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Defensive Lapses Have Fighting Magpies Down 2-1 To Spurs At Halftime



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.


151 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #41

    ‘Pat Nevin

    Former Everton and Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 Live:

    “The way Newcastle have reacted right now you’d think the players are absolutely playing for Steve Bruce. He may not have the town, but he’s got the dressing room.”

    Good ol’ Pat.

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #42

    We should be winning this easily, spurs are really poor. We Will get relegated cause fulham and wba have more fighting spirit than us.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #43

    Last half hour – nothing looking like changing – time for changes from the bench.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #44

    Bruce has got ASM warming up…..




    Some Beef and onion pies.

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #45

    Hopefully the Spirit of Sir Bobby is having a word with Mourinho and getting him to hold his team back.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #46

    What are the betting odds on us winning this 3-2?

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #47

    Loch

    340 Million to 1

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #48

    Better think about getting the Villa top out I suppose 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #49

    how long does it take to make a sub u fkn C bruce

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #50

    Depending on villa now to beat fulham. Even a draw is bad for us.

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #51

    Bruce doesnt know what to do. As always.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #52

    Jamsha

    Depends if you want it toasted and how much salad you opt for.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #53

    Great save Miggy

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  • AncientC

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #54

    No Grealish in the Villa squad to face Fulham.

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #55

    Good game:

    Murphy
    Ritchie

    Anonymous:

    Longstaff
    Gayle
    Joelinton
    Almiron
    Dummett

    Poor game:

    Dubravka
    Lascelles
    Krafth
    Shelvey

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  • davetoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #56

    Starting to get a bit untidy now

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #57

    Need Maxi on or we’re going to get pumped

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #58

    Who is this rodon guy for spurs? Quality.

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #59

    Fulham Will beat villa it’s so preditable

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #60

    Here comes the Saint

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #61

    Bloody Joelinton, hopeless

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #62

    It would have been good to have Andy Carroll on the bench. Not-so-subtle balls in from either side. Lloris is a bit soft with commanding his box and would shiite himself up against the big un.
    Anyone know if he has picked up a knock or something?

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  • davetoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #63

    Holy sheet Joe

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #64

    Joelinton must be doing better.

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  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #65

    HOPELESS

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #66

    Crikey Joe

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #67

    If we ever go into the bottom 3. It’s lights out. We are not getting out.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #68

    No Greylish for Villa

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #69

    Idiot shelvey

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #70

    Why could we have not went this attacking against West Brom and the other teams around us? We would be safe already

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  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #71

    Shelley just stood with his hands out asking the ref..idiot..the games still moving

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #72

    Shelvey deserved a red card today. He’s so overrated

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #73

    Too right Lee

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #74

    Who’s shelvey playing for? hook him now the tit

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #75

    We need villa, our old friends, to help us.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #76

    We could bring on Jesus, Allah and the Dali Llama and still lose.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #77

    Lee, West brom, sheff utd etc, shocking stuff

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #78

    Tackle

    340 Million to 1

    I’m having a quid on that
    Optlmistic I know but hey

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #79

    Joelinton and Shelvey are whining b*tches

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #80

    Loch

    If you want to waste a quid – be my guest.

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