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Preview: Newcastle Utd v Tottenham Hotspur

What kind of season can we expect? We need some silver ware! But can we win the League!

Spurs points return last season would have been enough to win the title in 11 other Premier League seasons, with our best ever total of 86 and our goal difference of 60, it was the highest of a non-title winning team since the Prem started. We are currently one of the most consistent sides in the Premier League and Poch is adamant that he already has the squad to work with this season and our lack of activity in the Transfer market indicates that he is hoping our fringe players in the squad live up to expectations this campaign. We were the best defensive side in the domestic league last season but we failed to compete for the title in the final month of last season, just like the season before.

If we are to go one better this season we have to make Wembley home, just 2 wins out of 9 at Wembley is not good. Last season our set piece plays (free kicks and corners) were poor, one of our biggest issues is the lack of set-piece takers. Christian Eriksen is our best dead ball taker but we failed to score a single goal from a direct dead ball last season. We all know about the high press but we saw how easily our attack could be turned into a scrambled defence when we lose the ball in the middle of the park, we need to manage the ball better and we need to make more interceptions. We made 314 interceptions last season in the league, the least for any side in the competition.

So let's look at the players for this campaign. For me the key person will be Eriksen. He normally starts a season slowly and comes on strong later. Last season he finished the second half with eight goals and 15 assists in the League. Eriksen is now in his fourth year with the club. Last season he did not score in the League until November 26 with only three assists. Eriksen himself admitted; 'I will try to be more consistent through the whole season. I want to be part of the elite in football, even though it is not my job to say whether I am there or not. My numbers for goals and assists have been pretty good every season and I want to make sure they keep going in the right direction. We have the potential to do better than last season. We all have one more year of experience, especially in the Champions League. We didn't play that badly last year but we will be more used to Wembley this time. We want to play in this competition every year.'

Then there is Harry, can he break the August curse? If he can't who will score the goals in August? The injuries are piling up already Wanyama is a doubt Trippier is crocked Rose and Son won't be back until end of August and Lamela will be out until October. Josh Onomah is at Villa so Janssen had better find some form soon!

Sissoko may play despite rumours with Trabzonspor. Sissoko could come good and we saw something of the 'old beast' in him against Juve. If Spurs can't rotate we fall into the trap of our rival clubs knowing exactly how we will set ourselves up each time we play, which could put us at a disadvantage. We can't afford to become predictable, although there is everything to be said for having a team that knows each other inside out, it only takes a couple of injuries to affect our balance as we saw when we lost Kane and Alders and then Rose last season. Whatever 11 players go out on the pitch you know what you are going to get from Spurs but that may not be to our advantage. We need options.

Nkoudou could add something to our side, he was limited to just eight Premier League appearances in 2016/17, totalling just 83 minutes. Georges never got a full league game to prove himself. We need pace down the flanks especially the right-hand side and N`Koudou could offer that this season. His cross to Janssen against Roma last month shows the potential he has. I hope MoPo gives him his chance as we could do with his ability to use the width of the pitch something we certainly need at Wembley. An attacking three of Kane, Eriksen and Alli is arguably the best in the Premier League when playing in a 3-4-2-1. It puts Eriksen and Alli as close to Kane as possible and allows them to exploit the space in central areas. Nkoudou, however, provides a very different option to any one of those three forwards, giving us a greater degree of tactical flexibility, allowing Poch to switch to a 4-2-3-1, which will use Nkoudou`s skillset to greater effect in that formation which may, in turn, help Janssen improve his conversion ratio.

We all know what happened last time we played the Toons and you can expect some reminders coming from the Toon army on Sunday, losing 5-1 to a team that was already relegated! I imagine MOPO will be reminding the players in the dressing room of how much that hurt. A three-point opener will be essential if we are to gather some momentum going into the Chelski game but who will Poch pick given our injuries especially at right back and will Poch risk Wanyama and Son?

According to reports, Newcastle United fans are worried about their forward options for the new season after Dwight Gayle was completely left out of the squad that played against Hellas Verona last weekend. The Magpies main forward choices for this season are expected to be Mitrovic and Gayle, and many feel that this will not be sufficient considering that Mitrovic was not exactly convincing in the Championship last season. Rafa mentioned earlier last week that the side that he selected to play last weekend will be near enough the side that will be selected to face Spurs which means that Gayle is likely to miss out and Mitrovic will be playing up front or Ayoze Perez. Rob Eliot will likely start in goal, while the defence will be occupied by Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett.

