Newcastle 2 Spurs 1 – Full Match Report


Here’s the game as we saw it – as it happened.

Shola Ameobi picked up an injury during the warm up and he was replaced on the bench by new boy Romain Amalfitano. Tottenham started the game quickly and had Newcastle under pressure in the first few minutes.

And then after 3 minutes Tiote seemed to pull his groin muscle, and he received treatment, and Anita warmed up, but Tiote was able to continue.

After 6 minutes Tim Krul was lucky as a ball was played back to him and he hesitated but just got the ball away.

Then Tottenham made a lighting counter attack and Tim Krul made a good save from Gylfi Sigurdsson who was flagged for offside, but TV replays showed he was onside – good save from Tim.

Sigurdsson put in an excellent cross from the right that went across the goal just in front of a hesitant Tim Krul.

After 14 minutes Danny Simpson brought down Gareth Bale and he was given an early yellow card.

Vurnon Anita was ready to come on for Tiote, who seemed to have had a groin strain but Tiote said he was OK and continued.

Tottenham had more of the play in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Livermore than brought down Ben Arfa in the center circle and he received a yellow card for his trouble, but the free kick was wasted by an out of touch Yohan Cabaye.

Sandro brought down Ben Arfa in the center circle and he received a yellow card, as the Tottenham players seem very wary of the French International.

After 22 minutes great play by Ben Arfa set up a chance for Demba Ba, who hit the ball towards goal but it deflected off Cisse and rolled just inches wide of the post with Freidel beaten.

Tiote had seemed to recover from his groin strain  and then Danny Simpson brought down Bale again and Newcastle fans’ hearts were in their mouths as Danny was already on a yellow card – Alan Pardew may have to replace Danny in this game.

Tim Krul went down well to push a shot a good shot around the post, but Newcastle were giving the ball away far too much in the first 30 minutes as they struggled to get their passing game going.

Then after 32 minutes  Jermain Defoe got past Steven Taylor on the left, but his shot hi t the post and Santon cleared the ball – that was lucky.

After 35 minutes the game was still all square although Tottenham had more of the possession.

Then Lennon beat Davide Santon too easily on the right wing and his cross was headed against the cross-bar by Gareth Bale, another let-off for Newcastle, and Spurs hit the woodwork twice in the first half.

Santon made a good run down the left wing and his cross was met by Cisse in the box, but Tottenham cleared well.

Tottenham were counter attacking Newcastle with speed down the wings, and in such a breakaway Defoe had a decent chance, but he blazed over the cross-bar.

Ben Arfa was Newcastle most dangerous player and looked in top form in the first half, but he wasn’t getting enough of the ball, and Newcastle should use him more in the second half.

Danny Simpson put in a good right wing cross and Demba Ba was only just beaten to the header by Gallas who put the ball out for a corner.

It was Cabaye’s turn to bring down Bale out on the left wing, and he got a yellow card just before half time.

Half time came and Newcastle had done well to hold a good looking Tottenham side, and the Magpies had a bit of luck with the ball twice hitting the woodwork of Tim’s goal.

There were no changes made by Alan Pardew at half time.

Davide Santon made a nice run down the left wing wing early in the second half but couldn’t get the cross over, and then Ben Arfa picked up the ball from the clearance on the other wing but could make anything of the space, and the ball was cleared.

Ben Arfa made a good run though in the inside right position but Assou-Ekotto was able to clear the danger for Spurs.

On 52 minutes Gareth Bale broke through on the right wing and went through the Newcastle defense but Steven Taylor just managed to challenge Bale and the ball went for a goal kick – good covering by Taylor.

Demba Ba – puts the ball home

Newcastle put Demba Ba out wide and Papiss Cisse was the loan striker up front as Newcastle tried to wrestle the midfield from Tottenham , who were looking good.

Then after 55 minutes a simply fantastic goal from Demba Ba, who took the ball down from a Danny Simpson  cross and he turned and simply rifled the ball into back of the net with his right foot – a fantastic first goal of the season from Ba – what a player.

And his first goal in 15 matches since early February but he still has 17 goals in 37 appearances for Newcastle.

