Date: Saturday 2nd February 2013, 12.45pm
Live on Sky
Venue: White Hart Lane
Conditions: light showers
Admission: £41 (£40 in 2011/12)
2 - 1
5 mins A
free-kick thoughtlessly conceded by Fabricio Coloccini on the edge of the box
was taken by Gareth Bale, who struck a low effort over the wall and inside Tim
Krul's left hand post, finding the gap between a sides-stepping Jonas Gutierrez
and stationary James Perch (apparently obeying instructions by not attempting a
blocking jump 0-1
Yoan Gouffran, who had looked lively on the
left, controlled a Moussa Sissoko cross and fired past Hugo Lloris, with his
strike catching Michael Dawson on the back and wrong-footing his 'keeper
Half time: Cockerels 1 Magpies 1
Bale took advantage of some hesitancy from Steven
Taylor and a weak Coloccini challenge to stride clear from the halfway line and
hit a left-footed shot that squirmed under Krul.
Full time: Cockerels 2 Magpies 1
Ex-Spurs player Alan Pardew
got ourselves into a good situation in the game. We did really well to get
back to 1-1 after a really fast start by Spurs. I felt we looked a team that
would go on and win it.
"They started to get frustrated and played a few loose passes, from
Scott Parker etc, and there were a few boos from the fans.
"Iíve been here before when the crowd has turned on them a little
bit, but the second goal came at a crucial time for them. That and the
injury to Gouffran really decided the game.
"I look at my team today as one that has competed against a good Spurs
side who are in a good situation right now. They were lively and we coped
well with that.
"We have gone up a couple of levels as a team. This fixture and Man
City away are the two most difficult we had left. We gave a good account of
ourselves and we will go into the remaining games looking like we did last
season. We have good power in the team now. We will be OK.
"We should have done better there (for the second goal). They (the
defence) should have dealt with it.
"Yoan (Gouffran) received a heavy impact on his shin. He has a
gash that might have forced him off anyway because players donít like to
"Yohan (Cabaye) gave another assured performance. He has an
intelligence on the park and it was something we lacked when he was out.
"I actually thought we contained him (Gareth Bale) quite well.
We didnít want him to cut in on his left foot, but he is so quick, so
agile and he has a consistency in his shoot. He has really fine technique.
"He had two shots late on when the game opened up as we looked for an
equaliser Ė which we almost got Ė but thatís what he can do to you.
Bale is difficult to contain. He is a first class footballer.
"I can take a lot of positives. Last year we were well beaten, but
today we almost nicked an equaliser. On this occasion, Bale was the
difference. All the big moments came through him. Heís in a rich vein of
"It was a good game of football. We tried to play and I would have to
say Moussa Sissoko produced another great performance."
"It was a good win for the team. Newcastle were on a good run of form, so
it was always going to be a hard game. We stepped it up in the second half and
showed team spirit to get three points. Both sides had chances. We showed more
determination in the second half and took control.Ē
On the return of Adebayor:
"Yes, (we sent a jet to get him from Africa). He arrived
in Luton yesterday around 6 o'clock and then joined the team at the hotel.
It was obviously good to have him. He helped the team the result so it is
good to get him back.
"It's very difficult. First he was authorised to come back on Friday.
Some issues arose that have put that comeback in jeopardy, but he still was
in time to come back and make an impact from the bench."
On his goalscorer:
"He's on a par with the best players in the world. He has really
helped the team with his goals this year. The player is getting the best out
his great individual season by scoring and obviously he has a great
motivation and I think he is enjoying playing.
"Ronaldo plays more on the left and
comes in on his left foot, with Gareth we've tried to use him on the right a
couple of times and through the middle.
"When he plays down the middle it
gives him so much freedom, so many options he is able to enjoy it. It
doesn't mean we will always stick with that position but I think he is such
a good player he is able to play in different roles and positions.
"Most teams have to hang on to
their best players, Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid
losing Ronaldo would be a disaster so this is exactly the same. Teams are
dependent on great organisation and also great individuals when they are
able to express their football to the maximum.
"There isn't a release clause in
English football, it's very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham as you
know and we are not willing to let our best assets go. We can't turn this
into a debate every time a player does well.
"It was a great individual
performance and it was outstanding to see a player enjoying his football.
Gareth is, whatever position he plays. Great teams are made of great
individuals too and Gareth is decisive. I am happy for him and this is a win
we want to dedicate to Tony Parkes and Joe his son, as Joe tries to hang on
to his life."
Yoan Gouffran became the 107th
player to score in the Premier League for Newcastle and the eleventh different
Magpie to net in that competition so far this season.
