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Newcastle will look to bounce back from successive 3-0 defeats tonight as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the North East, with Alan Pardew's side looking to put those losses to Sunderland and Chelsea behind them. Tim Sherwood's side will look to continue their good form after defeating Everton 1-0 on Sunday, but Pardew has suggested that his counterpart is somewhat lucky to be in control of the quality of players he has.
“He’s conducted himself well. He had a tremendous playing career and I played against him a couple of times.He was always committed, focused and vocal. You can see those attributes in his team." said Pardew. "He’s got a good squad. He is very fortunate to get that position in terms of the players he’s got, it’s a fantastic team. But he is still doing a good job nevertheless and it will be a tough ask for us," he added.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul believes that a win over Tottenham tonight would go a long way to making up for their shocking result against Sunderland. The Magpies were embarrassed by their biggest rivals in front of their home crowd, and Dutch international Krul wants to show the Newcastle faithful that they can still compete with the best in the Premier League – something not many believe they can since the sale of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
"It's the game everybody should be up for. Unfortunately, we didn't do that whatsoever,” said Krul.
"But we need a response, and I think what better than a game against Spurs at home to show the fans that the first half of the season wasn't a fluke. We are four points off Manchester United. We shouldn't forget that.”
"I know it is doom and gloom in the last few weeks but we've had a great start to the season and we just need to kick-start it again. We don't need any motivation for that. We are eighth at the moment and we want to finish as high as possible."
Goalscoring has been a problem for Pardew's men in recent weeks, and whilst they endured a frustratingly quiet transfer window last month, they did manage to land another Dutch international in striker Luuk de Jong, who arrived on a loan deal from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach until the end of the season. De Jong, who was prolific in Holland for FC Twente, struggled to hit top form in Germany, but now feels he can hit the goalscoring trail again.
“I just want to work hard for the team. I want to score goals and make some assists. That's important for the team. I know they will support me if I work hard for the team,” said De Jong. With Papiss Cisse injured, much will be expected of de Jong in front of goal, and opening his account against Spurs tonight would certainly endear him to the fans.
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