Tottenham 2 – Newcastle 0 – Magpies Not Good Enough


We were worried before the game if the two Newcastle full-backs could hold the Tottenham wingers, but in the end two good goals from Lennon and Bale proved too much for the Magpies.

And it was made even worse for Newcastle, when Kaboul was sent off in the 66th minute for stupidly head-butting Tiote, but Newcastle still couldn’t get a goal – and don’t forget this was only Spurs’ second clean sheet of the season.

That probably tells the story of the Magpies attacking prowess today – there wasn’t any.

But if we were to be honest – playing in 4-5-1 without Nolan, meant that Newcastle were going to find it very hard to score goals, and so it proved.

This was not a good result for Newcastle, not just because it’s the third defeat in four league games, but we also played in a very defensive formation today, as though we were playing for a draw, which of course – therefore – we didn’t get.

The news was not good for Newcastle right from the start when star left-back Enrique pulled out of the game with a hamstring pull, and James Perch came in for his first game for over two months.

Given Tottenham have two excellent wingers in Lennon and Bale, we wondered before the game if Parch and Simpson would be up up it today.

But the lads played very solidly in the first half, and restricted Tottenham to a couple of chances and Tim Krul made a wonderful save in injury time when he deflected a Van der Vaart shot onto the post,  and it went across the goal to hit the other post – and was cleared.

So luck was on our side today – maybe?

But in the second half Spurs it was still even with maybe Spurs starting to get on top, and a wonderful goal from Aaron Lennon on 57 minutes put the home side into the lead.

The England International winger took the ball out wide, from a great pass from Van der Vaart, and with three Newcastle defenders seemingly covering the winger, he hit the ball across the goal and into the corner of the net.

It was not a good goal for Newcastle to concede, and we think Pardew may start to have nightmares about our defense if we don’t stop giving rather soft goals away.

There was a question mark about where Perch was, and also Krul seemed to be badly positioned for the shot. Great goal from a Tottenham viewpoint, but big questions about the Magpies defending.

But that was the all important first goal in the game, but then would you believe that Spurs tried to let Newcastle back into the game, in a bad tempered second half, when Kaboul stupidly head butted Tiote and was deservedly sent off.

Pardew brought on Nile Ranger for Gutierrez to start playing in a more attacking 4-4-2 formation, but Newcastle were finding it hard to penetrate with a well drilled Spurs outfit.

And manager Pardew then brought on Peter Lovenkrands for Tiote, who had picked up his 9th yellow card of the season in the first half, and tried to put pressure on Spurs to at least get a goal and a point.

But then  would you believe it, after 80 minutes Gareth Bale scored a goal only he could score,  when he want racing down the left wing evading Newcastle players, and from a narrow angle hit the ball right into the back of the net with that magic left foot of his.

Again there has to be a question about Tim Krul’s positioning from such a narrow angle, but the Welsh International hit the ball with aplomb.

And then right at the end, Steven Taylor went close when his header was cleared off the line by Modric.

And so it was the second defeat running in our four game run in 10 days, so even if we had tried we couldn’t have secured any fewer points.

And now it makes it almost imperative that we pick up points against Wigan Athletic away next Sunday and West Ham at home the following Wednesday.

But the worrying thing about today, is that when we have one or two players missing, we are not the same side, and again we missed Nolan and Enrique today, and one more yellow card from Tiote and he’ll miss two games.

The squad just doesn’t seem to be strong enough for the PL, and maybe Alan Pardew will now have to bring in a couple of  new players next month – if good ones are available.

Newcastle have only 5 points from the last 24 played for – in short in the last 8 games since the Arsenal win, we have one win, two draws and five defeats, and we have conceded 17 goals and scored just 9.

So Newcastle must start beating the weaker sides in the Premier League, otherwise we will have to start looking over our shoulders.

But this to us was a disappointing display, and obviously not the result we had hoped for, because we just didn’t do enough attacking to get anywhere near getting anything out of this game.

We hate to see teams go away from home and try to get a draw,  because that only restricts the number of points you play for – and we hope Alan isn’t going to be like big Sam Allardyce – heaven forbid – and we hope we are being very unfair to the new manager.

