070213135822It would appear to be pretty easy to guess Alan Pardew’s team for the match at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

While that was also true for much of this season, unhappily that was because the cupboard was bare when it came to alternatives to a number of players who were struggling.

Now however, barring any nasty surprise injuries from the international friendlies, Alan Pardew is now having to look at more positive decisions.

As well as Mapou pushing for a place, the biggest of these must be whether to change a winning team to accommodate Cheick Tiote who is back from African Cup of Nations duty.

For me this is an easy decision, whilst James Perch has done  a tidy job as a fill-in, Tiote is the real deal and to me will only thrive with the rise in quality and movement added to the team in January. The addition of players like Moussa Sissoko will hopefully lead to Tiote just concentrating on his own job rather than making up for the weaknesses of others. Speaking of Sissoko, we tipped him at 10/1 to score any time against Chelsea and playing in the advanced role that looks tailor made for him, I still think it is great value at 11/2 for Sissoko to score any time at Spurs.

As well as the new signings, the return of Taylor and Cabaye have been just as important.

Taylor has been outstanding alongside Coloccini in these last two wins, while Cabaye is playing up to somewhere near his very best, plus like Sissoko he is getting into a very good forward positions and adding goals to his performances, Cabaye 16/1 to score first catches the eye as well.

More than anything United are looking a team once again with all the players working hard for one another, epitomised by the hard running Gouffran and a back to form against Chelsea, Jonas.

The performance and fightback against Chelsea will have raised the confidence levels to a massive high, NUFC to win at 9/2 must be good value if you look at our team as it is looking now as opposed to the previous twenty or so matches.

Tiote can slot in that midfield and Tottenham will at the very least know they have been in a game against the Ivory Coast midfielder and the likes of Sissoko and Cabaye.

Let’s keep this run rolling.

What would your starting eleven be on Saturday?

NUFC To Beat Spurs 9/2
Sissoko To Score A Goal 11/2
Cabaye To Score First Goal 16/1

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20 comments
shadsdad
shadsdad

John, do yourself and the club a favour and fall on your sword. Lets get someone, anyone!, in for the last 4 games.

GeordieCraig
GeordieCraig

I was sat about 10 seats from the young lad standing up in the picture, he must have been up and down 30 times abusing the bench and staff throughout the match, no exaggeration.  He didn't have one good thing to say even during the first 15-20mins when we were playing well (on recent form).  He should have been ejected from the ground long before JC had to turn and say something, whatever JC did or did not say would be well justified for this little moron.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Good for the young lad, seems to know more about football than lickspittle carver.

1957
1957

A man under pressure who has form for this type of oafish behaviour.

For many people violence becomes their default position when they are unable to cope with pressure and this is clearly an issue for Carver. Not a great quality for the job he coverts.

Angels North
Angels North

I'd like to speak to him about his "tactics" How do we organise an appointment?

1957
1957

Me too. I would actually love to go through a game video with him to see how he and I see things so differently. Maybe he needs to take a seat in level 7, the view of what's happening on the pitch must be better from there than at pitch level

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Carver sent away a lady in tears, after she tried vainly to stop his aggressive behaviour.


The scumbag should be suspended. 

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

As a person, Carver has every right to react to criticism or intimidation, However, when he puts on his coaches hat and steps into the dugout the fans have every right to vent their displeasure at his tactical ability, it´s all part and parcel of the job !!!


If he can´t take the stick he should get an easier job (bouncer at Mothercare perhaps).


The problem lies not just with his tactical/selection decisions, moreover the simple fact that he hides behind every excuse he can think of.


It´s alright us making fun of him and posting funny pictures (guilty as charged miludd), but I think he would have at least had us on his side if he´d simply come out at the start and said: "look, I know I´m not your (the fan´s) first choice but I´ll give it my best shot, it´s the best I can do" !!!


Instead, we´ve been fed a steady diet of inane plattitudes about who he worked with, and that he´s a fan and a Geordie, but worse than that are the lies and excuses !!!


We all know we don´t have a God given right to win, but ask any Newcastle United fan and they´ll tell you (apart from the deluded regulars) we love a team that tries, and that is not what we have !!!

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

A new poster, welcome mate, who do you support?

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

I hope people have put in a complaint about Carver's behaviour to the FA,


The low-life guttersnipe should not be allowed to get away with this.  Ordinary fans would be banned from the ground.

terriertwo
terriertwo

I heard in the pub last night that Carver and Nicola Sturgeon are going to elope to Transylavania.

toon tony
toon tony

Never mind Mayweather v Paccio. ..get this fight on Sky. ...now that's one ticket I'd buy. !!!!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Hilarious..... I don't remember Sir Bobby or Keegan offering to have the Leazes End 'ootside'

Andgeo
Andgeo

Shambles! I'm embarrassed to be a Newcastle supporter, and I certainly do not support Fat Ashley or this bumbling fool. cardew is being made the scape goat, given enough rope...

Paul Cruddas
Paul Cruddas

Maybe he could channel his aggression towards the belle*nds in the dressing room and get some sort of reaction and effort from them.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

His ineptitude and general moronic behaviour is a perfect distraction for FCB, no wonder he promoted him.