Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 – Wednesday 9 May 8pm
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after last night’s game.
Am unlucky one goal defeat, with Newcastle actually having more then enough chances to win it, never mind draw.
Dubravka 8 – Can’t fault him again.
Spurs good a goal that he certainly couldn’t be blamed for.
Made a few good saves throughout the game but most importantly, he looked safe and strong all night. He oozes confidence at the back.
Will be the first signing of the summer for sure.
Yedlin 7 – Looked much more dangerous in the second half than he did the first.
Defended well but just couldn’t find that killer ball in the final third.
Newcastle look far more of a threat when he is in the side.
Goalkeeper and Right Back are the two positions I feel we don’t have to worry about this summer.
Lascelles 7 – Did ok considering he was up against Harry Kane.
In truth Tottenham didn’t really have a clear cut chance in the whole game, apart from the goal, so that says a lot about how well we did defensively. Again for me, should be on the plane to Russia.
Lejeune 7 – Same as Lascelles, had a good game.
I know we got beat but Newcastle looked solid defensively. Much more calm on the ball, not so much of the usual 40 yard balls he tries.
Dummett 7 –Coped well with both Son and Sissoko (obviously).
I still wish he could offer that little bit more going forward but he certainly puts the miles in.
Diame 7 – Probably our best player again tonight (I know Dubravka got 8 so I guess outfield player then!).
Got around the park well, looked ok on the ball, but most importantly was in the face of Eriksen/Alli.
I’m still amazed that this is the same Diame we saw before Christmas.
Shelvey 6 – Certainly put the graft in tonight and was patrolling the centre of the park, trying to dictate the play, but he struggled.
Tried plenty of passes but not many of them came off. Never seems to turn up on these occasions and provide those big moments.
Ritchie 7 – Linked up well with Yedlin and had an extra yard about him tonight.
Works his absolutel socks off and although he lacks that cutting edge at times, I thought he did really well tonight.
Perez 7 – Looked threatening again.
As the rest of the team look like they have gone down a gear over the past few weeks, Perez is the only one who has kept going and kept up his energy levels.
His limitations are obvious, and he’s very frustrating, but I have been impressed with him in recent weeks.
Kenedy 6 – That’s for effort, but it was a really poor night from him, on what was probably his last game for the club.
He’s been brilliant, and although he’s tailed off in the last few weeks, you can’t underestimate the impact he had on the team between Feb-Apr.
Gayle 5 – Looks like a different player in the Premier League.
Perhaps lacking confidence but I think it’s too late for him.
Wouldn’t surprise me if he went to a club in the Championship this summer, who want him to push them to promotion.
Murphy 6 – Looked lively and missed a great chance. Would have been massive for him if he could have scored a big goal at Wembley but not to be.
Joselu (N/A – not on long enough)
Stats from BBC Sport:
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Spurs: Kane 50
Possession was Spurs 63% Newcastle 37%
Total shots were Spurs 11 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Spurs 7 Newcastle 3
Corners were Spurs 6 Newcastle 4
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)
Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino
Crowd; 54,923 (3,100 Newcastle)
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