FT: Newcastle 3 Tottenham 1 – Newcastle Too Good for Spurs



Newcastle beat Tottenham 3-1 in a well contested game at St. James’ Park tonight and deserved their win. But Spurs have to blame their poor defending for losing this game. Newcastle were too good up front against a poor Spurs defense.

The first goal was a bad mistake by Michael Dawson as Oba Martins won a 50 yard long high ball from Spaniard Jose Enrique and Oba had the ball in the net before the Spurs defense knew what was happening.


Oba Martins – another great Martins opportunist goal

Then on 52 minutes a beautiful corner from the right came across from N’Zogbia and Cacapa powered home an unstoppable header, his first goal for the club. It was a typical set play that Newcastle practice every day and Faye had hit the post from another corner in the first half. Cacapa easily beat Dawson to the ball, who has to take responsibility for the goal. Newcastle were on top but surprisingly within 5 minutes Spurs had scored.

On 57 minutes the ball hit the post from a Bent header and Keane stabbed the ball home – a goal out of nowhere. Tottenham were right back in the game and it was a bad goal to give away by the home side – and no clean sheet again.

Then on 73 minutes Milner hit his first goal of the season, when he mishit his first attempt but the ball came back to him and he hit a beautiful left foot volley to the left of Carny, who had no chance. A great goal from young Milner.


Claudio Cacapa – a great headed 2nd goal – and man of the match

Newcastle brought on Rozehnal for Michael Owen with 12 minutes to go and David slotted in front of the back four to mop up. Newcastle played the last minutes out comfortably as all the commentators are talking about is Tottenham – but Newcastle take all 3 points. 😀


Here’s a minute by minute account of the game – which in the first half was extremely tentative.

7 mins The play has been scrappy with both sides trying to get control of the midfield. But its clear Tottenham have come here for points.

10 mins Newcastle are playing too many high balls up front – which is not good given we’ve got two small strikers tonight.

The game has been subdued in the first 10 minutes and both teams are respecting each other too much.

13 mins From a corner from N’Zogbia Faye gets a good close header in that rebounds off the post – very close to a goal for the Magpies from their first set piece.

14 mins – Tottenham take a quick free kick and Keane puts the ball towards goal but Beye kicks clear. It could have been a goal and Given is furious because Tottenham played the free kick quickly when Bale was waving for treatment.

Owen and Martins are showing great speed and if they can get running at the Tottenham defense they can cause big problems. But the balls in continue to be too high.

19 mins 18 year-old Bale has an ankle injury and is replaced by the Fin Teemu Tainio.

Newcastle are playing it very safe at the back with several balls being played back to given.

23 mins The game needs a goal – it’s like a morgue out there.

A wonderful tackle by Beye stops a Tottenham attack dead in its tracks and he plays the ball away.

Cacapa blocks a shot beautifully, but with his face, but it’s a great block by the Brazilian on the edge of the area.

27 mins – Owen gets the ball through in the left channel and a beautiful shot but the goalkeeper Cerny makes a good save to his left. Half a chance. The Tottenham defense looks shaky on set pieces.

29 mins Keane gets some space but a weak shot is easily saved by fellow Irishman Given.

Newcastle are lacking a cutting edge up front and need to stop punting the ball up the middle.

33 mins Emre gets the ball loose about 10 yards outside the area but shoots wide.

Geremi puts a free kick wide to the right but it’s a deflection but the referee gives a goal kick.

The best way to describe this game after 39 minutes is it’s all very tentative. A goal is needed to set the game alight.

Martins gets loose somehow in the penalty box and his shot is blocked by Cerny and Owen following up hits the ball towards the goal but again it’s cleared.

It’s a boring game.

Then Martins gets clear in the center and beautifully shoots past Cerny. Cerny gets a foot to it, but the ball is in the net. Poor defending by the Spurs defense – Michael Dawson – and a typical Martins goal. A goal out of nothing and he punishes the lethargic Tottenham defense.

Much better game now as Spurs have come alive – it was a terrible time for Newcastle to give that goal away and shows how Spurs are very dangerous.

This game is shaping up like the Everton games as Spurs are right back in it.

70 mins Darren bent in the inside right channel shoots over from a decent chance.

The game is very delicately balanced and the next goal will be vital.

73 minutes Milner mis-kicks the ball just outside the area but it bounces in front of him and he hits a beautiful shot from outside the penalty area to the kepper’s lefty. The keeper has no chance. A great first goal of the season for James Milner – just what we needed.

We must not give them another goal.

A powerful tackle from Faye takes the ball and Bent, and the ball goes for a throw in.

78 mins A defensive move by Big Sam as he brings on David Rozehnal for Michael Owen. Michael has had a decent game but with no luck.

