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Coloccini and Sissoko should have been straight off in 46th minute

6 years ago
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Tottenham v Newcastle  League Cup Quarter-Finals

Tottenham 4 Newcastle 0   Wednesday 17 December 7.45pm

Once Jak Alnwick gifted the first after 18 minutes to Bentaleb then the writing was on the wall.

United had a bit of a go but never really threatened the Spurs goal, with the exception of Moussa Sissoko who single-handedly was attempting to show his teammates what they should be doing.

One run taking him past a handful of opponents before unleashing a power drive that was just not wide enough of Vorm in the Tottenham goal.

Within seconds of the restart though it was 2-0 and game over, Williamson way off the pace as he failed to deal with Chadli and his low shot left Alnwick with no chance.

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If the mood in the pub is any guide, I don’t think any Newcastle fan at that point thought there was any chance that United would get back into this game. The only thought from that moment on was Sunderland.

At that point I would have instantly substituted both Fabricio Coloccini and Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle were beat and the thought of facing the mackems without those two, doesn’t bear thinking about.

Of course Alan Pardew did nothing.

Then to everybody’s disbelief, when a sub (Armstrong) was brought on, our two big players were left on. What’s the point?

Harry Kane makes it three on 65 minutes, still nothing.

A fourth from Soldado on 70 minutes.

Eventually on 73 minutes Vurnon Anita came on for Moussa Sissoko but Coloccini stayed on for the duration.

Predictably Sissoko got badly clattered in that second half and received treatment yet still wasn’t instantly taken off.

Reports after the game said that the midfielder’s fitness would be assessed today.

Team: Alnwick, Dummett, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Colback, Gouffran, Sissoko (Anita 73), Cabella (Vuckic 80), Perez, Riviere (Armstrong 60)

Unused Subs: Woodman, Streete, Satka, Roberts

Ref: Andre Marriner

Crowd: 34,677 (4,200 NUFC)

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