Gareth Bale And Poor Defending Undo Newcastle At Spurs


Newcastle have nobody to blame but themselves after coming away from White Hart Lane this afternoon losing by two goals they conceded to Gareth Bale, and the first goal by Yoan Gouffran, who was then stretchered off in the second half, but both Spurs goals were preventable, and it was some sloppy defending (again) from the Newcastle defense.

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Gareth Bale – after scoring direct from a free kick after five minutes

Make no mistake about it Newcastle should have taken something out of this game, but when you continue to give away sloppy goals you continue to lose games – and that’s the 11th game of the last 16 in the league that the Magpies have managed to lose.

Newcastle started this game slowly in their burgundy strips, and the first 10 minutes was a bit reminiscent of last years game, with Tottenham attacking continuously, and after the first minute Bale was straight through down the left wing, and he put in a low cross which went right across the goal and was scrambled away by Newcastle.

And then Bale, who Newcastle knew was going to be the danger man, put Tottenham ahead after only five minutes when he scored directly from a free kick, but the Newcastle wall was hardly tight and Tim Krul should have also done better as the ball beat him low down to his left.

But Alan Pardew will have some words to say to the Newcastle players in the wall, because they gave Gareth a free shot on goals – which of course is suicidal.

And after the first ten minutes when it looked like Tottenham could tear Newcastle apart as the continually caught the visitors short at the back, but the Magpies came back into the game and started to play some nice football

On 20 minutes a wonderful ball into the box by Coloccini found Cisse free and onside, but his header was wide of the target, and the Senegal striker really should have done better.

But then just 4 minutes later Newcastle scored, and it a well worked goal as Gutierrez put Sissoko away down the right wing and the Frenchman crossed it nicely to Gouffran, who hit the ball towards goal and it was deflected to leave Lloris helpless, and if was Yoan Gouffran’s first goal for Newcastle.

Half time came and Newcastle would have been the happier side, after Spurs had missed some chances and Newcastle were still in this game after surviving some early scares.

Ten minutes into the second half Gouffran was injured, and it seems that the Frenchman sustained a nasty gash to his calf, and after some delay in the game, he was stretched off, which was not a good sight to see again this season.

Up until that point Gouffran had looked very bright for Newcastle and gave some movement to the Newcastle attack up front.

Sylvain Marveaux came on in his place and the change seemed to slow the Newcastle’s momentum, although it was still fairly even between the two sides, but then after 78 minutes Gareth Bale beat Coloccini and two other Newcastle players to a ball just inside Newcastle’s half.

Bale then raced away from he Newcastle players and as Krul cam out he kicked the ball into the back of the net and Spurs were 2-1 up, and it was a vital time to score for the home side.

But again it was some lackadaisical defending from Newcastle, and we may see Yanga-Mbiwa force his way into the back four if we cannot tighten things up at the back – as we continue to leak poor goals at the back.

Bale almost got his hat-trick after 86 minutes when he was through again, but Tim Krul made a great save to put the ball over the cross-bar.

Newcastle tried to get back into this game and after the third minute of injury time Shola Ameobi was through on goal, and tried to toe poke the ball into the goal, but French goalkeeper Lloris made a vital block.

And then seven minutes into injury time Gareth Bale had an open goal six yards out – but blazed the ball way over the bar – with his right foot – and then a minute later he hit a great left foot shot that brought a great save from Tim Krul low down to his left.

And after around nine minutes of added the whistle finally blew and the new Newcastle side had suffered their first defeat – but it was two defensive lapses that cost Newcastle points this afternoon – and when have we heard that before?

Newcastle played well today, but two lapses was all it took – and we have to hope Gouffran is not seriously injured.

Teams:

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton (Benoit Assou-Ekott too 74); Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele (Jake Livermore 90); Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby (Emmanuel Adebayor 69), Gareth Bale; Clint Dempsey
Subs not used: Brad Friedel, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch (Cheick Tiote 82), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 59), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez (Shola Ameobi 86); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Bookings: Tottenham Hotspur – none; Newcastle United – Cabaye (90), Ameobi (90)

Attendance: 36,244


124 comments so far

  • Eddie

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Thought it was a decent performance from all the players. Don’t really understand all this colo bashing that’s going on. I also think Cisse is growing in his no9 role. The only thing that has depressed me is gouffran’s injury – it just goes to show the lad’s quality that it feels like the team is seriously diminished without him, after only 3 games!

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  • ochytoon

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Thought we gave a good account of ourselves so no need to be too disheartened with this performance. Hoping Gouffran’s ok, looked a real dangerman again today.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    It was interesting yesterday when Pardew said M’Biwa is breathing down Saylor’s neck, Colo is the weak link for me, at fault for the second goal today

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure, think Saylor and Colo partnership is still the #1 choice.

