Date: Sunday 10th November 2013, Noon
Live on Sky Sports (who conjured up a ridiculous KO time in order to
show three live PL games in succession)
Venue: White Hart Lane
Conditions: Unbelievable, as TK would say...
Admission: £37 downstairs/£41 upstairs
0 - 1
Yoann Gouffran dispossessed Paulinho
in midfield and in one fluid movement set fellow countryman Loic Remy in
on goal. Outpacing the nearest two defenders, Remy then swerved to avoid the
oncoming Brad Friedel before steering the ball with his left foot into the
unguarded net at the Park Lane End of the ground from 10 yards.
The goalscorer ran towards the corner flag nearest to the Shelf to celebrate,
from where something (possibly a coin) was thrown but whizzed past him. 1-0
Half time: Cockerels
0 Magpies 1
Full time: Cockerels
0 Magpies 1
Alan Pardew said:
"Wow. I think he is the best goalie in Holland and I think he proved
that today. His performance level has not needed to be high recently as we
have not come under that sort of pressure too often, but we did today.
Certainly in the second half Tottenham really turned up the heat and he
answered almost everything - it was an unbelievable performance. We did
similar to what we did when we won against Chelsea.
The first save was the best - Soldado's header. The sun was low - and it
kick-started from there. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put his body on the line to
clear one and it shows the commitment, from the back five to the strikers.
"I think we have played better - against Sunderland we played well and
lost. If we keep a clean sheet we can win games.
"I thought Remy had a great chance before he scored and I was a little
bit surprised he did not take that because he really is in great form. But
the second one he made no mistake with and it gave us a platform for the
win. He has got a silkiness to the way he moves and a nice kind of gait, the
way he runs and everything. He really is a classy-looking performer, which
is great if you back it up with goals.
"It kind of elevates him and he stands out, but I thought Shola Ameobi
was terrific in the 60 minutes he played. He was as important as Loic, I
"I thought in the first half, for an away team, we deserved the lead.
We hit them on the break. We had a few chances. I don’t think they caused
us real anxiety, apart from a few shots from the outside of the box.
"The second half was different. We became a little bit too deep, and
they turned up the heat. They passed it very, very well and we had to ride
our luck a little bit thanks to a fantastic goalie and two centre-halves who
are bang in form.
"We ended up getting a clean sheet, which is a marvellous, marvellous
result. Loic’s in red-hot form. I thought he would score the first one.
You just don’t expect him to miss.
"For the second one he was calm and went round the goalie. He gave us a
platform to win the game.
"It was a side to us we will need if we are going to win more games
away. It was our third win away and did not have that many last year. We
have shown that desire and spirit in those three games.
"We rewarded them (the fans). All the guys who got up early and were on
6.30am trains from Newcastle. It was a tough old day to get here but they
supported us as they always do – brilliantly – so it was great reward
"I am the manager of the football team, I am just trying to get
performances that are worthy of our fans. I think we have the best fans in
the world - we have two home games coming up and we have got ourselves in a
Man of the match Tim Krul:
is the highlight of my career. It was nice to celebrate with the back four.
These kind of games don't happen very often. It was a great result.
"There were a lot of shots on target so actually I was really busy but
as a young boy you dream of games like this and like I said, I'm over the
"Hard graft, I think the boys worked their socks off again like last
week and we dug it out.
"We know the Premier League is unforgiving. Today we got three points,
but it was a hard game. We have got two home games to come, though, so we
can look ahead with confidence.
"Mapou followed up (on Krul's triple stop in the second half) because
that could have been a goal and it would have been a draw. He put his life
on the line for us. That just shows the commitment. The back five, the
strikers, everybody, works for each other and we have got a great
"We gave the first half
advantage to Newcastle, although I think we were very unlucky during all of the
game. We had so many good, good
chances that I think the result is very unfair.
