This was little short of a disastrous result for Newcastle tonight as Jak Alnwick made a couple of blunders that gifted Tottenham two goals, and for the second game running we have conceded four goals without either of our two top goalkeepers available, and we were very much second best tonight at White Hart Lane.
Jak Alnwick – made two blunders tonight
Tottenham went ahead after 17 minutes and it was a tragic error from young Jak Alnwick in the Newcastle goal.
Jak went up unchallenged to collect the corner, but he mishandled it and it dropped over his head and Nabil Bentale? had an easy task to put the ball into the back of the net.
It was a gift of a goal from Newcastle, and in such an important game too.
Goals change games – and especially a goal like this one would have given the Spurs players confidence they could go on and win the game.
On 31 minutes Tottenham had a free kick just outside the penalty box but Eriksen’s free kick is cleared over the cross-bar by Jack Colback for a corner.
Harry Kane was threatening and form a good run form the inside right position he hit a shot that was just wide of Alnwick’s right hand post.
On 41 minutes Harry Kane drove into the box and there was an appeal for a penalty as Coloccini challenged but the TV replays showed it was not a penalty.
Yoan Gouffran had a decent chance just before half time but he was nowhere near, and he has yet to score for Newcastle this season.
Half time came and it was still 1-0 to Spurs.
But after the game was restarted Tottenham went further ahead just 36 seconds into the second half as Chadli was allowed to pick his spot, as he fired the ball home.
The Newcastle defenders had backed off him, and it was poor defending by Newcastle who now found themselves 2-0 down and an uphill task to rescue the game.
And then Spurs after 62 minutes the home side went 3-0 up when the dangerous Harry Kane was given time to blast the ball past Alnwick.
And after 70 minutes it was another bad mistake by Alnwick, as he fumbled a shot from Eriksen and the ball went into the air, and Soldado chested it down before putting it into the back of the net for a rare goal.
It was the Spaniard’s first touch after he had replaced Harry Kane two minutes earlier.
And things got worse for Newcastle when after 73 minutes Moussa Sissoko was taken of with a knock, and replaced by Vurnon Anita, so we hope he’s OK for the Sunderland game.
Newcastle were well beaten tonight in London for the second time in five days.
This result will give Sunderland a lot of hope for the derby game on Sunday – and Newcastle have already paid dearly for having only two experienced goalkeepers in their squad for this season.
It was always a big ask to expect Jak Alnwick to come in, after he had never played in a competitive game for Newcastle.
After conceding only 3 goals in the 8 games before the Chelsea win at St. James’ Park – we have now reversed that and conceded 9 goals in the last 3 games. 🙁
Why with Newcastle is it either feast or famine but nothing in between?
After starting the season badly we recovered brilliantly, but now have lost our last two games, conceded four goals in each of them, and have been outplayed in both of them.
It’s not a good time to be playing badly as we have six games to play through January 3rd when we are at Leicester City in the FA Cup 3rd round.
This is not a particularly good time to be playing Sunderland in our next game, but we may have to call on some of the youngsters because of all the injuries.
It’s a good question if Alan Pardew will start Jak Alnwick in goal on Sunday, and Newcastle may now be forced to bring in a goalkeeper on loan at the start of January.
Finally – Tottenham have drawn Sheffield United in the semi-finals with Chelsea vs Liverpool being the other semi-final game.
Tottenham: Vorm, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb (Capoue, 79), Stambouli; Chadli (Dembele, 60), Eriksen, Townsend; Kane (Soldado, 68). Subs not used: Lloris, Kaboul, Naughton, Lamela.
Newcastle: Alnwick; Dummett, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Sissoko (Anita, 73); Perez, Cabella (Vuckic, 79), Gouffran; Riviere (Armstrong, 59). Subs not used: Woodman, Satka, Streete, Roberts.
Goals: Bentaleb 18, Chadli 46, Kane 63, Soldado 70
Bookings: Haidara 71
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
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