Newcastle were completely outplayed, outfought and outclassed in the game at White Hart Lane today, and were two down after only 6 minutes, and it got no better, as the Newcastle side were embarrassed and embarrassing – they were that bad.
This is not the first time Newcastle have collapsed and they did the same thing at Fulham when they conceded five goals during a terrible 45 minutes spell, and the lads also did it at home to Arsenal last February when we were 4-0 down after 26 minutes and we also collapsed at Bolton in November of 2010 when we were hammered 5-1.
Well we suppose a positive thing about today is we only conceded four goals in the first 45 minutes, but it was simply a dreadful display as it looked like a Premier League side was playing against a non-league side, such was the huge gap in class.
And of course this does nothing for our goal difference- which is now zero – so we’ll not get into a high position if we are level on points with any team at the end of the season.
This was a huge wake-up call for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle side, and Alan and the coaches need to find out how a team that can outclass Manchester United and win 3-0 at home, can turn up at White Hart Lane and serve up this tripe – it was that bad.
To say we missed Tiote and Cabaye is a huge understatement, but it shows we really don’t have any strength in depth, and we need to sign new players in the summer.
And probably more defenders than we had planned to sign, because Newcastle just couldn’t contain the physical play of Adebayor, who was involved in all five goals for Spurs.
Guthrie and Perch seemed today completely out of their depth in central midfield, but most of the Newcastle back line also looked to be way out of their depth, as they were simply torn apart again and again by Tottenham.
The good news is it’s only one game and now we need to get back on track in two weeks time by beating Wolves at home.
And it could also have been a lot worse, but Spurs seemed content with a 4-0 or 5-0 win, but if they had to score 10 goals today, they probably could have done it against a pitiful Newcastle side.
And it doesn’t help that our next game isn’t for two weeks, so we’ll have to stew in this until we take on Wolves on Saturday 25th February – which is now a must win game for the Magpies.
The players need to apologize to the Newcastle fans by putting on a committed and good display in that game, this performance was so absolutely pathetic.
I hope I have made that clear.
We will now describe the goals – none for Newcastle so let this act as a a warning to the reader.
After only 4 minutes Adebayor burst down the right wing and his physical play seemed too much for the Newcastle defense, and he fired across the face of goal for the unmarked Benoit Assou-Ekotto and a Newcastle player was nowhere near him as hit the ball home.
Where was Danny Simpson – where was the defense?
Then just two minutes later Spurs were 2-0 up, and it was former Newcastle loan player Louis Saha who scored, as Adebayor beat Coloccini far too easily down the right wing and crossed for Saha who hit the ball home – where on earth was the Newcastle defense?
After 20 minutes Spurs, who were completely dominating Newcastle at the start of the game, went 3-0 up and it was Saha again as Modric beat Danny Guthrie down the left wing and he crossed the ball to Adebayor who laid it off unchallenged to Saha, who hit the ball home.
The Newcastle defense was torn to shreds.
And then after 36 minutes it was four as Kranjcar hit a loose ball home after Tim Krul could only parry a shot, and Newcastle were 4-0 down, and it was shades of Arsenal last February as the half time whistle blew – thank goodness it was still only 4-0.
Newcastle just couldn’t handle Adebayor who had a hand as it were – in all four Spurs first half goals.
At half time we have to think that Alan Pardew erupted at half time in the Newcastle dressing room, as Newcastle played one of their worst 45 minutes of the season, maybe even worse than when we conceded five goals at Fulham in that second half.
Pardew will erupt with this sad performance from the Newcastle United side, and it’s not the first time this team has collapsed.
Newcastle did it recently in the second half at Craven Cottage, and the first half today was very like the Arsenal game, and the really sad thing is that Spurs could have had even more goals in the first half, such was the superiority of the London team, who were up against an embarrassing and embarrassed Newcastle side.
At half time Shane Ferguson came on for Gabby Obertan and Gutierrez switched over to the right wing and Irishman Shane was on the left wing.
And after 64 minute Spurs got their fifth goal when a cross from the left wing was headed on by Saha to Adebayor, who then volleyed the ball home and it was 5-0, and where were the Newcastle defenders?
On 65 minutes Papiss Cisse was replaced by Dan Gosling, who at least got a run-out, and then Peter Lovenkrands came on for a run-out.
Spurs could have probably scored a lot more in the second half if they had really wanted to – but they were satisfied with a 5-0 scoreline.
And the Spurs display was against a team that started the league in 6th place, but today we gave a performance that looked like a relegation side – we were really that bad.
And what has happened to our defense, which conceded only 8 goals in the first 11 league games, and since then in 14 league games we’ve conceded 28 goals.
It was a bad day at the office. It was a very bad day at the office. It was a terrible day at the office.
And it’s very hard being a Newcastle United supporter – but you already knew that. 😀