Spurs lose again at home.
Tottenham’s bad Premier League home form continued today, as they lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle, which makes it their third home loss in five games.
It turned out to be another poor day at the office for Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, as he saw his team showing yet another bad display in the Premier League.
White Hart Lane was buzzing last Thursday night, following their 5-1 victory in the Europa League against Greek side Asteras Tripolis, as they were looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last week. Pocchetino’s men desperately needed a Premier League win today, as they have only won one of their last six league games.
Newcastle on the other hand were travelling to London today in order to build on their first win of the season, which came against Leicester last week. The Magpies had not won a game away since their 4-1 win at Hull back in March, a seven-month record for Alan Pardew’s side.
Tottenham had won four of the last five occasions they hosted Newcastle, and have the two teams not drawn a Premier League match at the White Hart Lane since 29th October 1995.
Spurs were without Federico Fazio today, as he received a red card against Manchester City last Saturday. Spurs were also without Nabil Bentaleb, Kyle Naugton and Kyle Walker due to injuries.
Newcastle have been a bit more unlucky with injuries, as many of their best players were missing in today’s game. Players such as Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Emmanuel Riviere, Sammy Ameobi, De Jong, Santon and main striker Pappis Cisse. Only good news for the Magpies was that Ryan Taylor was back in the squad.
Newcastle’s lack of players, especially in the attack, affected their game today, as they in the first half looked far from dangerous. And It was Tottenham who started the game better, as they already in the first 15 minutes of the game had four great chances to take the lead.
And this paid off in the 18th minute, when a counter attack led to Lamela and Erikson having two shots blocked, with the second landing on Ryan Mason’s feet, who then with a great cross found a free Emmanuel Adebayor whose header from close range flew to the top left corner. 1-0 Spurs.
Throughout the first half Tottenham were all over Newcastle, and were Alan Pardew’s men struggling with Spurs’s attacking force. The Magpies looked of and they seemed as though they had already lost the game before it even started.
Newcastle’s only real chance in the first half came in the 30th minute, when a corner found a free Grabriel Oberton, whose right footed shot from outside the box went straight pass the left post.
Tottenham had the chance to go 2-0 up just before half time, when a Christian Eriksen free kick found a totally free and unmarked Nacer Chadli, whose right-footed shot from the centre of the box was too high. If he had taken it down, he would have had a chance to control his finish better.
At half time Spurs had had nine shots on goal and 69% of the possession, while Newcastle had only had four attempts on goal. After having played poorly in the first half and being behind 1-0, Alan Pardew made the decision to put on Cabella for Anita and Ameobi for Obertan, a decision that turned out to be a game changer.
Within six seconds of the referee’s whistle, Newcastle equalised when Ameobi received a through ball from Jack Colback and with a left footed shot from the left side of the box put the ball in the bottom right corner, making it 1-1.
Spurs tried to get back in the match, and did they have several chances on goal, but none especially dangerous. Newcastle on the other hand were waiting for the right moment to punish Tottenham, and in the 57th minute, they managed to do so. Alan Pardew’s second sub Rémy Cabella got an assist, when he managed to find youngster Ayoze Pérez with a great cross, who with a header from the centre of the box put the ball in the bottom right corner.
Spurs fans thought they got their equaliser in the 67th minute, when a Christian Eriksen corner went straight into goal, but did the referee whistle for goal kick, as Eriksen’s curled ball had crossed the line on its way into the box.
Tottenham kept trying hard to get their goal and did they have 17 shots and 67% of the possession throughout the second half. In the 88th minute they had their biggest chance of the game, when Harry Kane received the ball from Soldado inside the box, and with a great hard cross, the ball went passed all the Newcastle defenders and did a group of Spurs players jump forward to reach the ball which could have gone into the goal, if anyone just had put a small touch on it. Instead the ball went straight pass everyone and out of bounce.
The game finished 2-1 to Newcastle, ending their seven months record of no away wins. The victory puts them in 14th position with 10 points, while Tottenham’s loss puts them in 11th position, one point above Newcastle.
Spurs will be devastated with their loss, and will manager Pochettino have to find a solution for their problems in front of goal, as they will face Aston Villa away next Sunday. Newcastle on the other hand, will try to get their third win in a row, as they will take on Liverpool at home on Saturday next week.