Steve Bruce made some important changes that paid massive dividends as Newcastle were able to get an unexpected point against Spurs. Despite reverting to a back five, Newcastle pushed up the pitch and were on the front foot for much of the match.
Jacob Murphy, Matt Ritchie, and Sean Longstaff all came in from the cold to put in excellent performances. Ritchie and Murphy got up the pitch to launch 16 crosses between them while Longstaff provided a superb assist on Joelinton’s goal.
The Brazilian played extremely well pairing with Dwight Gayle upfront. He took his goal well but both strikers had other opportunities that they probably should have done better with.
However, all the lads fought to the bitter end. Except for a spell of poor defending after our opening goal, Newcatsle may have come away with more than a point. To be honest, Spurs were not very good and were there for the taking.
We’ll take the point for now and hope it’s enough to keep us out of the bottom three. If Fulham pick up a win at Aston Villa, then they will jump us in the table.
Even if that happens, we should get Callum Wilson back for Burnley next weekend while Allan Saint-Maximin has an extra week to prepare for a potential start. The Frenchman was very good in his cameo this afternoon as was Joe Willock who rescued a point with his late equalizer.