Taking reference from the comments on my latest post it seems our recent trip to North London may have upset a few of the Spurs supporters.
The matter in contention being Newcastle's, shall we say, robust style of play. It's a point opposition fans have raised to me before, most notably the case of my former housemate. The Loyal Royal was less than impressed with how we went about dismantling his boys at the Madejski but I put the moaning down to jealousy and fear that we were closing in on Reading's coveted 106 point record.
However since the argument has once again raised it's head I felt it was time to tackle the issue head on. It's that old argument of playing effective football at the expense of good football.
There is no denying Spurs play much more attractive football than ourselves but it's much easier to play attractive football with the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Rafael van der Vaart in your team. Every successful team has to play to their strengths and when you look at our three best players, Carroll, Nolan and Barton, their strengths are, their strength.
Whatever the reason it's led to a relative war of the footballing Worlds.
The thing that gets me is how if it's happening to your team you hate it, but if your team hand are handing it out it's passed off as good old fashioned football. Spurs fans may have been 'outraged' at the brutality of our midfield but have Spurs fans not cheered when Wilson 'The General' Palacios crunches through the back of someone? Every team does it, and you can't have it both ways.
Lest we forget we have been on the receiving end of plenty of the rough stuff this season. Remember the relentless abuse dished out by Wolves on Joey Barton? When the Daily Mail started their match report with the line, 'Karl Henry spent 90 minutes smashing Joey Barton all over the Wolves pitch.'
I don't expect Joey to recieve much sympathy but he's not the only member of our squad to take a battering. Andy Carroll suffers much the same abuse from defenders as Peter Crouch and yet most referees wave away the protests, because he's a big lad. Then the worst happened when Hatem Ben Arfa became Nigel De Jong's latest victim back in October, suffering a double leg break.
To be honest I've never had a problem with roughing up your opponents, I'd much rather stay up playing bad football than go down playing well and in a physical game injuries will happen, you just have to accept it and move on.
I hate to label certain teams like this but reputations are earned for a reason and Stoke, Blackburn and Bolton (pre-Coyle) have all made direct football work for them. All these teams have set a base and then attempted to bring in a flair player or two to give them that edge, Elmander at Bolton, Pennant at Stoke etc.
Newcastle obviously identified this as the best way to stay up and brought in the brute force of Cheick Tiote and the raw talent of Ben Arfa. With the Frenchman's unfortunate leg-break we've reverted to type, get the ball in the box and let Andy do the rest.
At the end of the day, of course I would love to have a Bale-like player ripping teams apart single-handed, but if we're still a Premiership team when August comes around, it doesn't bother me too much what the football is like until then.
But, maybe that's just me.