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George's praise for Robson

Posted on 26 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

<SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">We&nbsp&#59;will be seeking to square up the overall league record with Newcastle at the refurbished St James Park in the third outing of the new season. The current win count at the north-east fortress stands at 20 wins to 19 in the home team's favour with 17 draws. Overall, Spurs hold considerable sway, having won 48 of 112 meetings with 28 finishing all square.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">So statistical evidence suggests that last season's bout of travel sickness when visiting the region was something of a blip - even if one of the trips ended in a 6-1 rout and elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of this weekend's opponents.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">George Graham is certainly in a confident frame of mind going into the game but is conscious of the revival in Newcastle's fortunes since Bobby Robson was lured back from his lengthy spell on the continent to rescue his home town club from the ignominy of a relegation scrap.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">"They've obviously made a big improvement," reflects George. "They were probably in a similar situation to Tottenham when Bobby Robson took over - at the bottom of the league and struggling badly. He steadied the ship and finished round about mid-table last season.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">"So they'll be expecting a better season as well. That's what it's all about. It's about improvement, setting standards and seeing if you can get to those standards. Bobby this year has now got a bit of pressure on him to do better, like I have.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">"It's a difficult place to go to the north-east, up to Geordie Land especially. Big ground, full house and now 50-odd thousand people there. But there is no reason we shouldn't do well, what with the good start we've had and we're playing good attractive football."</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">George admires a number of Newcastle's reconstructed squad, and himself and Robson shared at mutual admiration for Wimbledon's Carl Cort in the summer before his price exceeded Tottenham's valuation. Cort is a major doubt for the clash and is therefore likely to miss the opportunity to prove his worth.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">"I think Carl Cort, the new signing to play with Shearer, will do well once he's settled in," said George. "But I think he's picked up an injury so he's doubtful for Saturday. The boy Solano, the Peruvian, is a good little player and Dyer was a good signing. They've got some good players and I think it's going to be a very closely fought game."</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Hoping to continue their progress at the weekend will be our new recruits Sergei Rebrov, Neil Sullivan and Ben Thatcher. George is delighted with what he's seen so far, but is confident of further impact.</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">"The new boys have settled in, but it still takes a little bit of time even with players like Bergkamp and Overmars at Arsenal who took time. I think they've settled in nicely, nice and quietly. There is a lot more to come."</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"> <P>You can watch the Newcastle match live at White Hart Lane on Saturday. It will be shown on the Jumbotron and admission is &pound&#59;5 for adults and FREE for children (under 16s) and OAPs. <P></SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US style="XML: NAMESPACE" NS="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" PREFIX="O"><?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /><O:P designtimesp="10106"></O:P></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;