Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2  – Saturday 11 August 12.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle starting the season with a defeat that was maybe a little unlucky.

United hitting  the woodwork twice in the second half and Kenedy wasting a one on one with the keeper.

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Disappointed even though it was Spurs, a point was there for the taking.

“Annoyed that we didn’t apply even more pressure on them towards the end.

“Dembele probably helped that cause.

“Rondon looks like he could give us the physical presence we have been crying out for.”

Jamie Smith:

“A bit disjointed all round really, a golden opportunity to beat Spurs went begging today.

“Poor defending for both their goals and spurned chances in the second half, Kenedy’s miss was a sickener.

“Tottenham looked rusty but when we couldn’t find the breakthrough after the Rondon induced lift, they had the quality to shut the game down.

“Yedlin getting injured late on highlights the dangerous game being played with our lack of depth. Who even is the backup right-back???”

Nat Seaton:

“Same again…

“With 8 out of our Championship team starting the game it’s hardly surprising.

“No lack of effort, more a case of below Premier League ability in some positions.

“Here’s hoping for better things when the new players get their chance, otherwise it will be a long hard season (again!).”

Ben Cooper:

“Canny game, plenty of chances and not a lot of luck for NUFC.

“Some good performances, some not so good and 3 poor ones from the subs who offered very little.

“The start of the second half was our chance and for 20 minutes i thought we would get something. We looked leggy late on though.

“Encouraging and disappointing at the same time then. NUFC all over.”

David Punton:

“Opening day. A home game. Spurs. A defeat. Just like we started the previous season….we ended up finishing tenth.

“It’s a disappointing start, set against a backdrop of protests and under investment in the team. No matter what Lee Charnley wants you to believe, this club is in the slow lane when it comes to ambition.

“On the pitch we are undone today, but there were positives there to take and the team are unfortunate not to come off with a point. The crossbar and post denying us after Spurs opted to hang on.

“The scramble for points is underway.

“PS – anyone got Usmanov’s phone number.”

Jamie Swan:

“Scrappy game lost in the first 20 minutes.

“Scored a great goal to equalize from a cracking Ritchie cross, conceded two of our own and one of them by inches.

“Diame and Shelvey were very poor, giving the ball away regularly, but Ritchie and especially Kenedy looked dangerous.

“Flat atmosphere apart from a semi lively away section.

“Upped it second half and had enough chances to equalize if not win it, without really playing well.

“Kenedy, for all his dribbles and fancy feet, blew his beans with a shocking touch when clean through from a belter Perez pass.

“Rafa took off Ritchie for Atsu which was strange and Atsu struggled big time.

“New recruits came on and Rondon was a handful nearly scoring and Muto busy.

“Huff and puff but ultimately bot all.

“Ashley out.”

Toon Bano:

“We didn’t deserve to lose that game.

“Lack of quality which Rafa was desperate for.

“We will be a decent side this year.”

Paul Patterson:

“Good showing considering.

“Just shows what a bit of extra quality gets you.

“For a number of years, Spurs have been shopping for their knickers in Harrods while our tried and trusty Y-fronts come from Primark.

“Great effort from the lads.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2


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)

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Spurs always had a spare man in space to pass to.
    Either we weren’t pressing enough or they had a more effective shape, cos we struggled against them with neither side getting out of 3rd gear for the majority of the match.
    Perhaps they just have better players.

    • SH.ER

      Outnumbered, just outnumbered in midfield …
      Very very poor & worrying, Perez was a shadow, didn’t help our midfield off the ball at all & we always had no option to pass when they press us very quick, Benitez keep talking about his football intelligence but seriously?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        We hit the post we hit the bar had three great chances even a blind man could tell we were better than Spurs.

    • Leazes.

      A league apart, they were in third gear and it was enough!

    • Andy Mac

      It is difficult to play Spuds when all 11 are on song but neither Diame, Shelvey or Perez contributed today. When the quality isnt there you need maximum commitment as an alternative.

      • Leazes.

        I though that they didn’t let us play…. they pressed and pressed and chased balls back to the keeper…. and didn’t tire…. just a far better side who didn’t need to get out of third gear top dominate.

  • Leazes.

    Jack Lacey Hatton….. I remember that name!

    Yes you are right Graham he does write articles for you…. has he changed his facebook profile Photo….. you know the one where he’s wearing the 2013 Man United Shirt!

    I’ll check…. well, well….

    ……he’s deleted the whole account ….. how about that?

    He’s as authentic as you or Ryder!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      People are trying to discuss the performance you. You add nothing at all

      • Tony English

        The obsession with peoples profile photos and history? Forget the football…who had a mullet in 1987?

        • SuperDesHamilton

          He’s a full on stalker! He’ll be like that chaver who shot John Lennon

          • Tony English

            He blocked me on day one…but still saw fit to publicise the day I first posted on here as a comment on the opinion piece I wrote the other week…erh…why?

