18 mins: For the second successive away game, the hosts took the lead as the
away fans began their MH17 tribute applause, striker Emmanuel Adebayor nodding
in Ryan Mason's far post chip after Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen
had shots blocked. 0-1
time: Cockerels 1 Magpies 0
46 mins: Perez and Gouffran began the second half, with the ball tapped back
to Jack Colback. His perfect ball released Sammy Ameobi, who galloped past Eric Dier down the
Newcastle left and cut
into the box. His first touch was to control the ball, his second to fire across Lloris into the far corner
of the Park Lane End goal. The goal was timed at precisely 7.31
Substitute Remy Cabella was the outlet
after a charging dribble down the United left by his international colleague, Moussa
Sissoko. Fleetingly offside before turning infield, Cabella clipped a right footed cross into the area,
Ayoze Perez found himself between Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose to nod past
the despairing dive of Lloris and home from seven yards.
Full time: Cockerels 1 Magpies 2
There were a few
strong words (at half time).
"We just said to them after (full
time) it’s not nice as a manager to go in and bark out orders, but
sometimes it’s necessary just to shake people up because we needed shaking
"We were giving
too much possession to Spurs. We never made a tackle and we were fortunate to
come in at 1-0 (behind).
"I reminded them of the fundamentals of a Barclays Premier League game
and I thought second half the players were magnificent. I was pleased they took on board what we talked about. Certainly in the
second half our attitude went up a level and that was the difference.
"We needed to offer a threat – we’re
Newcastle United - we’re not a small club. We’re a big club, and we were
playing like a small club.
"It’s a little bit daunting, even
for senior players, to be without Papiss (Cisse) and Cheick Tiote after
our win last week, but the new guys stepped up to the plate and gave us
"Straight from the second-half, Jack (Colback)
plays a forward pass, which was a rarity in the first half, and suddenly we
got ourselves a goal. We have struggled at the start of
second halves, so we purposely thought we’d do a little bit of work before
each, the start of the first half and the start of the second half.
"I thought Spurs were very good first-half, but second half, the attitude
of our players just went up a level and it was the difference.
"The back end of last year we
struggled and the start of this year, with our new players not quite settling,
we struggled again. I have not hidden from that, and I have not hidden from
"We still have a lot to do in this
Premier League season. But today I am going to smile, and I am going to enjoy
this victory because it’s a big, big win for us. It’s important the team
has a real strong belief in what they’re doing.
"But we find ourselves out of the
relegation zone tonight and that is a massive relief for this football club,
because the spotlight was very much on us and the pressure effects everybody,
not just the players playing but our staff and everybody connected with the
football club. In a way, that has been a great victory.
"I'm so pleased for Ayo (ze
Perez). It was a tough afternoon to come in at the last minute. He didn't
know he was playing. We thought Papiss would be fit
today. He really only got the nod at whatever time we kicked off.
"He is a really great individual talent.
He hasn’t quite got the strength and power that you associate with the
Premier League but that will come to him. He goes to Spain tonight to an awards
ceremony and hopefully he might pick up an award or two there. We are so
pleased with him today.”
A peeved Mauricio Pochettino:
"It was a shock because
after that it all changed in this moment (when Sammy scored).
"Seven or six seconds before, all was happiness and there was good energy in the
stadium. Our supporters were happy and believed that we would get a good result.
"But in this moment, I think it was difficult to manage in our head. Our heads
had gone and we started to take rash decisions on the pitch. It was difficult because 12 or 14 minutes later, we conceded again another
goal. At 2-1, it was difficult.
"It is not something where you can analyse the action, sort the tactical
situation and move the players. With mentality, we need to work hard. It is not easy. We need to be more
strong, like a team. This is our challenge.
"We need to speak, we need to create a different situation on the training
ground and work. We know how but always you need to spend time to work in this area. It is not
the same as in physical or tactical situations. It is a different area."
Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez scored their first Premier League
goals, becoming the 116th and 117th Newcastle players to do so for the club in
the process. The latter also emulated fellow Spaniards Albert Luque and Xisco
in getting off the mark - compatriot Marcelino failed to do so at all, while
Jose Enrique's sole strike came during the Championship "gap
United secured their first back to back Premier League victories since Aston Villa (h) and Hull
City (a) back in February/March 2014.
This was our first win away from home in ten Premier League games (since the
4-1 win at Hull City in March) and the first time we've come from behind to win away from home
since beating QPR in May 2013. The previous instance of that was also
London - at West Ham in October 2010.
Sammy Ameobi's goal may well be the both the fastest ever recorded second half
goal scored by a Newcastle player and also the fastest ever scored by a Magpies substitute.
Michael Chopra's effort in the 4-1
win at the mackems in April 2006 seemed to have that latter feat sewn up, as
he shot past Kelvin Davis just 13 seconds after coming on. However Shola's
younger brother beat that and also the fastest recorded sub goal in Premier
League history, which was 15 seconds, by former Magpie Antoine Sibierski for
Wigan Athtletic at Derby County in January 2008 (Chopra's quicker effort isn't
recorded by the PL, who only started recording that stat in 2007).
Sammy's goal was the 11th time in Newcastle's 1094 Premier League
goals that we've scored within 60 seconds of the second half beginning, but
the first for almost nine years:
Turn back the clock - stunning second half starts:
Oct 1993 Malcolm Allen (pen) Aston
May 1994 Andy Cole Arsenal (h)
Oct 1995 Keith Gillespie QPR (a)
Mar 1998 Robert Lee Southampton (a)
Aug 1999 Nolberto Solano (pen) Wimbledon (h)
Sep 1999 Kieron Dyer Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Nov 1999 Alan Shearer (pen) Everton (h)
Aug 2000 Daniel Cordone Derby County (h)
Apr 2002 Lomana LuaLua Charlton Athletic (h)
Oct 2005 Michael Owen West Bromwich Albion (a)
Oct 2014 Sammy Ameobi Spurs (a)
(All of the above were in the Newcastle starting XI for the game in
question - except Sammy)
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:
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
Full record v Spurs:
This was a third successive outing for the blue & green third strip,
following defeat at Stoke and a draw at Swansea.
Ayoze Perez marked his first league start with
a first goal for Newcastle to complete a memorable comeback for Alan Pardew's side at White Hart
Lane on Sunday.
A timid-looking United had been second best in the opening 45 minutes and only
some profligacy in front of goal by Spurs restricted their lead to
Having been derided for his tactics and substitutions on previous occasions,
the Magpies boss opted to make a double switch at that point. And that was to
have an immediate and devastating effect - not only on the contest, but also
on those looking to see him ousted.
Off came midfield pair Gabriel Obertan and Vurnon Anita, replaced by Sammy
Ameobi and Remy Cabella. And with some of the travelling contingent still
seeking solace in a half time beer on the concourses, Ameobi had the ball in
the net just eight seconds after the resumption.
Despite recording their first maximum return of the season last week, the
chances of our emulating 2013's victory in N17 weren't great and lessened
substantially when Papiss Cisse reported swelling around the knee on the
morning of the game and wasn't considered for selection accordingly.
With Emmanuel Riviere also out, that left Perez to lead the
line with Adam Armstrong and Facundo Ferreyra on the bench as cover - a trio
without a single competitive Newcastle goal to their name.
The opening exchanges weren't promising, with the visitors
seemingly on a damage limitation exercise and Jack Colback unable to direct
his effort towards the target on what was almost our sole expedition to the Spurs
box, just after the quarter hour mark.
And they were duly punished within two minutes, as
Emmanuel Adebayor maintained his scoring run against Newcastle, following up
his brace at SJP back in February by heading home with ease.
Having netted five times here in the Europa League on Thursday, the mute
Cockerels faithful (and doubtless some Toon followers) settled back in the
expectation of further Spurs goals - with hat trick hero Harry Kane on the
bench waiting for his chance to get involved.