Newcastle went ahead  against the run of play.

And then it seemed that the ball was out of play on the right wing, but the referee played on and Gylfi Sigurdsson fired the ball wide of the post.

Alan Pardew seemed to be cautioned by the referee and he was sent form the dugout, and Pardew had pushed the assistant referee when he thought the ball was out of play.

On 60 minutes as Spurs were pressing forward, Tim Krul did well to push away his shot.

After 70 minutes sub Rafael van der Vaart put in a great cross that Aaron Lennon had a chance, but there was a good clearance from Steven Taylor, who was looking strong at the back for Newcastle.

And then Vurnon Anita came on after 71 minutes for Yohan Cabaye to make his Newcastle debut.

On 72 minutes a good run down the right wing by Jermain Defoe brought a great shot from the England International, but a good save from goalkeeper Tim Krul down to his right.

After 76 minutes Tottenham equalized and it was sloppy goal to concede by Newcastle.

Lennon clipped the ball in and Tim Krul just about kept Davide Santon’s header out, what was Santon thinking?

But then Defoe followed through and put the ball into the back of the net, and the scores were level at 1-1.

On 77 minutes a good shot from Cheick Tiote was diverted for a corner.

Then Ben Arfa showed some real magic as he dribbled past two defenders in the box, and he was brought down, pure skill from the French International and a stone cold penalty.

Ben Arfa took the penalty and he blasted the ball home to Freidel’s left, with his left foot and sent the goalkeeper dived to his right – and Newcastle were ahead again – and Ben Arfa showed some great skills today.

Now can Newcastle hold onto the lead for the last 10 minutes?

A nice cross from Demba Ba on 85 minutes found Cisse who chested the ball down well, but Gallas cleared but only to Jonas, whose powerful shot was saved by Friedel.

Anita, Tiote and Jonas were playing good football  and keeping the ball well in central midfield,  as Spurs were desperately trying to get the ball back.

On 90 minutes Van der Vaart put over an excellent cross but Tim Krul came out well to punch the ball clear with two Spurs players at the back post – Tim did well there.

But then after 3 minutes of added time the referee blew the whistle and Newcastle had beaten Spurs for the first time since 2007.

Spurs were unlucky and deserved a point today, but when you have players like Demba Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa in your side, anything can happen – and it did today in the second half.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan,  Romain Amalfitano

Tottenham Hotspur: (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Walker; Jake Livermore, Sandro; Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Lennon; Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Carlo Cudicini, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart, Harry Kane, 



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93 comments so far

  • wls

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Demba Ba seems not happy.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Who’s gonna blame Santon for the spuds goal then ?
    ….or is it Willo / Simmo regardless ?
    Krul was livid….

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    wls

    you wouldn’t be happy either if you hadn’t eaten or drank anything since 4am 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #4

    If Demba is unhappy about not taking the penalty thats something he needs to discuss with pards.

    Pardew should have a list of who has priority on pens and it’s that simple unless a player opts out.

    For me Ba isn’t a great penalty taker anyway.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Demba Ba seems perfectly happy, he just has a big ego which’ll take his evning to cool down.
    If he really wanted to take the pen, he wouldn’t have backed off.

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  • shay Robson

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    what would be the team for euro with so many needing match fitness, yet players need to be rested for chelsea

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #7

    NUFCfans.co.uk ?@nufcfans
    Danny Simpson tells @StanCollymore he’s happy at #NUFC and will be staying this season. #NUFC #fb

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  • Dougiestyle

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #8

    A great result by the lads, Ben Arfa was amazing all game…great bit of skill to win the penalty. It also appears that Demba Ba is back into his goalscoring form (hopefully not at the expense of Papiss Cisse).

    I was worried when James Perch started in place of Collocini but to be fair to the lad he put in a great shift but it does highlight our need for a new centre back, my vote would be that Mwiga lad from Montpellier as he can play anywhere across the back 4 and looks like an awesome young player.

