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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

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #121

    Richie is a million miles better than Hendrick battles for everything

    11
  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #122

    Bale is an ugly git.

    1
  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #123

    Shelvey’s best position is CB

    1
  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #124

    We deserve more than a draw but do not push hard enough for a win

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #125

    Tuff,

    Darwinism went wrong for old Bale mate

    3
  • davetoon

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #126

    Frustrating game but much better performance

    1
  • cyprus

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #127

    So deserved. And like the commentator said, perhaps we deserved a little bit more

    0
  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #128

    Can someone tell Dubravka that a draw only gets you 1 point instead of 3

    0
  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #129

    Gives you a bit of hope of survival.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #130

    One of the few games under Bruce where we actually deserved to win

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #131

    Well, I would have taken a draw before KO.

    A decent team performance I suppose, and the team had more bite and guile.

    Now down to Goal difference – lets see how Fulham get on.

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #132

    Finally we see the 11 lads show some desire and fight!

    We actually looked like a team for the first time in god knows how many months.

    I could of accepted a defeat with the same performance but to come away with a point today is extremely enjoyable.

    Fair play lads :clapping hands: HWTL

    10
  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #133

    Jose Mourinho is a high budget version of Bruce..makes teams awful

    I won’t read to much into the improved performance…simple as it’s must win against Burnley

    0
  • JAMSHA

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #134

    Lets all pray Villa Win

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #135

    Awful formation, excellent effort from the lads on pitch.

    Can’t see why he keeps starting Gayle, useless

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #136

    I wish, ha ha 🙂

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #137

    Tuff real nice bloke you like :thumb up thingy:

    5
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #138

    22 shots from only 40% possession isn’t bad. Hope springs eternal.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #139

    BBC website:

    AM Peacock: Looks like Bruce has another excuse to be kept on now. Sigh.

    2
  • jane

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #140

    much better today.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #141

    Tackle
    Close call for you as I backed out of the 3-2 win

    But… I had a fiver on the draw and 100million to one

    Do you pay cash or Travellers cheques?

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #142

    With Callum Wilson back we’ll be ok I think!

    0
  • Toon67

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #143

    Fulham play twice before we play Burnley next Sunday as they’ve got Wolves at home on Friday.

    0
  • Moonraker15

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #144

    Fighting performance!

    0
  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #145

    Ritchie and Murphy best players today. Murphy just a bit more skill and class while Ritchie is mainly about workrate. The others very mediocre

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #146

    Tackle

    Your reference to DT on previous thread could be well off the mark.

    The DT you’re alluding to is a former Blog poster who’s taken his wit and wisdom to Twitter – Delerium Tremens.

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #147

    Could end up being a massive 3 points. Nice to see us score again it’s been few and far between. Let’s hope those around us mess up big time.

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #148

    PS…let’s sign Willock permanently! It’s been ages since we had a mobile box to box midfielder that can score every now and then.

    0
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #149

    OP,

    Gayle can score, just needs too many chances to convert, maybe 5 clear cut chances per goal.

    Think survival depends on Wilson mate.

    0
  • John Tudor

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #150

    Not good enough

    0
  • Moonraker15

    Apr 4, 2021 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #151

    John Tudor
    Maybe not but playing like that we won’t get relegated!

    2


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