Tottenham v Newcastle – Don’t you just love a game of two halves
Tottenham v Newcastle
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2 Sunday 26 October 1.30pm
You can line up the cliches for today at White Hart Lane – a game of two halves, substitutes changing the game, Spurs prima donnas – yes it was a game that wore many hats.
The impression I got from kick-off was that Spurs thought this was going to be a walkover and that they didn’t have to take the opposition seriously, especially with no Tiote or Cisse and Perez making his first Premier League start in a solo role up front.
Spurs charged forward with the arrogance of kids, often trying to do too much and having the belief that even if they made the wrong move, Newcastle had nothing to really hurt them.
The goal came on the eighteenth minute after sustained pressure, Mason eventually crossing for Adebayor who gave Tim Krul no chance with a perfectly placed header.
Newcastle offered little in return and Tottenham were enjoying themselves, though they weren’t putting anything on the end of it.
Bringing us to another cliche – you have to score the goals when you are on top.
Spurs didn’t and amazingly within seven seconds of the restart the scores were level – it being a toss up as to whether Newcastle or Spurs were more shocked by this turn around.
Alan Pardew had dragged off Obertan and Anita who were both woeful, throwing on Cabella and Ameobi in a desperate attempt to change the direction of the game.
The game kicked off, the ball passed back to Colback who hit an instant ball out to the left, it fell behind full-back Dier and Sammy Ameobi had the run on him and finished with a great left foot finish across the keeper. Remarkable.
After the match TV pundits made much of the fact that everybody was ready to kick-off only for Dier to come on at the last second and get in position. The instant he had got into position, the game started and Dier and his teammates were caught cold. Simply lending further evidence to the way Tottenham had approached this match.
There is also nothing more true than goals changing matches and Spurs never ever really recovered from that blow and twelve minutes later Newcastle had won the match.
A great run by Moussa Sissoko carried the ball to the left hand side of the 18 yard box, he laid it off to his Newcastle and France colleague Remy Cabella. He knocked over a sweet right foot cross that Ayoze Perez leapt for and connected with, his glancing header beyond Lloris and into the far corner.
In truth Spurs rarely threatened, they seemed to be in disbelief at what had transpired. This wasn’t the plan.
Unlike last season when Tim Krul found his goal under siege, this time it was all huff an puff from the home side but little else.
Once they reached the final third their creativity was nowhere to be seen.
Major lessons for both team moving on. A big wake up call for Tottenham to shed their arrogance and also a nudge to Alan Pardew that attack can at times definitely be the best form of defence.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Colback, Anita (Cabella 46), Sissoko, Obertan (Ameobi 46), Gouffran, Perez (Haidara 79)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Ferreyra, Armstrong
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Crowd: 35,650 (2,200 Newcastle)
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