    Anita had a very positive home debut and did show glimpses of looking like a great young player (potentially a cross between Tiote and Cabaye)

    I look forward to Wednesday night in Anthens to see how the young’ns get on

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #9

    MFH
    I must admit I completely missed out how poor Santon was for their goal its a good point

    Still Willo and Simmos fault like 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #10

    @mfh

    I think the goal was a collection of errors

    firstly HBA should have been closer to lennon

    secondly simmo shouldn’t have let him come inside

    thirdly santon should have delt with it much better

    It was simple defending really and if just one of them three players did their job it wouldn’t have been a goal.

    But I think the biggest player at fault was mike williamson….he was no where near play, poor from the lad haha

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Some of us must not have been watching the same game.

    Some of the inssesent protection of Simpson borders on the insane and the only way you can give positive spin is to put Santon in a negative light.

    Both full backs did well defensivley. Santon was more of an attacking threat and Simpson did well to get forward and link up.

    Those saying Simmo was shit stop talking shit and those saying he was fantastic stop taking drugs.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    MOTD can’t wait!

    Perch was quality I think we could get away with just a right back. Would love a CB and CF to complete the set though.

    Jester award goes to saylors header and pards shove.

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  • wls

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    @Dougiestyle

    And Anita can run faster than Cabaye and Tiote.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Ho ho ho children – I am pretty happy great day, on metro going home now 3 points and that is all.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #15

    I just hope we dont play like that in the first half again next week..

    The game will be over at half time if we do..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    @beattie

    I think people are overly critical and then others get overly defensive, you’re spot on there.

    What I would say though is that people have unrealistic expectations…all fullbacks will be beaten during a game, wingers can have a good game, just because a player gets a cross in doesn’t mean the full back was always at fault.

    I am glad most on here (like you) see that all players will make mistakes during a game or sometimes just get beaten by a very good player.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17

    repost –

    Great result today.
    General view of players
    Krul- great saves, little rough though
    Santon- excellent going forward, decent defensively bit shaky.
    Saylor. For that header thing off the floor to krul, deserves an awesome review.
    Perch. Would be happy For him to be backup cb
    Simpson – handled bale very well, bit shaky though.
    Jonas – good graft as usual
    Tiote- tackling great, keeping possession great passing, honestly just terrible 90% of the time.
    Cabs – very rough, needed the match experience, will be a lot better at Chelsea.
    Ben Arfa. Rough, but still epic. Far from his best and that shows how good he is.
    Cisse – rough, some poor positioning needs the match to get back to normal.
    Ba – awesome goal. Good runs.
    Anita – a little out of his depth, some great passes and very calm on th ball.
    Obertan – didn’t see enough to comment really, but could have been better. Probably should have played in a striker role rather than a 5th midfielder
    Pardew – excellent fighting skills, we’ll make a wrestler of him yet.

    Overall . Very pleased. That wasn’t our best performance by a long shot, and we still beat a strong spurs side. Futures bright people, so no negativity allowed. Was honestly appalled to come out of sjp and instead of hearing good things about beating spurs, loads of people were slagging obertan off. Give the lad a break or he’ll never come good.

    Hwtl

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #18

    beattie is a cock. Lol, lets be happy 3 points. Had a bet today t.oon top 6 and scums relegated 50-1

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #19

    TS

    Thank you, I rest my case….

    Simmo and Willo are guilty until proven innocent

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    It semed to me when Ben Arfa grabbed the ball after winning the penalty he was saying to Ba ‘remeber we said if I win it I take it’.

    Pards needs to sort it regardless and find 1 player to take penalties.

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  • jose_LA_17

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #21

    I can’t wait to see Captain Colo back, but great job by Perch filling in at CB today. Once Colo is healthy, I would love to see a back 4 of:
    Perch—Colo–Saylor—Santon

    UNBEATOON!!!!

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Marveaux hasn’t actually done anything wrong! He was told he wasn’t in the matchday squad, was only 30 mins before kick off that shola injured himself and the problem was they couldn’t find Marveaux to tell him he was now required! its not like he was AWOL or anything

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Ben arfa won the penalty, I think it was nice for him to take the penalty mind

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    If Ba is huffed about the pen he needs to man up but I doubt he is seems a very humble lad and just loves to play football

    All this coming from a moody interview? The lad is knackard and probably suffering from the ramadan give the bloke a break

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Pozza of the day award goes to Conan the Librarian for his Wizard review, straight bat, cool head and sensible comments.
    Pity he didn’t blame Willo for the goal though

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #26

    For me Perch is a perfect CB backup and if we can get Douglas ‘over the line’ I’d sell Willo!!