"Obviously Newcastle came in strong and
really played well in the first half. I think they deserved to get that lead, I
think we didn't recognise ourselves in the first half. We were not on top of our
game and let ourselves be anticipated a lot. It wasn't one of our better first
"Still we had some good opportunities
in the first half, then in the second half if we had been a bit more lucky we
could have drawn the game and gone on from there. Disappointing because it's not
what we deserved. We gave a good response in the second half."
"Last season he had a great game here
as well (Krul), and today he was the inspiration. He made the difference
today. Our disappointment comes from that, although I still think had one of
those opportunities gone in we would have won the game.”
A third away success in six attempts this season
means that Newcastle have already improved on their miserable tally of two
Premier League victories away from Tyneside in the whole of the 2012/13
campaign (Villa & QPR last time round, Villa,
Cardiff and Spurs this season).
Win number seven for United in
the Premier League at White Hart Lane makes it our second most
successful away venue behind Villa Park, where this season's success was
United's eleventh Premier League game
this season saw them register a fourth clean sheet - they managed
just one in the same period last season and six in the entire campaign.
And on the road, this was a first clean sheet of the season at
the sixth attempt - a feat that took us 11 attempts to accomplish in the
Loic Remy netted his seventh
goal in Magpie colours, which have come from nine appearances (eight
starts). By contrast though, Papiss Cisse has now gone 1155 minutes in the
Premier League since scoring (against Fulham at home in April 2013),
Ameobi has amassed a similarly barren 665 minutes (since QPR at home in December
That's back to back wins in London for
the first time under Alan Pardew's guidance, following a 2-1 victory at QPR in May. And a 0-0
draw at West Ham the previous month means it's three Capital trips without a defeat
(0-1 at Fulham back in March). Chris Hughton was in charge the last time
we won successive away games in the London (West Ham then Arsenal in
The Opta stats people report that
Krul's 14 saves on Sunday is the highest total recorded in a Premier
League game since they began recording data in 2006.
NUFC last six PL seasons after
2007/08: 17 points, 10th (scored 18, conceded 17)
2008/09: 12 points, 14th (scored 14, conceded 18)
2010/11: 17 points, 5th (scored 20, conceded 14)
2011/12: 25 points, 3rd (scored 17, conceded 8)
2012/13: 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 15)
2013/14: 17 points, 9th (scored 15, conceded 16)
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2
Full record v Spurs:
Remembrance Sunday saw the Toon Army on parade
at a scandalously early hour, before saluting the pivotal contribution of one of
their allies - the Royal Dutch Air Force to be precise.
To say that Tim Krul did his bit for the cause was to almost scandalously
underplay his role in this victory, but following crucial stops against
Liverpool and Chelsea, today saw Tim Krul almost single-handedly ensure that his
side claimed an unlikely three points.
We'd worried early on in this game about his lack of headgear when guarding the
Paxton Lane End goal in bright midday sunshine, but the Dutch master was equal
to everything that Spurs could conjure up - also defying physics to block to
deny a wild attempted clearance from Cheick Tiote.
Both he and opposite number Brad Friedel took in the World Tour Tennis at the
02, but it was the Magpie custodian who served up ace after ace here today.
Tottenham's first choice goalie Hugo Lloris has been seeing stars of a slightly
different kind lately, which led to his absence from the squad here and saw 42
year-old veteran Friedel pressed into service.
In order to cling on to a lead though, one has to first grab one - and
thankfully Newcastle's other potent performer was in the wide awake club; Loic
Remy opening the scoring with his second half-chance of the game after a timely
intervention from Yoan Gouffran set him off at a
Donning in their 1970s revival third kit for the first time (itself styled on
Brazil's iconic garb) Alan Pardew's yellow perils were quickly into their
stride, mirroring the positive starts that yielded victories at Villa and
Cardiff - showing the vigour and commitment so sadly absent on wearside.
The remainder of the half saw United continue to
probe away with some fine pressing, passing and movement to frustrate Spurs.
Krul drew applause when acrobatically tipping Roberto Soldado's header wide and
denying Paulinho, but the cheers of the away section at half time were in
recognition of a tremendous team
performance from the XI that had begun the Chelsea game.
