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 5Looks 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.

Subs:

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

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino

Crowd; 54,923  (3,100 Newcastle)

(NUFC instant fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

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  • Tino o

    Shelvey 6 ? We’re you watching a different game!!

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      in all honesty though, aside from the cross which nearly set up Lascelles. What did he do?

      He tried to pull the strings in the middle, yes but what did he actually do? He doesn’t really have anything else to his game at the moment does he? He isn’t box to box, he isn’t bossing the midfield like Diame, or winning tackles.

      So if you’re going to sit in the centre of the park and spray 40 yard balls every time you get it, then you better chip in with assists, or goals, or decent set piece deliveries. He rarely does.

      I’m not saying i wouldn’t have him in the team, he’s good but i don’t get the love in for a guy who rarely assists, rarely scores, and is inconsistent.

      • gold coast mag

        He sprayed passes, a great percentage of which found their target- compared to Spurs so called playmakers he was on fire

        • Kneebotherm8

          Unfortunately the targets he found with his passes aren’t up to this standard of football,otherwise his assists total would be majorly improved and we’d be a few more places up the league as well…..

      • Tino o

        Maybe you weren’t talking notice but he stood out last night if he was supplying the balls he did to Spurs front line they would have had a hat full of goals but instead they were going to our substandard flimsy forwards. Totally disagree he was the most creative player on the pitch.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Quality of the forwards was the difference………….totally agree…

      • mentalman

        there’s a little stat if you care to find it called second assists, have a look. Shelvey plays the balls to the wide players or whoever up front who then get the assist for the goal.

        The thing Spurs were missing last night was a player who could play the forward balls from deeper in midfield.

    • Jezza

      His marks for Shelvey were influenced by his personal dislike for the player.

      • Wor Lass

        It`s just an expression of his opinion, Jezza. He`s allowed to differ from me, you or anyone else – look at the debates on here over the likes of HBA and Mitro (not to mention Rafa!). Personally, I thought Diame was top man closely followed by Shelvey and Perez but then I only saw the 30 minutes of highlights that Sky cobbled together. I do know that everyone upped their game last night and it`s a shame that we didn`t get the same commitment against Everton, W Brom and Watford. We could have been finishing in 8th place. As it is, I reckon we`ll be 11th. Still better than going down!

  • Wor Lass

    It was a vastly improved performance by the lads last night. I only saw the Sky highlights but I thought we were well worth a result of some sort. When Lloris brought Ritchie down it looked a stonewaller to me. It`s yet further proof, if anyone actually needed it, that we need a proper goal scorer as top priority.

  • Wor Monga

    This was more like it, and we deserved a better outcome down there, but you’ve got to be able to put the ball in the net and unfortunately…we can’t…Gayle is nothing like the answer neither is Mitro we need a top class man in there with the strength pace and awareness in the box, to put everything together…pity Slimani wasn’t able to bring anything at all to the club even for the last couple of games, but it’s definite now that Gayle has to go, as soon as the right level of striker comes in…Ayoze has enough skill and is growing into the right standard to be a 2nd striker next season…

    …We certainly need Dubravka and Kenedy or another player of the same class for wide mid-field, but the rest of the mid-field and defence is certainly competent enough to stay in the PL, but real investment over the next few windows will be needed to take us further on…Diame especially has been a revelation in the covering role this season, and for something like £4m looks like turning into one of Rafa’s best ever buys…

    …Money has to be raised on the sales of Mbemba, Mitro, Saivet, Gayle, Colback, Sels, etc, and whatever is raised must be added to a large percentage of what the club has rightfully earned this season to keep Rafa, and the ‘Rafalution’ at the club…any failure to do this will be disastrous, and will see us sink quickly in the way that the scum have done this season!!!

    • nevfur

      As Mitro appears nailed on to go and Slimani not coming, with Joselu nowhere near good enough we need two good strikers already plus a number ten to challenge Perez so I can see Gayle being kept as our third striker as he’s better than Joselu and we won’t sign 4 attacking players

      • Jezza

        I’ll be gobsmacked if we even sign one attacking player. Even if we do it’ll be some duffer on loan or a free transfer with 5 goals in 3 years or such like.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Jezza. You know, you are such a whiner I’d think there is a long queue to do that getting gobsmacking.