    Bring in an attacking FB and a SS/LW and we are set.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #27

    just gotta say, how good was Perchinio today! So composed and assured at the back! Must say become quite a fan, looks a mile off from the dodgy player 2 years ago!

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I thought Santon was better defensivly than i’ve seen him in some matches.
    Bit of a mess on the Spurs goal tho, but hey, doesn’t matter now does it.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFCfans.co.uk ?@nufcfans
    Harry Redknapp punditry over on @AD_SPORTSCH today – said #NUFC back four don’t stand a chance vs. #Spurs. Perch showed him. #NUFC

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #30

    1st half
    Poor, outplayed if we are honest, their pace and extra man in midfield made the difference. Havent seen a match where Ba and Cisse have worked well together in a 4-4-2. Even their national team doesnt put them togeter. Got to be 1 or the other, dont mind which.

    2nd half
    Formation change improved us, started playing little passes around the midfield and had more control. Got to be the way forward, only the most stubborn 4-4-2 fan could still say it works.

    Overall

    HBA and Perch and Saylor were excellent
    Santon looked dangerous going forward but poor marking/covering for their goal. We need him tho for this formation as need a threat down either side which he does offer, he will learn the defensive duties in time.
    Jonas did ok, Cabaye anonymous first half, better second in the new formation.
    Simpson defended ok, Could have been closer to ennon for the goal tho.

    Happy for 3 points, tho they will need to be a lot fitter and switched on vs chelsea.

    Reckon Pardew could get a decent ban, pushing an official isnt good. If it was a player he’d et about 6 matches i reckon.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #31

    That was a disappointing performance, but the 3 points is the main thing, seeing as we haven’t beat Spurs in years.

    * Our back 4 & Jonas were the only players who actually looked fit.

    * THAT is why you don’t drop Ba. I’m so so happy for him.

    * Ben Arfa was outstanding, but – if the case – demanding he take the penalty against Pardews instructions is out of order.

    * Ba did seem unhappy in the post match interview. Hope he wasn’t to dejected about being farmed out wide again – after all, his goal was absolutely stunning.

    * Simpson played excellently, given that he was booked for his very first tackle!

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  • HullMag6

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Guy on talksport was saying pieters was at sjp. If true signing number 2.

    I wonder…

    a poor team performance in general, but more importantly job done.q

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #33

    in all fairness i think benny should be number 1 penalty taker

    flair/most confident players are generally the best penaltiy takers, the penalty showed this looked far more confident taking it than demba ever does

    can see why demba would want it tho

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Beattie

    agree 100% on your simmo sentiments

    think he played at his ceiling today. he played well but really, we all know that’s the best we’re gonna get from him. .

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  • HullMag6

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Guy on talksport was saying pieters was at sjp. If true signing number 2.

    I wonder…

    a poor team performance in general, but more importantly job done.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Lads, we beat Tottenham, we beat them in the first match of the season.
    It’s bloody immense!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #37

    @jay

    true

    not sure what protocol is

    would the club say you are free to leave or you are the ‘8th sub’ so be around if an injury occurs in the warm up

    i guess they wouldnt say anything as its a rare thing to happen and usually the player will be somewhere near by

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #38

    That stevie taylor header was legendary..Who would think of that in the heat of battle..joeybarton wrote something like steven taylor is not the full shilling.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Ben Arfa grabbed that ball with such vigor that I knew it was 2-1 before the penalty was taken.

    Cisse & Ba best know not to trifle with the Hatem, he has the eyes of a killer.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #40

    @TDS if Ben Arfa did take the pen against pardews wishes Pards didn\t seem to fussed about it in his interview! My guess is Shola is the designated pen taker when hes on the field, after that its open to discussion!

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