3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday finished Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0.
On Tuesday it was a goal after 24 seconds that Rafa’s players somehow managed to recover from but this time Newcastle lose out to a late Son goal.
The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game.
Could have easily won the game
We had our chances in the game! So this wasn’t exactly the classic Rafa ‘sit back and do nothing for most of the game’ performance. When Newcastle did get on the ball they looked to make things happen. Rondon hit the post, Perez missed a sitter, and then had another half-chance from outside the box in the second half.
Spurs may have hit the post twice, and had two cleared off the line but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have chances, and if it had finished 0-0 or 1-0 to Newcastle, then I don’t think you could begrudge us.
Sean Longstaff… again
Longstaff surprised me once again with his performance yesterday. The stats suggest he covers some ground but you wouldn’t think it from watching him. He really does look like a Michael Carrick type of player who rarely looks like he is getting out of second gear, but always looks in control of his surroundings.
He has now featured against Chelsea, Man City and Spurs in the space of a month and he has not looked out of his depth once.
At the moment, given his form, it would be criminal to drop him if Ki, Diame or Shelvey come back into the side.
Plenty of room for improvement
It has been a great week for us in terms of the result against city, a new signing and a decent performance yesterday. From a football point of view, the sides that we are putting out still look rubbish (on paper). So if we are able to beat City, and compete with Spurs yesterday without the likes of Dummett, Shelvey, Ki, Diame, Muto and then Almiron… then can only be a positive with decent players ready to come back into the side.
As soon as Tottenham scored yesterday that was it. Game over. Yes, it may have been late in the day anyway, but you knew that there was nothing on the bench that could give us some spring and impetus in the final 10 minutes.
Kenedy did absolutely nothing when he came on. He really does look like a player lacking confidence, and who quite frankly, does not want to be here. As for the new lad, I don’t think he touched the ball except to deliver a weak cross in the box.
Do we have anything in the squad to offer a plan B? Apologies for this, and you may laugh, but Peter Crouch went to Burnley on deadline day, and with us looking for any striker that isn’t Joselu, I don’t think he would have been a terrible option to have in the last 15 minutes of a game.
Over-reliance on Rondon
What is clear is that without Rondon in this side, there still isn’t anything going forward. I think no matter how good Almiron may be, he can’t play two positions at once can he? Will he be so good that he makes up for Joselu playing in front of him? I doubt it
Rondon looked knackered after an hour yesterday, having played a lot of football recently. I hope we don’t burn him out too quickly so that he gets injured or simply becomes ineffective in the season’s run in.
The one good season Ayoze Perez had at Newcastle was his first season, where he mainly played as a lone centre forward, so perhaps that is an option going forward.
Players going straight down the tunnel
I am not going to name drop, so that any reader doesn’t think I am singling out certain players, but only four or five players came over at the end of the game to applaud the travelling fans.
When fans travel from all over the country, and mainly from the North East in the early hours, pay for travel, pay for accommodation, pay for their ticket, and invariably stand in the freezing cold watching rubbish, the least you can do is come over and say thanks at the end of the game.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Tottenham: Son 83
Possession was Tottenham 72% Newcastle 28%
Total shots were Tottenham 21 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Tottenham 4 Newcastle 2
Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Barreca 86), Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 82), Perez, Rondon
Woodman, Clark, Joselu, Manquillo Fernandez
Crowd: 41,219 (Newcastle 3,200)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Wembley defeat HERE)
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(Mauricio Pochettino reacts to the win over Newcastle HERE)
(Read our match report from the game HERE)
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