Sam wants to shut up shot against a good attacking side. Not a bad move when 2 goals up and 12 minutes to go

David Rozehnal has been pur in front of the back two to mop up the loose balls.

Sam still looks worried on the touchline remembering no doubt that Spurs came back from 4-1 against Aston Villa to draw 4-4.

Given plucks two high crosses out of the air in great style – wonder if he’s been practicing – he looks confident.

Newcastle are slowing the goal down and playing it safety first. Is this the end for Martin Jol? That’s all the commentators are discussing.

The final whistle goes after 3 minutes of added time and Newcastle were just too good for Spurs who can blame slack defending for this defeat.


Newcastle: Given, Beye, Faye, Capaca, Enrique, Geremi, Butt, Emre, N’Zogbia, Owen, Martins
Subs: Harper, Rozehnal, Barton, Milner, Ameobi

Tottenham: Cerny, Chimbonda, Dawson, Kaboul, Lee, Malbranque, Jenas, Zokora, Bale, Bent, Keane
Subs: Forecast, Tainio, Lennon, Gardner, Berbatov

57 comments so far

  • ToonJon

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Good result for us and hope we can win against reading

    Good to see barton back on training

  • Hog

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Another well ground-out result. Still to impress with a performance yet, however. But it’s the results that matter!!

    Keep winning lads, even if it’s as averagely as this!!

  • Soren

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah good result. Only downside was that we conceded a stupid goal, and from there lost concentration in defence for a while. Still some work to do in the back. Also first half was too much high ball for my liking. Especially when playing Owen/Martins up front. But all in all good result and nice to see Barton.

  • Howie

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    wen barton came on did he help much as just before he came on it seemed like spurs would be de only team to score the 4th

  • Sinead

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Good overall, defending was a bit dodgy now and then, cost us the goal like but other then that, everyone did well enough.

  • Obafan

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Fantastic 3 pints, now we need to get some results away from home starting on Saturday at Reading.

    What do you think about our central duo Cacapa and Faye? IMO they looked rock solid and were unhappy with the goal. Chimbonda had lots of space and time to deliver his cross, there is where it started to go wrong. But after 10 sloppy minutes we recovered and pushed on the see a fantastic Milner goal (a bit lucky but nicely placed in the corner).

  • Howie

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    wat im tryin to say is did he make a difference or was he unfit from lack of games

  • john75

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Martin Jol was right, Spurs are in a different class to us. They’re crap and we’re much better than them. Brilliant result! Altohugh to listen to the idiots on Setanat Sports, you would think that we were only there to make up the numbers and Spurs only lost because they were rubbish, not because we put three goals past them AGAIN!!!!! Haway the toon.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton fitted in well, he did good for the little time he was one.

    @Obafan: I’m loving the Faye Cacapa partnership, rock solid. Also Enrique is great, he’s passing skills are far superior toe the average fullback.

    Great result, now let’s put reading away and were in a really really good position.

  • ALEX

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Happy but Martins and Owen just partnership donesn’t work 🙁
    Not enough smart balls from the middle…

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah, it didn’t work, time for Smudge and Owen against Reading.

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Great fight, we put a nail into the coffin of one of the teams that were thought to be hard rivals for the european places… Also made Jol eat humple pie… Oh, and do urself a favour, go and read all the spurs fans comments, kinda refreshing after all the slack they threw our way when things were bad for us.

  • Bill f

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #13

    A win is a win is a win, grind is good, pretty comes later with the extra confidence.

  • SteveD

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m lovin it

  • Andy77

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Fantastic result, thought that we’d win but the strength of the defensive players for the duration of the game was an added bonus. Thought there was little support for the front two, especially as they were constantly chasing high balls. On the plus side, there was a good introduction for Barton and consistency with the back 4!!! Well done lads.

  • Murvar

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought Faye was man of the match – just a solid defender, and Cacpa is a class act (as is Rozenhal). Still not so sure about Beye and unlike Toon King I though Enrique’s passing was poor especially in the first half. But they will all improve from playing together. To be a bit negative, I do think Martins is the worst forward outside the box I have ever seen in a black and white shirt. The number of times he miscontrols the ball or gives it away is astonishing and just puts pressure back on our midfield and defence. But IN the box, that’s a different story………….

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #17

    hey Valle where do i go to read some Spurs comments and laugh in their face??

  • Alex

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #18

    ùntill we went 2-0 up they were never in the game our defence was rock solid, then all of a sudden we let them back into the game.Why in gods name is Allardyce so intent on defending a lead instead of keeping up the attacking momentum.But all in all it is another good result, upwards and onwards we go .Also its nice to see 3 diffrent goalscorers this means there is goals throughout the side and not just from Owen ,Martins and Viduka.

