Zokora ready for midfield battle
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Didier Zokora is relishing the battle with Newcastle's midfield on Sunday.
Didier Zokora is relishing the battle with Newcastle's midfield on Sunday, should he win his place back in Tottenham's starting line-up.
The Ivory Coast international was dropped after his mistake against Liverpool led to Luis Garcia's winner.
Zokora has had to settle for a place on the bench in the last two games but hopes Martin Jol will reinstate him in the starting line-up against Newcastle.
He is particularly looking forward to the prospect of facing Magpies midfielders Scott Parker and Nicky Butt at the weekend.
"Parker and Butt are very strong, very aggressive and that's an important duel in midfield," Zokora said.
"Parker is captain and a very good player, he wins the ball, he's strong, a leader."
Zokora is well aware of the threat posed by Kieron Dyer and Obafemi Martins, with both players scoring in the reverse fixture last month.
"Dyer is very quick, always looking for the space and Martins is also quick. They are a threat."
Prior to the defeat to Liverpool, Spurs had won 12 straight at White Hart Lane, and Zokora is keen to get another home win under their belt on Saturday.
He added: "We're playing well, we're confident at home and this is another important game for us.
"We are confident in front of our fans and I always want to do well for them. When we win, I go to the fans at the end of the game."