Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2  – Saturday 11 August 12.30pm

Decent performance but unfortunately no points to show for it.

We attacked well in spells and looked relatively solid – although Spurs didn’t offer all that much going forward themselves.

A defeat was always the most likely outcome beforehand and we performed better than most would have anticipated but this still feels like a missed opportunity.

Kenedy was bright but understandably looked off the pace at times and it was excruciating to see him fluff that glorious chance when he was clean through.

Diame settled into the game in the second half after a shaky opening and was unlucky not to score.

Shelvey was probably our best performer, picking up where he left off at the end of last season.

Special mention for Ritchie though. Tenacious as ever, fantastic delivery for the goal and very unlucky to be subbed. Why we would ever dream of selling him is beyond me.

Great to see Rondón get some game time. I really have high hopes for him. Maybe won’t score 15+ but he offers a real physical presence up front and holds the ball up well to bring others into play… a bit like what we all wanted Mitrovic to be!

Muto also looked to have something about him when he came on for the last few minutes. Looking forward to seeing more of them.

Lejeune was missed – hopefully we can get Schär (or Fernandez) into the first XI ASAP ahead of Clark.

Fingers crossed that Yedlin’s injury isn’t too serious either – I don’t like the thought of Manquillo being a regular starter….!

All in all, expected result, commendable performance. Here’s hoping we can keep things solid and nick a win at Cardiff next weekend. HWTL!

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 11

Tottenham: Vertonghen 8, Alli 18

Possession was Tottenham 60% Newcastle 40%

Total shots were  Tottenham 15 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Tottenham 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Tottenham 5 Newcastle 3

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 69), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Joselu (Rondon 59)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Ki

Crowd: 51,749 (3,000 Tottenham)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Spurs defeat HERE)



  • Ashley-out

    Spurs are a top team & man for man there was a wide gap in class, but that`s what gives you the edge in the premiership & we are woefully short of it.
    Ashley out

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      We were the best team by a mile wake up.

  • Magpie1974

    No mention of the goal scorer?

  • kingfisher

    Quote from BBC Sport:
    “Newcastle revert to type.
    If it was a case of same old Spurs, Newcastle also reverted to type after an acrimonious summer in which the club was forced to defend its recruitment strategy and had been embroiled in a dispute with its players over bonuses.Having outlaid just over £20m on players, Newcastle supporters have questioned the perceived ambition of the club.
    And a large group of fans protested against Mike Ashley’s ownership outside the city centre Sports Direct store before kick-off”
    Once again we are an embarrassment and the long season ahead is just beginning !
    HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME MIKE ASHLEY !!!

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      WE WERE BETTER TEAM ON THE DAY BY A MILE HIT THE POST HIT THE BAR AND THEIR FIRST GOAL VERY LUCKY. SHAME ON THE FANS WHO PICKED ON PENSIONERS ON OUR STREETS TO PROTEST TOTAL SCUM.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Who picked on pensioners? Where was this reported?

        • Wezza

          More lies.

      • Mrkgw

        Can’t see many pensioners shopping in Chavs direct.

      • Billmag

        Stop telling porkies 🐷.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The pensioners have right to do there shopping freely in Northumberland Street without a hundred scum bags who no not support Newcastle blocking their paths and intimidating them.If we get Millwall in the cup away you would not see them for dust cowards the lot of them.

          • Billmag

            Stop telling porkies. 🐷

          • Wezza

            What we don’t need is two Manchester based trolls, trolling freely on here, who don’t support Newcastle. Getting blocked, getting caught out lying like their hero and winding people up – bleating on about finishing 10th, hating Shearer and Given and talking ultimate rubbish.
            MA Get out of our club.
            Trolls get off our mag!

  • Leicester Mag

    In average games like this above average players make the difference. We simply lack that.

  • Jate Legend

    Agree with the article. Fine margins all over te place. By no means outplayed and had chances to draw it. Play like that and we will be fine.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      that`s the whole point, fine margins that`s why you need a bit of quality to give you the edge, Spurs had it, we didn`t

  • Geordiegiants

    Not sure I agree with any of this article. We were quiet simply shittoday. They were playing at a canter and we were slow, limited in pace, ability and our defence was all over. Dubravka pulled off a few good saves but even he looked shaky from the start.
    The sheep should be baaaaing in the stadium and letting the fatcunt know we aren’t putting up with it any more. It’s going to be like this for a long time yet until the sheep stand up and be counted.

    • nufcslf

      So sad that it is rotten to the core and still just accepted by the majority. Very worrying.

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s beyond belief, the loyalist football supporters???? Anyone that spends a penny with the fatcunt is now the problem.
        There isn’t another circumstance in business where this would happen, and unfortunately Newcastle United is a business now, Newcastle United is the fatcunt, the fatcunt is Newcastle United regardless of what people say or how they put it.

        • nufcslf

          You should never want your side to lose, but I do just get the feeling that even though very few points are going to be picked up with such a tough start this season that nothing will be said by those that choose to still go. Leaves speechless, but still with a soar throat yelling at the telly. Just want this to be about football again and not Cashley taking the pysh. Maybe one day, but not holding my breath.