Newcastle do have options up front with Siem De Jong, Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Matt Ritchie but Newcastle still want to sign a striker before the transfer window closes, but they need to shift some of the deadwood. The Toons have spent £31.2m so far bringing Jacob Murphy from Norwich for £12m, while fees have been paid on Christian Atsu, centre back Florian Lejuene and one-time Reds full-back Javi Manquillo to their squad. Benitez is now looking to make winger and midfielder additions - with Adama Traore and Jesus Navas the names being mentioned.

Spurs win?

Hope so, maybe the club will make a DVD of it!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday August 11 2017
Time: 8:58AM

Comments

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We are slow starters most seasons, with Harry and his August goal drought. I think our quality will show on Sunday, tight game but I see us edging this one 1-0 or 2-1 COYSS!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
11/08/2017 09:47:00
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Given the injury to Trippier and the lack of a like-for-like replacement, I'd go with a 4231 with Dier having to fill in at RB. There were already question marks about Rose's fitness on the left side, but given his recent statements, I doubt MP will play him at all. The other question mark is who will play in attacking midfield next to Alli and Eriksen, with Son out and Lamela a fitness worry. That leaves Sissoko or N'Koudou, and I'd personally lean towards Sissoko, hoping he can play like he did against Juventus. My 11 would be Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembélé, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane. Beyond Vorm and Wimmer, that leaves a bench of unproven or unfit players. Let's just hope that Harry has his scoring boots on from the first game on, and doesn't wait until mid September to start scoring...
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 10:01:00
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Last season we sprinted out the blocks, but I think we were more settled, had less injury problems and we had WHL, which helped a lot with our dominant home form. I don't think we have a good record vs Newcastle, so on paper, should be a test, but I still expect us to win. If Sissoko starts, he'll have to keep his composure because the Newcastle fans won't exactly be throwing him a "welcome home" party..
Guyver
11/08/2017 11:09:00
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Rose and Victor Moses were converted from wingers to wing backs, I was thinking maybe N'Koudou could possibly learn the RWB position in a 3421. He seems to have the work rate and the pace for it at least.
Guyver
11/08/2017 11:12:00
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As Dele Arri says, Kane not scoring in August is heavily contrived. In his break out season, he wasn't first choice, so did not start season. I do not care so much as long as he keeps scoring 20+ in a season. I'd go for 3 at the back, Davies and Sissoko on wings... Additionally Sissoko back to old club should shake things up a bit...
TonyRich
11/08/2017 11:28:00
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Great article. At last we can talk about real football. I'm concerned about the team cohesion and focus after the Rose affair. I will be looking at the demeanor of the players and their intensity early in the match. I may not get to see it live as I will be traveling that day, so I may have to be satisfied with just the extended highlights. COYS! Let's get a win form game 1. Something we haven't done for a couple seasons.
jvd
11/08/2017 11:46:00
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Tony - In Kane's breakout season, Soldado was the starter at the beginning of the season so indeed Kane didn't start the season. However, in his second season for the senior team (when he won his first golden boot), Kane was the started but began very slowly (only scoring one goal between the first game and Oct 25, 2015, when we beat City). In his 3rd senior season (last year), Kane scored his first goal on Sept. 10, 2016 against Stoke. However we turn it, in the last 2 seasons he has had a habit of not scoring in August. Those are facts... How much we want to read into that is a different story, but my original comment wasn't meant to be very serious - I think Kane will be at his usual excellent self on Sunday.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 13:12:00
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The BBC report that Trippier and Rose are definitely out against Newcastle due to injury, but Trippier's injury is apparently not as bad as feared and his recovery time should be counted in weeks, not months.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 13:17:00
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Newcastle 0 - 3 Spurs (but I wouldn't be surprised if it was 1- 5).
Geofspurs
11/08/2017 13:40:00
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This is the first test. Can we start on the front foot. Never mind Jannson needs a run out, or picking CCV or KWP, we need to pick our strongest available team, give it our all, and start with 3 points. We need to overcome our defensive frailties resulting from Trippier, Rose, and of course Walker all missing. Given our iffy record v Newcastle I am hoping for, rather than expecting a win.
Frank
11/08/2017 13:45:00
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Must win nothing less then 3 points to make a statement. Don't think it will happen. Coys
123spurs
11/08/2017 14:23:00
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I think it goes without saying that we all hope for a positive result. It's just that confidence isn't sky high at the moment, for fairly obvious reasons. As you always say DA, we can't be sure until the final whistle is blown, but the chances remain that the more talent you exclude from the starting lineup (through injuries, player departures or other), the harder it is to win games. There is still a strong case to be made that we still have more than enough talent to overcome Newcastle of course, so we'll just hang on to that.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 14:40:00
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That would be a rather catastrophic blow for them. I'm not sure who they can go out and sign to replace him.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 15:14:00
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Rose, GK, Tripper and Lamela are out.