United made it four defeats out of four in London - at Chelsea, Fulham,
Arsenal and Spurs - with visits to West Ham and QPR still to follow.
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:
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
recent mini revival may have halted at White Hart Lane, but a season on from a
0-5 demolition here mercifully omitted from our end of season compilation,
there were at least some positive aspects to take from this loss, rather than
sheer relief at hearing the final whistle.
The much-coveted Gareth Bale ultimately proved to be the difference between the
two teams and the on-fire Welsh dragon gave his side the ideal platform with a
free kick conversion before the visitors had drawn breath.
Crucially this season though, the deficit stayed at one goal and failed to
become 0-2 and 0-3, with opportunities of the type that were buried last season
whistling past Tim Krul's goal instead. And with the home side lacking
inspiration, United gradually fought their way back and missed one good
opportunity to level when Papiss headed Coloccini's centre wide when well
A deserved equaliser did arrive though, Yoan Gouffran getting off the mark for
his new club and registereding our first goal at White Hart Lane in a minute
over five hours of play. And with Spurs creating little in the absence of the
injured Jermain Defoe, United shaded the remainder of the half - Clint Dempsey
well shackled up front and Bale well marshalled by Mathieu Debuchy out on the
Meanwhile, Yohan Cabaye almost got on the end of a Jonas Gutierrez pass but the
Frenchman's first touch was heavy and Lloris was able to shepherd the ball
Once again United started the second period slowly, but Krul still wasn't being
tested by anything other than speculative long shots, Emmanuel Adebayor
remaining on the Spurs bench after his belated return from African Nations Cup
duty in South Africa with Togo.
What proved to be a pivotal moment though saw Gouffran stretchered off after a
55th minute incident when Kyle Walker followed through with a clearance and
caught him full on the shin. The former Bordeaux man went down in some pain and
needed oxygen before he was stretchered from the field and to a nearby
hospital, where a precautionary x-ray thankfully showed no broken bones.
Instinct suggests that Walker's contact had some intent in it and his body
language - and past history - points towards a level of opportunism in the
challenge. James Perch then clattered Bale on the touchline and the Spurs man
appeared to be badly hurt, but carried on after having his ankle sprayed. Quite
why the game had to be stopped while this took place remains a mystery
There was less doubt about Cabaye's challenge on Mousa Dembele and he was lucky
not to see red after leaving his studs on the Belgian's ankle in the 89th
minute - with the nearby Cheick Tiote not quite so fortunate earlier in the
season against the mackems.
by then United were chasing an equaliser and Bale then had a trio of chances to
claim the match ball, missing an open goal with his right foot and then seeing
Krul make two fine interventions from shots from the edge of the box - tipping
one over the bar and palming another low effort away.
With Sylvain Marveaux having replaced Gouffran in what proved to be a failed
like-for-like swap, Shola Ameobi appeared in place of Jonas to offer belated
support to Cisse. The man who looked at one stage as if he'd be playing this
weekend for Nigeria then almost salvaged a point, but could only awkwardly
toe-poke the ball goalwards when it to him in the area - and Lloris smothering
Over eight minutes of added time - due mainly to the Gouffran injury - failed
to allow United to break the maroon shirt hoodoo, this our sixth competitive
winless game wearing it. And closer inspection of this record confirms that
we've never even managed to take the lead clad in this unloved clobber.
The scoreline suggests an unwanted reversion to type on our travels, but the
display was largely encouraging and not the worst return from what was perhaps
the most tricky of our remaining domestic fixtures with the exception of the
visit to Manchester City. A lack of forward momentum during the second half was
concerning though, with nobody willing to capitalise on the players Cisse
dragged towards him whenever he had possession - three opponents routinely
clustering round him.
Results elsewhere on Saturday meant that daylight remains between us and the
relegation zone, although Aston Villa's victory over West Ham the following day
gave them a welcome boost at the expense of a West Ham side whose win on
Tyneside was a rare away day success for Big Sham.
Next up in the Premier League is a home game against Southampton in a
fortnight, with the Saints bolstered by a surprise defeat of Champions
Manchester City at St. Marys on Saturday night. That put them level with us and
ahead on goal difference, adding extra spice to a game that will come
immediately after our Europa League away tie in Kharkiv.
The installation of Mauricio Pochettino in place of Nigel Adkins has seen some
better performances from the Saints, with their away results remaining decent -
a narrow 1-2 loss at Old Trafford their only defeat on the road in six outings.
Having seen both Reading and West Ham leave SJP with maximum points so far this
season, Alan Pardew will doubtless be desperate to avoid a defeat by another
one of his former clubs. The return of Hatem Ben Arfa could potentially be a
game-changer - a player who at his best is unplayable. Much like Gareth Bale