With so many negative stories being written about Newcastle United at the current time, we thought it was high time for something to give fans a lift.

We go to Tottenham on Sunday, with no points on the board, and despite giving a fairly decent account of themselves in the home defeat to Arsenal, the trip to Norwich saw the side fall apart like a house of cards in a hurricane.

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The game is obviously being viewed as a certain home win, and while that is ominous, it also presents Newcastle with an opportunity.

We can go into the game free of pressure or expectation, and play like a side that has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

It can give them a licence to play, but not only that, they can play with the freedom to express themselves, knowing that they are not expected to win anyway.

So if Steve Bruce is thinking of tweaking the system, maybe trying a more orthodox four at the back, then this could be the game to try it.

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The team, and especially the manager, are in need of a pick-me-up, and if they could snatch a win at Tottenham – or even come out of it with a draw – the confidence would increase, and we would have a great platform to build from in the following home game against Watford.

And if fans need an extra shot of positivity, the history books do not make as bad reading as many would think.

Of their previous 16 away games at Spurs, Newcastle have actually won 43.8 per cent of them – winning seven and losing nine.

 

Another thread of hope to cling to

What rarely happens in this fixture in the Capital, are draws, however.

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You have to go back almost 24 years, to 29 October, 1995, for the last time there was a league draw between the sides in North London, when David Ginola cancelled out Chris Armstrong’s opener for the home side to earn Newcastle a point.

So for further optimism – it is time that streak was snapped.

And for a final clutch of the optimistic straw, the last three times Newcastle played the away league fixture against Tottenham before the home one, they won all of them

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December 2015: Newcastle came from behind, with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s second half equaliser being followed by a 90th minute winner from Ayoze Perez.

October 2014: Sammy Ameobi scored almost immediately after the second half kick-off, before Perez, again, scored 12 minutes later to seal another come-from-behind win for the Toon.

Novemer 2013: Loic Remy scored a 13th minute winning goal, but the game will always be remembered for the incredible performance of goalkeeper Tim Krul, who gave the performance of his life to keep the winning lead in tact.

So Newcastle fans can take a little bit of heart from those stats, and give themselves a little something to smile about in the dourest of times.

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