011

      You’ll be missed from the match day routine Don!

  23. Michael
    October 14, 2011

    Marveaux for Obertan, Ben Arfa for Best and, possibly, Santon for Ryan Taylor (depending on how fit and in-form young Davide is). Saying that, I don’t think Pardew’s the kind of manager to change a winning team.
    Top stuff, as ever.

  24. Footy Ramblings
    October 14, 2011

    Re Santon not being selected (Jawad) in a big game; he mde his Champions League debut against Cristiano Ronaldo, a fairly big game. He has captained Italy u21 twice in the last two weeks so is fit to play and has experience of big games.

    Good preview as ever chaps, would take a point from this game.

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