Tottenham 5 – 0 Newcastle United
Saturday 11 February 2012 5.30pm
After six minutes this match was over but that’s all it was, one match.
This isn’t just being defensive, well to be honest we didn’t have a defence today…but just a reality check.
Would you have settled for six points from Blackburn, Villa and today?
The answer is of course yes but it would have been nice to compete a little against ‘arry’s boys.
On this website today there was a call for Perch and Guthrie to play to their limits and fill the Cabaye/Tiote size gaps, they didn’t.
To that you can add Williamson, Obertan and possibly Simpson as players who need to play at the very best of their abilities to deserve a place in Newcastle’s first team.
We actually had some promising play going forward in the first twenty minutes, with Papiss Cissé especially lively, but that is rendered irrelevant when you crumble at the other end.
I don’t know what I hate most, Harry Redknapp or the sycophantic press who put him on such an undeserved pedestal?
I honestly don’t care if we get beat by one or five or ten, just so long as we win our next match against whoever, Wolves in this instance. After all, before today we were one point off fourth spot and now we are..one point off fourth spot thanks to Liverpool and Chelsea losing, even though Arsenal got 3 points against the useless mackems , which is a plus point in itself!
It (where we finish in the league) might depend on goal difference in the end but I wouldn’t count on that, points make prizes.
Spurs didn’t actually have that many shots on target but the goals they scored were from great positions where I’m sure Cabaye and Tiote would have given much better cover, as of course is the case with Steven Taylor…but don’t get me started with Mike Williamson!!
We were second best today against a decent Spurs team who we gifted goals to, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out why we lost!
With any knock back the most important aspect is always how you react, two weeks to reflect and back in against Wolves, Newcastle UNITED will never be defeated.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Ledley King (c) (Ryan Nelsen 75), Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric, Scott Parker, Gareth Bale (Aaron Lennon 67), Emmanuel Adebayor, Louis Saha (Jermain Defoe 67)
Subs not used: Carlo Cudicini, Bongani Khumalo, Danny Rose, Jake Livermore
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan (Shane Ferguson 46), Danny Guthrie (Peter Lovenkrands 86), James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Dan Gosling 68)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Andre Marriner
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