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4,200 Apologies

7 years ago

Tottenham v Newcastle

Tottenham 4 Newcastle 0 Wednesday 17 December 7.45pm

Just when Alan Pardew had possibly turned the corner, he did that.

I normally write a piece on a Monday, but such was my anger walking away from White Hart Lane last night, that I needed to put finger to keyboard.

If Pardew messes up on Sunday then he is back to square one. I have said recently that Pardew should be given massive credit for recent results, he therefore has to take this one firmly on his chin.

Looking at last night’s team I thought he got it right going forward, apart from including the again very ineffective Gouffran. For the first half hour we bossed the game and had several chances, Spurs’ first goal was unfortunate but we still had opportunities toward half time.

However, it is the defence that worried me and I was right to feel that way. Haidara at left back, absolutely no problem with that, the same for Colo at centre half, however playing Dummett at RIGHT  back was surely a mistake. Playing Williamson was surely a mistake!

Why not put Anita at right back to release Dummett to partner Colo, or failing that bring Steven Taylor in at either right back or centre half, there were endless permutations that were better than what Pardew picked in defence.

Over 4,200 fans thought we had a chance of getting to Wembley only to be let down, seeing the semi final draw only added to the misery. Thanks Alan.

The night was further soured by the antics of the Police and stewards outside White Hart Lane before the game, around 1000 Newcastle fans were held outside until right before kick off because……….well actually I don’t know because nobody would say, a text from a friend half an hour into the game confirmed the problem was still there as he was still outside.

This was not a case of late arrivals, some fans were held from 7pm, absolute scandal and I will ask Tottenham Hotspur about this issue.

The good people of Tottenham I have no doubt are generally ok, so why do the pubs near the ground adopt a home fans only approach? After the game I entered a couple of bars that were less than half full only to be told they would not serve me, the only colours I had on were my accent!

I made my case that all visitors are accommodated and welcomed in Newcastle with open arms and while my point was agreed with, it made no difference. I find this abhorrent and discriminatory and made my feelings known, the huge bouncer who had originally let me in was polite, but not budging.

This is not the 80s and I am 50 year old, not sure what a football hooligan looks like these days but I certainly am not one and was simply after a beer to give the roads time to clear, so I could get a taxi back to where I was staying.

The exception to this was the excellent Beehive halfway between Seven Sisters and the ground where the welcome was warm, food excellent and music decidedly good, I will be back.

My final irritating grouch is back to Newcastle and the GK situation, I feel for Jak Alnwick, but simple fact is, he is inexperienced and been thrown into big games

Chelsea and Man City do things correctly on the pitch; they have 2 good goalkeepers each, they also have an experienced third choice back up in Mark Schwarzer and Richard Wright respectively, why do we not? Oh for a Steve Harper/ Shay Given type hanging about.

So in my eyes Pardew can only put things right by beating Sunderland on Sunday, any other result is unacceptable and unthinkable, the recent rising stock of Alan Pardew is now stalled and I fear the writing will be on the wall should we not prevail on Sunday

Of course should we win then he will be the best thing since sliced bread? Err no, it is a game against a team in a relegation battle who are at best mediocre!

Do not let us down, again.

Team: Alnwick, Dummett, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Colback, Sissoko (Anita 73), Gouffran, Cabella (Vuckic 80), Riviere (Armstrong 60), Perez

Unused Subs: Woodman, Satka, Roberts, Streete

Ref: Andre Marriner

Crowd: 34,677 (4,200 Newcastle)

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