Personally I would go with three at the back if Wanyama is fit to start in midfield and play young KWP as a right wing back. He will have less defending to do as a wing back and it gives us a chance to see how he fairs. If he struggles we can take him off at half time and slot Dier in there and go to a back four. Maybe with the assurance of a back three KWP can feel more confident. I would play Wanyama and Dembele in the middle and then of course Dele, Eriksen and Kane.

If KWP doesn't cope drop Dier in at RB and bring on Son if he is fit or push Dembele further forward and bring on Winks depends on the score line and how we are doing.

I assume Son is available even if not sharp so a good 30mins in the second half would be welcomed. I see no reason not to try KWP out even though I have stated clearly I don't think he is ready to be back up, but what do I know.

If he doesn't start then Poch is basically saying he isn't ready, and then I would suggest he would go for four at the back with Dier as RB and play Sissoko. I was suprised Marcus Edwards didn't have a squad number
It'sME
11/08/2017 15:27:00
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Another option is to play 3 at the back and play Sissoko as a wing back. If Victor Moses can do it, why not Sissoko? He's got all of the physical attributes to play there.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 15:40:00
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Lois, Dier, Aldeverald, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Dembele, Deli, Erikson, Kane
asherthesmasher
11/08/2017 17:39:00
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Oh and Verts lol 3-4-3
asherthesmasher
11/08/2017 17:41:00
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Anybody have any clue on how the oppo will line up on Sunday ?
Arky
11/08/2017 17:59:00
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Belgian.... 2 seasons in a row do not make a trend on their own.... That is also a fact.... If Kane fails to score this August and plays most of those games, then I will be the first to state that Kane has a habit of not scoring in August. If he scores this August, then there never was a trend... Let's see. As I said, as long as he gets 20 odd goals, no problem either way.
TonyRich
11/08/2017 22:56:00
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Tony - given the injury crisis and the lack of game changers on the bench, we could use Kane's goals earlier this year. Let's hope for a solid performance from him from the first game.
BelgianSpur
11/08/2017 23:44:00
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As for Coutinho, Liverpool should let him go. The timing is terrible, and unforgivable. But 4 years at an underachieving Liverpool: no trophies, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 4th, and 25 years old plus, a player of his quality should be allowed to move to Barca. As for Rose, Neville is correct....get fit, get playing well first, and then look to move. If Spurs fail to meet his expectations, then we should also let him go, as he is 27 years old plus, and has served Spurs for 10 years, with the last 3 being a prominent player. Whilst Rose has done well, I do feel that he was a hair's breadth away from being a second tier player. The Sunderland loan, AVB'S persistence, and Poch's tactics have put him where he is now. He shouldn't get too far ahead of himself and show some humility.
TonyRich
11/08/2017 23:53:00
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Belgian - Kane coming straight out with guns blazing would be most welcome.
TonyRich
11/08/2017 23:56:00
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The season has started. Thank God Arsenal won. You all know how hard it is to shift Leicester once they are on top .... the season would be over before it started!
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 01:11:00
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That's a bonus. It will make the squad look much stronger if they're in it. After our Juve performance I feel very confident about this one.
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 09:58:00
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I am very excited to see how we start the season given a full pre season under Poch without the interruptions (and morality hammering) that the international tournaments have on our payers! 4-0 the Spurs!!!
spurticus87
12/08/2017 12:04:00
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W5D5L12 is spurs record over 22 matches Vs Newcastle. This match will be tough and benitez is a good manager. After losing the last 2 games vs NC, inflicting MP's heaviest defeat 5-1 spurs are due for some revenge, Kane, Ali and Ce have to make the extra quality tell in the attacking areas.
palmover
12/08/2017 12:06:00
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Son being fit is a big boost. As for Arsenal's win last night, it was a perfect example of why having a good squad counts. The have also been hit hard by injuries in their back 4, and that showed. However, they had enough depth to bring on 2 subs in Ramsey and Giroud who both scored and won them the game. 11 for 11 I would take ours any day of the week. But having Giroud instead of a Janssen-type player is a big difference. How many points has he rescued/won for them in the last 2 seasons? Not flashy but you could do a lot worse off the bench.
BelgianSpur
12/08/2017 12:13:00
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Where is the Mancock? Has he been transferred?
Love totty
