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We face a tough time in Toon

Deadline day signing Scott Parker thinks Newcastle and the Toon Army will pose a tricky challenge at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

Deadline-day signing Scott Parker thinks Newcastle and the Toon Army will pose a tough challenge at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

The midfielder has made a fantastic start to his Spurs career, with the team winning four consecutive Premier League matches since the 31-year-old’s arrival.

But Scott believes the lads will face a stern test from Alan Pardew’s side, who remain unbeaten this season after seven fixtures.

“Certainly, throughout my career, whenever I’ve gone up and played Newcastle, they’ve been very, very tough games.

“Obviously they’ve started very well this year and they’ve got a lot of momentum behind them. It’s going to be difficult for us, there’s no doubting that.

“Anyone who regards Newcastle as an easy game for us is crazy. But we go there with confidence and certainly with a lot of quality. Hopefully we can do the job.”

Scott made 70 appearances for Newcastle during a spell at the club between 2005 and 2007 and has fond memories of his time at St. James’ Park.

“I had a good couple of years there. People say that I didn’t really settle up there but I did settle well. I was named captain, which was a big honour for me.

“It’s a good club. It has a big fan base and obviously a very big stadium. It was good times for me up there.”

Scott has first-hand experience of how loud the Toon Army can be and thinks that starting the game well is vital if we are to take all three points.

“If you can keep the crowd a little bit quiet then you’re doing well, but I think at times they can be Newcastle’s twelfth man. We need to get off to a fast start, try to nullify the opposition and the crowd, and get the points.”