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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Newcastle v Spurs, 15.05.16

Last season's corresponding game - Newcastle 1 Spurs 3
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         22  12   1   9    35 -28  37
Away         21   5   5  11    27 -40  20
Total(Prem)  43  17   6  20    62 -68  57
Lge Div 1
Home         43  24   7  12    87 -48  59
Away         43  15  14  14    70 -76  45
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Lge Div 2
Home          6   1   3   2     6 - 7   5
Away          6   3   0   3     6 - 4   6
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Total(Prem)  43  17   6  20    62 -68  57
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 141  60  30  51   231 -203 176

Last Six Premier League results:-

Newcastle  -    LWDDWD

S'hampton  3-1   Newcastle
Newcastle  3-0   Swansea
Newcastle  1-1   Man City
Liverpool  2-2   Newcastle
Newcastle  1-0   C. Palace
A. Villa   0-0   Newcastle

Spurs      -    DWWDDL

Liverpool  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   Man Utd
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   West Brom
Chelsea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   S'hampton

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs     37 19 13  5  68-30  38   70
18. Newcastle 37  8 10 19  39-64 -25   34

Let's finish on a high Spurs!

Newcastle's appalling season came to the worst end on Wednesday night when Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 to ensure their survival and the relegation of their Tyneside neighbours and hated rivals.

It's not really my place to offer any detailed analysis of what went wrong (it was a lot), but Steve McLaren was not a good appointment. He was sacked too late, leaving Rafa Benitez insufficient time to rescue "The Toon". Another well publicised factor has been the amount of money spent on poor players. That comment does not appy to former Spur Andros Townsend who has scored 4 goals in his 11 games for Newcastle, which is more than he managed for Spurs in 50 league games! Townsend did offer Newcastle some hope. His most crucial goal was the winner against Crystal Palace two weeks ago.

Newcastle have not been out of the bottom four since before Christmas, and have spent all but one week of this calendar year in the bottom three. In the last few weeks it became a question of which two of Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich would join the pathetic Aston Villa side in next season's Championship. I felt in February that Sam Allardyce's fighting characteristics would lead Sunderland to survival, and so it proved.

Thus Newcastle suffer their second relegation since Kevin Keegan took them into the Premier League in 1993. Until "The Toon" return to the Premier league, it can be said that their first and last games at this level have been against Tottenham Hotspur. On August 14th 1993, Ossie Ardiles took his Spurs side to St James' Park for the first game of the season and Teddy Sheringham scored the only goal in the 36th minute. The Newcastle side included goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, sadly taken before his time in December last year. Newcastle finished that 1993-94 season in third place, whilst Spurs only secured their top flight status in their penultimate game at Oldham. Sheringham had missed too much of that season and Spurs had missed him.

Spurs have played Newcastle in the last game of a Premier League season on one other occasion. That was also at St James' Park on Sunday May 5th, 1996. Keegan's Newcastle were in second place, two points behind Manchester United and needed a win to stand a chance of winning the Premier League title. Spurs needed a win to stand any chance of qualifying for a European place. The 1-1 draw left both sides failing to achieve their hopes. Manchester United secured the title with a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough. Jason Dozzell had given Spurs hope with a 57th minute goal, but Les Ferdinand equalized in the 71st minute. Ferdinand and Ginola would become future Spurs players, of course.

That 95-96 season was the year of Keegan's "I would love it" rant. Newcastle had led the Premier League all season until late March, when it became a neck and neck race with Ferguson's United. Newcastle's famous 4-3 defeat at Anfield left them three poits behind Man Utd, and they never regained top slot.

How times change. Now Newcastle have to contemplate at least one season in The Championship. It is believed that the club will try and retain Rafa Benitez, but he is surely going to be in demand elsewhere.

How the prospect of relegation will affect the atmosphere and the performance of the team remains to be seen. There is pride to play for, and season ticket renewal to be encouraged after all. Andros Townsend will want to turn it on against his old team, and the manager who let him go in January.

Maurico Pochettino is now formally "the manager" of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club since he signed a new and extended contract earlier this week. Of course, he is still the head coach, but it nice to know he is being given recognition by the club in more ways than one.

Spurs have no new injury problems, and the only enforced absences are the suspensions of Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele. Nabil Bentaleb seems to think he is ready for action, but Pochettino thinks otherwise, so I suspect the team will be very similar to that which lost to Southampton. Perhaps Tom Carroll will get a chance in place of Ryan Mason.

I am sure there will be a great atmosphere amongst the Spurs fans tomorrow. "We are Champions League"! after all. However, we all want to make sure we finish above Arsenal, who probably have a bye against Villa. A win or draw will secure second place, and I am going for a 2-0 win. Hopefully, Harry Kane will get a goal or two and secure the "Golden Boot" as well!

My report will not be online before Monday, as I am staying overnight in Newcastle for OUR post-match party!

Referee Anthony Taylor becomes the second referee to take charge of spurs for the fifth time this season. (The other was Michael Oliver). Mr Taylor has been in charge of 4 Spurs wins this season. They were West Ham at home, then Watford, Leicester (FA Cup) and Villa away. May his winning run continue!

Did you know? - Newcastle are the only team who could achieve a league double over Spurs this season, having beaten us 2-1 at White Hart Lane!

Premier League results 10 years ago on the last day of the season Beware! "Lasagne-Gate"

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