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Spurs moment of unprofessionalism that turned the match for Newcastle

6 years ago

There are always two sides to every story, including football matches, and yesterday it was definitely a case of Newcastle winning the match AND Spurs finding a way to lose it.

The Tottenham manager talked about a lack of concentration costing his team and specifically mentioned ‘It’s impossible to go to onto the pitch and not be ready to play’.

While Mauricio Pochettino didn’t name and shame individuals, TV picked up on one player and highlighted him after the game.

The turning point of the match was obviously Sammy Ameobi’s goal within seven seconds of the restart (watch it [intlink id=”49402″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink]).

The TV replays showed his ‘marker’ Eric Dier strolling onto the pitch for the second half with everybody else already in position, waiting to start.

The right-back runs across to his position, the whistle instantly blows, the ball instantly knocked behind Dier and Sammy Ameobi is beyond the defender and two touches it is in the back of the net – all within 7 seconds of Eric Dier arriving at his starting position on the pitch.

No wonder the Spurs boss called it ‘A stupid goal’;

“There was a lack of concentration and we need to work on our mentality because it is not tactical or physical, it’s concentration and mentality. It’s impossible to go onto the pitch and not be ready to play.

“After half-time, within five seconds we concede, it’s true, a stupid goal.”

Good energy evaporated;

“It was a shock because it all changed in this minute. Six or seven seconds earlier, all was happy in the stadium with a good energy and our supporters were happy and believing we were going to get a good result.”

Heads were gone;

“In this moment though I think it was difficult to manage in our head. Our heads had gone and we started to take rash decisions on the pitch and it was difficult. At 2-1, it was difficult.”

That moment by Dier probably ranks alongside Kieron Dyer infamously leaning on a post half asleep and conceding a goal for Newcastle from a corner, the ball passing within inches of him as his unprofessionalism cost United.

Lucky for Eric Dier that Alan Hansen wasn’t still doing Match of The Day analysis as he would have had an absolute field day.

Two sides to every story though and great credit to Colback and Ameobi for exploiting that amateurish defending.


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