Last night Newcastle did what nobody thought they would and drew with Manchester United.
While the result has hardly blown the title race wide open, it has done something to my psychological well-being. It’s got me thinking we can win the damn thing again.
At this point in time, I really like Newcastle for doing us a favour. After tonight’s game against Spurs, I might hate them for messing around so severely with my emotions.
It is stating the obvious but we absolutely, positively must win tonight, both to cling onto the chance of winning the league and to right the wrongs of what happened against Spurs earlier in the season. Points are on the line, pride is on the line and in the toughest, most unpredictable of fixtures we have been given our final chance.
The brilliant news going into the game is that we are at virtual full-strength.
Bacary Sagna will return to remorsefully take Emmanuel Eboué out of the spotlight and take on Gareth Bale, while Alex Song is also a chance to start after fully recovering from his knee problem. The changes leave us strong at the back, strong in the midfield and strong up front.
Does anybody really want to talk tactics? The North London Derby is about energy and emotion, and the team who wants it more is generally the one who gets it. Tonight we should want it so much it should burn.
Our task is simple and the talking will be done out on the pitch. A win against Spurs and the impossible will seem possible. Anything less will make tonight feel like Dirk Kuyt’s penalty kick all over again.
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