Newcastle beat Tottenham 3-1 in a well contested game at St. Jamesâ€™ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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. 😀
Hereâ€™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 â€“ which is not good given weâ€™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 Nâ€™Zogbia Faye gets a good close header in that rebounds off the post â€“ very close to a goal for the Magpies from their first set piece.
14 mins â€“ 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 â€“ itâ€™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 itâ€™s a great block by the Brazilian on the edge of the area.
27 mins â€“ 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 itâ€™s a deflection but the referee gives a goal kick.
The best way to describe this game after 39 minutes is itâ€™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 itâ€™s cleared.
Itâ€™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 â€“ 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 kepperâ€™s lefty. The keeper has no chance. A great first goal of the season for James Milner â€“ 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 â€“ wonder if heâ€™s been practicing â€“ he looks confident.
Newcastle are slowing the goal down and playing it safety first. Is this the end for Martin Jol? Thatâ€™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