|NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 (1)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 (3)|
|Date : – 17th October 2021||Kick off : – 16.30|
|Competition : – Premier League||Venue : – St. James Park|
|Crowd : – 52,214|
|Referee : – Andre Marriner (West Midlands)||Linesmen : – Mr. Richard West; Mr. Scott Ledger|
|Fourth official : – Andy Madeley|
|VAR official : – Chris Kavanagh||VAR Assistant : – Dan Cook|
|Weather : – Dry, mild|
|Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the Gallowgate end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 14 minutes
|NEWCASTLE UNITED||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|Wilson 01m 47s||Ndombele 16m 57s|
|Dier (o.g.) 88m 48s||Kane 21m 24s|
|Son 45+2m 53s|
|Longstaff (persistent fouling) 34||Royal (foul on Saint-Maximin) 64|
|Clark (foul on Kane) 54|
|Willock (simulation) 64|
|Hayden (foul on Moura) 68|
|Shelvey (foul on Ndombele) 78|
|Joelinton (persistent fouling) 90+3.|
| Shelvey (Second Yellow – foul on Regulion) 83
|NEWCASTLE UNITED||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|26.||Karl DARLOW||1.||Hugo LLORIS (c)|
|19.||Javier MANQUILLO||12.||EMERSON Royal|
|6.||Jamaal LASCELLES (c)||15.||Eric DIER (o.g.)|
|2.||Ciaran CLARK||4.||Cristian ROMERO|
|11.||Matt RITCHIE||3.||Sergio REGUILON|
|14.||Isaac HAYDEN||5.||Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG|
|28.||Joe WILLOCK ( 23. Jacob MURPHY 77)||27.||Lucas MOURA|
|36.||Sean LONGSTAFF ( 8. Jonjo SHELVEY 60 )||28.||Tanguy NDOMBELE|
|9.||Callum WILSON ( 21. Ryan FRASER 77)||10.||Harry KANE|
|29.||Mark GILLESPIE||22.||Pierluigi GOLLINI|
|12.||Jamal LEWIS||25.||Japhet TANGANGA|
|5.||Fabian SCHAR||6.||Davinson SANCHEZ|
|18.||Federico FERNANDEZ||33.||Ben DAVIES|
|16.||Jeff HENDRICK||8.||Harry WINKS|
|34.||Dwight GAYLE||20.||DELE Alli|
|–||18.||Giovani LO CELSO|
|Manager : – Steve Bruce||Manager : – Nuno Espirito Santo|
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|What started out as a celebration of incoming cash for Newcastle fans, ended as an all too familiar pointless after as Spurs cashed out with three points, which should have been secured by a more comfortable score-line than the final 3-2 win.
With the focus on the new owners, it was strange that they were all wearing black. Spurs kicked off as the PA let out a piercing shriek that came after the blasting music had whipped up a frenzy among the Toon ranks with their flags and banners. But they don’t win games, as we have found out ourselves in the past. The home crowd were noisy again within a couple of minutes. The ball went wide right and Saint-Maximin played it to the over-lapping Manquillo to cross into the near post, where Callum Wilson got across Romero to power a header past Lloris’ right hand. With all the hype, I suppose it was on the cards that this would happen, but Spurs needed to be aware that they were going to face an early onslaught.
Tottenham were rattled by both the atmosphere and the early goal, but also by the late tackles Longstaff and Hayden put in, causing our players to hurry passes and give the ball away. Amazingly for all the fuss about the takeover and the early goal, the home crowd went pretty quiet from five minutes in and you could only hear the Spurs fans singing. Tottenham were holding onto possession and moving it slowly, but when it was sped up by Ndombele finding Moura on the right, the winger’s cross was fired too high and too hard, going off for a throw-in on the other side of the pitch.
Reality hit the Toon Army in the 17th minute when Dier’s long pass out to Reguilon on the left was played square for Tanguy Ndombele to drill the ball around Lascelles to beat Darlow who was unsighted. “Come on You Spurs” rang out from the upper tier where our fans were located after the quick break had opened up Newcastle with ease.
Lascelles won a header from a corner, but put it over the bar under pressure from Romero, but Spurs found the net again in the 22nd minute when Kane latched onto a ball over the Newcastle back line from Hojbjerg and lifted it over Darlow who was in no-man’s land from just inside the penalty area, but was flagged offside. However, VAR looked at it, with Manquillo away to Kane’s left playing him onside as a flick of his right boot turned the game around for Tottenham. Finishing the move, Kane did what he is best at and then it was all down to the officials in Stockley Park to make a decision. Silence rang out across the home sections of the crowd as “You’re not singing anymore” came down from the top tier.
You had the feeling that that might not have been the last goal in the match though. Reguilon was soon looking for an early cross into Kane, but it came off Saint-Maximin for a corner that Son played in with pace and it went right across the face of goal, only needing a touch to add further misery to the home support. Skipp was required to race back to get a really good tackle in on Saint-Maximin and then the Newcastle man almost got in on a clever ball from Wilson through Royal’s legs, but Regi was covering to make sure that there was no contact by shielding the ball from Saint-Maximin.
A good break from Spurs saw Lucas burst through midfield but when the ball went out right to Ndombele, his square ball to an unmarked Son in the middle of the pitch 20 yards out wasn’t weighted well enough and was picked off. Then Son’s through pass to Kane was over-hit when a pass out to Reguilon on the left should have been the pass that was played. When Tanguy got played the ball just outside the left corner pf the Newcastle box, he stepped over and swung his hips to make inroads into the box and ended up winning a corner. Lucas rose way above everyone and rattled the bar with a header. It was put out for a throw, from which Kane wriggled along the dead-ball line and there has to be a desperate challenge to put it out for another corner. Some confusion arose as Son shaped to take it, but it transpired that a fan in the crowd needed a defibrillator with the players urging the physios to get over there.
