Eddie Howe has admitted that it was so noisy at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday that he struggled to get information across to his players.
In the year he has spent at Spurs, Antonio Conte has spoken multiple times about the need to make the club’s home ground a fortress (Football.London).
Spurs fans have certainly responded in kind, particularly this season, which has seen a feel-good atmosphere at the ground that has been missing in the past couple of years.
That has perhaps contributed to the excellent record that Conte’s men have at home over recent months but that fortress was breached by Newcastle on Sunday, with the Magpies emerging 2-1 winners.
The result brought Eddie Howe’s men into the top four for the first time, with the club now sitting just a point behind Spurs in the Premier League table.
The Newcastle boss has now spoken about the difficulty getting messages to his players on Sunday.
He told Sky Sports: “You’re forever trying to foresee problems. Whether it’s adjusting a centre forward’s position, whether you’re dropping him deeper or pushing him higher.
“It’s the same with all the players in the team where you’re just trying to get information onto the pitch. It was very difficult here because the noise was so loud that getting information on was very difficult.”
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The atmosphere at home has been brilliant this season but we know that it only takes a few bad results for that to change into a toxic one.
If we concede the first goal against Sporting on Wednesday and do not look threatening, I fear that the jeers from the crowd will be back, which will only put even more pressure on the players.
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