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Monday, August 9, 1999 Published at 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK

Sport: Football

Shamed Shearer looks to make amends

Alan Shearer protests his innocence over his first career dismissal

Red-carded Newcastle captain Alan Shearer will be looking to redeem himself against an injury-ravaged Spurs tonight.

Ginola on Newcastle
Shearer and his manager Ruud Gullitt are in trouble with the Football Association over their reaction to his sending off by referee Uriah Rennie for a second bookable offence against Aston Villa's Colin Calderwood on Saturday.

Newcastle conceded the only goal of the game three minutes after Shearer's dismissal and Gullitt blamed Rennie for his team's defeat.

While still protesting his innocence, Shearer will be looking to put the incident behind him tonight as Newcastle bounce back into action at White Hart Lane.

Spurs manager George Graham has problems of his own.

Injury worries

Tottenham also lost their opening Premiership fixture, West Ham's talented midfielder Frank Lampard scoring the only goal of a game which Spurs were forced to complete with only ten men as they ran out of substitutes.

[ image: Spurs need Ginola more than ever]
Spurs need Ginola more than ever
England defender Sol Campbell has a calf-strain and will not play tonight.

Ramon Vega is still sidelined after an ankle operation, Chris Armstrong is recovering from a groin injury and new signing Willem Korsten was missing at Upton Park with an ankle problem.

Tottenham fans may also be concerned at the form of last year's Footballer of the Year David Ginola.

Ginola and midfielder Jose Dominguez were substituted at half-time on Saturday with the slightly odd explanation from Graham that "some players take more time to get match fit".

Ginola was a revelation last season under Graham and with Tim Sherwood looking fairly anonymous in midfield and Darren Anderton's mind on his contract stalemate, Spurs need him more than ever.

[ image: Frenchman Goma wants to meet Ginola again]
Frenchman Goma wants to meet Ginola again
Newcastle's new signing Alain Goma - one of five players given yellow cards by Rennie on Saturday - is one Magpie hoping Ginola will play against his former team.

The countrymen played against each other in the French First Division when central defender Goma was at Auxerre and Ginola was at Paris St Germain.

Goma has also revealed that he rejected Spurs to sign for Newcastle during the summer.

Leo's promise

Norwegian midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen did sign for Tottenham rather than stay on the bench at Liverpool - and he has made a promising start to his career at White Hart Lane.

The £3m Leonhardsen was one of Spurs' most impressive players on Saturday and set up their best chance of a goal, Sherwood missing a straight-forward header.

It may be only the second game of the season, but with Tottenham and Newcastle both without a point at second and third from the foot of the table, neither side can afford another consecutive defeat.

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