Newcastle vs Tottenham Match Report
Newcastle vs Tottenham Match Report
Newcastle United 0 Tottenham 4 Wednesday 12 February 7.45pm
Well that went well, didn’t it.
If only I was a follower of form and back the form guide, our last three home Premier League matches had ended 0-1, 0-2, 0-3…so surely it was logical what would happen tonight.
In the pub beforehand I was waiting for my mates and spoke to somebody who I know just to say hello to, I listened with interest as he explained how he thought this PSurs match would be the turning point, the likes of Gouffran, Cisse and Debuchy back etc etc.
My reading of this game was that we were most definitely going to get demolished and I wasn’t to be disappointed, if you get what I am saying.
I tried explaining how feeble our midfield looked against the array of talent Spurs could call on but my pub friend wasn’t having it.
Sadly the (mis)match unfolded pretty much as I expected it, though while I didn’t expect us to score I didn’t quite think it would be a four in our net.
Coming back to the midfield though, Gouffran runs around a lot and works hard but is really limited when no real quality alongside him. As for the other three; Sissoko doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what his job actually is, something all too clear to the watching fans. Some claimed Sammy did alright, yes he did beat a couple of men over the course of the ninety minutes but he is truly hopeless. He’s like a kid in the schoolyard, somebody with a little bit of natural ability who has some dribbling skill but who never produces anything and his awareness of defensive duties and the game going on around him, is limited to say the least. As for Anita, he was like a little boy tonigt, constantly brushed aside and overpowered, giving his defence next to no cover and giving us nothing going forward.
The knock on effect of our midfield meant that the very limited Taylor and Williamson were frequently left exposed and it was just all a disaster waiting to unfold.
Much as against Chelsea, Newcastle were eventually pulled apart and after a few close shaves, the first wound was inflicted. Bentaleb was given all the time in the world down our right side and his low cross was palmed out by Krul to Adebayor who had an easy finish. Sadly, the car crash he is witnessing in front of him is even causing Tim Krul to fall below his usual impeccable standards.
The only surprise then was that it took until 53 minutes for the second, this time Krul saved low to his right from Adebayor and Paulinho tapped home. Not a howler from the keeper but at his best I’d have fancied him to put it safe but that still doesn’t excuse the shambles in front of him who simply watched on as the lead was doubled.
Newcastle then has a couple of chances that saw Lloris make fine saves but in truth it was pretty much all one way traffic and sadly we didn’t even escape with a two goal hiding, the final eight minutes seeing Adebayor add a second for himself and Chadli finis the scoring with a corker as he cut in from the left.
The Cisse/De Jong partnership was a sad story of two players totally without confidence, playing in a line-up that was never going to give them much help.
Positives? Spurs are good and we have Tiote, Colo and Remy to come back, but all three could well leave at the end of the season, any fans who kid themselves there isn’t a need for major rebuilding of the squad must surely be thinking again after the rubbish we watched tonight.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon (Dummett 46), Anita, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 71), Gouffran, Cisse, De Jong (Ben Arfa 63)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Shola, Gosling, Mapou
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
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