Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2 – Saturday 11 August 12.30pm
We asked Jamie Swan to give us his match ratings after today’s game.
A disappoint 2-1 final scoreline to the visitors, on a day when the woodwork intervened twice.
All three goals came in the opening 18 minutes and Newcastle maybe just didn’t have the quality, or the luck, to get the point they deserved.
Martin Dubravka – 7
Couple of decent saves second half but his distribution was double shaky today.
DeAndre Yedlin – 6
Lots of pace, not much quality. Sums him up a bit.
Paul Dummett – 6
Skinned once only, but solid otherwise, and had a crack at goal for a change in the first half.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6
Organising a defence but who were left watching crosses over their heads for two goals.
Missed Lejeune, get well soon big fella.
Ciaran Clark – 6
See above. Also dawdled on the ball a couple of times instead of keeping it simple.
Matt Ritchie – 8
First half was really at it and a brilliant cross fizzed in that even wor Jossy couldn’t do anything but nut in. Subbed mysteriously.
Kenedy – 7.5
Should have been an 8 or a 9 but needed some end product or just a look up.
Fouled loads, Spurs targeted him.
Jonjo Shelvey – 6
Him and his mate Diame who stormed the end of the season had an off day, playing more like Cagney and Lacey. Worked hard and kept trying the passes, not today.
Mohamed Diame – 6
Work rate 8, first half performance 4, second half performance 7.
Wellies one off the post, a little unluckily.
Ayoze Perez – 7
Great through ball to Kenedy spurned. Worked the keeper once, but not enough.
Joselu – 6
Fine header, tried his best to make the ball stick. Fell over himself and didn’t recover. Subbed for Rondon.
Salomon Rondon – 7
Lively, strong – close to scoring. Needs to start at Cardiff.
Yoshinori Muto – 6
Worked hard, nowt to show for it.
Christian Atsu – 4
Dear oh dear.
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 69), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Joselu (Rondon 59)
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