|NEWCASH UNITED 6 (5)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 (0)|
|Date : – Sunday 23rd April 2023||Kick off : – 14.00|
|Competition : – Premier League||Venue : – St. James Park|
|Crowd : – 52,252|
|Referee : – David Coote (Nottinghamshire)||Linesmen : – Mr. Simon Bennett; Mr. Timothy Wood|
|Fourth official : – John Brooks|
|VAR official : – Neil Swarbrick||VAR Assistant : – Richard West|
|Weather : – Chilly, then wet|
|Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the Gallowgate end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 7 minutes
|NEWCASH UNITED||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|Murphy 01m 01s||Kane 48m 37s|
|Joelinton 05m 10s|
|Murphy 08m 12s|
|Isak 18m 15s|
|Isak 20m 11s|
|Wilson 66m 50s|
|Kulusevski (foul on Willock) 27|
|Skipp (foul on Guimaraes) 34|
|Romero (foul on Wilson) 74|
|NEWCASH UNITED||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|22.||Nick POPE||1.||Hugo LLORIS (c) ( 20. Fraser FORSTER 46)|
|2.||Kieran TRIPPIER (c) ( 19. Javier MANQUILLO 70)||23.||Pedro PORRO|
|5.||Fabian SCHAR ( 6. Jamaal LASCELLES 74)||17.||Cristian ROMERO|
|4.||Sven BOTMAN||15.||Eric DIER|
|33.||Dan BURN||14.||Ivan PERISIC|
|36.||Sean LONGSTAFF||29.||Pape Matar SARR ( 6. Davinson SANCHEZ 23)|
|39.||Bruno GUIMAREAS ( 8. Anthony GORDON 70)||5.||Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG|
|28.||Joe WILLOCK||4.||Oliver SKIPP|
|23.||Jacob MURPHY ( 24. Manuel ALMIRON 66)||21.||Dejan KULUSEVSKI ( 16. Arnaut DANJUMA 72)|
|14.||Alexander ISAK ( 9. Callum WILSON 66)||7.||Heung-Min SON ( 9. RICHARLISON 83)|
|1.||Martin DUBRAVKA||25.||Japhet TANGANGA|
|13.||Matt TARGETT||33.||Ben DAVIES|
|11.||Matt RITCHIE||34.||Clement LENGLET|
|32.||Elliott ANDERSON||45.||Alfie DEVINE|
= Assist = Goal scored = Own goal scored
|Manager : – Eddie Howe||Acting Manager : – Cristian Stellini|
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|Professor Stellini’s experiment blew up in his (and the Spurs fans) face as as poor a first 21 minutes as I can remember condemned Spurs to a heavy defeat and opened up a gap that will be more than difficult to close for Champions League football and leaves any European football for next season looking perilous. Changing to a back four after playing for so long with three at the back produced a muddled performance that saw Spurs thrashed with little merit to be taken from the game.
It was gone in 61 seconds. A ball behind Porro to the Newcash left got Joelinton in and he came back inside across the box to hit a low shot at goal that Hugo Lloris could only push out to his left where Jacob Murphy fired it back past him to give the home team a lead.
When a long diagonal ball from the Newcash right drifted over Romero’s head, Joelinton was in the clear in the box to take it to his right and shoot across Lloris into the opposite bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Spurs were three down in the ninth minute when Murphy fired in from over 25 yards out, with Lloris static and it was four in the 19th minute when Isak got on the end of a ball from the left inside their own half that curled around Dier, putting the swede in the clear to finish clinically.
Spurs did have a shot in the 13th minute when Skipp pulled a pass back for Kane to strike just indie the box, but it flew past the post and with 20 minutes on the clock, Spurs went 0-5 down. It was Isak again and this time he got onto a ball knocked back inside from the right after a long cross and struck it powerfully past Lloris.
Kulusevski curled a shot coming inside from the right that beat the far post and then he got booked for a foul on Willock, soon to be followed by Skipp, who slid in on Guimaraes. Romero’s fluffed clearance gave Willock a shot at goal that he skied over the top, then Longstaff saw a shot that was heading inside the post be deflected wide by Romero. It had started raining just to add insult to injury. The game was being played exclusively in our half, with only Porro’s thundered clearance getting the ball over the halfway line.
A nice move out from the backsaw it move up the left from Perisic inside to Hojbjerg, who easily beat Schar as he got into the left hand corner of the area and then shoot low across Pope to fine the inside of the net on the other side of the goal. There was little to celebrate, other than making it slightly less embarrassing. Perisic came in past Trippier to shoot, but it was always rising over the top. Son had a shot blocked with the loose ball volleyed over by Pedro Porro and despite Newcash flashing a couple of balls across the face of the Spurs goal before that, the balance of the game had changed in our favour, but then it couldn’t have been much worse. And then they brought on Callum Wilson.
Within 65 seconds a shot deflected off Romero and fell in front of goal for the Newcash sub to prod home from close range.
With twelve minutes left, Newcash broke away from a Spurs free-kick and with Gordon bearing down on goal, Forster managed to get a calf on his shot, with Perisic hacking the ball away from in front of goal for a corner. Tottenham cleared that one, but the next pinged around the box, with Joelinton’s effort being blocked to prevent further embarrassment. The Newcash player then caught Danjuma late on the ankle, which was worse than Skipp’s booking, but not even a free-kick was awarded. A couple of minutes before the end, Richarlison, on as a sub for Son, pulled a pass back to near the penalty spot and Danjuma, on as a sub for Deki, hit a first time shot that forced Pope to beat it out.
Unlike our last visit to St. James’, coming back after conceding in the second minute was not on the cards, as Tottenham folded just like a pack of them.
The experiment in playing Sarr in midfield and moving Porro to right back drastically back-fired on Stellini. The fact that it was stuck with beggars belief and to bring Sanchez on when we were 0-5 down was locking the stable door when the horse was a few miles away. Why have two left sided central defenders in Lenglet and Davies on the bench and one player – Japhet Tanganga – who has played right back in the past if you are not going to play them ? If they are not fully fit, then why were they on the bench ?
You have to feel sorry for Sarr, but, even with the injuries we have, is our squad so thin ? Mason was going mad at Stellini, as he has done a few times since Conte left. It makes interesting speculation on how they get on back at Hotspur Way. Will Ryan be the man in charge for the United match on Thursday ? It might just avoid the atmosphere that surrounded a game against the same side when Nuno was in the dug-out.
|Leicester City||2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1|
|AFC Bournemouth||0||West Ham United London||4|
Premier League Table 2022-23
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||29||14||7||8||54||37||49||+17|
|13||West Ham United London||31||9||7||15||33||41||34||-18|
|20||South Coast Big Club||32||6||6||20||27||56||24||-29|