12/08/2017 13:12:00
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LT .... He's been re-born!
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 13:45:00
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They are also playing at 11 v. 10 since the 15th minute. They weren't quite as comfortable with Cahill on the pitch...
BelgianSpur
12/08/2017 15:40:00
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you can say that AGAIN! Lol!
Critical_Spur
12/08/2017 16:36:00
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Let's see if will be laughing next week if we fail to beat Chelsea.
123spurs
12/08/2017 16:53:00
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Abramovic is a stingy owner. Should've made a big offer the right players.......ala Rose!
Critical_Spur
12/08/2017 16:54:00
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Chelsea .... Crap bench, rubbish manager. They need to spend more money. I blame their tight-fisted owners. That's two less when they play us. When was the last time the champions were relegated? Never? Okay, so I'm over-reacting a tad.
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 17:03:00
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I will take the result of course, but it's a bit early to draw any definitive conclusions about Chelsea is all. They also had a slowish start last year and we know how that ended.
BelgianSpur
12/08/2017 17:09:00
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Just don't count it chickens before they hatch remember the last time we played them in Wembley fa cup and we were heavy favourites dominated the game and lost 4-2. So I won't get carried away like some.
123spurs
12/08/2017 17:57:00
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BS .... Thanks for your insight. I agree. I think one game is a bit early to draw conclusions. Just a bit!
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 18:00:00
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Just don't choke
123spurs
12/08/2017 18:29:00
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City 0-0 with Burnley at HT. Looks like City and Chelsea are both out of the title race. We can clinch the league with a win tomorrow! That's this season sorted then.
Geofspurs
12/08/2017 18:50:00
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I only saw the second half of the Chelsea v Burnley game but I can say for sure Morata is a handful. If he was on from the start I would have to say there would have been a different outcome to the game. Burnley were very tired in the last 20 minutes and had it not been for Frabregas red card I'm pretty sure Chelsea would have gotten an equalizer at least. They will come out to play us and our guys better be up for it.
jvd
12/08/2017 23:18:00
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Chelsea have started with a 100% record, let's hope they keep it up next weekend
E17YID
13/08/2017 02:59:00
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I felt that Cahill's red was a touch harsh.... I do not like to see games ruined by early reds like that. It could have been a yellow and warning, but yes the studs were up. I guess that means that Chelsea will be without Cahill and Fabregas against us...as well as missing Hazard through injury. Burnley showed us how to cause Chelsea problems, despite having numerical advantage, so we must learn. I expect Morata to start, and he looked good. I do expect Chelsea to get better, so it is a good time to face them.
TonyRich
13/08/2017 06:42:00
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Thought the ref at the Chelsea game was excellent. He actually enforced the laws of the game. Defenders are getting away with bad tackles every game, ask Alli and Harry. Also good to see Fabregas cautioned for disrespect. He is a real s*** stirrer in every game. Just a shame that Azpilicueta didn't follow him into the book. Bet we don't see much of that ref this season, especially in Chelsea and Utd games.
Harry-Kari
13/08/2017 07:36:00
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I watched wat v liv ... that ref was a joke, he really did favour liverpool. ... Cahill, had to go make no mistake clumsy or not .. studs were showing and could of broke the players leg. Let's just hope the refs will be consistent ... and retrospective bans for diving are enforced for all players ... personally, the ref should be advised on the day and if simulating a straight red .. so the team lose the advantage on the day .. rather than the next 1-3 teams benefitting from cheating.
E17YID
13/08/2017 08:47:00
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Martial... Now we are talking!!!! Hopefully the Rose situation has kicked us into action!!!
spurticus87
13/08/2017 09:23:00
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If any one is interested, there is a fan called Chris cowlin. He does a weekly progress on the stadium on YouTube, well worth a look for some of our fans who can't get there his videos are really good please check them out.
E17YID
13/08/2017 09:52:00
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Geof - stating the obvious, but Chelsea will again be there or thereabouts and Morata looks a player. After one game it's easy to see that Arsenal and Liverpool still have massive holes in their back 4 though.
BelgianSpur
13/08/2017 10:11:00
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Well said dele, I am hoping we will win. It's not a revenge game it's purely, go there and get a win 3 points are 3 points that's all I care about . , wins breed confidence ... we have the same 11 fit bar trippier. Will we get 8, ? Or that asking to much liecester 6 hull 7 Newcastle 8 lol .