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Murvar… Couldnt agree more about Martins, spot on. He seriously needs some concentrated training on his touches and technique

  • MagpieNeil

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #22

    anyone put up the goals yet?

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Toonking… Seems like i am not alloved to post the links for some reason

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #24

    ahh, there they where 🙂

  • squid

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #25

    faye was brilliant. he really was outstanding. we will miss him come january. nice to see barton back. hopefully we can kick on from here and get a result on sat. toon toon, blak and white army!!!!!

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #26

    where ?? 🙂 i can’t see no link 🙁

    Just gimme a name i can google 😉 , i really wanna rub it in their faces……

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #27

    there are 2 posts with links just above the one were i say that i cant post em 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #28

    I can’t see it, it’s probably awaiting moderation so only u can see it.

  • Hammy

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Great result…if not performance…it was fantastic to see “Boy Blunder” aka Robinson squirming in his seat on Sentanta as Sherwood and Mcmanaman slagged off the Tottenham defence no end…a refreshing change,

    … isn’t it great to have a half decent bench with players that can make a difference.
    Anybody else agree with BUTT being MOM?????

  • Jinal

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I skipped class to watch the game but couldn’t get the stream to work for me 🙁

    A couple of questions :

    Did Emre add some creativity to our plays?
    How was Barton’s performance? Did he have any major impact on the game?
    What about Owen and Martins – how well did that work out up front?

    From what I’ve read here, our defence looked solid. I’d appreciate all the info.


  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #31

    ahh perhaps u cant see em… on my screen it says that they are awaiting moderation… Anyway google harry hotspur and look at vitalfootballs spurs site 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #32

    hahahha thanx valle, gonna get me-self a little bedtime reading 😉

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonking… Cheers 😉

  • The Big P

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha Ha, lol lol Jol!!!!

    Spurs can break into the bottom three this season!!

    “we got top five twice, we are so great, poor newcastle!!!”

    Great home performance, gutted about the time and space for the cross that led to the spurs goal though.

    We are still improving aswell!!!

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Jinal… I wouldnt say that Emre added that much and Barton ran allot but our formation was kinda 5-4-1 in the end so it was mostly defensive… Owen and martins didnt work, but to be fair we played an awful lot of high balls considered we used those two, but Martins control is also to pour for Owen to play of him… The defense looks allot better than what we have seen in recent years, but they still need to gel. Faye looks to be a top class defender tho, and allot of ppl (myself included) will eat humble pie… Our set pieces have had allot of work in training for sure, and our corners where absolute top class.

  • Velok

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #36

    …of course the assist on 2-0 goes to Emre, as he actually took that corner.
    Zog was subbed at the time of the goal…

    A solid performance, it can only get better as they get used to play together.
    The whole backline is new, in addition to Geremi, that’s half the team!
    Of course it takes time to gel.. if we keep on winning in the meantime…. 😀

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #37

    You guys should really read the spurs on their blog, it’s hilarious. Before the game : “Come on we have better players hahha, we are the better team hahah”

    After the game : “Sack Jol, Sack the Board, Sack the players aarrrrghgghg were going down aggrhghgh ”

    It’s great. I’m loving tonight.

  • valle

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonking… I really like the ones where they blame Jol for firing us up with his pre match comments 😀

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #39

    A great post by a Spurs fan named Vinny 🙂 lol :

    “We played with the cohesion and class of a 3rd hand robin reliant.

    We played with the courage of the scared little boy in the playground that everyone picks on and can’t handle it no more.

    Tactical balls up AGAIN with 2 of our only creative players on the bench – Berba and Lennon…beggars can’t be choosers Martin, you have to use these 2 with the current lack of creativity problems.

    Team looked beyond recognition from the last 2 seasons not even premiership quality until a 10 or 15 minute spell…shock horror that was when Berba came on and showed how the ball can be contolled and passed and lead the line much better.

    Then it all goes completely tits up again when invisible pussy man Jenas cannot make a decent challenge on Milner who stabs us in the heart and shoves Jol’s pre-match silly comments up his arse.

    I then see Jol post-match mumbling incomprehendably saying stuff about cutting out the rubbish yet he says we looked great when Bale was on – for f*^&ck sake he was only on for about 10 minutes!…and then has the gall which I can only put down to embarrasement to say Newcastle aren’t fantastic anyway!…you f*&^king idiot, Sam Allardyce just totally outwitted you and still kept his dignity not once slagging off Spurs.


  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #40

    I was just thinking ………what if Spurs will win the UEFA Cup??? they’ll be the first Championship side in history to defend it ………..hahha rofl 🙂


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