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What a difference movement makes. The first half against Newcastle United in the quarter-final of the League Cup saw Spurs start to play at home in the manner which Pochettino has been urging and we looked a different side.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that Eriksen could give us more and that perhaps the reason he was not creating was that we had no movement, no midfield runners. Well for the Swansea and Newcastle games we had just that, runners, movement. Eriksen looked a different player and Tottenham a different team.

The first half performance should be enough to show the squad that this style can be successful as Pochettino has insisted it can to them. Perhaps now those players who have not bought into this will now buy into it.

If you don't believe in something totally, then you don't give it 100% effort and if you don't give everything 100% you don't get maximum results. If you don't get maximum results you reinforce your initial view and you give a little less effort next time. It's a self fulfilling prophecy but it works the other way as well. When you totally believe, you give it maximum effort, get maximum results which reinforces your view this really works and so you find you find a way to give a bit more.

We do still have a problem we will have to address during the interval and that is giving the ball away in our half in midfield. We have put ourselves under pressure too many time but we are now also fizzing the ball around. Regular readers will know I have been complaining about us slowly passing to a team mate so they have to wait for the ball to arrive. That was not the case in the first half tonight.

Rose, Vertonghen, Stambouli errors gave Newcastle chances early in the second half after we had started quickly and Chadli had put us two up. The important point though was that we continued the movement which Newcastle couldn't handle and on top of that we saw much more of the high-energy high-pressing game that we have been expecting.

Everton, Swansea and now Newcastle, three encouraging performances that show the style is just starting to come together. I have, as many of us have, criticised Townsend in the past but today was the best game I've seen him play for a long while. He was running but more importantly he was looking for passes and trying to link with players, almost as if he has suddenly realised he doesn't have to try and do it all himself to get noticed.

Vorm did everything he had to do and I was pleased in the second half, when we were 4-0 up, that he called out to Fazio to tighten up when he had made a mistake and the keeper had to save a bouncing shot. As I suspected Vlad Chiriches looks far more at home as a right-back than a centre-back, take the aerial game away from him and he can concentrate on what he does best, which is play with the ball at his feet.

Rose was excellent going forward, although at times he didn't know what to do when he got there but there were a couple of occasions where he went to sleep and Newcastle attacked, he has to watch out for those lapses of concentration.

Another well taken Kane goal and a confidence booster for Soldado two minutes after coming on. A poachers goal, he started to follow up Eriksen's shot just before he struck it so was left in acres of space to pounce on the rebound.

We can look forward to our 14th semi-final and hope we draw Sheffield United. And we have.




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Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Newcastle United FCTottenham Hotspur FCCompetition: League Cup
Date: 17 December 2014
Kick-off: 19:45
Venue: White Hart Lane (London)



Match Officials
Referee: A. Marriner
Assistants: S. Ledger & G. Beswick
Fourth official: S. Attwell

While we can look at recent form for the game between the two sides this is the League Cup, so certainly from Spurs point of view it will be the second team playing, therefore history is perhaps not so relevant.

But for those recent form history buffs amongst you Tottenham have lost the last two at White Hart Lane by a single goal. Below is the head-to-head table

Matches

Sun26/10/14PRLTottenham Hotspur1 - 2Newcastle United

Wed12/02/14PRLNewcastle United0 - 4Tottenham Hotspur

Sun10/11/13PRLTottenham Hotspur0 - 1Newcastle United

Sat09/02/13PRLTottenham Hotspur2 - 1Newcastle United

Sat18/08/12PRLNewcastle United2 - 1Tottenham Hotspur

Sat11/02/12PRLTottenham Hotspur5 - 0Newcastle United
Looking at the games played between the two at White Hart Lane, Tottenham, as you would expect, have the edge. Equating the results to points Spurs would have 116 to Newcastle's 68.

Matches Played: 64
Wins: 36
Draws: 8
Losses: 20
Goals For: 124
Goals Against: 73

Looking specifically at the League Cup, the two tables below show each sides top scorer and who have provided any assists. Tottenham have played 2 home games and Newcastle 3 away games in this seasons competition.

TOPSCORERS

Tottenham HotspurGPen
20
10
10
10
Newcastle UnitedGPen
21
10
10
10







ASSISTS









In total Tottenham have scored 5 goals and conceded 1, Newcastle have scored 6 goals and conceded 2, Spurs have kept 1 clean sheet, Newcastle 2 clean sheets.

The average time we have scored our first goal is 63 minutes and conceded on average in the 61st minute. Newcastle have scored their first goal on average after 21 minutes and conceded after 25 minutes. Neither side has failed to score in a game and both sides biggest victory was 2-0. Tottenham have yet to score in the first half.

For younger readers who may not be aware of Newcastle's history they are a club who have been in the doldrums for a few years but have trophies to their name.

TrophiesTottenham HotspurNewcastle United
Premier League24
Championship24
UEFA Europa League20
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup10
FA Cup86
League Cup40
Community Shield71


Without knowing the starting elevens it's very hard to predict a result, Tottenham have been unconvincing with their second eleven displays getting outplayed on numerous occasions, including against Nottingham Forest in this competition.

That game turned around when Ryan Mason was introduced and proceeded to pass quicker in midfield than we had been doing before. It was the usual sideways do nothing rubbish until Mason took the game by the scruff of the neck, not only with his passing but with a goal. From then Spurs got a couple more and the scoreline in the end flattered us. Mason hasn't looked back and been a regular ever since.

Harry Kane was a second eleven player banging in the goals whenever he had a chance, be it in Europe or the League Cup. He has for forced himself into the Premier League side as well so clearly if you produce the goods in these games Pochettino promotes you.

You have to wonder then why others have not taken the same chances. Ben Davies has taken his time to find his feet at Spurs after his summer move from Swansea and got his chance due to an injury to Danny Rose. Now it is Rose who has to produce the goods in games like this

A few players at Tottenham need to come out and start showing the right attitude, these games provide the opportunity, sulking doesn't push you nearer a first team lace, nor does simply doing what you have always done. Improvement is the key to a first team place, if the players show improvement the team will show improvement and it needs to.

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