Newcastle’s defense didn’t look as robust as usual in the first half yesterday, and we let in two goals against a strong Spurs side that could (should) have been avoided.
But to their credit, the lads were much better in the second half, and we hit the woodwork twice through Diame and Rondon.
And we also had two other good chances that went to Kenedy and Perez, but both were well saved by French International goalkeeper Lloris.
Ciaran Clark – challenging Dele Alli yesterday
Ciaran Clark had a decent enough game in the center of defense, and after the game, he had this to say as reported in the Chronicle:
“The first goal was a set-piece and when we look back at that we’ll think that’s a bit sloppy from us, to be honest.”
“Just after we’d scored they went and got the second one, and that’s more concentration than anything really.”
“But it’s just one of those things, and we need to learn from that.”
“We did brilliantly second half, created a lot of chances and really had them on the back foot.”
“And other than Moussa Sissoko’s chance which Martin Dubravka saved, I can’t really remember too many other chances they had.”
“It was obviously a little bit sloppy, and it was a bit of a killer going in 2-1 down especially after we did well to get back into it.”
“But we showed good attitude and good character in the second half.”
“We created a lot of chances there and were pretty unlucky not to get another goal.”
“We had a number of chances and they had a bit of the ball but we put a good press on them.”
“We were nicking the ball off them and getting chances, so we’ll take the positives out of that, definitely.”
“It’s a disappointing result in the end, but that’s football sometimes.”
“We created chances, and it could have been a different story on a different day.”
“We’ll take the positives and hopefully put that right next week against Cardiff.”
After Spurs went 2-1 up after 18 minutes Newcastle’s defense continued to look suspect – but then we came back into the game before halftime.
And we were the better side in the second half and just unlucky not to take something out of the game.
But we looked a good side in that second half and new players since last year like Dubravka, Kenedy, Muto, Sung-yueng, and Rondon will make us (a lot?) better this season.
We didn’t spend much money this summer, but Rafa has still managed to bring in some good players.
Comments always welcome.