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Newcastle Fight For Well-Earned Point In 2-2 Draw Against Tottenham

The lads have come through with a massive result after a fighting performance at St. James’ Park against Spurs. Second-half substitute Joe Willock’s late goal handed Newcastle a well-deserved 2-2 draw.

Newcastle emerged for the second half unchanged after going down 2-1 in an eventful first half. Miguel Almiron immediately tested Lloris with a shot from the right side of the box. It appeared to be going wide but Lloris took no chances and Newcastle won an early corner.

Newcastle continued their bright start to the half showing an intent to push players forward. However, they continued to have trouble crafting really good chances to threaten Lloris.

Spurs almost added a third goal in the 66th minute. After a succession of corners, Dubravka punched the ball high into the air where a surging Tanganga headed it towards goal. Thankfully, it was straight to Almiron who headed the ball off the line.

Joelinton should have had his second just minutes later. After Murphy laid the ball off to Krafth down the right flank, the Swede sent a high cross which found Joelinton at the back post. He gathered the ball but his shot was poor and dribbled wide and out for a goal kick.

Bruce made his first change bringing Allan Saint-Maximin on for Dwight Gayle in the 71st minute. Saint-Maximin joined Joelinton upfront. Bruce then brought Joe Willock on for Krafth which pushed Shelvey very deep. The final change came in the 82nd minute with Javier Manquillo in for Murphy who appeared to be hobbled.

Harry Kane almost had his hat trick after a counter from a Newcastle corner. Paul Dummett did well to disrupt the break but the ball found Kane in the box. The striker took his shot which struck the outside of the near post.

Newcastle immediately launched an attack as Saint-Maximin surged up the pitch and found Matt Ritchie down the left. Ritchie put in a cross that was flicked back across the box. Joe Willock burst forward to blast the ball off the underside of the crossbar to make it 2-2 in the 84th minute.

Spurs pushed for a winner but Newcastle were able to keep them at bay to see out the match with a massive point. Now let’s hope Fulham don’t win so Newcastle can stay out of the bottom three.

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54 comments so far

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #41

    Id say that’s the very first time since Bruce arrived we deserved to win but didn’t. Bruce will probably be saying we had 20 shots and deserved to win if not for bad luck, which is true, but in all those games we had 20 shots against but somehow won or drew he got angry when it was claimed he was lucky.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #42

    Watkins should of buried that

  • magicmac54

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #43

    I never post during the match, but before the match i said spurs were no world beaters and we might fluke a draw, i also said i would never be confident in winning with Bruce on the touchline, at the end of my post i said my heart says Newcastle, but my head says a 2-0 win for Spurs. Well iam pleased to say the draw was infact no fluke at all, they all played with pride and character today, and if they continue to play with that same pride and character to the end of the season i think they will possibly stay up. In conclusion i said a few weeks ago when your in a relegation battle Matt Ritchie should be one of the 1st names on the team sheet, we need people who will play with passion and desire and commitment from now to the end of the season, no better man. than Matt Ritchie he gives everything for the cause. HWTL

  • simon376

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #44

    Yes Ashley would be the major stumbling block, but do think 3 blokes who love the club and fans might just make them try

    Car is going great thanks, over the moon with it and no way does it feel 20 years old

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #45

    Just makes the performance against Brighton the more galling
    And look at Brighton’s run Arghhh – tough

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #46

    Tackle, that’s the nail on head.

    If we’d played like that against Sheffield U, Brighton, WBA and Wolves, we’d be mid table.

    I was so angry after all of those games cause you know they can do better. Today I’m happy, not ecstatic, but happy 🙂

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #47


    I saw him briefing Willock when he came on as sub!

  • The Prince's Mate

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #48

    Does anyone honestly know what “the plate” is that all go getters in life are expected to step up to??
    If any bugger stepped on my plates they’d all be broken….stupid…

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #49

    Same here; that could be a turning point. If we play like that in the last 8 games we’ll be ok!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #50

    No 2 ways, that was better today. We don’t currently have an available ball playing CB who can bring the ball out when we’re playing a back 5, but today Murphy and Ritchie both got forward well.

    Murphy seems to have got some confidence and can beat his man.
    Ritchie is limited but gives us a bit of fight.
    Joe ran both channels well and kept switching tirelessly.
    Almiron just never stops.

    Only real disappointments were Kraft and Gayle who just aren’t PL standard and don’t have the awareness and reaction speed at this level. The PL game now is also too fast for Shelvey.

    However, Murphy, Willock, ASM, Wilson, Miggy give some hope we can beat tthe drop, even with bruce.

  • matias

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #51

    Murphy MoM for me. Glad he’s taking his opportunity.

  • toonluvva

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #52


    I must have blinked and missed that. Was that the only contribution our Tactical Genius allowed him to make?

  • magicmac54

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #53


    Hi Simon, i hope your having an nice Easter, i have no doubt the fans would now settle for almost anyone ahead of Ashley, that performance today at least gives us all a bit of hope of retaining our premier league status. Simon can you please explain how you know Gavin Peacock so well as i find it very interesting.

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2021 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #54

    Just a Fat Dave Bassett @35

    Harsh perhaps but that’s the reality.

    I noticed that Bruceyboy’s said that a player responsible for goal conceded as the result of an individual error can’t be criticised.

    So, has he realised that publicly criticising players is counter-productive and if so, he needs a period of reflection to realise that hanging players out to dry has damaged relationships.


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