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)