          • Geordiegiants

            Nothing is ever said anyway, it’s like a bunch of mutes sitting in the library SJP these days, its embarrassing.

          • nufcslf

            I couln’t bring myself to go to a match and glad to be far enough away to not be tempted into the ground knowing I would end up with a life ban. Fat c**t just isn’t worth that fortunately. Can’t help but shake my head in disbelief when the camers scan the crowd and there are sheep waving to it and glad to be on the telly during yet another home loss. Embarrassing in definately the word.

          • Billmag

            FFS stop bleating on ya like a [email protected]@@@@g sheep, it’s the first game of the season and you’ve given up already some supporter.

          • Geordiegiants

            Howare man! He hasn’t given up on Newcastle none of us have done that. He can see what has happened, what needs to be done and is frustrated. It’s as obvious as Jonjo has no hair, but still people keep giving to the fatcunt.

          • Billmag

            He said on another post he was done, after one match ?? You’ll give yourself blood pressure mate, we can all see what’s happened but you and I and all the other fans that have stopped going can’t do Jack 💩 about the 52,000 that still go that’s there choice, so just relax mate it will come to an end one day.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha ha ha lol your right, imfucking livid. All I see now though are zombies sitting doing nothing. It infuriates me!

          • Billmag

            Dead right about the mobile phones mind.

          • Geordiegiants

            That was a stab in the dark to be honest, but very likely, I haven’t been to a home game since 1-3 against the Peado hero worshippers. In town a few years ago you could here the match from all over, now you wouldn’t even know it was happening. I’m not saying all, but the majority aren’t “Fans”, they are spectators out for the social scene.

          • grumpyoldmag

            How do you know if you don’t go?

          • Geordiegiants

            I stream most games. I’m also sometimes in town on the drink and it’s nothing like it used to be noise wise. It’s like everyone is sitting on their phones facebooking instead of watching the match.

        • Milburn_Taylor

          i take it you`re upset

          • Geordiegiants

            Just a bit, are these people thick or what?

          • Milburn_Taylor

            that must be a yes

          • Geordiegiants

            If it wasn’t so infuriating it would be comical.

  • Leazes.

    Which one in the picture is you Kevin?

    I see that Tottenham fans are holding an inquest into their poor showing despite picking up all of the points…. they want to put things right and aren’t afraid to say what is wrong…. its a called being truthful!

    Here though its a different story….the press, the chronicle and fanzines such as this who employ Sports Journalists who aren’t United fans to write ‘fillers’ go looking for ‘positives’… five great things from our performance we can take out of the defeat’

    Now can you see the difference….. one is a driving force the other is a patsy prolonging failure and instigating stagnation.

    Which team do you support Kevin…its certainly NOT United!

    You are damaging, and its worse than the chronicle because this is a fans site…. where is the enquiry, you wont get it from Ryder and Co, their reports are pro format, soulless and tasteless….’I thought so and so did well’…so bloody what?

    You people smother the club in a blanket of cak…

    • Kevin Christie

      Agree with you entirely on the state of the club and the disgustingly cynical way that it’s run. This article was only commenting on our performance today. Yes, we’re fighting with one arm tied behind our backs but, in the circumstances, I think that Rafa gets us well-organised and hard to beat when we could be cannon-fodder under a lesser coach. That’s all. Bigger picture stuff is too depressing to even think about at this stage but still hoping and praying for a miracle.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        the players that did come in came to late, it`ll take Rafa time to organise what he deems his first 11

        • Kevin Christie

          Agreed. Not sure how many friendlies we usually play but could’ve done with at least another one. Nobody was really match fit!

      • Jate Legend

        This is how I feel.

  • nufcslf

    How the f**k did Richie come off and Diame stay on. Benitez got that all wrong. Joselu starts….f**k off and couldn’t give a sh*t he got the only goal and saw enough of him last season to never play again…Home losses starting early and to a Spurs side that could have been defeated with anything other than the same side..bar 4 wins on the bounce…that struggleg last season. Can’t see this side picking up a single point away from home when going to lose the majority of home matches to boot. Not interested in another year of struggle under such a stngy, lying piece of sh*t of an owner. Done after one match.

    • Jate Legend

      Calm down, we’ve unluckily lost one game 2-1 to a much, much better team. We played alright. Even if Ashley had spent 250m bar in the summer we would still have a worse team than they did today.

  • Taz

    Shelvey was our best performer… Wtf were you even watching the game

    • Kevin Christie

      Lots of neat touches, interceptions, simple passes to get us moving. A couple of tidy through-balls as well. He was caught in possession once or twice but overall a very positive display, I thought.

  • Tony Rogers

    Probably not my place to say being a Tottenham supporter but I thought you where a bit unlucky today. On another day could have won but deserved at least a draw. Good luck for the rest of the season

    • Leazes.

      Youre right its not….