          As you never back up your weasel words, I suspect you will not honour your voluntary gobsmacking.

  • Bolt

    Come on mate you might not like Shelvey for whatever reasons. He was the best player on the pitch let alone the Newcastle side. Just be honest about it and put personal opinion aside to report properly.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      left a comment on the bottom of this feed r.e Shelvey.

      Just because someone sprays 40 yard balls around the pitch doesn’t make them the best player. In some cases, it’s lazy.

      I like Shelvey, i think he’s good and he’d be in my team next season but think everyone is massively overrating a guy he has 10 good games this year if he is lucky.

      • Bolt

        I saw your reply. Garbage as was your match rating. Did you go to the game because you will struggle to find a person that did that would agree with you on last nights performance.
        I get when he is poor but when you can’t credit him on performances like last night that’s poor. Worrying if you get paid to do this

        • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

          yes i was there, and i’d of everyone i spoke to about last night about 30% agree with me on Shelvey and the other 70% don’t.

          i also don’t get paid. its just fans writing their opinion. you should do an article.

  • Simon Ritter

    Talking to a few fellow Mags at railway stations afterwards, I agreed with them that Diame was our best, followed closely by Lascelles and Dubravka. Every player put in a good shift but without a cutting edge we were always likely to suffer a narrow defeat. Two best saves of the first half were made by Lloris. When Spurs went more direct after half time they suddenly looked dangerous; until they scored, very little to test our midfield and defence. The goal was caused by losing the ball cheaply on the halfway line, with players out of position. Expertly taken by a class striker who otherwise last night had another stinker. With a top-quality finisher this season we would have been comfortably top eight. Still, everybody knows that . . . As for the Shelvey debate, he looked knackered after 65 minutes. I’d love to see some bleep-test results for our first XI.

  • Billmag

    Jonathan I loathe to criticise your marks because as I have said before you go to games home and away, GK an 8 Shelvey 6 was way off the mark Dub had very little to do thanks to the lads in front of him, where as Shelvey was the best player on show and had we a decent strike force his efforts would and should have been rewarded.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      If Shelvey was the one setting up all of the chances that the likes of Gayle, Perez, Joselu miss then i would agree with you and the argument that ‘weaker players don’t make him look as good’.

      But he’s not the guy creating the chances most of the time. I know it goes through him in the middle of the pitch, but I think fans remember a few 60 yard balls a lot more than they remember the ‘lesser, more efficient’ contributions of Diame, Ritchie… dare i say it… Perez etc.

      • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

        fair enough Dubravka btw, 8 was probably 1 too high

      • Billmag

        Diane was outstanding but my gripe was between the mark’s of GK and Shelvey, and by the way I’m not a Shelvey fan because I think he should be contributing more than he has done this season.

        • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

          you’re probably right about that to be fair. but i do think a lot of the little things Dubravka does goes unnoticed, such as coming out to collect the ball, good distribution etc. all things Elliott and Darlow struggled with. He oozes confidence when you’re under pressure.

          • Billmag

            Agreed he does give the defence much more confidence than the other two.

  • John Oneil

    Possession spurs 63%
    Newcastle 61%…??

    • nevfur

      Good game both giving it 124% trying to win lol

      • Kneebotherm8

        Can’t ask for any more effort than that………😂😂😂

  • mentalman

    Stopped reading when i got to the comment that rb is a position that we don’t need to worry about, its the first position in the defence i would improve on in the summer. For all his running Yedlin slows down attacks and puts very few balls in to the box

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      I really couldn’t disagree more.

      • mentalman

        That’s obvious by your ratings over the season, his positioning is poor, his defending is generally none existent, i’m sick hearing commentators saying Yedlin needs to cut out that pass or stop the cross being made and he slows down attacks with sideways and backwards balls.

        I’m not one for stating stats but, Dummett has played more forward balls this season than Yedlin, Manquillo put more crosses in during his time on the pitch against Watford than Yedlin has in the last 5 games.

        Again he can’t defend so he’s obviously in the team for his attacking ability and yet he only has 2 assists this season

    • Tino o

      In all honesty would it be worth putting balls in the box with our forwards?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      It’s not his attacking that’s the problem. His positioning is poor, if he wasn;t quick, he really would look poor bit his speed gets him out of SOME trouble.