Paul Dixon: Don't you just love the TV schedulers?

Not content with having Newcastle United supporters heading for the capital in the midst of the vast Remembrance Day security operation, they decide that they will have to set off in the middle of the night

Tim Krul
Tim Krul

Don't you just love the TV schedulers?

Not content with having Newcastle United supporters heading for the capital in the midst of the vast Remembrance Day security operation, they decide that they will have to set off in the middle of the night, to make it for a late breakfast kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur.

Like cookery programmes, those people are the curse of the modern age.

After that bout of literary catharcism, onto the match at White Hart Lane itself.

The question the more wordly-wise supporters where asking themselves after the Chelsea game, wasn’t: “Is this the game that ignites our season, and we push on?”

Rather it was: “Will it be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, the Take That after the Led Zeppelin, the George Riley after the Alan Shearer”?

At half-time, my deep scepticism about visits to the capital, where slowly evaporating.

We looked compact, disciplined and playing some decent stuff.

Loic Remy could have had three, instead of just one, by half-time alone.

Against the growing optimism was the potential commentator’s curse, of reeling off stats about the team losing, knowing that we will usually break that run.

The second half defied that usually undeniable logic.

It was a magnificent defensive performance, starting from the front and ending with the Dutch dam that was Tim Krul.

I actually thought he had a twin playing along side him, or the very least doing an impersonation of ‘Stretch’ Armstrong.

As rabid as my criticism was after the Al City first league game, I must balance that with hugely-deserved praise after this effort.

Tactics and organisation spot on, desire in bucketloads, and no little skill.

A pity about the international break.

Next week of course, is the turn of the FA to pay another chunk off Wembley.

So Roy Hodgson will be furiously searching through website www.ancestry.com , to see if some foreign starlet had a distant relation who went to the Lakes on his holidays, in order to put a full squad out.

As we are currently witnessing up here, he may as well cross our name of his list.

You will find an interview with Mike Ashley before you find an Englishman.

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