Date: Sunday 3rd April 2022, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
5 - 1
Son Heung-Min's foul on Joe Willock gave United a free kick just
outside the box. Fabian Schar beat the defensive wall, goalkeeper Hugh Lloris and a VAR check for a
handball by team mate Chris Wood to net.
The scorer ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the away
support, one of whom let off a
smoke bomb that soon dispersed. A bit of a
damp squib then, which was to become a suitable metaphor for what followed.
A Spurs corner taken by Son on the left was reached by Burn but his awkward
header back towards the corner flag reached Son via a combined deflection
off Chris Wood and Eric Dier.
Son atoned for his earlier recklessness by providing a fine swinging cross
for Ben Davies to glance home a header from six yards out.
Half time: Spurs 1 Newcastle 1
48 mins Schar's wayward pass from the right went straight to Dejan
Kulusevski in the centre circle. He found
Harry Kane who advanced to the right hand corner of the box before
sending it over.
Although the unmarked Son looked to miss it right in front of goal, Matt
Doherty was following in at the back post and stooped to beat Martin Dubravka;
Javier Manquillo in attendance but unable to intervene.
54 mins Six straightforward passes took Spurs
from their own six yard box to the opposite end of the field; the killer
ball from Kane on halfway sending
Kulusevski scampering away down the right before playing in
Son - who took a touch before passing
the ball into the net. 1-3
63 mins A goal that appeared to be scored in slow motion: Son sweeping
the ball out to the left wing from the edge of the area, Doherty taking
Kulusevki's pass, finding space to cut back and dropping a cross into the
near post area that scraped the studs of
Emerson Royal before bouncing into the net.
83 mins A poor first touch from ASM just over halfway allowed Dier to
assume possession and he nipped it forward to Son. He in turn slipped a pass
to Lucas Moura, who played in
Steven Bergwijn before Burn tugged him by the neck. The Spurs substitute
wandered forward to stroke the ball home from almost on the penalty spot.
Spurs 5 Newcastle 1
Eddie Howe said:
"We contributed to that
"We were 1-0 up and executing a good plan. We were controlling them
as best we could. We did the first part of the game well. The second
goal is the key thing.
what we didnít need to do. We chased the game in a way you canít
against this time of team. We took risks and didnít execute it well
enough. Against these teams you have to get every aspect of your
game right: in the second half we didnít
have players who can hurt you. Some of their football will be the
highest level. Itís something weíll have to learn from.
donít think (it will affect) morale. In hindsight we might
look back on this as a good thing. It might realign our thoughts and
get us back to the basics.
still in a huge fight to stay in the division. Thatís six away games
in seven. Now we return home and theyíll be massive games.
a second half like that you want to play again very quickly. I want
to put the memory of this game away.
ĒWe produced a very good performance up until the moment Fabian
(Schar) scored. I was hugely disappointed to go in at 1-1. Bar a
few nervy moments at the start I thought we'd controlled them.
"The key goal is the second goal
- the manner of it from our perspective, we needed to feel our way
into second half.
"Then we chased the game in a very aggressive way and played in a
way we shouldn't have done. We were far too open but it was in our
desire to chase the game.
"We became expansive, took risks
with the ball and then got punished by a top-level team. Some of the
goals they scored on transitions were very good. We didn't manage
that part of the game at all.
"It's a massive period coming up
for us. We're aware this run of games we've just exited out of was
difficult for us, a lot of away games, and we're pleased to return
home where our form has been good.
"We need the crowd and stadium united to make that atmosphere as
intense as we can for our opponents. This is going to be a massive
spell which will go a long way to dictate our fate this season.
"This is a little jolt and
reminder we can't get ahead of ourselves. We have to fight and
battle for every point. We have to use the pain of today in our next
games and get the stadium absolutely rocking."
Antonio Conte said:
"This league is very difficult to try to be in the race for the
Champions League. We want to stay there until the end. We have to try to
continue to play this way with intensity, accuracy. My team is improving
in many aspects.
"Iím very happy. I was
happy before the international break. I said it was a pity we had to stop. I
asked my players today to start in the same way we left. It was a good
performance. Newcastle are a good team. Theyíve changed totally now.
Tactically they are very good. It wasnít easy, we made the game easy.
"The first half we tried
to be in control of the game. It was hard to find space. It was good to go
1-0 down because Iíve seen the right reaction of the players.
"In the past maybe when in
difficulty you could lose your mind. Instead the team were very focused and
a lot of positive things Iíve seen today.
"We know we have eight
final games. Arsenal has a good advantage. We have to try to stay in the
race and give our best, to make our fans happy. Our fans enjoy watching the
team playing this way, scoring so many goals.
"At the end of the season not to regret. If we give everything, then weíll
see what we can reach.
"The space between games so we can work and not play
every three days is helping us. When you come in during the season you have
to prepare for game, game, game.
"To have more days to work with my players is helpful to us as I have more
time to transfer my philosophies on football to my players. This is very
important. We can improve. This performance and the last few performances
have given us great confidence but in England this league is difficult.
"To play against us is difficult at the moment."
On Harry Kane:
"His performance was amazing.
"I said to him it was a shame he didn't score but he played in a fantastic
way. To have a player like him in your team makes you strong. To know we
have him in our side is very important because we he can score and create to
"First of all I like the person. Some players with
talent don't want to work hard. I have found a player who is a great man. He
set the example from the very first day. This isn't normal because usually
when you are top player you can work less, sometimes you are a bit lazy.
"He is a big example for his team mates. I have seen his desire to be
competitive in every competition."
This was Newcastle's third visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
and their first loss, after a 1-0 win in 2019/20 and a 1-1
draw last season. All three games came against different home bosses (Pochettino,
Mourinho and now Conte - we only faced an Espirito Santo side at SJP).
Fabian Schar netted his second goal of the season and his
ninth for the club - all in the Premier League. That takes
him ahead of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton, level with Jamaal Lascelles
and just two behind Jonjo Shelvey and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Schar became the third Magpie to net direct from a free kick in
the PL this season, after Jonjo Shelvey and Kieran Trippier.
His goal was the 13th that we've scored away from home this
season, one more than our previous lowest total in a full PL campaign.
That tally of 12 came in 2015/16. The Magpies also managed 13 in
United conceded five goals in a PL game for the first time
since a 2-5 loss at Leeds in December 2020. Just two of the starting
line-up here survived from that Elland Road defeat, Ryan Fraser and
As was the case here today, there were five different opposition
scorers in that game and we conceded four goals in the second half
for the first time since that night in Yorkshire.
Spurs became the second side this season to complete a PL
double over Newcastle, following Chelsea.
It's now 12 PL games since Newcastle were last trailing at half time
(0-2 behind to Manchester City at home in December 2021).
And today was the tenth time that they have taken the lead in a
PL game this season but not gone on to collect all three points.
Magpies @ Cockerels - PL era:
2021/22: Lost 1-5 Schar
2020/21: Drew 1-1 Wilson pen
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
United wore their black kit,
or a third different version of it. Clad in black shirt, shorts and
socks at Villa, Brighton and Leeds, the visit to West Ham saw them
don gold socks. They reappeared today along with gold shorts.
Newcastle's extended four game road trip came to a humbling
conclusion in North London on Sunday, going ahead before suffering a
third successive defeat that ended their unbeaten run at this venue.
Having failed to net at both Chelsea and Everton only to concede
late winners, Eddie Howe's side renewed hostilities after a two week
break that sent internationals around the globe and the rest of the
squad to Dubai.
And like the warm weather training camp in January, the positive
impact on the team initially seemed favourable as United held their
own against an inconsistent Spurs side before breaking their own
mini scoring drought.
However the illusion of comfort and control was almost instantly
banished as Spurs levelled. Unlike our maiden victory here back in
2019 when Joelinton had scored before the half hour, the Magpies
were unable to retain that lead until half time - and what happened
after the interval was simply disastrous.
The break was at least reached with both sides level on goals and
flare-up in added time seeing referee Martin Atkinson book three
players. Rodrigo Bentancur's attempt to nut Allan Saint-Maximin was
deemed only to be a yellow card offence; Joelinton perhaps also
fortunate that his wasn't a different colour after forcibly shoving
the Spurs man to the ground.
The second half was a rather different matter however and within ten
minutes Antonio Conte's side had a two goal lead that looked like
increasing; the vision and movement of Kane and Son teasing and
tormented the visitors.
Eddie Howe's response was swift and positive; Bruno Guimaraes and
Jacob Murphy introduced as the visitors sought to provide a threat
rather than go for damage limitation. Sadly though it was to be
Spurs who got the next goal: a 1-4
deficit with over a quarter of the match left hardly auguring well.
The hosts made changes of their own and thankfully wasted
chances to damage our goal difference still further - the arrival of
Jamaal Lascelles to flank Schar and Dan Burn only partly stemming
the flow. The latter player endured a difficult afternoon that may
mute some of the recent wind about England selection and/or being
our best ever January transfer arrival.
At times we were cut to ribbons and a bewildering number of
positional changes that left Murphy up front and Shelvey in defence
at one point prompted unwelcome recollections of similar randomness
A fifth goal belatedly arrived courtesy of substitute Steven Bergwijn,
but Spurs at least failed to put half a dozen in our net in one game
for the first time since 1950 (a 7-0 conquest of us en route to them
winning the title).
Losing to a side who ended the day fourth is no great shock, but the
speed with which we imploded was concerning; the return of
Shelvey perhaps too early after illness and the individuality of
Saint-Maximin a hindrance rather than a help.
Although they remain nine points
clear of the bottom three, Howe's assertion that Newcastle remain in a
relegation fight is completely correct; relying on the bottom teams
continuing to fail isn't an option.
A three point haul from our four game-long road trip matched our
prediction - and gave a pertinent reminder that we're very far from
the finished article, or consistently competitive. That reality
check may be no bad thing.
Players and fans now return to the comparative sanctuary of SJP for
a trio of games after a month away, looking to extend a three game
winning run there. Friday's visit of Wolves always seemed a more likely source
of points than today's test and when the dust settles, that really