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  • Joe Blog

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Waste of time supporting this club whilst Pardew is in charge.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #6

    With our next two games against Metalist Kharkiv We need to give M’Biwa a start in both games

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  • DevonMag

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Repost:

    Jesus just trawled through a few of the comments on the match thread…some of the knuckle draggers that post (apparently only on match days?) are outrageous. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    Gutted we didn’t win as I had us down for a hard-fought draw but Garry Bale is the best player in the league and scored two good goals. Can’t fault the team first half I felt we were the better side, Goofy’s injury seemed to ruffle our feathers and we never really looked like coming back after that, save the odd half chance. To me Sissoko looked absolutely knackered most of the game, the midweek international obviously has had an effect on us.
    Taylor MOTM for me. Marveaux in for Goofy next week and let’s get back to winning ways. HWTL

    PS What was Pardew’s beef at the final whistle? He looked annoyed about something, hope it was justified as let’s face it he’s not the classiest customer is he? AVB had to fight for his handshake…

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #8

    But we all know Colo is a great reader of the game but lacks pace – today he misread the game too.
    It was a game between two very closely matched sides but one world class player on his absolute top form won it for them. Otherwise we’d have got something out of it.
    At this level you just can’t afford defensive errors.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Jackbutler

    Pards said Mbiwa is breathing down Saylors AND colo’s neck.

    Colo also did some immesnse defending and forward play. It’s easy to see the black dot on the white page.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Joe Blog // Feb 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Waste of time supporting this club whilst Pardew is in charge.
    ——————————————————————————

    Why exactly ????????????

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  • lucasnufc

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Bit negative that

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Joe Blog

    Then you are in for a really tough time so go follow Tow Law Casuals.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Spuggy

    I may be being a little unfair on Colo, but after his antics during the window, it still grates with me that he’s captain of a club he was trying to get away from

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Joe Blog is a WUM. Clue is in the name.

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    JB

    It might be a blessing if Colo goes back to Argentina in the summer. We’ll need a replacement to cover Saylor injuries but Mbiwa will be immense.
    Yo is a natural captain to replace him, though I love Saylor’s total commitment

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Arsenal 1-0 up, QPR 2-0 down

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Referee done everything i his power to give Spurs the 3 points. Spurs players where falling down and where getting free kicks. NUFC players getting dragged to the deck and got nothing.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    personally i think Spurs got lucky today and for bale how was he good he was hugging the line to much and waiting for players to do the work for him, last minute into the game he missed an open goal about 5-6 yards away even Williamson could of scored that

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    yo-yo

    I know the guy has personal issues, but if what is being reported is correct then he’s brought then on himself and the club.

    I simply can’t see how a man that doesn’t want to be at the club is allowed to retain the armband

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20

    toon1978

    i posted a few threads back before the match that the ref would favor them and you kno what i hate being right

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Jackbutler

    Why are you bringing up the colo issue. It’s burried til summer. Nothing to do with his performances, he plays 100% for the toon always has.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    After the game the guy hosting the Sky coverage asked is there a better player in world football then Bale???

    The answer is yes, if you bother to look beyond the Premier league there are quiet a few of them that are far better

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  • WWYCD

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #23

    We lost? Bring me the torches and pitchforks out of storage! 2 for 1 deals mix and match lads and new in for the last minute rush French flag coloured gloves!!!

    Get them while they last, stocks going fast!

    10 pounds per item, no refunds offered when NUFC win a game, failure to understand this is the customers issue and will be told to jog right on upon complaints received, happy shopping

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Easy to blame the ref. We were outdone by pace and a world class player, and a very unfortuanate injury.

    On another day it could have been different. Very positive signs in the last three games.

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  • Howay50

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #25

    I thought that the lads did alreet today. Bale was the difference. Cisse needs to up his game as he looked pretty ineffective when he had the ball.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Spuggy

    Because he is our captain ans should conduct himself in such a way that is professional at all times.
    He doesn’t want to be here its that simple

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Jackbutler

    Give over with your biased views. ATM bale is easily in the top 4-5 players in the world. He’s done it all season.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    JB

    Rubbish colo always give 100%. He’s committed til summer. It has nothing to do with the defensive erorrs against world class players. It just goes that way sometimes.

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Tottenham pressed us well but they would be lost offensively if not for Bale.

    Disappointed we got 0 points but the teams around us are pretty much all down right now so the league spot isn’t in much peril.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Spuggy

    how the hell is that biased??????

    Yes he’s a class player, and is up there in the top 10 no doubt, but the best in the world……………….no way

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    i wonder what Spurs will do next season when they lose bale to Real Madrid or Barcelona or Newcastle lol

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #32

    If Cisse found his shooting boots we’d cruise to mid table safety, but he’s still getting in good positions and getting shots on or near target. Header just wide today.

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Black and White with an army lol

    I have never seen a referee as bias as that in my life. No wonder Spurs have a good home record. I really do not think Spurs are that good. IMO time for Mbiwa to be introduced because we are still shipping to many goals.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Pointless debates.

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  • Twatter

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Colo was poor for the goal, don’t tell me he wasn’t. Effort or not, let’s not beat around the bush – he messed up.

    The same goes for Cisse in this match – he was poor. Let’s not sugarcoat it. They were both pretty bad today.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #36

    did any1 notice when cisse took that header Spurs keeper didn’t move at all

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  • Howay50

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Defence today was ok. Confidence in the team was good. We did not capitulate like last season 5-0 drubbing and the lads gave it their all until the final whistle. Can’t really ask more than that. Important that we win the next game though.

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #38

    I thought Colo read the game well today and the second goal should have been dealt with better. Like i said, time to introduce Mbiwa.

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  • No7_Heaven

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #39
  • No7_Heaven

    Feb 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #40

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