Sylvain Marveaux

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Sylvain Marveaux hopes a near sell-out at the Sports Direct Arena will inspire Newcastle to three points on the opening day of the 2012/13 season.

United entertain Tottenham in Barclays Premier League action (5.30pm kick-off), looking to get their campaign off to the perfect start, ahead of a busy week which will see two further games played in three days.

And Marveaux explained just how important the backing of the Toon Army will be against Spurs.

"I'm really looking forward to it and I hope the fans will help us like they do every week," the fit-again winger told

"They are amazing and it still surprises me how good they are, even though I've been here a year.

"When we played against Hartlepool in pre-season, it was only a friendly but there were thousands of them there - probably more than half the crowd. That is brilliant to see and it really motivates you.

"I was told a lot about the fans when I joined, and I have never seen this level of support before in France, so it's great for us as players."

Marveaux spent six months of last season sidelined by a groin injury which required surgery - hardly the ideal start to his first season on Tyneside.

But the former Rennes wide man is in great shape now, has been outstanding is pre-season and is raring to go.

"I can't wait to get going," he said.

"Pre-season is always long and hard work, and while you are playing matches, everyone is looking forward to the first competitive game.

"Ours is this weekend against Tottenham and it's a good one to start with.

"We are at home, and it's a big game against a big team who will up near the top in the Premier League this season.

 "It's a big game and we know it is also the start of a tough week, because we have to face Tottenham, then go away in Europe and then are at Chelsea straight after that.

"So we have to start well, that is very important, and we are only focussing on Tottenham at the moment.

"We have had a pretty good pre-season in terms of results and performances and I hope we haven't got too many injuries for this first week.

"We are ready to be strong and to hopefully do as well as last season."

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