The game was halted while treatment was provided and then the players left the field with five minutes still to play. The players came out after about 15 minutes, when the person had been taken off to hospital and had to warm up for a few minutes before the match restarted. Tottenham’s corner was cleared and then it was worked forward again, with Lucas having a shot blocked. Spurs had been sharp after the suspension and it was rewarded by a third goal. Hojbjerg picked up a loose ball, played it up to Tanguy who fed it infield to Lucas. He nut-megged Hayden and played a forward pass into the right side of the box for Kane to run on to. Freed to take a touch, he looked up and squared it for Son to tap in from a couple of yards out to give Spurs a 3-1 lead. It was a well-worked goal, but once again emphasised the weaknesses in the Magpies’ defence, which all the money in Saudi Arabia might be needed to put right.
Saint-Maximin fired a shot wide after coming in from the left side and there was a moment when Emerson Royal went down after being fouled late by Willock, with Newcastle playing on with the referee failing to stop the game and the Newcastle supporters had the hypocrisy to boo the Spurs players for their reaction to the ball not being put out when it was they who brought the Newcastle fan’s situation to the attention of the referee. Marriner blew the whistle straight away when Saint-Maximin threw the ball out for a goal-kick.
An extended and thrilling first half saw Spurs open up Newcastle at will after the impetus of the second minute goal had dissipated and the hush that fell over the home fans spoke volumes about the support the club needs – both vocal and financial.
The second half opened scrappily, but Spurs looked more controlled in possession and having a few chances when Regi nut-megged Hayden to get free in the box, but decided to back-eel it only to a black and white striped shirt and then Ndombele was blocked when he tried to wriggle into a shooting position. Newcastle were vulnerable to the break and when a ball was played out of defence to Harry Kane just inside the Newcastle half, showed where the problems lay for the home club. Taking the ball down and turning away from Ciaran Clark, the Toon defender could only bring him down with a cynical and vicious challenge, for which he got a booking.
When Harry Kane played the ball from the right side of the box to the left after being sent clear, Ndombele swayed inside to fire a shot at goal that whistled over the angle of the goal. Newcastle wanted a penalty when Willock went to turf in the box but didn’t get a booking, as did Emerson for trying to pull back Saint-Maximin. Spurs then broke and Hojbjerg should have passed to Kane on his right, but chose to go to Son to his left, but he was crowded out on the edge of the box.
Saint-Maximin hit another fierce shot way off target, as it looked like he was the only one who would be likely to make things happen, whereas, today, Tanguy was the one who was quickening up the Spurs moves with some sharp passing. And it was some smooth skill between him, Regi and Hojbjerg worked the ball in their own corner of the pitch to get it out and when Ndombele breezed past substitute Shelvey, the bald midfielder was only capable of hacking him down. Spurs were pushing forward and when Hojbjerg crossed, Ritchie threw an arm up and following a lengthy review, it wasn’t given as a penalty. Oh, how that view had been taken at home when a penalty was given in the last minute at the THS last season.
Newcastle’s sub lasted only another five minutes as Reguilon was sent away and Shelvey’s lack of pace and intelligence saw him take the Spaniard down with the inevitable yellow and accompanying red being shown. It’s all very well having pride and passion, but if you lack the footballing intelligence to go with it, then it counts for little.
Kane hammered the free-kick into the wall, as the stands started to empty of black and white shirts, while all the noise was coming from the Tottenham boys. 88.48 They perked up a bit when a free-kick was given against Dier thirty yards out and when it was played in it dipped onto Dier and he kneed it past Lloris to give the score-line an unbalanced look. Having looked more than comfortable, the last six minutes looked more nervy than they should have been.
Boos rang around the ground as the final whistle went and the first thing the new owners will have to do is pay the fine they will receive from the Premier League for racking up seven bookings. The lack of anything much in the Newcastle side leaves them stuck in the bottom two and without a win, as their vigorous approach lacked any finesse and Spurs were able to play their way around them. We should have finished them off rather than having to play keep-ball at the end after the own goal went in.
The win put Spurs fifth, above Man United and while things aren’t perfect by any means and we shouldn’t get carried away by beating Newcastle, there are signs that the team is starting to gel. Ndombele, Reguilon, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Kane and Son all played a major part in the win, with Lucas working as hard as ever. Royal looked useful and he was keen to get forward, Dier and Romero did well for the majority of the time, but were responsible for one of the goals each. With more games together and more time on the training pitch, hopefully the understanding of what Nuno wants will improve.
A full stadium at St. James Park for the first time in a long time didn’t really provide the backing throughout that the new buyers might have hoped for. Money will mean nothing if the club do not move away from their current league position. Jonathan Woodgate has spoken out about how difficult it is to attract players to the North-East and the prospect of a battle against relegation with no European football makes it even less so. It is never going to change overnight, but Newcastle’s pipe-dreams will take a long time to realise. As it is, the most important thing that came out of the day’s events was that the fan who required medical assistance was stable. Hopefully, he will be back at St. James Park soon.
The Heathrow Spur
|Steve Bruce managed a team for the 1,000th time.
Newcastle’s first goal was their 50th home goal scored against Spurs in the Premier League.
|Norwich City||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||0|
|Leicester City||2||Manchester United||4|
|Aston Villa||2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|South Coast Big Club||1||Leeds United||0|
|Everton||0||West Ham United London||1|
Premier League Table 2021-22
|4||Brighton & Hove Albion||8||4||3||1||8||5||15||+3|
|7||West Ham United London||8||4||2||2||15||10
|15||South Coast Big Club||8||1||4||3||6||10||7||-4|