Steve Bruce had the team set up to not concede against Spurs in the first half. It was the wrong approach as we’ve offered nothing upfront with only Karl Darlow’s miraculous efforts keeping Newcastle in the game.
Newcastle played in a 5-4-1 with Isaac Hayden dropping to center-back and Manquillo and Ritchie at wing-back. Miguel Almiron was on the right with Joelinton on the left and Callum Wilson leading the line.
But for a brilliant double save from Karl Darlow, Newcastle would have been down in the opening minutes once again. The 29-year-old stretched to keep out a Giovani Lo Celso free-kick from just outside the area. He remained alert and parried Harry Kane’s follow up effort to keep Spurs at bay.
Darlow made another superb save in 9th minute again keeping Harry Kane off the scoresheet. An inviting Spurs cross from the right flank was headed by Kane but Darlow slapped it away with his left palm to again keep the match level.
As expected Newcastle struggled to get hold of the ball and keep it when they won possession. There were limited outlets with Newcastle pinned back much of the time.
The levy finally gave way in the 25th minute when Harry Kane put a ball across the face of the goal from the left. It got through to a charging Lucas Moura at the back post who tapped it in to give Spurs the lead.
Tottenham almost immediately doubled their lead but Karl Darlow made another world-class save. Harry Kane whipped in an effort from just outside the box on the left and Darlow dove to tip the ball around the back post for a corner.
Spurs had more stellar chances to build on their lead as Son Heung-min hit the post twice and Eric Dier was free in the box on a corner but his header went wide.
Newcastle are extremely fortunate to be just one goal down. Karl Darlow’s made a handful of wonderful saves and Spurs have just not put away their myriad of chances. Newcastle have mustered just two shots and been torn apart at times by Spurs.