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.
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.
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)