Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 – Match ratings of all NUFC players
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 2 February 12.30pm
We asked Kevin Christie to give us his match ratings after Saturday’s match.
A disappointing end to a match just when it looked like Newcastle were coming away with a point.
Rafa Benitez also left wondering what would have happened if Rondon’s 51st minute header had gone in off the post, rather than rebounding to safety.
Dubravka – 5: Had been his usual dependable self up until he made the unfortunate mistake for Son’s goal.
Was solid and alert to any danger. Quick off his line to claim crosses too.
Nearly messed up again late on when he did well to snuff out a Spurs through-ball but didn’t manage to clear the danger properly. Not his best game for us but would be harsh to blame the defeat on him.
Yedlin – 5: Had a tough day today.
Spurs had a lot of joy down their left all afternoon – especially in the first half with Vertonghen whipping in a number of dangerous crosses.
Did manage a couple of useful blocks and clearances but only managed to get forward in any meaningful way a couple of times all game
Lascelles – 7: Defensively solid for the most part today with the odd blip – a mix-up with Ritchie and Dubravka early in the second half could have been costly. Made lots of important blocks and clearances and nipped a few dangerous situations in the bud.
Lejeune – 6: A decent performance today but probably his worst game since his return from injury. Positioning was sound for the most part and made a couple of important interceptions.
Distribution was a bit off in the first half but found his range after the break and played some useful balls up that Yedlin and Pérez were unlucky not to take advantage of.
Schär – 8: Our best defender today.
Made a few vital blocks and clearances – most notably when running back to clear Eriksen’s shot off the line just after the hour mark.
Kept things simple and was alert to danger all afternoon.
Ritchie – 6: Put in a shift, as usual.
Got through a lot of defensive work today, so didn’t get much chance to be involved in an attacking sense bar a couple of useful deliveries in each half. .
Hayden – 6: Was pleasantly surprised with him today.
Neat and tidy and denied Spurs space to play in the middle. Prevented dangerous situations developing with a couple of important interceptions.
Did what was asked of him. No complaints.
Longstaff – 6: Wasn’t involved much but did a good job of screening the back five and denying Spurs space.
Positioning was excellent. Didn’t really manage to get on the ball at all though.
Atsu – 4: Very poor performance today and really struggled to make any impact.
Was anonymous and ineffective for the most part. His lack of quality really held us back a few times in the first half when a quick break was on.
Ayoze – 6: Effort was there but didn’t have it in him to make a telling contribution today.
Had a couple of great moments where fancy footwork helped him find an extra yard and set us off on the attack but he fluffed his lines when a couple of half chances fell his way.
Rondón – 7: Wasn’t involved much but did very well when he was.
Bullied the Spurs defence and kept them busy and managed to play team-mates in a few times after holding the ball up well.
Unlucky not to score when he hit the post after getting on the end of a good Yedlin ball in.
Kenedy – N/A (Not on long enough) Looked nervy but at least tried to get on the ball and make things happen.
Oddly, he seemed to play most of his passes with the outside of his left boot!
Barreca – N/A (Not on long enough) Overlapped well to provided a wide option a couple of times near the end. A promising cameo.
Looking forward to him getting match fit so Atsu can be benched.
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
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