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Season 2019-20
Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Premier League


Wednesday 15th July 2020, 6.00pm
Live on BT Sport

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Diluted

Programme: No hard copy was issued by NUFC but the full size 68 page issue was again available as a free download.



Tottenham Hotspur

1 - 3




27 mins Fabian Schar was dispossessed outside his own area by Lucas Moura and the ball was routed across the box via Giovani Lo Celso Harry Kane to Son Heung-Min who fired it past Martin Dubravka at his near post.

DeAndre Yedlin was in the vicinity of the scorer but remained almost motionless - minimising the risk of conceding a penalty I suppose...

Half time: Magpies 0 Cockerels 1

56 mins Newly-arrived replacement Valentino Lazaro wandered into the Spurs box and Aurier's poor clearance fell to Matt Ritchie who took a touch before smashing the loose ball home into the Gallowgate net. 1-1

60 mins Kane lost his alleged marker, Emile Krafth to easily head in a deep right wing centre from Stephen Bergwijn. 1-2

90 mins A loose Saint-Maximin pass on the edge of the Spurs box initiated a speedy counter-attack from Kane. He transferred the ball to Erik Lamela and galloped forward for the return.

Lamela's run took him to the left hand side of Dubrvaka's six yard box and although the goalkeeper parried his shot it dropped into the the path of Kane to head into the net, being clattered by Fernandez in the process.

Full time: Magpies 1 Cockerels 3

We Said


Steve Bruce said:

"I couldn't have faulted them in their attitude, application and the way we played.

"We gave it everything we could given the problems we've had. The second-half at Watford wasn't acceptable but they've shown today that they're trying their best to finish as high as we can.

"Itís the best weíve played in a long time. They were excellent. Realistically we were safe months ago so the challenge has been can we finish as best as we can?

"Their attitude and application was excellent today and you donít always get what you deserve.

"We were naive after we equalised and we gave Harry Kane too much room. You know itís a goal and thatís the difference, that quality at the top of the pitch.

"Fabian Schar looks like he has dislocated his shoulder and Allan Saint-Maximin has a calf Ė weíll have to see on him but we are down to the bare bones. We were already missing seven.

"Itís about getting a few back for the start of next season now.Ē

They Said

Jose Mourinho said:

"It's a very good result. I think it's an example of resilience.

"This is the fourth match separated by two days, we've played against every team when every team had more time to rest than us - an incredible effort by everyone. The players are not tired now, the players were tired before the game and to play with this intensity, with this spirit, I think is phenomenal.

"Again, the team was a team, the two guys coming from the bench, they made a difference and that's what a team needs.

"I am very happy for the team and finally I can leave the stadium and pass Mr Robson's statue and laugh with him because every time I come here, I leave the stadium and I look at him with a sad face.

"It's the first time I can leave the stadium and smile."


United scored their 19th home PL goal of the season, with just five of them in the first half - and only one in our most recent eleven fixtures at SJP.

With only the visit of Champions Liverpool to SJP to come, Bruce's side are on course to record their lowest PL home goal total ever (21 in 2017/18).

Newcastle's 956th Premier League outing was also their 3,500th top-flight league fixture, since a 2-4 home loss to Wolves in September 1898.

Matt Ritchie's
second goal of the season equals his Premier League tally from 2018/19 and is one behind his 2017/18 total (all PL only).

His seven PL strikes move him level with a varied bunch of current and ex Mags: Ciaran Clark, Carl Cort, Stephen Glass, Jonas Gutierrez & Mark Viduka.

In all competitions Ritchie now has 24 goals for NUFC.

On-loan Danny Rose was ineligible to play against his parent club.

Spurs in Toon: PL era:

2019/20 lost 1-3 Ritchie
lost 1-2 Joselu
2017/18 lost 0-2
2015/16 won 5-1 Wijnaldum 2, Mitrovic, Janmaat, Aarons
2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

There were two milestones for the visitors:

Jose Mourinho's eighth Premier League visit to SJP as a manager brought his first victory, following four defeats and three draws while occupying the away dugout in charge of Chelsea and Manchester United.

However he has tasted victory here previously, with his Chelsea side twice winning League Cup ties. 

Harry Kane marked his 350th competitive senior game by scoring the 200th and 201st career club goals (for Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City and Spurs. He also played for Norwich City without finding the net). Five of that 201 have come against Newcastle, four in the PL and another in the LC.

The 26 year-old England international now has 140 Premier League goals to his name, leaving him thirteenth in the all-time list for that competition. Alan Shearer is way out in front with 260, but another 10 for Kane will put him level with Michael Owen on 150 and one ahead of Les Ferdinand.



A second half double from Harry Kane saw Spurs record their third successive victory at Gallowgate on Wednesday - and finally give Jose Mourinho the first league win on Tyneside of his managerial career.

The visiting boss occupied the away dugout seven times previously while in charge of Chelsea and Manchester United without winning once, but his current side's potency in front of goal finally brought three points.

For opposite number Steve Bruce though there was a third defeat in eight days and yet more injury woes, losing Fabian Schar to a shoulder problem.

The visitors took a 27th minute lead against the run of play when Schar was dispossessed outside his own area by Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min firing past Martin Dubravka at his near post.

Although Miguel Almiron had two early shots, the home side's best chance of equalising before the break came when Dwight Gayle's 42nd minute header from Jonjo Shelvey's right wing centre struck a post with Lloris helpless.

The black and whites were level eleven minutes after the restart though; newly-arrived replacement Valentino Lazaro wandering into the Spurs box and Matt Ritchie smashing the loose ball home into the Gallowgate net.

Parity proved to be fleeting however and by the hour Kane had lost his alleged marker Emile Krafth to head in a deep right wing centre from substitute Stephen Bergwijn.

Unbeaten in their previous six home league games, Newcastle went in search of an equaliser but Joelinton's arrival brought no inspiration and only a pile-driver from Lazaro into the side netting raised any hopes.

The statistics showed that the home side had a seasonal high 22 goal attempts, but the majority of them presented no threat to the Spurs net.

Spurs then opened up a flattering two goal advantage in the 90th minute when a speedy counter-attack ended with Dubravka parrying Erik Lamela's shot into the path of Kane to head in for 3-1.

Then came the injury to Schar, who was able to walk off the field following treatment for a shoulder problem but later hospitalised - having taken a blow to the head during an earlier aerial challenge with Kane.

It's little consolation that we've played worse this season and won games and even less of a surprise to see full backs exposed when deployed as centre halves.

That latter issue has led to us conceding 12 goals in four games, but it's misleading just to blame the back line - this defeat hardly helped by the clownish contributions of Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin in a five man midfield. 

Although two midfielders from the U23 side were on the bench tonight, none of our reserve central defenders were deemed suitable for inclusion as cover - an issue that cannot be laid at Bruce's door but underlines a greater, longer term malaise.

Thankfully there's nothing tangible to play for in our final two games;, fanciful froth about top ten finishes going the same way as wistful waffle about Wembley did late last month.

The only outcome of real interest round these parts is the takeover; onfield matters a sideshow until that is finally concluded one way or the other.

However the continuing uncertainty over ownership now threatens to overshadow next season, leaving the club, fans, players - and manager - in complete limbo.


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