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Sunday game at 15:00

I'm not looking forward to this :eek: since the Magpies seem to have hit some form and our record against Robsons men isn't great.
Maybe we can keep the goals against down to one like on Tuesday :)

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I think we'll win this... I don't know why but I just get this feeling... Hopefully, I'm right for a change... :D

p.s. Where's Hakan these days?
 

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Team News vs Newcastle

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 12/3/2004

Fredi Kanoute is back in the squad for Sunday's Premiership encounter against Newcastle United at the Lane. The striker picked up...

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By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

Fredi Kanoute is back in the squad for Sunday's Premiership encounter against Newcastle United at the Lane.

The striker picked up a slight hamstring injury on reserve duty at Nottingham Forest 10 days ago but has recovered and acting boss David Pleat reported that he looked impressive in training today.

Speaking at his pre-Newcastle press conference at Spurs Lodge, David revealed: "Fredi is in the squad.

"He wasn't ready for Middlesbrough but trained this morning and trained well. That will give us a little problem but a nice problem."

David also said that Christian Ziege will be in the squad but couldn't confirm whether or not Jamie Redknapp would make it. Jamie has now completed two full reserve games on his comeback from knee surgery.

David added: "We're training on Saturday so we haven't finalised the squad yet. Jamie might be involved but I don't think he will start the game."

Goalkeeper Rob Burch is expected to be out for a while with an ankle injury so Lars Hirschfeld he been recalled from his loan spell at Gillingham.That only leaves Simon Davies (shin) on the sidelines.
 

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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle: FT Report

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Newcastle's hopes of climbing back into fourth place were dented as Andy O'Brien's own goal four minutes from the end gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory.

Robbie Keane rejoices O'Brien's misfortune (TonyO'Brien/Empics)

After 22 goals in the previous three games at White Hart Lane most people expected another feast, especially with the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Fredi Kanoute, Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy on display.

However, apart from a poor miss by Gary Doherty and a goalline clearance by Jonathan Woodgate, neither side looked like scoring until Spurs got that late, lucky break.

Just as the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate, substitute Stephane Dalmat made the difference as he beat Woodgate to the ball on the right flank and whipped in a low cross which O'Brien turned into his own net.

Apart from a good win and their first clean sheet at home since October, the other positive for Spurs was the return from injury of skipper Jamie Redknapp.

He came off the bench for the final 20 minutes for his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in September, in what turned out to be Glenn Hoddle's final game in charge.

The game had a lively start and Christian Ziege's dead-ball expertise was called into action in the second minute after Olivier Bernard fouled Steve Carr on the right edge of the box, but his curling left-foot free kick was well taken just under the crossbar by goalkeeper Shay Given.

Keane was revelling in a roving midfield role and after nine minutes he teed-up Ledley King for a low drive from 25 yards which was narrowly wide of Given's right hand post.

Newcastle's first real response came after 12 minutes when Michael Brown brought down Bellamy on the left flank, level with the 18-yard box. Laurent Robert drove in a low free kick and Doherty did well to clear inside his own six-yard box. The same defender blocked another stinging shot from the Frenchman five minutes later.

Newcastle stepped up the pressure and went close after 26 minutes. First, Robert's right wing corner was cleared to Jermaine Jenas and his 20-yard shot hit a wall of defenders. The ball came back out to Bernard who fired in a low drive from 30 yards which almost wrong-footed Kasey Keller, but the American goalkeeper managed to stick out a leg and deflect it to safety.

The men in black and white then screamed for a penalty a minute later as Aaron Hughes fell flat on his face inside the right edge of the box.

Doherty, who has signed a new contract, came to the rescue again after 41 minutes with a vital tackle after Keller fumbled and the ball fell at the feet of Shearer.

Keane again raised the tempo down the left flank after 67 minutes, setting up Jermain Defoe for a shot which was deflected behind and from the corner Woodgate hooked the ball off the line.

Dalmat replaced Ziege after 80 minutes and was instantly involved, running on to Keane's pass before hitting a disappointing angled drive at Given. Two minutes later he popped up on the opposite flank and fired over the bar.

Then in the 86th minute, just as the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate, Dalmat made the difference as he beat Woodgate to the ball on the right flank and whipped in a low cross which O'Brien turned into his own net.

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The Insider

How much longer for Bobby?

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Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Newcastle United
In an era when foreign ideas and the quality of boiled chicken and pasta for pre-match meals seems to be more important than old-school management, you wonder what place the likes of football knights Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson have in the modern game.

Robson: No smoke without fire? (TonyO'Brien/Empics)

As Sir Alex suffered one of the biggest indignities of his managerial career in the Manchester derby, you couldn't help but feel Sir Bobby was struggling to find enjoyment from his day out in the North London rain.

The tales that have been emanating from St James' Park this season leave you with little doubt that there can be no smoke without fire. Robson reportedly resigned back in October after their poor start to the season, only for the story to be denied.

Then there was the suggestion that other high-profile managers were being lined up to take his job, followed by his apparent bust-up with Alan Shearer when he dropped him for the UEFA Cup game last month. The last Newcastle manager who dropped Saint Alan lasted about three days in his job, so at least Bobby has beaten that record!

There was a time when the genial nature and experience of the veteran former England boss left many to assume that he may see his 100th birthday out as Newcastle manager, but since their Champions League exit in the preliminary round stage at the start of this season, Robson has been fighting a long and apparently fruitless battle against his doubters.

They may still land fourth spot and return to the top-level European football Newcastle's board now demand, but this is a season when those fanatical Toon Army followers were expecting so much more.

And as the grandfather of English football paced up and down the White Hart Lane touchline in front of the media who have so often tormented him in his remarkable career, he appeared to be lacking the life and passion he showed in his early days at Tyneside.