Unlike last season it didn't turn out that way though, Tim Krul not required
to make a string of
breathtaking saves this time. Spurs became increasingly sloppy as the half
wore on and United's defence made some good blocks, although our marking at
set pieces remained awry.
Our twin interval replacements proved to be the catalyst for a remarkable turnaround,
with Sammy Ameobi netting his maiden Premier League goal less than eight
seconds after the whistle blew. And if that was unexpected, what followed was positively miraculous as United's
other replacement made an impression on the Premier League for the first time.
Until this point in his Toon career, the only characteristic Cabella had
shared with predecessor Yohan Cabaye had been the first three letters of his
surname. However that all changed on 58 minutes, when he was the outlet
after a charging dribble down the left by international colleague Moussa
Sissoko and delivered a perfect centre for Perez to open his account.
Once the bedlam subsided and the game restarted, there seemed to be little prospect of United holding on for over half an hour, but Mauricio Pochettino's side
showed few signs of responding and made a trio of ineffective replacements
that only muddled matters.
Benefiting from their new-found pace on the counter attack, the visitors
visibly grew in confidence and could even have extended their advantage when
Cabella jinked into the box. However he opted to plough on and shoot into the side netting when a pull back to
Colback could have seen him net.
The linesman then made an excellent decision to rule that a corner had already gone
out of play to deny Spurs an equaliser that would have gone down as a Krul OG,
than that, only a couple of deflected shots and one cross whistling across the
six yard box caused even mild panic.
While Pardew quickly exited after the briefest of claps at full time,
most of the players celebrated in front of the jubilant away corner.
Several tossed their shirts away, while Colback risked repeating the score on
his fingers trick that didn't go down very well last season in the derby at
Coach John Carver also joined the on-field back-slapping and saluted the fans,
a far cry from the acrimonious scenes he was involved in six
weeks ago at Southampton.
The three points raised us to the dizzy heights of fourteenth and with one
win in nine games, the
mackems replaced us - both in the bottom three and as the North East's
official "crisis club".
Having taken flak for both substitutions and team talks previously - and a
habit of claiming credit for anything and everything positive that happens to
us - the manager is fully deserving of praise for his half time alterations
In fairness though, anything would have been a improvement on a first half
containing precious little evidence of that breakthrough win over Leicester
boosting our spirits, industry or concentration.
Vurnon Anita and Gabriel Obertan didn't reappear, but candidates for
replacement abounded - most notably the non-event known as Yoan Gouffran who
is apparently undroppable. As a consequence, he couldn't be in more of a
comfort zone if he turned up wearing a onesie with 11 on the back.
If there was a counter-balance to that though, it's in another display from
Moussa Sissoko that gave hints of an overdue return to form. It's also
pleasing to see that the persistence of Perez brought him a goal, but it often
looked as if the strength required to make any impression was lacking.
Back to back victories have now thankfully been achieved, but the varying
input in both games between summer incomers and the longer servers underlines
the fact that we remain very much a team in transition and it's a thankless
task to name our strongest XI - let alone be able to field
This was a welcome reminder of why people travel miles and spend their
hard-earned, to be able to revel in the glorious unpredictability of it all.
It may not always turn out as hoped, but adding effort and commitment to
talent should bring dividends - if only in taking points of big time charlies
like Spurs, who seemed to believe their attendance would result in a win. Fur
coat and no knickers as someone said afterwards...
A month ago we believed that positive results could come from this squad, but
questioned whether they would follow under Pardew. Taking seven points from a
possible nine indicates that some sort of response has come from the dressing
room, but whether that's down to the manager or the players themselves is open
At least they've stopped feeling sorry for themselves and may finally have
ended an extended period of mourning that followed the departure of Cabaye.
The real tests are still to come though.
Dedicated to Darren White, who was involved in an accident while
travelling to this game. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from ourselves,
Barry, Tommy and the Peterlee Mags.