Sammy Ameobi scored his very first Premier League goal within just seven seconds of coming on as a halftime substitute for Newcastle today at White Hart Lane, after Newcastle had been outplayed in the first half and were perhaps lucky to be only 1-0 down at the half.
Perez beats two Spurs defenders to head home the winner
But Alan Pardew brought on both Sammy and Remy Cabella at half time, and we’d love to know what he said to the side during the break, because Newcastle were a different side in the second half.
This reminds us a little bit of the 4-4 draw with Arsenal in February of 2011, and all seemed lost in this game at half-time – even though it was only 1-0 from an Adebayor header after 18 minutes from a Mason cross, which looked far too easy for the home side.
It was the first away win of the season for the Magpies and our second win in a row so 6 points from our last two games, to add to the 4 points we got from the first seven games – so it’s 10 points from 9 games now.
It just shows you how wins are what teams need to move up the league table and also build some confidence in the side.
And when the team was announced without Tiote, Cisse or Williamson before the game, we expected the worst and the first half display bore that out – we were flat and uninspired – and didn’t have one shot on target.
But just seven (or was it eight?) seconds into the second half Newcastle were level and it stunned the crowd, including the Newcastle supporters.
It was Geordie lad Jack Colback who picked out Geordie lad Ameobi on the left wing, and Sammy moved onto the ball and took the ball in his stride and hit the back of the net before LLoris could move – it was a stunning goal from the 22 year-old.
For Spurs Eric Dier was badly at fault, and he was asleep as Ameobi cut in on his blind side – but it was also a great pass from Jack Colback- a goal made in Geordie land.
The 2,200 Newcastle supporters went wild and there was more to come as Remy Cabella – who had also been brought on at the start of the second half , put in an almost perfect cross from the left wing and young Ayoze Perez beat two Spurs defenders to brilliantly head home, and amazingly Newcastle were ahead.
Moussa Sissoko had made a very powerful run past about four Tottenham players before delivering the ball to Remy – who got the assist, and that will do his confidence a lot of good.
After 66 minutes it looked like Tottenham had equalised when a corner went in off Tim Krul, but the ball had gone out of play before hitting the Newcastle goalkeeper.
French International Moussa Sissoko looked a different player in the second half, and his performance reminded us of a certain Patrick Vieira – the former Arsenal great – Moussa has huge potential and he showed it today in those last 45 minutes, and his play was key to this win.
Of course Tottenham came at Newcastle like a ton of bricks in the final 25 minutes of the game, but it was the calm Fabricio Coloccini who marshalled the defense very well at the back to get another famous win at White Hart Lane.
And it was only fitting that Ayoze Perez (what a player this lad can become) – was given a standing ovation when he left the field to be replaced by another youngster – Massadio Haidara – in the 78th minute.
Sammy and Ayoze will get all the headlines – much like Gabby Obertan got them last week, after his great goal to win the game against Leicester – and the youngsters deserve the accolades.
This was a very important win for the Magpies, make no mistake about that – and at half-time we were thinking it was game lost – but as has happened before with Newcastle – you just never know whats going to happen.
One thing that is true about the team we have this season, is that they never give up – and they proved that today with an incredible comeback from behind – all credit to our players and to Alan Pardew too for that second half comeback today.
So what did he tell the players at half time? 😀
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue (Kane, 66), Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela (Lennon, 77); Adebayor (Soldado, 82). Subs not used: Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, S Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita (Cabella, 46), Colback; Obertan (Ameobi, 46), Perez (Haidara, 78), Gouffran. Subs not used: Elliot, R Taylor, Armstrong, Ferreyra.
Goals: Adebayor 18, Ameobi 46, Perez 58
Bookings: Gouffran 22, Colback 50, Capoue 63
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)
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