Newcastle under Alan Pardew, will need to be a lot braver if wee were to take points at places like White Hart Lane – and if we had done this at the Emirates there was no way we would have come away with that 1-0 win.

Fortune favors the brave and if you are not brave enough you don’t get anything out of a game – it’s as simple as that.

But it’s also just one game, and we didn’t expect to get much at White hart Lane, but this now puts some pressure on the lads to pick up points in our next two games – that’s for sure.

The very last thing we want at Newcastle is for our skilled owner to start on his manager merry go round – again.

Teams and Stats for the game:

Tottenham: Gomes; Hutton, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Palacios (Jenas, 46), Modric, Bale; Van Der Vaart (Crouch, 72); Pavlyuchenko (Bassong, 66).
Subs not used: Pletikosa, Keane, Kranjcar, Corluka.

Newcastle: Krul; Perch, S Taylor, Coloccini, Simpson; Routledge, Barton, Smith, Tiote (Lovenkrands, 78), Gutierrez (Ranger, 67); Carroll.
Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Xisco, Best, Kadar.

Goals: Lennon 57, Bale 81
Bookings: Tiote 35, Palacios 39, Kaboul 50, Gutierrez 52, Smith 59, Carroll 83
Sent off: Kaboul 65
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)

Attendance: 35,927



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56 comments so far

  • Ghali

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    i dont mind lossing,but with pride..well umm that wasnt the case today.
    Perch:no one asked you to attack just watch lennon..sorry mate your not good enough.
    Tiote: very lucky not to get sent off like a million times today.
    Barton:not your day
    Carroll:like always well done but am sorry our midfield suck and cat provide anything for you.
    good refereeing from our point of you but not sure from spurses side.
    that what happens you go defensive..4-5-1 not good ever against a weak defense..we were just inviting pressure and we got what we earned.no motivation no skill no good…really disappointing and i blame AP for it..what a pussy of a manager you were today.

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  • Thump

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Ref had a canny game although I’m fairly certain I heard the commentators talking about playing advantage from an offside position (which the assistant ref flagged for) for that first goal.

    Krul and Andy are probably the only contenders for man of the match imo.

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  • MarkO

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Didnt expect a win before the game, but the way we played was very dissapointing. AP made a stupid decision putting Perch in hes not a LB in anyway, why not place Kadar in who is a natural LB?? and even a better player.

    We also need a striker so badly or we are just going to fall, Carroll can’t do everything in his own.

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  • free giveaways

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Unfortunately when we have players missing our squad just isn’t good enough. Spurs have Bentley, Kranjcar and Keane on the bench. We have to bring in the likes of Perch and Smith. We need to strengthen our squad in January or we could be in a relegation battle. I don’t think Ashley will spend any money on players though.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #5

    (heigh ho..)

    Pardew, Pardew,
    You really will not do
    To fill the boots
    Of Gaffer Hoots
    Pardew, Pardew, Pardew, Pardew… etc.

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    With Few injuries and suspensions our team is stretched to the very limit .we didnt seem to have any control throughout the whole game. without pointing fingers jonas just does not cut the mustard for me.
    time to bring in some freash legs.
    left sided winger 1 striker and a left back (furgason). its plain to see we have absolutly no creativity what so ever we have got the players to play 1 up front our midfield arnt dinamic enough to hold the ball

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  • roblee7

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    I consider myself a die-hard toon fan and I am still appauled at the sacking of hughton. I don’t want this to happen at all, but say if we lost the next five or six games in a row, had slipped into the bottom 3 and were playing truly awful football, do you think Ashley would have the balls to sack Pardew so early on? Or would he stick with him and risk relegation just to prove a point, for his own ego perhaps? Over to you guys……..

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  • Thump

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8

    MarkO: Kadar isn’t a natural LB at all. He drifts into the centre constantly and doesn’t stick to his position. That said he could probably still do a better job than Perch.

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  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew 0 for 2 so far.

    Hughton was doing a magnificent job, then he didn’t get a win in 5 games and he got out. Now for Pardew he better get out if same thing occurs.

