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England Star Full Of Praise For Newcastle Team And Brilliant Fans

We were happy with the performance of the lads on Saturday, but not with the result and a fair result would have been a 2-2 draw.

But it didn’t turn out that way, and we’re not going to grumble.

We can but it’s not worth the effort, and in other games, we can even win games like this as the new players get into the team and we have more experience playing together.

Tottenham were delighted with the win – manager and players alike – in what was a very tough second half for them.

England star Dele Alli who Newcastle missed out on three years last January when he was at MK Dons, was full of praise for Newcastle – both the fans and the team.

Dele Alli – substituted in the second half

This is what Dele said as reported in the local Chronicle today:

“It’s very important for the rest of the season to build momentum from the start.”

“To start the season as well as you can is very important and the first game is crucial to get momentum going.”

“It’s a very tough place to come, their fans are brilliant for them, they keep going until the end.”

“They’ve got a great team with a lot of threats all over the pitch. You have to stay switched on and we’re happy we got the three points.”

“We’re very ambitious, every player. We want to achieve things. We want to keep improving as a team and individually as well.”

“We want to help the team go as far as we can, so we want to be playing. It’s down to the manager to make a decision on who he picks.”

“But thankfully we got the three points against Newcastle.”

When Alli says “they keep going until the end” he is describing a Rafa Benitez side.

And with some of the five new signings from this summer (not counting Dubravka and Kenedy) going to become first team starters soon, we are upbeat about the season.

Dele headed in the winner in grand style after 18 minutes, but after that, we took it to the Spurs side and almost got the point.

The display augers well for the future, but we need to pick up the points of course.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    RobLeenio & Nufc83 – exactly right about Ritchie/Yedlin and I think that’s partly why Rafa keeps taking him off. Ritchie has great energy and keeps the offensive tempo high but he totally threw Yedlin under the bus on Saturday.
    He’s always pointing and gesticulating when a man is running towards him with the ball, and he’d be a proper mare to have playing in front of you. The whole ‘passing him on’ shout to Yedlin was made just as the cross is about to come in to the far post.
    Yedlin looks towards where Ritchie is shouting and pointing and instead of Ritchie tracking Allie, he stops. By the time Yedlin looks back, the ball is in the air, Allie has timed his run and Yedlin appears to be in no mans land when actually he was doubling up with Lascelles as he should be.

    Ritchie gets a lot of praise, rightly so but Yedlin gets a lot of undue stick when we concede from that side. It’s happened before, and it will again this season unless Ritchie starts doing the right thing defensively.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    posoda you have made a very general comment with little to back it up in that teams are targeting Yedlin. Even if it was the case of teams targeting the right side then do you not think it could be that they are targeting Richie as he doesn’t always do his defensive duties?

    Forget what other teams are doing and look for the individual mistakes and if it is Yedlin’s fault which some goals are especially when he gets left up the pitch call it out. Overall when Yedlin is in position he is hard to beat and has a good leap on him for a smaller player. Teams with bigger players will always want to pull on smaller fb’s naturally anyway and that happens with all players even world class fb’s.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Lee, I hugely enjoyed the West ham games last year so tks for the reminder 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    We may ask questions about West ham spending like kids in a shop but bear in mind we wanted same

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Wayayman, you can over-analyse these things but I agree Ritchie could have done more. Part of the problem is his lack of pace – Alli turned on the gas and he was too far out for Ritchie to keep up with him. Ritchie needs to recognise this may happen and stay more compact when the opposition have the ball. I’d rather he obstructed Alli from the goal side and gave away a free kick than trying to keep up with him from halfway

    This is one area Townsend would have been an upgrade in the Summer – he would have at least been able to stay with Alli. Whether he would have done is another matter entirely.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Ali’s goal
    Yeh Yedlin left him but from my viewpoint in the Gallowgate, Dubravka should of came off his line and caught or punched the ball.
    No goalkeeper should allow a cross to come in from the deep into the six yard box back post without going for the ball

  • martoon

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Reposting this just in case anybody missed it from last night:

    Evening guys – just thought I’d give you a summary of the predictions we did last week.
    112 of us took part which is the most I’ve ever collected and running some mean, mode calculations on the data we get an average of:
    12th place finish with 47 points, reaching the quarter final of the League Cup & 5th Round of the FA Cup. Player of the Season is shared jointly between Shelvey & Kenedy both selected by 20.5% and then followed by Lascelles with 17.9% and then Dubravka with 17%. For top goal scorer way out in front is Rondon selected by 60.7% with an average of 13 goals – way behind in second was Perez selected by 20.5%.

    I’ve found in the past the average to be not far off the actual results so let’s see!

  • Toonces

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    On the goals:

    The first goal really had nothing to do with Yedlin. I believe he was on the near post goal line for the set piece from Eriksen. Dummett was marking Vertoghen and completely lost him. Very clear on the replay. It may have beent eh right side but they weren’t targetting Yedlin on that play.

    The second goal – quite clearly between Yedlin and Ritchie, the pair of them got it wrong. Ritchie didn’t stay with Alli and Yedlin couldn’t react in time to cover. However, a bit of bad luck also went into it because Ericksen, I think, had attempted a tricky pass behind the backline that Dummett cut out. Unfortunately the ball didn’t clear or go to a black and white shirt but went directly to Aurier who crossed it perfectly first time. That little near interception by Dummett also helped to flat foot our defense just a little bit – not his fault but it just happened that way. Some bad luck plus the miscue by Ritchie/Yedlin -just the way the ball bounces sometimes and Spurs took advantage.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Charlie I have a feeling we have been overrating dupravka but I hope I’m wrong. I don’t think his positional sense is as good as it could be. Arsenal at home last season was an example.

  • Toonces

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Dubravka on the second – might have been able to do better as some have mentioned – just think he was wrongfooted by that near interception – he reacted to the pass into the area and aurier’s cross was first time and perfect.

  • 9

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster, my thoughts exactly. He has shown weakness at crosses on a few occasions, but nobody picks up on it in the general love-in. I think he’s excellent in several ways, but there is this weakness, which is costly (as we have seen).

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #12

    With the criticism being aimed at Yedlin and Ritchie on the second goal I think toonces sums it up pretty well. All in all I don’t think anyone is actually giving the first time cross from Aurier the credit it deserves. That was a beautiful cross, absolutely wonderful, any side would have struggled to defend that. The back line was wrong footed by the botched clearance from Dummett and had to regroup, it just ended up with the ball going to a great crosser of the ball in Aurier who delivered it perfectly into the path of one of the games great late arrivers in the penalty area in Alli… Credit where it is due, if either Ritchie or Yedlin did pick up Alli, does anyone really think it would make a difference, either would inconvenience him in the air and imo Alli still scores that header with pressure from either Ritchie or Yedlin giving his strength in the air. It was a good goal by spurs, not one where we should be looking a scapegoat!

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    I do think Dubravka could have done better as that path for a cross should be the bread and butter to a keeper to collect or punch clear… It’s all coulda shoulda woulda isn’t it, as long as lessons are learned but I do still believe the cross was exceptional!

  • 9

    Aug 13, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I do agree, the cross was exceptional. I watched the match on TV at a Spurs’ supporter’s house, and he was criticising Aurier relentlessly (like me and Joselu), so I guess it was a bit of a one-off. Ritchie’s cross was a pearler, too, but he does this regularly.

  • niball

    Aug 14, 2018 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Easy to be humble after you’ve won. Honorable losses count for nothing.


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