Newcastle were beaten for the sixth time in a row this afternoon at St. James’ Park – this time by Spurs by a score of 3-1 – and it equaled a record we had set almost exactly a year ago, and we remain 7th bottom of the league 7 points above the drop zone with 5 games to play.
Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring Spurs’ first goal
Tottenham went ahead after 30 minutes with midfielder Chadli running through towards the penalty area, and he hit a left foot shot into the back of the net, and there were some questions as to whether Tim Krul was unsighted, but he should have done better.
After a drab first half in front of a quiet and somber Newcastle crowd, and in which Tottenham had 64% of the possession, John Carver had to do something and he brought on Sammy Ameobi and Gabby Obertan for Mehdi Abeid and Yoan Gouffran.
Colback scored with 19 seconds of the restart, much as Sammy Ameobi had scored at Tottenham after just 7 seconds of the restart and Newcastle were back in this game.
The ball was played down the right and Perez pulled it back and Jack Colback planted the ball into the back of the net for only our second goal in the last six games.
But then after 53 minutes Newcastle conceded another very poor goal from a free kick when Christian Eriksen curled the ball into the box and it evaded everybody, including Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal, and Spurs had retained the lead after being level only 7 minutes.
And then in stoppage time, with Newcastle pushing for the equalizer Spurs broke away, and it was Harry Kane who scored Spurs 3rd goal to make it 3-1 and that was the final result.
Newcastle have taken 9 points from the last 14 league games and out goal difference has taken a -14 hit in those games – that’s equivalent to a 24 point full season of 38 games.
We are the worst performing side in the Premier League at the moment, and somehow this thing has to be turned around – and soon.
The crowd was 47,427 – so 5,000 stayed away in protest – much less than the 16,000 forecast.
We’ll have a fuller report of the game out soon.