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #10

    I would be happy to see the back of the following players;

    Perch, simply not good enough
    Routledge, for all his talent, he has no self confidence whatsoever
    Shola, the nickname Strola says it all
    Smith, zero when it comes to passing the ball
    Best, we do not need him

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  • Thump

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11

    How can you say we don’t need Best when he’s hardly had a bite? In the CCC he did everything but score, in the friendlies he did everything AND scored – why cast judgement on a player who hasn’t played a game for us this season?

    Yes, I’m sure he doesn’t impress Pardew in training for one reason or another, but I think he’ll be more effective than Ranger at times. The lads seem to trust him a bit more and don’t just hoof the ball to him and watch him run after lost causes.

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  • roblee7

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    we lose the next few games….does pardew get the drop or does ashley stick with him, risking relegation? possibly for his own ego? over to you guys…..

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    So where are all those people who continually left Nolan out of there starting line ups? Got it now!?

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  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Our main weakeness attacking is our wings for now bcuz Ben Arfa is injured. But to me its our defense. We really need a true good right back. And my answer to that is VASILAS TOROSIDIS. 25 year versatile Greek defender. He can play Right Back, Left Back, Right Mid, Left Mid. This guy has an excellent cross. Like Jose Enrique. He is young and would cost about 5-8 million. Pardew said he is going to strengthen is January and its obvious what the weaknesses are and what he needs to strengthen in our team.

    JANUARY IN –

    Adam Johnson (LOAN)
    Vasilis Torosidis (6 million)
    Matias Fernandez (6 million)
    Fraser Forster (RECALL FROM LOAN)
    ^^^Awesome^^^

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::FORSTER:::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Torosidis:::::TAYLS:::::::::::::::Willo::::::Enrique

    ::::::::::::::::::::::Barton:::::::::::Tiote:::::::::::::::::::::

    Johnson:::::::::::::::::Fernandez:::::::::::::Ben Arfa

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Carroll:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Gauranteed we will dominate with that team.

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  • joppadoni

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Perch had a decent game today. agreed the defensive tactic was well over blown however once i saw the team line up the tactics for the enitre game were obvious however when he didnt bring ranger and Xisco on for tiote / smith and jonas i was shocked… should have been a double substitution 442 defense 433 in attack. incredibly poor choice if you ask me..

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    agrred thump ive always liked best and i would play him at wigan with AC up front and stick ranger in behind ( go for broke ) we need to beet wigan and west ham

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  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    JANUARY IN –

    Adam Johnson (LOAN)
    Vasilis Torosidis (6 million)
    Matias Fernandez (6 million)
    Fraser Forster (RECALL FROM LOAN)

    JANUARY OUT

    Jonas (7 million)
    Colo (5 million)
    Perch (OUT)
    LOAN SOME YOUNGSTERS IF THEY WILL NOT GET A CHANCE

    -Before the season started Athletico Madrid was linked with a 10 million move for Jonas, and Colo I’m sure some Spanish team will come for him. His wages compared to his form is Horrible.

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    What is the point one up front everyone know Carroll will win most headers and it’s going to no one pardew has played a negative game to much and it’s been 3 games grrrrrrrr frustrating

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  • Thump

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    You must be dreaming if you think Ashley will give £12m to spend and honestly, who on earth is going to buy Jonas for £7m? Selling Colo would be another massive error on our part seeing as he’s built up quite the partnership with Willo.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Didn`t expect much but we were clueless going forward and got worse with an extra man.
    We just hit Andy with long balls,we have been found out a long time ago even though he wins most of them.
    We need another ball playin midfielder to play inside Jonas.

    UA:F [1.9.6_1107]

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Today we showed that we don’t know how to pass the ball let alone be creative with it. Can’t wait til Gosling and Ben Arfa are fit to play, Joey and Andy couldn’t hold the team on their backs today.

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22

    man city will not let johnson go on loan hes one of there top players.
    it doesnt matter iff we had marineo as manager without funds we are going to struggle most teams have us sussed

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #23

    why he does not play Williamson and Ranger i do not no!!!!!

    4-5-1 = we get beat

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    also why was smith and spiderman and perch in the them???

