Newcastle enjoyed an impressive first 28 minutes of the first half culminating in a Joelinton strike for a brief lead. However, the goal awakened Spurs who got two quick goals from Harry Kane to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The lads were set up in a 5-3-2 with Krafth, Lascelles, and Dummett as center-backs. Ritchie and Murphy were the wing-backs with Shelvey sitting behind Sean Longstaff and Almiron in the midfield. Dwight Gayle and Joelinton were up top.
Both clubs had some early opportunities with Joelinton getting off the first shot on target of the match. The Brazilian won the ball deep but his shot from just outside the area was straight to Hugo Lloris.
Newcastle won a couple of corners around the 15-minute mark. First, Emil Krafth did well to shrug off a couple of Spurs to drive into the area where his shot was blocked. Minutes later Jacob Murphy launched a deep cross where Dwight Gayle had his poor header blocked out for another corner.
Newcastle were so close to going ahead in the 19th minute. Jonjo Shelvey retrieved the ball after a tackle dispossessed Murphy. Shelvey flicked in a delivery that Dwight Gayle headed towards the far post. Lloris made an outstanding diving save but the ball landed back to Gayle whose follow-up effort was also saved.
The Magpies took the lead through Joelinton in the 28th minute. A poor clearance was intercepted by Ritchie who got the ball to Sean Longstaff in the box. The Geordie played a great pass to Joelinton on the right and the Brazilian slotted it home.
However, the lead lasted barely more than a minute as some shambolic defending allowed an easy tap in for Harry Kane. Lo Celso surged into the box and pushed a pass to Kane. Emil Krafth came across the striker but didn’t do much of anything as Dubravka also was caught out. Kane was able to roll the ball into the open net.
Kane added another in the 34th minute as Spurs were dominant after Joelinton’s goal. Ndombele found Kane in the box and he blasted the ball past Dubravka to make it 2-1.
Newcastle did well not to fold after Tottenham took the lead. The lads gathered themselves, regained their composure, and had some decent spells but couldn’t create any clear chances.
Except for the six minutes following Joelinton’s goal, Newcastle have looked good and can get something from this match if they continue to fight in the second half.