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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

  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #81

    And we are out of steam and Saint max doesn’t look like he is bothered anymore

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #82

    Loch

    If you do win, you will have enough money for your next miracle.

    1
  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #83

    Only positive: Joelinton and Shelvey Will be gone if we’re in the championship. Hopefully Bruce and Ashley too

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  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #84

    No Grealish for Villa .damn

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #85

    This Dutch commentator is making more sense than the usual British ones 😉

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #86

    With so many days off why do we look so knackered?? The so many off days is for freshness? No?

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #87

    Murphy MOM today. He’s not World Class but still Miles better than the others

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #88

    Chris Waugh@ChrisDHWaugh

    So with Krafth off & Willock on, Graeme Jones has been trying to communicate the formation change.

    Looks like Shelvey is now playing in the middle of the back five. Willock has gone into midfield, with Sean Longstaff moving into the holding role…

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #89

    I keep promising myself I won’t watch anymore, yet here I am torturing myself again.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #90

    Bob, It’s better than learning the result later.

    1
  • JAMSHA

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #91

    wat a c takes of murphy but leaves joe coz he scored one fluke

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  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #92

    We are playing with the urgency of a team that’s 3-0 up

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  • davetoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #93

    Let’s be honest. We had enough chances today to win 2 games.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #94

    Bit of intent shown @ moment

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #95

    Get in there

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #96

    Come on

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #97

    2-2

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  • peterk3

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #98

    Cursed
    Eat your words.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #99

    Keep going

    1
  • JAMSHA

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #100

    willlllllok

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #101

    Get in

    0
  • davetoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #102

    Get innnnn

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  • toon22

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #103

    get in

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #104

    Bloody hell

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  • ChicoUSA

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #105

    Now FFS don’t switch off defensively!!!

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #106

    Theres a winner to get yet

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  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #107

    Get in ..please just hold on..il take the point

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #108

    Get in – Krafth went off and gave his spirit to Willock

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #109

    Joelinton has been excellent today. Great goal. Well deserved.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #110

    Let’s have a winner, c’mon

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  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #111

    Thank Joelinton played a big part there

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #112

    Go for all 3 lads!!
    I can’t help but think we are missing another opportunity here if Bruce tries to hold what we have. Spurs can’t be arsed to, get out of second gear and it’s 2 points going begging if we don’t do them here!!!

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  • jane

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #113

    well played team

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #114

    I think my stream’s a bit behind !

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #115

    Loch

    Surely not….it couldn’t happen could it???

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #116

    Haha Tackle,

    The spirit of Krafth, we’ll take that 🙂

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  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #117

    Worse free kick than Shelvey’s

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  • peterk3

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #118

    Clevelys
    We won 3-2

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  • jimiley

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #119

    Longstaff. I was told he was playing but only just noticed First kick??.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #120

    LOL – Bale – You can go and get that back.

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