            He no doubt has dossiers and photofits of everyone he’s ever blocked…but they all share the same two faces…

            ..and an incident room under the stairs has a map of Manchester on the wall, covered in pins showing the latest Lee brother sightings.

            Leazes Fritzel.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I was slating Ashley & monk as normal & he went on some rant at me for what reason I’ve no idea but I’m sure he linked me to the death of Jesus, faking the moon landing & being a Lee brother.

            This is what happens when the wife leaves & takes the kids

          • Tony English

            He blocked me because I gave him my London postcode as part of the extensive background check he carries out on all posters, and he decided it was the postcode of a row of estate agents in Walker.

            I spelt it out several times but he wouldn’t admit he was wrong….Highbury is a suburb of Walker, which is in Manchester.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            😂😂😂😂 all roads leads to Manchester

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I can imagine him in person, timid meek wouldn’t say boo to a ghost.

  • Andy Mac

    Instead of “Five things we learned” I’ll try “Two things I didnt understand” ?

    1. Rondon not starting despite the fact he terrorised the Spuds defence at Wembley last season and won the MOTM. He didnt look out of sorts when he came on ?

    2. Matt Ritchie taken off when he was arguably our best player ? Certainly best possible assist option.

    • Paul Patterson

      1 Hasn’t played much.
      2. Shattered.

      • Phil Yare

        richie? hasn’t he played the most minutes in pre season???!

    • Phil Yare

      and we tried to flog richie, doesn’t make any sense

    • mentalman

      Ritchie went off for damage limitation, atsu is a more willing defender

  • James

    Spurs were more dominant all over

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      We were miles better than Spurs hit post , bar had shots cleared off the line and they won by a fluke goal.

      • grumpyoldmag

        When did we have a shot cleared off the line? And how was their goal a fluke?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    You can see difference a little bit of money invested gets, 3 points. They haven’t spent this summer but have built a good squad last few seasons & that extra quality was plain to see.

    But Shola said fatty is doing a good job though 🙄

  • Mirandinha9

    Goodness ‘a good show’!!! Let’s face reality right from the outset. No points, a draw at Cardiff City, a natural loss to a Chelsea side who won 3-0 away today and then onto Man City away. That will be 1 point from 4 games. Then things become serious even within the first 10% of games played. It’s an epitome of how far our standards have dropped that most are content with a home loss. If we’d lost to Spurs when Keegan was Manager in the Entertainers era, it would have been a travesty. This is the domain Cashley now has us living in.

    • molend

      Cannot quarrel with that, kidder. And let’s not talk about ‘positives’. We lost. In sport, you’re in it to win. You lose, there are no ‘positives’.

  • mentalman

    We ate always going to struggle with yedlin at rb. I don’t know how this wasn’t
    identified as a position to strengthen instead of buying 2 centre backs this summer.

    • Michael Lisle

      Agreed. Poor defensively with pace as his main asset to get him out of trouble. Opposition target him as being weak in the air [like Janmaat before him] Surprised that Rafa has not strengthened there. [ok I know that he has probably tried.]

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Hit post, hit bar had three one on ones and Spurs won by a bounce on the line. Any proper fan knows that we were better than Spurs today except the protesters on here.

    • Alreet

      9mm. Thats how close we were to a result. Thats how far over the line their goal was.

      Nm. On another day kenedy hits it first time and rondons shot drops under the bar.

  • Alreet

    Good amount of positives today. We have to get lascelles shouting again. There wasnt much from the cappy and they had a 4 on 2 towards the end.

    Get organised.

  • Philippines

    From what I am reading here and elsewhere it seems we didn’t play too badly and the ‘bounce of the ball’ sent it Spurs way. Some encouragement here, especially comments about Richie and Kenedy. HTL.

  • Down Under Mag

    Could have and probably should have came away with a point. We looked rusty, just the lack of proper pre-season catching up to us. Hopefully by the time we face Palace we have our shooting boots on, our organisational skill polished and look defensively solid while creating more chances. Thought the new signings looked good but lacking match sharpness, Shelvey pinging balls around for fun, Ritchie working hard. Kenedy was insane though, look terrific.

    I’d also like to point out that despite the claims of Wolves, Fulham and others outspending us, they all lost as well and we had the arguably harder opening game. Will be a tight season but I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom, just not as good as potentially it could have been…

    I think our SQUAD looks stronger in most areas (save the obvious gaps like LB, RB and up front) but our first team isn’ treally looking much different. We will have to see if the money spent by others is a waste or if we’ve put ourselves right up against it.

  • Cuh

    Perhaps our front two should be Muto and Perez. And if we intend to play on the break, Kenedy and Atsu on the wings. That Boy Kenedy was amazing.

    Diame does well defensively, pressing and intercepting balls. But ask him to run/play a pass forward and you’re playing yourself. That game was begging for Merino