United eye White Hart Lane repeat
With the first Premier League win of the campaign safely secured, Newcastle now turn their attention towards next weekend’s game against Spurs, hopeful of repeating last season’s 1-0 success at White Hart Lane.
The 1-0 victory against Leicester City was certainly not pretty but the three points were all that mattered and should inspire some confidence in this inconsistent United squad whose travails can be followed on Blue Square.
The record at Spurs is not bad, with United having won 21 times on their 71 visits to north London, although the memory of the 5-0 humbling in the capital in February 2012 still lingers.
Last season’s victory though came in the middle of a four-match winning run for Alan Pardew’s men, a sequence which lifted United up to the dizzy heights of fifth and raised expectations of a push for European football in the second half of the season which of course never materialised.
Loic Remy scored the only goal on that November afternoon in the 13th minute before a string of saves by an inspired Tim Krul helped United pick up one of the seven victories they managed on their travels last term.
Spurs did of course gain revenge for that result by winning 4-0 at St James’ Park in February but the less said about that performance the better.
This could be a good time to be visiting White Hart Lane though. Spurs have been unimpressive since winning their first two Premier League matches of the campaign in August.
Since then they have only secured one three-point haul – against Southampton – in their last six matches and could not even beat Sunderland in September.
Their defensive weaknesses were there for all to see on Saturday in the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City when YounesKaboul was particularly weak and they will also have a Europa League match to think about on Thursday.
Maybe it’s the optimism that only a victory can bring, but a repeat of last season’s 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane could be on the cards.
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