A fabulous performance from Tim Krul and goal from Loic Remy confirmed the 1-0 win for Newcastle at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham endured a very stale and dull first half. They lacked anything truly exciting despite the best efforts of Christian Eriksen and Andros Townsend.
Tottenham had a very nervous start especially on the stroke of ten minutes. Friedel was forced to make a double save as Gouffran struck an effort with all the offside Newcastle men unnoticed and Cabaye at the back post to be denied by the American. After just thirteen minutes, Spurs were behind. Remy latched onto the through ball by Gouffran and rounded Brad to tuck home the goal and give the visitors the lead.
Tottenham had their fair share of chances however. Tim Krul kept the visitors ahead with some fine saves including a Paulinho effort that was just tipped over. Soldado found himself on the floor several times after numerous fouls with Christian Eriksen receiving his own fair share also. Mousa Dembélé had an awful half for Tottenham. He couldn’t link passes, got caught out often and put the back four in trouble constantly. Paulinho could be to blame for pressure on the defence also. It was clear that the missing Sandro was needed to strengthen the middle as the combination in place was not successful.
Vlad Chiriches showed why he is getting picked for the league as he continued to show his skill and desire to push forward constantly. He made some exceptional tackles and runs throughout. Gylfi Sigurdsson disappeared and couldn’t make any decent chances for himself. His freekick effort was well blocked by the Newcaslte wall. It was clear that AVB needed to make some changes at the interval.
Sandro and Kaboul came on to replace the poor Mousa Dembélé and injured Vlad Chiriches. Spurs looked a lot fresher and ready to challenge for goals. Tim Krul continued his man of the match performance as he continued to deny Tottenham. Soldado continued to poach and even Eriksen found himself in space after receiving the Soldado dummy but his shot was saved. Tottenham were frustrating and it was apparent the home fans agreed. Kyle Walker made a decent piece of skill to set himself up for a cross to Soldado however the man was denied centrally.
The second half was continuously frustrating. The amount of shots Krul saved was astronomical and Spurs fans couldn’t believe it. Vertonghen tried, Paulinho tried, they all did. But it wasn’t going to happen. It was lack-lustre and there was only one man to blame. Andre Villas-Boas. He has got another game tactically wrong and has only himself to fault. Tottenham aren’t the side that walked over Norwich. They are a shadow of the former team including Bale. Changes need to be made, tactically but not managerial-wise.
Our new format of Player Ratings:
Friedel – “Not Lloris”
Walker – “Skill and a good work rate.”
Dawson – “Poor and made mistakes.”
Chiriches – “Our best and played half a game.”
Vertonghen – “Worked hard.”
Paulinho – “What up wid dat.”
Dembélé – “What up wid dat.”
Townsend – “Greeeeeeeeeeedy.”
Eriksen – “That’s better.”
Sigurdsson – “Who?”
Soldado – “Worked hard and was unlucky.”
MOTM – Octopus man.