Thankfully, in spite of the continuing challenge Spurs have been able to maintain their position and they hold their destiny in their own hands. Tomorrow, they will hope to keep ahead of the chasing pack by winning at Newcastle for the second successive season. Who can forget Atouba's stunning goal last year at St.James Park which won the early season game? Since then Spurs lost there in a Cup tie, where a different referee might have seen at least one of the 'dead cert' penalties Spurs should have been awarded. Spurs won both games at White Hart Lane, the most recent on New Year's Eve, against a very poor Newcastle team.
At White Hart Lane Robbie Keane was an inspiration against them and it is hoped that he will maintain his recent good form which has seen him score four goals in the last three wins. Shortly after their demise at Tottenham, Newcastle removed Souness from his manager's position and replaced him with Glenn Roeder. There was an immediate improvement in results but recently that has tailed off again. Newcastle have a number of injuries, including Parker, so Spurs could have their best chance of collecting another three points away from home.
For a team with Champions League aspirations this is another game where they would be really expecting to get the win and anything less would be a disappointment. However, Spurs must learn from last Monday's game against West Brom. There are no easy games that you just turn up for - every player must be committed and prepared to give their all for the cause. When that happens and the team is really competitive, it is possible for the skilful players to show their style - Jenas, Lenon, Defoe and Keane.
Newcastle hasn't been the most successful of grounds for Spurs, with only three wins in twelve Premiership visits. They won in: