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Season 2019-20
Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Conditions: Tropical
 
Programme: £3.50

Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle

0 - 1

 

Teams

Goals


Phew what a scorcher

27 mins An intricate build-up began in our own area, with the crucial ball infield from Matt Ritchie on the left finding Atsu, who expertly curled the seventeenth pass of the move into the Spurs box. 

That dropped between two defenders for the unmarked Joelinton, who took a touch before drilling in a left footed shot from eight yards in front of the North Stand.  
1-0


Orange is the colour of Joy (or Joe)

Half time: Cockerels 0 Magpies 1

Full time: Cockerels 0 Magpies 1


Gertcha

We Said

 

Steve Bruce said:

"Delighted for the fans. Coming down here, they canít even get a train. How the hell are they getting home? Nobody knows! I think a few might stay in London and have a really good night. I hope so. The support can never be taken for granted.

"We played poorly last week. The dramatisation of it - or whatever you want to call it - is what makes our club great. Very, very difficult to manage, but itís what makes it what it is - with passion about everything.

"What you want is to produce a performance, the team to roll up their sleeves and play as if they mean to play. Itís all right setting something up, tactically and organisation-wise - theyíve got to go and perform. Theyíve performed fantastically well.

"We needed a bit of courage and thankfully the players had that from the first whistle. We have tried to quieten the storm. Hopefully that will shut a few people up a little bit. After two games, it's been hard to get that criticism. We have had to ride it.

"I hope that gives us a little a bit of time. It is only the first win but we have seen some big performances today. They only thing you can do is show that it means something to play for the club.

"A lot of the players have only been here for a matter of weeks and it takes time to get used to the Premier League. I am delighted that Joelinton got the goal today. We played him a lot better today, it worked and he will be delighted to get the goal.

"He was a handful all game. He was terrific in his attitude and workrate towards it. It fell for him and he stuck it away great. The kid was absolutely out on his feet. Heís fine but he was exhausted."


They Said


Mauricio Pochettino said: 

"I don't want to be critical with the team. We didn't perform as we expect. It was a very cheap goal, like against Aston Villa. 

"We didn't create - we had possession but we didn't create enough chances. We didn't find the capacity to break down their defensive line. They were very organised and defended deep. We didn't show this capacity when a solid team came to play against us.


"I'm very disappointed with the performance and with the result. Sometimes it's not about possession - it's about individual actions and today we didn't show the type of quality we needed.


"We need to be better and we should do better. 

"In this type of game when you have the possession and dominate, you cannot concede this type of goal and then you are going to be close to the win. But when you concede you provide the belief to the opponent and then itís difficult because the Premier League is very tough.

"The opponent got a lot of criticism after (their defeat to) Norwich, but they came here and they were more aggressive than us, that is true.

"We didn't create. We had the possession, we dominated, but we didn't create enough chances. I don't want to justify it but I need to tell the truth."

On the prospects of losing players in the final week of the European transfer window:

"I cannot find excuses because the transfer window is open. It doesn't justify that performance today or the result. But we have an unsettled group for different reasons and different personal circumstances.

"Of course, I am going to be happier in 10 days after Arsenal when the transfer window is closed and we know we have the players until it opens again in January. We are waiting to see what happens. It's not an easy situation. 

"This season we have a lot of individual circumstances and we need to wait. We know this can unsettle the group but we know in 10 days it will finish and things will be clear."

On Christian Eriksen's future:

"I don't know. Why do you ask me? Do you know something. It is so difficult the situation."

Stats


Joelinton scored his first competitive goal for the club, becoming the 143rd player to do so in the Premier League and the third Brazilian in that competition, after Claudio Cacapa and Kenedy.

United debuted their orange change kit competitively.

This was our 114th win in 462 PL games away from SJP - and a tenth against Spurs, who remain the most benevolent of hosts. Next up are West Ham and Aston Villa, with eight wins at each.

Following their victory at Craven Cottage back in May 2019, this win saw United record back to back successes in the capital for the first time since 2016/17 (QPR and Brentford). 

The last time we managed that in the top flight was in 2013; a 2-1 success at QPR to round off the away campaign in May, then a 1-0 win at Spurs the following November. For good measure they added a third in row, 3-0 at Palace and made it four in four with to a 3-1 success at West Ham.


Now relocated to the South Stand at the new stadium, this Cockerel cast in bronze
was first mounted on the West Stand roof at White Hart Lane way back in 1909.

Beginners luck? 

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium became the 58th different ground that Newcastle have played on competitively in the Premier League. This was the tenth competitive game played here since it opened last April and we joined West Ham (PL), Liverpool (PL) and Ajax (CL) in winning there. 

Newcastle marked their first visit to this venue with a victory, emulating their debut game at West Ham's soulless edifice in 2017. We also first-footed successfully at the new grounds of Cardiff City and Boro in the Premier League era.

Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

2019/20: Won 1-0 Joelinton
2018/19: Lost 0-1
2017/18: Lost 0-1
2015/16: Won 2-1 Mitrovic, Perez
2014/15: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
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

Games before first PL win was achieved:

2019/20:
3 (Spurs away 1-0)
2018/19:
11 (Watford home 1-0)
2017/18: 3 (West Ham home 3-0)
2015/16: 9 (Norwich home 6-2)
2014/15: 8 (Leicester home 1-0)
2013/14: 3 (Fulham home 1-0)
2012/13: 1 (Spurs home 2-1)
2011/12: 2 (mackems away 1-0)
2010/11: 2 (Aston Villa 6-0)
2008/09: 2 (Bolton home 1-0)
2007/08: 1 (Bolton away 3-1)
2006/07: 1 (Wigan home 2-1)
2005/06: 6 (Blackburn away 3-0)
2004/05: 5 (Blackburn home 3-0)
2003/04: 7 (Southampton home 1-0)
2002/03: 1 (West Ham home 4-0)
2001/02: 3 (Boro away 4-1)
2000/01: 2 (Derby home 3-2)
1999/00: 8 (Sheffield Wed home 8-0)
1998/99: 5 (Southampton home 5-0)
1997/98: 1 (Sheffield Wed home 2-1)
1996/97: 2 (Wimbledon home 2-0)
1995/96: 1 (Coventry home 3-0)
1994/95: 1 (Leicester away 3-1)
1993/94: 4 (Everton home 1-0)

 

Waffle

A week after withering in the Norfolk sunshine, Newcastle prospered in similarly tropical conditions - and not for the first time found inspiration in this part of North London. New stadium, old tricks.

