FabricioColoccini36Saturday 9 February
Tottenham 2 Newcastle United 1 (Gouffran 24)

It is a hard call but when Newcastle went a goal down after a few minutes, would I have then settled fr a final scoreline of 2-1 to the home side? Possibly.

To me the performance mattered just as much as the result today and we again had evidence that some of the play we have seen against Villa and Chelsea isn’t going to be short-lived.

The way the players picked themselves up after that early blow was very reassuring. Some of the interplay between the likes of Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran and Cisse was excellent, while the way the full-backs added to the attacking play hinted at exciting times ahead.

With that collection of creative/intelligent players Jonas was then in his element helping to block Bale down the wing and also getting around the rest of the pitch to pressurise the opposition and break up play.

As for Perch, he did alright but I think the experiment of keeping him in the team at the expense of Tiote will be a short-lived one.

Newcastle’s defending contributed to the killer second goal but overall they contained a dangerous Tottenham side well. I suppose though the question is whetehr Mapou would help take it onto another level. On Thursday we should see our first proper look at him against FC Metalist in the Europa League match.

This was always going to be a tough match against fourth placed Spurs and when Bale put a Ronaldo-esque free-kick over the wall from twenty five yards plus, United could have easily gone to pieces.

Coloccini sold himself to give away the free-kick and Perch could have jumped like Jonas did in the wall but you have to accept that a free-kick like that deserves a goal.

A few weeks ago I reckon we would have headed for the break at least two or three down but the recent transformation has been astonishing. Though when you have half a team of quality players added to your starting eleven; Taylor, Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran, maybe it gives you a bit of a clue.

There was no panic, the players picked themselves up and got on with the match.

There reward was weathering the storm, playing themselves back into the game and equalising!

A flowing move ended with Sissoko pulling the ball back for Gouffran who smashed it into the net via a deflection, game on after twenty four minutes.

The rest of the half saw United continue their form and just edge the half. Jonas and Gouffran massive factors in ensuring Bale and Lennon had little joy.

Layout 1Second half saw little change as the two sides cancelled each other out but possibly the crucial blow was a bad looking injury to Gouffran after an hour. Given oxygen on the pitch replays showed it may have been accidental but nevertheless crushing for Newcastle.

A great shame as Gouffran was having his best game so far and on top of his goal he was showing some really clever play as United kept possession well, whilst at the same time pressurised the home team when not having possession.

Tottenham made changes to try and grab the win and in a roundabout way it paid off, changes meant Bale went through the middle and a long clearance saw both Perch and Coloccini hesitate which invited Bale to nip in and accelerate away with the ball. Game over.

Tiote came on but our shortage of attacking options to change matches was highlighted once again, with both Marveaux and Shola anonymous, although a deflection in injury time put in Shola but Lloris was quick off his line and blocked well.

As much as a defeat can be uplifting this was it, last week we edged out a very good team and this week Newcastle were the ones edged out. If we keep playing like this we’ll be OK.

The points return may be the same but there is a world of difference between today and the tame surrender we’ve seen at places like Southampton and home to Reading.

Onwards and upwards.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton (Assou-Ekotto 75), Parker, Dembele (Livermore 90), Lennon, Holtby (Adebayor 69), Bale, Dempsey

Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Perch (Tiote 82), Gutierrez (Shola 86), Sissoko, Gouffran (Marveaux 59), Cisse

Unused Subs: Harper, Mapou, Anita, Obertan

Ref: Phil Dowd

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11 comments
mrkgw
mrkgw

Fair play to Steve. His comments are post MA interview and we have to see what happens with signings before upping any possible 'out' campaign. If MA is good to his word then fair enough. Otherwise, we all have cause to vent. Admittedly, early signs arent good.

Ruvio
Ruvio

It's really funny, because about a year ago I saw Steve in a bar called the Nursery Tavern in Sheffield after some sort of ex-staff vs ex-players Sheff Weds charity event. I asked him what he thought of Mike Ashley and what he was doing to the club he loved. He said he was so disgusted by it, he couldn't even think of words to express it.


What a difference a loss of a job makes eh?

AndrewBeckett
AndrewBeckett

Speaking to peter beardsley on tuesday at kings cross, reckons 100m to spend, said pardew was arrogant and not interested, said carver was a good coach but terrible manager and the players despised him. Also said he feels sorry for ashley and he has got the clubs best interests at heart! Also said SM is an excellent appointment and we are all gonna be suprised come january!!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@AndrewBeckett Ashley has the what?...   I always thought the little genius had his brains in his feet....

AndrewBeckett
AndrewBeckett

Im only relaying what beardo said, do i believe him? I dont know, the saying never bite the hand that feeds u comes to mind, but he did genuinely seem upbeat

leecharlie30
leecharlie30

steve come on how can you say trust ashley according to his 5 year plan 8 YEARS AGO we would be in the champions league by now the fact he has not spent over 10 million on any 1 player proves how far newcastle are now behind teams like southampton palace everton spurs you might want a job at newcastle but keep your comments about ashley to yourself until he actually starts doing the things he has promised us fans no wonder season tickets are not being sold last seasons team performance was a disgrace would in there right mind would pay all there hard earned money to watch that 

Geordie Zebra
Geordie Zebra

Watson a Geordie boy through and through. Top lad who has Newcastle at heart. I sat next to him at a dinner back in April and he absolutely didn't endorse FCB at the time. He blamed the players poor attitude and inability to motivate themselves - and by default the regime for buying them.

He's after a job, living in Manchester, wants to come home so had made a throw away comment which'll prove to be untrue when the window closes.

Is he anymore culpable than those who have bought season tickets or bought club gear? Pinch of salt time and let's remember him fondly.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

They can't help themselves can they ? For me Carver tops the list , he was the most embarrassing, although Uncle Joe ran him close many a time . It is sad to see the likes of former playing greats, Beardo, Watto , Bob Moncur behave like that . they've no shame in their support of this odious Regime .

dannymc21
dannymc21

I'm sure these people Moncur, Watson etc feel they have to ingratiate themselves with Ashley to get their snouts in the trough, but it's a shame they care so little for the fans.

Once Ashley has said he wants to "continue" to invest and win something. How many times have his actions been the complete opposite?

Ashley has proved, even in a court of law, that he cannot be trusted, so these sycophants need to shut up and stop telling fans that they need to trust/believe in someone who hasn't earned or deserved any trust.