E17YID
13/08/2017 10:44:00
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Geoff, if you have not got or don't know. Got to optus.com.au and you can register to watch the first 3 games free. If people in the uk have a ip blocker then u can also
E17YID
13/08/2017 10:46:00
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I doubt very much if there is any mileage in the Martial story. What wages is he on at Man Utd?
Gary Onedaysoon
13/08/2017 11:36:00
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E17 .... Thanks for the info, mate. Since the matches went to Optus I've got used to watching delayed games on Foxtel via 'Spurs TV'. At least I get to see them all. I'll wait to find out the team today and then hide from all news outlets until I see the game at 5:30pm tomorrow (10:30am your time).
Geofspurs
13/08/2017 11:43:00
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E17 .... I meant UK time, not your time.
Geofspurs
13/08/2017 12:21:00
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Geoff, no you just need to use an email,address on optus and all games are free until the 31st August no catch ... should watch it live at 8:30pm it's 10:30pm kick off for me,
E17YID
13/08/2017 12:26:00
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Another point if u have optus broadband or nbn or a phone some give free optus sports . Worth looking into huh lol.
E17YID
13/08/2017 12:28:00
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Enjoy the game lads. COYS
Geofspurs
13/08/2017 13:07:00
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Sorry, a very poor 1st ... sissoko has to go he is complete and utter Sh!t. No real fire in that half other than lack of tempo no threat on us ..l a win minimum
E17YID
13/08/2017 14:11:00
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Scintillating first half as usual. Alli showing what a waste of space he is for most of the game. KWP, Dembele and Toby best players. Kane looks like he was on the Brunale last night. No doubt Poch will produce a miracle from the best line-up in the Premier League in the second half. I noticed he had to let his trousers out during the game...must have been a good lunch.
Harry-Kari
13/08/2017 14:15:00
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The main positive in that half was the performance of KWP. Newcastle have done well closing us down, although i doubt they can do that for the whole 90 minutes. Hopefully our quality shines through. Son on for Sissoko please.
spurfect one
13/08/2017 14:20:00
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Kari, u being serious? Yes it was a poor 1st half but your comments is idiotic.
E17YID
13/08/2017 14:23:00
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Excellent 2nd half ... sissoko off we played brilliant 3 points on the board now let's worry about Chelsea
E17YID
13/08/2017 15:15:00
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E17, yes that's me, idiotic. Love to watch talented footballers strolling around, passing sideways and back wards, trying nutmegs and generally stifling any forward moves. No tempo to our game first half and only picked up in the second. Alli took his goal well and contributed to reducing Newcastle to 10 men after one of his party tricks went wrong. He needs to grow up and become professional in attitude. He has the skill to give much more to the team. Overall, at best it was a very average performance considering the calibre of the opposition. Kane missed two golden opportunities and for me if you think this level of performance is going to beat Chelsea's B team next week, good on yer. KWP was outsatnding for a kid making his PL debut, Eriksen showed once again that we cannot afford to lose him and Dembele displayed his Rolls-Royce skills,lovely to watch. Glad we won but we definitely need more ooomph in this team.
Harry-Kari
13/08/2017 15:23:00
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lethargic 1st half, but picked up in the 2nd with the help of 2 Newcastle injuries and a silly sending off. Allowed us to completely take out foot off the gas late in the game which im sure will pay dividends 2nd half of the season. Now looking forward to some incoming transfer activity, to re-energize the team if anything.
Guyver
13/08/2017 15:26:00
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great to start with a win - and for walker peters to get MOM is just fantastic. I also love that the fact that Davies got another goal - 2 in 2 to put some pressure on Rose after his interview! Kane would normally have scored both his chances, hopefully he is just saving it for Chelsea and that 100th goal in front of a home crowd.
Guernman
13/08/2017 15:33:00
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A player deliberately stamps on Alli and you blame Alli wtf. You really are amazing ., yes, first half slow and poor, I agree, we stepped it up and showed class in the 2nd. Wow, Spurs win ugly win good can't please some ... still you have your opinion and let's agree to disagree, I mean let me drive my car at 20 and coz your in a rush ram me off the road and blame me yeah?
E17YID
13/08/2017 15:46:00
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Why spend millions on RB when we have one in KWP who could potentially be worth mega money in the near future?. I thought he was fatanstic today, its clear to see why Poch rates him highly and maybe Poch let Walker go due to the faith he has in KWP.