The conditions and the change kits may have changed in addition to the surroundings, but there's something in the soil here that we occasionally manage to channel, although that failed to transfer around the North Circular to Wembley in the last two seasons.

Take away those two games though - plus a League Cup misadventure - and this was the fourth successive time that we've won here or hereabouts.   

And after Peter Beardsley, Loic Remy, Obafemi Martins and even Sammy Ameobi among others harnessed that N17 magic in times past, it certainly came up trumps for Joelinton here today.

The Brazilian's debut strike set an orange-clad Magpies en route to a first victory of the season, a spirited team display seeing Steve Bruce collect maximum points at the third time of asking.

After a week of media criticism that followed a gutless display at Norwich, the Newcastle boss dispensed with Ki and Jonjo Shelvey, replacing them with Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin.

The result was a far more solid and familiar-looking formation than last week's 3-5-2; Isaac Hayden less out on a limb than he had been previously in this revised 5-4-1 (or even 3-4-3 at times).

However that revised lineup lasted less than 20 minutes, before Saint-Maximin limped off with what looked like a recurrence of his hamstring trouble - Christian Atsu returning after his own injury problems eased and proceeding to play as if his life depended upon it.

Newcastle's first attack of note saw Fabian Schar and Joelinton set up Longstaff to test Hugo Lloris on 23 minutes before the first official "cooling break" in play - badly needed in record temperatures.

The goal came shortly after that time out and the pattern of the game then resumed, the hosts dominating possession as expected - enjoying an 80% share by the end. Spurs threatened strongly twice just after the half hour when Martin Dubravka blocked a Son shot and the outstanding Paul Dummett managed to make a vital headed intervention from a left wing centre.

They were rare moments of genuine panic for the visitors however; Tottenham's fitfulness mirrored by an equally lack-lustre display by their followers - prompting chants of "Is this The Emirates?" from the away section. The wonderful surroundings inevitably fuel raised expectations for the hosts.

Thoughts that this game was turning into a re-run of our 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in 2013 began to form as the clock ticked on. While that epic victory was achieved due to the heroics of Tim Krul though, Spurs would prove incapable of testing Dubravka to any comparable extent here today.

Newcastle could even have doubled their lead in the second half: twice breaking quickly and getting the ball to Joelinton who was unable to make meaningful contact.

The refusal of the home side to kick the ball out after the Brazilian striker went to ground with an apparent injury led to the first real upsurge in volume with 20 minutes remaining - although another drinks interval then saw that noise tail off, at least in home areas.

Tottenham's best chance of salvaging a point came with 12 minutes of normal time remaining, when Harry Kane went over while pursued by Jamaal Lascelles in the Newcastle box. 

However the VAR decision overseen by referee Anthony Taylor went in our favour - TV replays lending credence to the conviction the gods were smiling on us, both here and at Headingley....

Abused throughout the afternoon by his former fans, Moussa Sissoko delivered an 81st minute cross from the Spurs right that fell nicely for Lucas Moura - whose first time effort cleared the crossbar.

From that point on, the hosts looked less and less likely to steal anything and some canny game management from Newcastle saw them safely through six minutes of added time - Miguel Almiron even making two late forays of his own in an attempt to seal the victory.

The most relieved man in the ground was probably our Head Coach, but the away supporters were entitled to enjoy what was quite literally their day in the sun.

Undeterred by transport headaches for the second successive weekend, not to mention an all-pervading sense of doom around the club, this was a timely reminder of just why folks put themselves through those early starts and late finishes. It still matters.

Sadly and soberingly though, until the club is interested in achieving more tangible things, one-offs like this and beating Manchester City last January will remain the summit of our ambition. 

Bruce may have followed the example of Lee Charnley in fighting avoidable public battles with irrelevant figures recently, but events on the pitch today thankfully give people an opportunity to focus on the present and the future.

The upturn throughout the side compared the previous weekend was more than evident, a measure of pride regained and one or two doubters at least temporarily muted. Whatever motivates them is immaterial, as long as something - or someone - does.

It's tempting to say that this performance could have come straight from a Benitez manual, but those players selected today battled manfully for their current coach, their current employer and themselves. Credit to them.

Glossing over the midweek cup tie, attention now switches to the visit of rock-bottom Watford to Gallowgate on Saturday. A 1-0 defeat of the Hornets last November belatedly registered our first victory of the season at the eleventh attempt and saw a noticeable pressure drop on Tyneside. People weren't burning Spanish flags, but a discernible dissatisfaction was building.

Notwithstanding today's minor miracle, three points on home territory would be similarly welcome this time round, if only to bolster belief that this result wasn't just a freak one like the 6-2 destruction of Norwich that got Steve McClaren off the mark for us.

Back to today though, and we'll end by shamelessly plagiarizing our own report from the last time we won here in 2015 (under McClaren and with Sissoko in our side): 

"there aren't many better feelings than striding down the Seven Sisters Road having nailed this lot in their own backyard once again." 

Aye, that about covers it.

Biffa


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