Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tottenham's Record at Newcastle United

Tottenham take on Newcastle United at St. James Park, a ground where their recent record is disappointingly poor.  Spurs will have high hopes of a better result this year as they have four successive League victories to their credit which has lifted them to sixth place in the Premier League.

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United have made an impressive start to the season and are currently fourth, three points ahead of Spurs, having played one game more.  They are undefeated after seven games and opened their season with a scoreless draw at home to Arsenal.  They have won their last two home matches against Fulham (2 - 1) and Blackburn Rovers (3 - 1) with Ba scoring a hat-trick.  Away from home they have defeated Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers and drawn at QPR and Aston Villa.  In the Carling Cup they have progressed to the 4th Round with away victories against Scunthorpe United and Nottingham Forest (aet).

Last win in Premier League at St. James Park, Newcastle
21st Aug. 2004 PL v Newcastle United (a) Won 1 - 0  Atouba
Jacques Santini's second game in charge saw him gain his first win, following a home draw against Liverpool the previous weekend.  Thimothee Atoube, one of seven players to make their Tottenham debut against Liverpool, was making his first start at Newcastle playing on the left side of midfield.  The Cameroon international scored with a great right-foot curling shot after an hour.  This gave Spurs their first win at St James Park since 2001.

Premier League Record at St James Park:
                            P 17  W 3  D 4  L 10  For 17  Ag 35

The Premier League record is poor in comparison to the overall League record at St James Park:
                            P 66  W 21  D 18  L 27  For 93  Ag 115

The three Premier League wins were in 2004, 2001 and 1993.
Oct. 2001 PL v Newcastle United (a) Won 2 - 0  Poyet, Anderton
Aug. 1993 PL v Newcastle United (a) Won 1- 0 Sheringham
Newcastle United had just returned to top flight football for the first time in four years and on the opening day of the season, in Ossie Ardiles' first game as Spurs' manager, against a club he had previously managed, it was Teddy Sheringham who scored the goal to give Spurs the three points.

Recent Results:
Jan. 2011 PL  Draw 1 - 1  Lennon
Newcastle had taken the lead on the hour but a spirited Tottenham clawed their way back into the game and took a point when Aaron Lennon scored in the last minute.    

Dec. 2008 PL  Lost 1 - 2  Modric
Newcastle who were relegated at the end of the season took an early lead but Luka Modric scoring his first Premier League goal equalised after half an hour.  A late injury time goal condemned Spurs to defeat.

Oct. 2007 PL  Lost 1 - 3  Keane
A goal on half-time gave Newcastle the advantage which they added to early in the second half.  Robbie Keane pulled one back but a goal with fifteen minutes remaining secured victory for the home side.

Dec. 2006 PL  Lost 1 - 3  Murphy
Tottenham were again hit by a quick start from Newcastle who were two goals ahead after seven minutes with Obafemi Martins who now plays for Rubin Kazan, Spurs next Europa League opponents, scoring the second.  Danny Murphy scored after fifteen minutes but the Newcastle restored their two goal advantage when Scott Parker added a third before the interval. 

Apr. 2006 PL Lost 1 - 3  Keane
Tottenham's pursuit of fourth place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification took a blow when Newcastle scored after two minutes.  Spurs never recovered from the poor start and although Keane equalised after fifteen minutes, Newcastle took control with two goals in five minutes (25th & 30th minutes).

(The full Record of Results is available at Topspurs)

Last Win at St James Park
As holders of the Carling Cup during Juande Ramos' last weeks in charge Spurs defeated Newcastle in the 3rd Round at St James Park.  Jamie O'Hara and Roman Pavlyuchenko scored two second half goals and although Newcastle pulled one back, Spurs deserved their success as the first step on the road to Wembley.  It was Pavlyuchenko's first Tottenham goal following his transfer at the end of August.

Memorable Match at St James Park
In season 1974 - 75 after the resignation of Bill Nicholson, Spurs struggled to avoid relegation.  The game at Newcastle was a very unexpected bright spot in a very disappointing season.  Terry Neill's side had just been knocked out of the FA Cup after losing a replay at home to Nottingham Forest, then in the 2nd Division.  They hadn't won in four league games since defeating Newcastle 3 - 0 at White Hart Lane.  Alfie Conn who had been Nicholson's last signing stole the show scoring a hat-trick while Cyril Knowles who had scored twice in the home win and John Duncan completed the 5 - 2 rout.  Tottenham only avoided relegation with a final game win over Leeds United but the four points taken from Newcastle that season were vital in the survival story.

Tottenham go into the game with a greater confidence than would have been expected after the early season results but want to put their disappointing recent record at St James Park behind them and secure the points to keep them in touch with the teams at the top of the table.  A win would also dent Newcastle's ambitions which have been founded in the early part of the season on results against teams not in the 'top 4 or 5'.  Through avoidance they have got themselves into an elevated position and the match against Spurs will be their first real test so hopefully Spurs will be able to crush some of that Geordie enthusiasm.  Injuries may cause Spurs some difficulties with Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael Van der Vaart, Sandro, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar doubtful.


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