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Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Krul’s heroics continue Spurs struggles in front of goal

Nov 10, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Loic Remy put the visitors ahead early and Tim Krul made sure it stayed that way as the Magpies secured their second straight top-class win with a 1-0 defeat of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs took 29 shots on goal – 14 on target – but they couldn’t find the back of the net and sit on just nine goals scored so far this Premier League season thanks to Krul’s outstanding match.

The game began with both teams looking to find their attacking sense, and it was Spurs who did so first.

Andros Townsend worked well on the right wing early, and the 10th minute saw him combine with Christian Eriksen win a corner. Roberto Soldado subsequently found himself free on the set-piece for a header but put it just over.

Newcastle were playing with a view to the counter-attack, however, and a beautiful ball just a minute later from Yohan Cabaye sprung Loic Remy free and only a fabulous last-ditch tackle from Vlad Chiriches saved the day.

Remy would make amends and finish well in the 13th minute and give Newcastle the lead.  Yoan Gouffran stole the ball from Paulinhoat the mid-line and immediately slotted Remy through past the defense caught out on possession.  Remy one-two touched around Friedel and finished into the empty net.

The goal, just the sixth Spurs have conceded all season, didn’t change the home side’s early approach to the match despite their lack of goalscoring thus far into the season.  It was more of the same from Tottenham though, with lots of passing but no cutting edge or final ball.

Finally Spurs found a chance in the 30th minute, as Eriksen put in a great ball for Soldado and his header was brilliant, but Tim Krul’s save was better to deny the Spaniard despite the beaming sun in his eyes.

source: Reuters

Loic Remy, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, was the man on the scoresheet for Newcastle.

The home side continued to press for an equalizer as Paulinho fired off a shot in the 41st minute but Krul again saved well, the 25-year-old Dutch keeper in fine form.

Halftime brought two changes for Andre Villas-Boas, one via injury as Vlad Chiriches suffered a facial laceration and was replaced by Younes Kaboul.  AVB also tactically removed Moussa Dembele for Sandro.

It brought a new attacking sense for Tottenham, with Paulinho able to push further forward.  Unfortunately for the home side, Tim Krul outdid his first-half heroics with a pair of spectacular saves.

First in the 50th minute Eriksen was in front of goal at point-blank range but Krul saved well.  Then came the beauty, a 52nd minute free kick from Sigurdsson that took a crazy deflection off the wall, but Krul switched direction and brilliantly stopped the ball, and also saved a follow-up before Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put the ball out.

Newcastle showed no threat of scoring a second, as the second half rolled on it was all about Tottenham equalizing or not.  They pushed, but between the lack of consistent creativity and Krul’s performance, it was not to be.  Paulinho had a chance in the 82nd minute but Krul was well-positioned, and Vergtonghen’s follow-up was saved low.

Shockingly for Newcastle, following their loss in the Tyne-Wear derby they now have not just wins over but also clean sheets against Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two matches, pushing them up to ninth in the table level with Manchester United on points.

For Spurs, they remain in sixth despite the opportunity to go third in the table with a win.

GOALS:

Newcastle – Remy 13′

LINEUPS:

Tottenham – Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Chiriches (Kaboul, 45′), Dawson; Paulinho, Dembele (Sandro, 45′); Townsend, Sigurdsson (Defoe, 69′), Eriksen; Soldado.

Newcastle – Krul; Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Debuchy, Santon; Cabaye, Gouffran (Obertan, 85′), Sissoko, Tiote; Remy (Cisse, 75′), Shola Ameobi (Anita, 60′).

  1. unclemosesgreen - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Spurs thought they had answered their goal scoring problems with the signing of Soldado but so far he has just one goal from open play & Spurs have but nine goals in league play. It’s just not working out as Soldado becomes increasingly frustrated with the lack of quality service. The wingers are just not picking him out – they seem more interested in cutting in to fire wild shots from distance. AVB seems a bit thick-headed on the whole. I really think it’s down to poor service from the sidelined & bad tactics from the bench. Spurs just have too much quality to be stuck on nine goals.

  2. madjeff106 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    You know when you become a Spurs supporter it comes with a health warning, not any more, we have swapped glory for technical excellence, the beautiful game as it should be played, like watching synchronised swimming only twice as boring. Please bring back the old Spurs, we use to let in more goals but we also scored more, we may have had many heart attacks in the space of 90 mins, but win or lose, you came away knowing you had just watched the most entertaining team in the land, not any more. I was gob smacked when we lost to West Ham, how could such a technically brilliant team lose like that, pure fluke until today when we done it again making another average side look brilliant. So time to ask a few questions.

    Number 1. Why does AVB never admit he gets things wrong, overruling the medics is one example, I think that is a weakness which he carries onto the pitch, persevering when others know when to change things.
    For example, why this obsession with inverted wingers. We have a problem with too many good left sided wingers. Easy answer un-invert them, play Townsend on the left and Lennon on the right. Lamila earned the right to play today, and should have played instead of Ericsson who has been poor to date, his dead balls were awful.
    I agree with with rotation but not every week, especially the back four, if their playing well together let then have run of a few games. What’s the point of procession if you don’t intend to get in the opposite box and attempt to score some goals. Why is Townsend allowed to waste his talent beating people only to have stupid shots from outside the area. At 1-0 down why did we waste to substitutions by swapping two defenders for two different defenders. Why iis Sigersson played on the wing when his best position is central. Why do we play so narrow when we have such Pacey wingers, why are so slow on the counter attack when that use to be our strength. I could go on and on and on and on… But like Tottenham I am becoming boring.

  3. joeoshea2013 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    The second half was better form Tottenham but we still couldn’t score. Frist things first get a better backup keeper, Friedel is too slow for the game. Second Lamela should have started in Townsend place and Townsend should be on the left. Demeble was poor and Sandro should have started. Tottenham need to increase pressure from the beginning of the game, get some crosses behind the back four, and need to get late runners into the box. I wonder how Holtby and Erikson would play together. If AVB disregard this notice I wouldn’t mind if he got sacked. Newcastle was a must win, now we have to win at City.

  4. joeoshea2013 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The second half was better form Tottenham but we still couldn’t score. Frist things first get a better backup keeper, Friedel is too slow for the game. Second Lamela should have started in Townsend place and Townsend should be on the left. Demeble was poor and Sandro should have started. Tottenham need to increase pressure from the beginning of the game, get some crosses behind the back four, and need to get late runners into the box. I wonder how Holtby and Erikson would play together. If AVB disregard this notice I wouldn’t mind if he got sacked. Newcastle was a must win, now we have to win at City. Danny Rose needs to get fit also.

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