That meant that a fit-again Fabricio Coloccini was benched in favour of
retaining the central defensive partnership of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike
Williamson. Meanwhile the 4-4-2 lineup apparently favoured within the dressing
room was retained, Shola Ameobi continuing up top alongside Remy in preference
to Papiss Cisse or Hatem Ben Arfa, who were among the subs.
Krul's workload was to increase after the
break as a revitalised Spurs side swarmed forward down their right flank,
cranking up the pressure on Davide Santon to breaking point. A creeping
conviction that this was going to be our day grew when a trio of clearances via
an outstretched leg rebounded away from opponents - on another day they'd have
fallen perfectly for someone to capitalise on.
The game then truly entered the realms of ridiculousness when Krul pulled off another stunning block, instinctively sticking out his
arm to block Tiote and dealing with two further efforts before a miraculous clearance
by Yanga-Mbiwa finally cleared the danger. Escape to Victory anyone?
United attempted to boost their midfield presence by adding Vurnon Anita in place
of the tiring Ameobi, whose physical presence and ability to hold the ball up
had been invaluable. Wave after wave of Spurs attacks continued as chances were
created and squandered and the clock ticked away -
the crossbar coming into play on the one occasion when Krul was seemingly
Remy was then replaced by Papiss Cisse - who
flashed one half chance over the bar - but Spurs remained
more likely to score, Jermain Defoe appearing after having broken the
Cockerels' European scoring record here four days earlier. Thankfully he was unusually quiet and with
Gabriel Obertan on for Gouffran in the closing stages,
United continued to hang onto their slender advantage.
Referee Chris Foy waved away two unlikely home
penalty claims for handball, the momentum built up by Spurs ebbing away in five
additional minutes as Moussa Sissoko was chopped down in full flight by Michael
Dawson. Full time then saw a clearly delighted Krul mobbed by
colleagues and coaches alike and celebrating by tossing his gloves into the lower
tier of a jubilant travelling section.
Glory, glory Alan Pardew then: cock of the walk once again after some difficult
days this season, not all of them down to the performance of his side on the
field. We wait to see whether JFK claims credit in his next programme notes for
this win though, after having allegedly scouted his former side in advance of
The continued absence of Jonas Gutierrez due to undisclosed personal reasons has
seen Gabriel Obertan creep back into the first team picture ahead of Sammy
Ameobi as left-side cover, while an evident collective desire to have 11 players
contributing looks to have seen Ben Arfa voted off.
Sylvain Marveaux meanwhile has been relegated to the status of a non-person -
answers on a postcard for that one please - while occasional outings for Vurnon
Anita seem unlikely to promote him to the Dutch World Cup squad, something that
doesn't seem to be a concern.
Options and choices then, but the upturn in performances from Sissoko, Gouffran,
Williamson and Tiote means that Pardew has the luxury of being able to select and
retain players because of displays that warrant their selection, rather than a
lack of viable alternatives. In terms of goalscoring though, we remain a one man
team - and that is a significant concern.
Andre Villas-Boas may not have taken kindly to Pardew's post-match comments
about the downside of European participation, but it's a matter of record that Spurs
have lost six Premier League games in the last year - all on Sundays and
all after Thursday night Europa League ties. We of course were able to adversely
affect our league performance last season for a fraction of Tottenham's
The perfect opportunity to add six points to our tally now presents itself when
ex-Toon interim bosses Chris Hughton and Steve Clarke bring their current sides
to SJP on successive Saturdays.
Given Newcastle's sheer unpredictability though, quite simply anything could
happen - and more Magpie mishaps could just as easily leave the present
incumbent in the clarts as contemplating his acceptance speech for the November
manager of the month. The little matter of Remy's next court date on November
21st also remains as a potential fast-track to misery.
The sheer joy of witnessing an away victory remains undimmed and there's always
a special delight in sticking it up these lot on their own pitch - that's for
1987, again. Whether we'll ever aspire to be anything more than party poopers is
questionable, but as a one-off this was truly glorious.