spurfect one
13/08/2017 15:47:00
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Most important thing is 3 points. First half very average but picked up in 2nd, it would be handy if we could find an idiot like Shelvey every week, what a shame it is to see a good player wasting himself. KWP did well, but suffice it to say he will have more difficult days. Newcastle likely to have a very difficult season, there was a huge gulf in class.
Frank
13/08/2017 15:48:00
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KWP, was very nervous, it showed. After 20 minutes he settled and proved his worth .. just needs to build up a bit looks so small. Few hours in the gym to beef up imo. Hmm, if he can perform like that when given a chance RB will be fine.
E17YID
13/08/2017 15:49:00
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Frank, you summed it up lovely. Wish we could play these every week.
E17YID
13/08/2017 15:50:00
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Wins a win... So good one lads... Over to you levy... Coys
62rovinella
13/08/2017 15:58:00
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KWP did very well, but lets put it into perspective. Newcastle were not very good and even worse after the sending off. He is young and raw and hopefully can get some game time this season, but he is not an answer to our right back problem. Poch would not have played him if he was up against Mane, Salah etc. Well done to the boy, got a good debut under the belt, do wonders for his confidence. I think a season of regular football on loan would be the best development for him. I am not being negative at all, just saying it as I see it.
vicspur
13/08/2017 16:03:00
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Sorry I'm with Harry Karl on this one. We were struggling to make a real opening until that idiotic red card. No real bite in attack with Dele screwing up most of the passes put to him and passing backwards at best. Then came Dele's brilliantly taken goal and positive flick (for a change) leading to the second goal which made the rest of his game all the more frustrating (and puzzling). Sissoko is definitely a write-off and the attack livened up considerably when he went off, with Son laying on an open goal for Kane. The big test will come against Chelsea next week, when hopefully we will have more of our best players available and maybe Poch getting more out of Dele.
Stan Rosenthal
13/08/2017 16:14:00
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An ok performance for a first game but disappointed that we got so few shots on target against 10 men. True test next week, one i expect we will rise to.
Love totty
13/08/2017 16:36:00
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Dele..message received. I'll try to adopt a politician's approach to reporting what I see and put a positive spin on it, even if it's a complete lie. Over and out.
Harry-Kari
13/08/2017 16:44:00
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Solid enough performance, there was only going to be one winner playing against 10 men.
123spurs
13/08/2017 17:54:00
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3 points, first game, away from home and clean sheet. Has to be job done. Was it done well? Not really. Many positives though. KWP played very well for a player of his age. That said, positionally, needs to be much better. You cannot defend at full stretch all the time as he does. Goes to ground far too often. That said, that will come. Very composed. He is fast and has abilities. He will get stronger and better positionally, so no real worries there. Frankly a loan where he can play every day would likely get him there quicker. The fact he can also play on the left in a pinch suggests he will remain. Son, as I believe is his optimal role, was the game changer to come off the bench. Sissoko just has never been in synch with Spurs. Always disjointed when he plays. He needs to go. Son, Kane, Alli and Erikssen have shown that they continue to grow together and are all on the same wavelength. Erikssen has to start doing damage on free kicks or someone else needs to be taking them. MF was not very influential. Diet and Dembele just did not seem to be in to it. We tick so much better when Wanyama is in there. Glad both he and Son got minutes along with Winks. Davies another composed outing and two goals in two games. The run of games has brought his level of play up considerably. Lloris, Vertonghen and Alderweirald are all solid. Kane made his runs and should have scored at least one. Dele was not good but he is the player in this squad who has the moments of brilliance. The run and execution were quite sublime. He also had another great run in the first half which Erikssen missed when he sent in a weak shot that would have also had him in all alone. Those runs will continue to be the difference in games where the opposition sits deep. Pitch did not seem great. Ball was bouncing around quite a bit at the start. That always seems to throw our players for a loop. All in all, 3 points, job done. Liverpool dropped two points on the road and look to still have all sorts of defensive issues and Chelsea dropped three at home. With their squad (do they perhaps have FFP issues) I do not see lots of success playing in four competitions. They are thin and do not trust their kids. Arsenal gritted out a win at home but continue to look poor defensively. Cech is also starting to look old.
peterballb
13/08/2017 18:01:00
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