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Sunday 14th January 2007

Just when it looked like Spurs could push on, by winning at St. James Park, we were hit by a lightning fast start by the Geordies and things have not been the same since.

Newcastle are nothing special as a club.  And this is me as a Spurs fan saying that.  Big money is spent on all the wrong players; players have too much pay and too much say; managers are sacked with increasing regularity, the fans are diehard, but treated shabbily; and most importantly, the trophy cabinet stays empty.

But they are one of the teams who have the sign over us.  Most often just when you expect us to beat them.  When we aren't expected to do well, we tend to see them off with ease and with this game being at home, that might be what many Tottenham supporters are expecting.  but they proved up there, that they are a formidable team to face if you give them that opportunity to settle and get a lead.

For Spurs, the game was a write off from the opening minutes and that is a mistake that must not be made again.  The midfield need to get an early grip on the game and not allow Parker and Dyer to run the show.  With a lively striker in Martins, the Toon will try and hit him early and give Spurs a problem with his pace, but the pairing of Dawson and Davenport need to be on their toes to stop him having an impact on the game.  Maybe King will be fit, but I think he is more likely to sit this one out.

Up front, if Defoe can get through the warm-up for this one, we should be able to give their defence something to worry about.  Berbatov on his own up front will not pose a great problem for any Premiership back four.

I think that it will be a tough game for Tottenham, as their mind might be on things in weeks ahead to a certain extent, but this match will be important to our hopes of getting a UEFA Cup place through a league placing.  It might be a bit like the Villa game, but the main object of the exercise is to return three points into the Premiership account and I think it will be tight, but possible ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Newcastle United  1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Teemu Tainio (ankle); Jermaine Jenas (ankle); Paul Stalteri (knee); Mido (groin); Ledley King (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (groin)

NEWCASTLE UNITED :  Stephen Carr (bruised toe); Steve Harper (hernia); Charles N'Zogbia (knee); Peter Ramage (hamstring); Titus Bramble (calf); Damien Duff (knee); Craig Moore (hamstring); Olivier Bernard (hip); Michael Owen (knee); Shola Ameobi (hip); Celestine Babayaro (hamstring); Antoine Sibierski (virus)


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Match of the Day 2  (BBC 2) - 22.10  (highlights)
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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Tottenham Hotspur   2    Newcastle United   3      (Half-time score : 1-1)

Premier League
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Sunday 14th January 2007
Kick Off :  4.00 p.m.
Crowd :   35,942
Referee :  Steve Bennett (Orpington)
Weather :  -  Dry, chilly
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

Robinson (c)

Davenport (Ghaly 88)

Tainio (Zokora 79)
Malbranque (Keane 75)


Unused subs

Newcastle United :

Given (c)




Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

  Newcastle United
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe 14
Berbatov 54

Newcastle United

Huntington 16
Martins 72
Butt 73

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Chimbonda (ungentlemanly conduct) 45   



Newcastle United

Solano (foul)
Butt (ungentlemanly conduct) 45
Huntington (foul)  


Match Report : -  

The blue and white half of North London will be shaking their heads and wondering what could, and should have been, after watching their side crash to a 3-2 home defeat against Newcastle United.

Tottenham dominated the visiting Magpies, outplaying them in possession and shots, and will be wondering how two goals in two minutes midway through the second half allowed them to take all three points back to Tyneside.

It should have been over by the time Jermain Defoe finally hit the net after 14 minutes to open the scoring for Spurs.

Spurs came out fighting from the moment referee Steve Bennett blew the whistle and the opening spell was arguably the best they have played this season.

Wave after wave of attacking football pushed Newcastle further into their own half and only excellent goalkeeping from the ever-reliable Shay Given meant the game remained scoreless until Defoe slid in, from an off-side position, to put the home side ahead.

But in typically cruel, and typically Tottenham, fashion, the Magpies hit back straight away when Paul Huntington scored his first goal for the travellers – a wide shot that hit Paul Robinson’s heel and hit the back of the net.

Tottenham began to build up their momentum again as the first half came to a close but weren’t able to take an advantage into the break.

The fast and furious action was never dirty or threatened to break out into handbags until, moments before half-time, an altercation between Pascal Chimbonda and Nicky Butt led to yellow cards for the players, before the row escalated as both teams trudged into the tunnel for half-time.

Tottenham and Newcastle were evenly contested in the opening moments of the second-half, but it was Spurs who regained the lead with a Dimitar Berbatov goal after 54 minutes.

Teemu Tainio had a shot superbly saved by a sliding Norberto Solano but the Bulgarian striker volleyed the rebound into the ground and over Given into the net.

This time after scoring, Spurs continued their assaults at the Newcastle goal but they were served a double blow when the Magpies scored two in two minutes to take the lead.

Obafemi Martins drilled the ball past Robinson and into the top left-hand corner for Newcastle’s second on 72 minutes and he played a one-two with Butt to play the midfielder into the box and he slid the ball past Robinson.

Unlike against Middlesbrough where he came on to score the winner, Robbie Keane’s introduction didn’t bring Spurs the equaliser they deserved and Newcastle took all three points.

Martins was named Man-of-the-Match, but Given produced a faultless display on which the away side were able to shock Tottenham by snatching the win.

Berbatov and Defoe in particular had a host of chances between them and the team had 10 shots on target throughout the game, 21 in all.

Indeed, all the match stats weighed heavily in Tottenham’s favour and Martin Jol will struggle to understand how his team lost this match.

For the fans, it was a sickening blow for their team, who had been undefeated at home all season until the 1-0 loss against Liverpool on December 30 and with 15 games to go, the team has now lost as many games this season (nine) as they did in total last season.

Tottenham now lie in eighth position, five points behind sixth places Portsmouth and eight points below Bolton sitting in fifth, and Jol must pick the side up and make sure they start to collect points, particularly away from home, over the next couple of months to propel the side into the European places.







Other scores this weekend :
Blackburn Rovers 0 Arsenal 2 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 0 Manchester City 0 Saturday
Charlton Athletic 1 Middlesbrough 3 Saturday
Chelsea 4 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
Manchester United 3 Aston Villa 1 Saturday
Sheffield United 1 Portsmouth 1 Saturday
Watford 0 Liverpool 3 Saturday
West Ham United 3 Fulham 3 Saturday
Everton 1 Reading 1 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 23 18 3 2 52 16 57 +36
2 Chelsea 23 15 6 2 41 17 51 +24
3 Liverpool 23 13 4 6 35 16 43 +19
4 Arsenal 23 12 6 5 43 19 42 +24
5 Bolton Wanderers 23 12 4 7 27 21 40 +6
6 Portsmouth 22 10 7 6 34 23 37 +11
7 Everton 23 8 8 7 28 22 32 +5
8 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 23 9 5 9 28 31 32 -3
9 Reading 23 9 4 10 31 30 31 +1
10 Manchester City 23 8 6 9 19 25 30 -6
11 Newcastle United 23 8 5 10 26 30 29 -4
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 8 4 10 24 31 28 -7
13 Fulham 23 6 10 7 25 35 28 -10
14 Aston Villa 23 5 11 7 24 28 26 -4
15 Middlesbrough 23 7 6 10 24 28 27 -4
16 Sheffield United 23 6 6 11 18 30 24 -12
17 Wigan Athletic 22 6 4 12 23 36 22 -13
18 West Ham United 23 5 4 14 15 36 19 -21
19 Charlton Athletic 23 4 4 15 18 43 16 -25
20 Watford 21 1 9 11 12 29 12 -17



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