However, it is wrong to dismiss the man who has revitalised Newcastle United without some reflection. Those who criticise Robson neglect the fact that he has taken a club that has not lifted a major honour in the modern era and positioned them back among the Premiership's elite - and the only question now is whether he is the man to take the club onto the next level.

And even though this game ended in defeat, Newcastle were unfortunate losers. Robson's front two of Craig Bellamy and Alan Shearer tormented the Spurs centre-back pairing of Gary Doherty and Anthony Gardner all afternoon and the Magpies often maligned defence kept the dangerous trio of Keane, Kanoute and Defoe quiet throughout.

The first half was a tepid affair that was only sparked into life by long-range shots and a penalty appeal that infuriated Robson and his players. When Aaron Hughes tumbled in the box after 26 minutes, it looked like a spot-kick.

From where we were sitting - and that was the same view enjoyed by the Newcastle bench - it seemed that Maurico Taricco had tripped the Northern Ireland international in the box and the fury of the visiting players further confirmed Robson's belief that his team had been denied. His angst was taken out on referee Webb as he confronted him in the tunnel at half time, pointing and shouting with venom.

They say the sign of a manager's authority is how his player's respond to a half-time team talk and Newcastle were invigorated at the start of the second half. Passing the ball superbly, they came close to breaking down Tottenham's leaky defence on a couple of occasions, but they lacked a cutting edge.

¡§ If anything we deserved to win and the penalty decision that went against us is a nonsense. I confronted the referee and told him that he has to have the courage to give that decision. It was a stone-wall penalty. What was he doing, not seeing it? ¡¨
¡X Sir Bobby Robson

Newcastle were on top, but the opener so nearly went Tottenham's way after 68 minutes as Defoe hooked an effort towards goal and Jonathan Woodgate was at full stretch to scoop it off the line. That before the ultimate indignity befell Robson and his team as substitute Stephane Dalmat inspired the winner.

His low cross on 85 minutes would have been tapped in by Keane were it not for the intervention of Andy O'Brien, but the Newcastle defender did the job for his Ireland team-mate and Sir Bobby could only hang his head on the touchline resign himself to another defeat.

'We didn't deserve that,' he protested. 'If anything we deserved to win and the penalty decision that went against us is a nonsense. I confronted the referee and told him that he has to have the courage to give that decision. It was a stone-wall penalty. What was he doing, not seeing it?

'He also got it wrong when Bellamy went into the box and Gardner pulled him back. Then we were hit hard in the last minute and it is a massive blow to us. Our first way defeat in a while and now the Charlton game next week is massive for us.'

The suggestion has been that Robson is a tired figure these days and he appeared to be showing signs of fatigue as he faced the press again today. 'What is failure for us this season, I don't know,' he added. 'The top three teams are away and gone this season and fourth has to be our target. We should be there challenging for that position, but I don't know. It's wide open, up for grabs and we have to go after it.

'I want to be where the top three are. We are not there. In the transfer window, the top three clubs bought three great players for more than ?0m each. No one else has money to compete with that at the moment, so my job is getting tougher all the time.'

David Pleat's ever jovial press briefing focused on the influence of Dalmat for the final quarter of the game. 'We took off Kanoute went for a more balanced line-up in the final few minutes,' stated the acting-Spurs boss. 'In the end, fortune favoured the brave and we got the all-important goal and I cannot fault the players for their commitment and determination.'


Frederic Kanoute gets his cross away from Laurent Robert (TonyO'Brien/Empics)


Pleat knows that his career as a Premiership manager is almost certain to end this summer. You just wonder whether Sir Bobby Robson's time in the high-pressure world he has lived in for such a long time will have a similar lifespan.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Anthony Gardner - On a day when the embarrassing Dean Richards was finally dropped, Gardner showed that he looks a much better player when he is not playing alongside Tottenham's ?m defender.

FOOD WATCH: A rather tasty moussaka with rice, with meat pies on offer at half-time. We will come back here again!

PRESS BOX CHATTER: Another one out. It seemed that the test match in Jamaica was of more interest to most of the hacks on a when England's cricketers ran riot.

SIR BOBBY WATCH: His side deserved better, but that is the story of Newcastle's season. You don't expect a man in his 70s to bound around the touchline, but his shoulders were sagging for much of the afternoon.

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Great weekend for me with Feyenoord beating PSV and England thumping the Windies and then this on top of it :happy:

Only heard that it was a scrappy game but we at least jkept a clean sheet !! we're still just about in contention for Europe and next week sees us away at Man U. We might catch them groggy after the City result or wanting revenge. Should be a cracker!
 

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Can"t believe it...we were lucky :dazed:
 

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Pleat's praise for Dalmat

By Danny Griffiths
Date: 15/3/2004

SPURS acting manager David Pleat was delighted with Stephane Dalmat's impact as substitute in the 1-0 win against Newcastle.......

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By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

SPURS acting manager David Pleat was delighted with Stephane Dalmat's impact as substitute in the 1-0 win against Newcastle.

The Frenchman entered the fray late in the game but went close to scoring before providing the cross Andy O'Brien turned into his own net four minutes from time.

Victory ensures Tottenham keep on track for a place in Europe next season as results went their way at the weekend.

Pleat told the official Spurs website: 'Stephane puts some tension into defenders.

"At times he puts some tension into our own defenders as well, when he goes his runs and loses the ball he can put people out of position.

"He is a gamble worth taking and I'm delighted that he helped make the goal.

"They all did well - it was a group result especially in terms of defending. Everybody worked, even from the front - where it was a hard game to manufacture chances.

I can only take great pleasure from the result."
 
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