Are Newcastle able to show last weekend’s win was not a false start?

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The Magpies travel to Tottenham knowing they will need to match their performance from last weekend’s win against Liverpool if they are to get a result.

There have been false dawns before for Steve McClaren’s side, including the brilliant 6-2 win at home to Norwich City back in October and the hard-fought 1-0 away at Bournemouth in November.

Boss McClaren has been the first to acknowledge this. Speaking after Sunday’s win, the 54-year-old said in the Guardian: “We hope that is the light-bulb moment, when we [will now] do it week in, week out. We have had false starts. We felt we had turned the corner a bit three weeks ago.”

Newcastle travel to White Hart Lane knowing they have to show a consistency in order for fans to believe a corner has been turned. The visitors have won on their last two visits to the Lane and given Tottenham’s midweek Europa League exploits, a third consecutive win in North London could be on the cards.

The North East side have the chance to build real momentum and could find themselves as high as 14th with a win against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Newcastle have been labelled as a side that show up for the television cameras, and with the game live on Sky this Sunday, there will be significant attention given to the fixture.

McClaren knows however that it is more than just the presence of live television production that makes his team tick. Speaking at his Friday press conference, covered by the Chronicle, the Fulford man said: “Liverpool was just a reminder that you have to out-run the opponent, you have to work hard and put the effort in. Many things went into Sunday’s victory last week but the main thing was we said we needed to out-run Liverpool in every aspect, including high intensity and distance.

"The team did that – it’s no coincidence that when we do that, we have a very good chance of winning games. But now we need to follow it up with another good performance at White Hart Lane.”

Should the team who showed up, only to be humbled by Leicester and Crystal Palace in the weeks prior to last Sunday, rear their heads again, the same old questions will be asked of Newcastle United.

It is crucial that the players maintain the same level of effort and discipline that was so integral to their win against Liverpool in order to win against a Spurs side chasing Champions League football.

There is no shame in losing as long as the men in black and white give their all. Right now, that is all the fans are asking for each and every week.

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