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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

4 weeks ago
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Sunday finished Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1.

Steve Bruce winning his first game in charge of Newcastle United.

A tight defensive display and excellent Joelinton goal bringing home the three points.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives after the final whistle.

This time it is Jamie Swan:

Well who would have believed it?

After last weekend against Norwich, even those holidaying in Broadmoor at Her Majesty’s leisure wouldn’t have had us on their accie.

Put all the rest of it to one side with Ashley, Charnley and Bruce for one afternoon. The lads today worked their pods off. On a day so hot that you could fry an egg on a pan handled face, the effort and discipline were top notch.

POSITIVES

If it’s not broke

Auld Brucey picked the strongest team available and went back to the 3-4-3 that served us so well under Rafa.

That meant Shelvey out and Longstaff back in the hub. No coincidence that this made us look much tighter and organised in all areas.

If it’s not broke – DON’T TRY AND FIX IT MAN!

Workrate

The team workrate was ridiculous.

They cumulatively ran miles more than Spurs and hats off to every man. Nobody let the team down.

Defence

The back three today were absolutely terrific.

They were proper men today and fair play to them.

Spurs really could not break us down and not even VAR or Mike Dean could spoil it!

Longstaff was wonderful, apart from a couple of stray passes and Joelinton’s all round performance (not just goal) was 100% better than his last.

NEGATIVES

Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint Maximin going off after 15 minutes looked like a nightmare scenario, but in steps Atsu of the same barbers and sets up big Joe. Hopefully he’s going to get fit soon.

Almiron decision making

Almiron going forward and taking daft risks of running with the ball just outside our own box.

His workrate was phenomenal by the way, not slagging him – but his decisions can be poor.

Nearly scored but he needs some kind of impact going forward soon.

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley still exists and I’m running low on beer.

Enjoy your Bank Holiday people.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 25 August 4.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Joelinton 27

Possession was Tottenham 80% Newcastle 20%

Total shots were Tottenham 16 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Tottenham:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 82), Dummett,  Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 17), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 88)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey

Crowd: 59,245  (3,000 NUFC)

(Mauricio Pochettino not happy with the game – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Read match ratings for all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win – Read HERE)

You can follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieSwan1

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