    • Mrkgw

      Kind words and majority of supporters will appreciate that much.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Dear points of view
    I’m complaining about a programme today. It lasted 90 minutes and consisted of a man unsuccessfully trying to park a bus. Is this supposed to be entertaining?
    Yours hatefully
    Annette Spend
    Foaming-at-the-mouth
    Berks

    • Billmag

      You want the entertainer’s back don’t you, well them days are gone. Why don’t you join the Man City bandwagon they’ve got loads of goals and brilliant attacking play in there repertoire.

      • Superdooperhooper

        I was just trying to have a joke that’s all

        • Billmag

          Ok 😀😀😀😀

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Hit post hit bar we were by miles the far better team.

      • Superdooperhooper

        I was having a joke . And no we weren’t spurs didn’t break a sweat

        • ghostrider

          Spurs were struggling as the game went on. They were breaking more than sweat.
          They got away with fouls after fouls because they were struggling at times.
          The ref helped them out on many occasions.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    it was a bit of a mess today & that`s what you get by leaving it until late in the window to get players in, it gives the manager no chance in pre-season to organise his first 11. one other point i believe that Rafa didn`t know what the hell was going on regarding the signing of players & was told who he was getting late in the day. his position as manager of Newcastle Utd under Ashley is untenable

    • nufcslf

      Yip

    • HarryHype59

      I wonder what the odds are of Fat Sham being NUFC manager before Christmas?

      • Milburn_Taylor

        if one of the good teams get into trouble the £6m will be on the table in the blink of an eye

      • Jate Legend

        Probably so long you’d have to get a bookie to make it up for you. I’ll give you 500-1 off my own cash if you like.

        • HarryHype59

          Rafa has had enough of the Ashley circus and looks like he is working his notice. He will be off, if a club with more ambition e.g. Leicester or Everton sack their manager and come in for him.

          Sham is available for nothing, has “unfinished business” at this club and Ashley has stated he wished he had given him more time at NUFC.

          Sham is a master of saving clubs from the drop. NUFC will be fighting a relegation battle this season, so his appointment would appeal to Ashley.

          Ashley hates NUFC fans so would take great pleasure in appointing Sham just to torment them.

          500-1 you say!

  • HarryHype59

    An expected result, however I actually thought that performance was an improvement on the same fixture this time last year. Spurs were better, but no one could have complained if Rondon had scored, to earn NUFC a draw.

    I pray Yedlin is not too badly injured as this squad is paper thin in terms of E PL quality.

  • Mrkgw

    I’m probably being harsh but I wasn’t overly impressed by that performance today. Granted, players worked but the side looked poor in terms of flair. Of course, we all know which villian is to blame for the under investment. It was the first game however, and little can be read into the result. Fingers crossed that Rafa will improve them.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Newcastle deserved to win hit the bar hit the post and had three one on ones. Were by far the better team. They won by a lick of paint but mark my words we were miles better than them.

      • Mrkgw

        Happy to mark your words and as I say I was probably just being harsh. The Ashley factor doesn’t help one iota and the sooner he ships out the better.

      • grumpyoldmag

        We weren’t – they won the game in 15 minutes then cruised – two outstanding Dubravka saves to keep us in it – if Diame shot goes inside the post its saved and our new “upgrade” centre forward took forever to shoot when it got deflected onto the bar. Btw where’s the other great signing you were promising us?

        • ghostrider

          They didn’t cruise.
          They were lucky to get the 3 points in the end…but they managed it and we didn’t.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Plus Kenedy should have scored think you are one of the people on here who takes delight on us getting beat. On another day could have had four with the goal mouth scrambles. Even Spurs fans thought they were lucky but not the Mag.

          • Wor Lass

            I thought we deserved something out of the game but we weren`t the better team. We pressured them for spells but theirr movement and vision left us for dead at times. Dubravka was awful for much of the game but pulled off a couple of great saves to keep us in it. It was a good effort by the lads and they deserve credit for it but you`re over-egging it. Where are the photos of the big pre-match get together?

          • Spoon_Army

            We were definitely worth the draw at least.

      • Jate Legend

        Agree with this. There was a period for 20 mins in second half where we were well on top and should have scored. We deserved a draw today and we’re unlucky. We were alot better than in the equivalent fixture 12 months to the day.

        • Ram Kishore

          Red card and injuries added to the poor performance that day..
          Still couldn’t let go off that kennedy miss.

      • Neil O

        Yes, won by 9mm. Get a ruler out and have a look guys. Its nothing. Trying to be balanced, a draw was a fair result in my view. I’m optimistic. I can respect those who have made a decision to protest, but will all due respect, to ridicule your fellow supporters is pretty pathetic to be honest. Grow up. There will be plenty of young supporters who are excited to see their hero’s play for the first time. Staying away from the game won’t make a jot of difference unfortunately. Hopefully he will get an offer and walk off into the sunset at some point. Roll on next week.

  • ghostrider

    Could have ended better but at least we have shown we can compete and will get better with the signings we’ve made.
    I will never understand why Ritchie was subbed, unless it was for precaution as he worked his socks right off and Rafa maybe didn’t want him over doing it so early into the new season against top opposition.

  • Spoon_Army

    Thought they played well yesterday. Some positives. It will be a tough season.