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    *team

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #26

    has the clock started TICKING

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  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    We are doomed with Pardew at the helm with negative tactics like these.
    We were crying out for pace and creativity, so he puts on perch and smith.
    Too many of our squad are not good enough but are preferred over the youngsters, (I thought that was the reason Hoots went?) Playing smith in any team will cost you the game more times than not against any decent opposition.
    Why was Jonas on the left when Jose was out of the team, Jonas is a right footed midfielder who is only on the left cos him and Jose work well together.
    We should have had ferguson on the left ,with Jonas on the right (For balance) with routledge Barton and Tiote through the middle (if he wanted to play 4-5-1, then bring Ranger on for Routledge after an hour .
    I wasnt expecting anything out of the game but , when they went down to 10, we should have at least tested them…….but oh no, we will still leave 2 defensive midfielders on the pitch ………..totally inept and negative tactics, just like Hoots….at least fat mike the yidlover will be happynow his beloved spurs are back in the top 4 !!!!!!

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  • Stardust

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Our defence has gone to pot, Taylors back arghhhhhhh

    Anyone who has ever played CB will tell you that you play as a pair, and thereon your back line as a unit, when one man has an agenda all to himself it wrecks everyone elses game.

    Taylor has ruined many a players career at NUFC – I am aghast that some now look to Collo – one of the real class players in our team.

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  • Thump

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Stardust.

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  • dave 1961

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #30

    pardew = cludo

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  • ganiyu

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #31

    As i predict things to come i hope not we find another solution to the current problems.andy carroll is going to be soldo the last day of january to replace the money spent on transfers because i believe he is going to inject cash for january transfers and he is definately going to replace it with cash made from ac.the truth is that we need to strenghten the team and balance it.i hope the experts find another way out because todays match shows how poor our backups are.ganiyu from nigeria

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  • balubas1

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Tottenham are better than us.

    Lets get over this one as fast as possible.

    Remember how Enrique killed off Lennon last season? Well he was out now.

    One thing… instead of having smith in for Nolan.. why not put in Ranger instead?? Or McLoven?

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I keep saying it the team picks its self with what we have

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  • Stardust

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Nutty – Taylor over Willo? Come on……..

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #35

    mind you asley was onto a winner today cos both his teams were playing eachother

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley even

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  • veto

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Padrew’s tactics were lacking today , the difference between how he sets out the game compared to houghton is becoming evident , and i cant say im thrilled .
    a listen to his post match interviews tel’s you everything this guy is about , he’s already peddling his misdirection .

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  • free giveaways

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    I wasn’t happy with Hughton’s sacking or the way he was treated but we shouldn’t get on Pardew’s back straight away. We had a great result against Liverpool and played well against man City.

    Pardew’s hands were tied today. We played against a very good team and were missing 2 key players in Nolan and Enrique.

    As for January we’re only going to be able to get loans, I think Pardew has said that already because Ashley just won’t spend any money.

    At least Ben Arfa will return which will be brilliant because we really lack creativity in midfield, Barton’s the only player we have with vision and quality from set pieces.

    Maybe we could get a few Man City players on loan. The likes of Adebayor and Shawn Wright-Phillips?

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #39

    i know what ya saying star dust but our team seems to be down to the bare bones with a couple of players missing ( jonas routledge perch smith etc etc…) they just arnt EPL standard
    i would get robbie kean and agbonlahor with SWP on loan IMO proven premier players ,
    team spirit aint going to keep us up. i like willo and colo togetther aswell i think our back line isnt that bad its othere areas that need adressing and quickly i couldnt handle another relegation battle.
    this window will shape our season ben arfa and gosling are still way off coming back

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Taught a Football lesson off Lennon and Bale. Taught how to manage a team off Redknapp. OHHHHH MY GOD we are stuck with Pardew for the next five and a half years. Roultedge dearo dearo me he will never ever ever be a EPL player. The same can be said about Jonas and Perch. Pardew must be having a laugh when he said the team does not need much improvement. The whole F…ING world knows we need player but because we have Fat C..T in charge Pardew is buckling at the the pressures from above. I am afraid by that performance we will be lucky to stay up. Barton…….dear me.

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