Newcastle lost their first game of the season for the third season running when we went down 2-1 to Spurs at S. James’ Park this afternoon.
We conceded after only 8 minutes when the referee rules the ball had gone over the line after a Vertonghen header hit the cross-bar and went off goalkeeper Dubravka clear.
But the TV replays showed the ball has gone about a quarter of an inch over the line – but it was a goal.
But then Newcastle hit straight back after just 3 minutes with a beautiful right-wing cross from Ritchie being headed home by Joselu – who said this player can’t score?
Joselu scored first goal of the season after 11 minutes
But then Spurs regained the lead, and it was too simple for them after 18 minutes when Alli headed home.
At that point, we were being a bit outclassed and out defense looked a little unsteady but then as the half went on we were heading more into the game.
And the score at the break was 2-1 with Newcastle looking a lot better.
In the second half, we were probably the better team, and Kenedy missed a glorious chance when he was straight through on the left on goal, but couldn’t convert.
Kenedy, however, apart from that showed what an excellent player he is and he was out most threatening player.
Rafa brought on Atsu for Ritchie, Rondon for Joselu and then Muto for Perez and in the 84th minute a deflected shot by Salomon Rondon hit the crossbar and Spurs cleared.
we probably deserved a point in the second half with Dubravka making two excellent saves to keep us in the game
But we didn’t convert your chances, and we didn’t have any luck either.
After we looked the second best side by far in the first 25 minutes, we cam right back into this game, and our lads fought like hell.
These players never give up, and we were unlucky today not to get something out of this game against a good-looking Spurs side with Kane, Alli, and Eriksen starting the game.
For us Kenedy was the star – his skills were there for all to see – especially when we came at Spurs in that second half.
But the better he plays this season, the less chance we will have of signing him permanently of course.
And right at the end a little worry with Yedlin going off with a knee injury – Rafa said it looks slight but he’ll have to have scans on it.
Let’s hope the American is OK – he’s another player who played his heart out today.
The spirit of our players is just great to see.
We still need more skill in the side though.