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

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)

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  • Ashley-out

    bad error subbing Ritchie with Atsu, thought Perez was ok & Rondon looks strong.
    losing Yedlin is a worry though when you have a look at who can replace him.
    Laurel & hardy may regret denying Rafa the players he asked for.
    Ashley out

    • Duh

      Don’t know why he persists with atsu, I much prefer murphy

      • Ram Kishore

        Atsu looks a bit weak and not convincing..
        Would do better at left flank than right if played for last 20 minutes

        • mentalman

          Atsu was anonymous everytime he played on the right last season and he was no different today

      • Ashley-out

        he has to give the kid a game soon

  • Tony English

    I think the through ball that Kenedy ‘spurned’ was played by Joselu, not Perez.

    • Ashley-out

      i thought it was the hoss as well

      • Billmag

        It was he miss-kicked it. I’m not having a go by the way.

        • Superdooperhooper

          How do you know he miskicked it? I’m not the world snooker champion but I can do the odd brilliant shot now and then

          • Billmag

            Tongue in cheek pal.

        • Tony English

          It was a good pass, and his movement for the goal was good, he deserves some credit for once.

          We all saw him try his best last season and for the most part massively struggle, but if we judge him on todays performance…if today was his debut…we’d go away saying “he’s no world beater, but he put in a shift and grabbed a goal”, can’t fault his effort.

          • Billmag


    • Superdooperhooper

      It was. I dunno what he was watching but giving perez a higher score than joselu ? Perez was anonymous today and giving atsu a 4? Surely a zero?

      • Tony English

        Agree about Perez, we’ve all seen his ability to improvise and get tidy little flick finishes in tight spaces, so it’s a real shame that sometimes he seems off the pace…as he has no pace…and disappears on the pitch.

        Atsu I just don’t get, was worth a punt at £6m as with the inflated transfer market you should get that back…but they reckon he’s been playing previously with injury and the operation will sort him out…didn’t look like it today, maybe he had the wrong operation?

        • Ram Kishore

          Maybe the wrong op. 😂
          We shouldn’t have paid more than 3.5million what Chelsea paid to get him.
          We did overpay for lot during our championship season. Hanley remember?

  • Leicester Mag

    Atsu was utterly shocking worse than the send for Shola plan of days gone by.

    Regarding Shola did he have a Meths chaser this morning?idiotic statements regarding Ashley.

  • Hughie

    Same major weaknesses as before. Perez awful- overplayedand caught in possession, and misplaced passes on numerous occasions- Yedlin out of position time and again. Should both have been improved upon in the summer- Lets hope Muto is player?

    • Ram Kishore

      Did u mean we should have bought a RB?, i obviously think we should have brought a CAM to compete with perez

  • TheFatController

    What does stabilise mean?

    2007 – regular top half finishes, cup runs, reasonable commercial income, £70m debt mainly on 15k matchday seats added with tv revenues increasing meaning better to have debt than be left behind by other clubs on stadium size, training facilities etc

    2018 – regular relegation fights/bottom half placing, no cup runs, £144m debt, commercial income not increased and left behind by similar sized clubs, no chance of expanding a stadium that has seen one (not even two) screen put in as upgrades, in an era when turnover from tv revenue has rocketed.

    Stable ? What do you think ‘stable’ means shola? When you played here you played for a regular top half team with ground expansion feasible should we take off ever. That seems a lot more like stability to me …

    • Milburn_Taylor

      a few single malts seem to stabilise me these days.

      • TheFatController

        You’ll be needing them all season no doubt !

        • Milburn_Taylor

          every match

    • Steven05

      Well said

  • Duh

    I thought cagney and Lacey were pretty effective?

  • Ram Kishore

    Through ball was by Joselu.. not perez.. was a good ball by hoss

    • Ashley-out

      hoofed it well

      • Ram Kishore

        Yeah.. was a good match..Still couldn’t bear the kennedy miss.
        Ritchie looked a lot mad when he was subbed

    • Kneebotherm8

      Correct…..a cracking pass by him….

  • Rob

    Plenty of positives there and goes to show spending big money like Fulham doesn’t guarantee success.

    Look forward to Rondon and Yoshi starting a match.

    Someone please tell Ritchie to pick players up rather than pointing, letting them go then shouting at your teammates when they score.If you’re aware of a potential problem sort it.

    • Ram Kishore

      U mean the second goal right?
      Both yedlin and ritchie should have just covered him..
      This guy Alli always looks more
      Threatening against us waiting for crosses on the far post

      • mentalman

        He knows ritchie doesn’t track back and yedlin won’t try and cut out crosses

  • Stephen Paylor

    Very strange y Rafa takes off Ritchie so many times. Always seems like one of our best players

    • Leazes.

      He puts in the most effort but……

      fill the rest in yourself.

  • Mike D

    For a while there, Joselu was joint leading scorer in the premier league. Incredible!

  • Martin Rooney

    Fair assessment

  • Billmag

    First look at Muto liked what I saw even though it was brief he looks a willing runner that makes space for himself, Yedlin is ok going forward but his defending is poor, Dub’s decision making and distribution was poor today, but all in all I think we deserved a point.

  • Down Under Mag

    I think it’s fairly obvious a few of our new signings were lacking match sharpness and understandably so when they aren’t brought in until the last minute, presumably to save a few quid on wages when they won’t actually be playing matches…i’m sure somewhere in Ashley’s logic of “safety is all i’m bothered about” that he’s basically assuming we will get beaten in the first few fixtures anyway so why bother with a proper pre-season preparation, may as well just use the Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal games as a warm-up while crowds are paying the players wages for him.

    I assume we can look forward to plenty of HoF ads at the stadium now mixed in amongst the SD and other tat the odious owner peddles…

  • Andrew Cowley

    Perez was poor no where near a 7.atsu lucky with a 4 more like a 1.otherwise about right.