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Stan Collymore calls out Harry Kane for ‘conning’ referee with dive and is baffled by Newcastle United

4 weeks ago
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Interesting from Stan Collymore after he watched Newcastle take all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The former player compared the game to when Aston Villa played away at Spurs on the opening day.

Stan Collymore saying: ‘Deja vu watching Spurs v Newcastle /Spurs v Villa. Away team take the lead with a ball over the top of Sanchez, home team pen away team in their own half, Eriksen comes on eventually, and…

Two weeks ago Eriksen came on after 64 minutes and orchestrated a turnaround from 0-1 to 3-1, with Harry Kane getting two of the goals.

However, when the Dane was introduced on 62 minutes yesterday, it made absolutely no difference.

Newcastle kept their shape in a very deep lying defence and gave Kane and the rest no gaps to play through, whilst still looking dangerous on the odd break.

Stan Collymore picked Miguel Almiron out for special praise, the Paraguayan always available and willing to carry the ball and relieve pressure, as well as setting up attacks.

However, he was puzzled as to how Newcastle could be so bad a week earlier…’Makes you wonder how last week managed to be so insipid (against Norwich) and uninspiring when today was the opposite.’

Interesting to see him having a right go at Harry Kane as well.

Collymore accusing the Spurs striker of diving and trying to con the referee.

The former Liverpool player hopes this is a turning point after VAR failed to give Spurs the spot-kick, Stan Collymore saying he hopes it leads to more players staying on their feet instead of diving for penalties.

Stan Collymore via Twitter:

“Shows how flippantly penalties have been given for attacking players making a meal out of the slightest contact that many are losing their mind that at last someone in Stockley Park isn’t kidded.

“Wonderful, we’ll see more players stay on their feet rather than rely on conning.

“You know the sad thing? How many ex pros or pros don’t call out how hard it is to go down in the way many players do.

“Which mean people who’ve never played a meaningful game at any level have been conditioned that every minor contact is a penalty.

“People have been conditioned into “contact means penalty”.

“Ex pros who dived or played with divers, I get.

“But football journalists who say ‘definite pen’ without any understanding of how hard it actually is to go down like some do, is astounding.

“Deja vu watching Spurs v Newcastle /Spurs v Villa.

“Away team take the lead with a ball over the top of Sanchez, home team pen away team in their own half, Eriksen comes on eventually, and…

“Thought Newcastle were very good today.

“Managed to put fear into Spurs with pacey counter attacks and impressive workrate.

“Makes you wonder how last week managed to be so insipid (against Norwich) and uninspiring when today was the opposite.

“Really like Almiron.”

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)

(Alan Shearer reacts to Newcastle’s victory – Read HERE)

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