We had serious doubts before the game yesterday with Tottenham.
We feared the Champions League runners-up could take us to the cleaners at their terrific new stadium – The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And the way the game started it was all Spurs and in the game, they ended up with a massive 79.8% possession.
But hopefully, pundits see that’s a massively over-rated stat, and it’s what you do when you have the ball that really matters.
Our defense was as solid as a rock and the difference from last week at Norwich was it was like when Rafa was here.
Every player knew what they had to do – and every single player played with pride, guts, and passion throughout the game.
In particular, Dummett, Joelinton, Schar and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka set the stage for what was a magnificent 1-0 win against the north London powerhouse.
Joelinton scores the winner in the first half
Paul Dummett was terrific in what was one of his best-ever games for his home town club.
A negative was that Allan Saint-Maximin was injured after about 20 minutes.
He had chased a ball down the left wing – he was obviously brought back too quickly from his hamstring strain.
But Christian Atsu came on and after a few minutes made a defense splitting pass through to Joelinton who put the ball home brilliantly – for his first goal ever for Newcastle in a competitive game.
But Atsu also limped off at the end.
The 22-year-old Brazilian striker had a poor game last week, but his potential is enormous, and he seems to be inspired by our terrific fans who made the long journey to north London with lots of trains out of action.
All credit goes out to those fans.
And that’s the first time we have beaten Spurs since we took them apart 5-1 at home in May 2016 in our final game of that relegation season.
Bur as we said after the 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road, it’s only one game, and we shouldn’t get carried away.
But we will – just a little bit.
The 3 points mean we are still second bottom of the league and play the bottom side Watford at home next Saturday afternoon.[table “84” not found /]
If we can win that game – Watford have lost their last six successive PL games – we could be on our way this season.
This was a remarkable team performance from Newcastle, and like last season, we were terrific in defense.
Whatever Steve Bruce and the lads did in training last week worked, and since they were under enormous pressure – we must give Bruce and the boys the enormous credit they deserve.
Hopefully, the manager will continue with the formation at the back – five – which the lads are used to, and they gave a defensive masterclass yesterday – as Neil reported after the game.
The game was broadcast live around the world.
It can only help the chances of somebody coming in and finally buying the club and saving us from the owner.
If we can get the fans behind Steve and the lads after this unexpected and great win, we will be that much stronger.
It’s Leicester in the Cup on Wednesday night and then Watford on Saturday – both games at home.
Let’s get everybody behind Steve and the boys and then, as we saw over the last three seasons, anything is possible.
Howay The Lads.