Date: Sunday 19th April 2015, 4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
1 - 3
30 mins Spurs had the opener
handed to them on a plate: Yoan Gouffran had the chance to charge forward
and attack but was caught in possession in his own half. That sent Nacer
Chadli off towards goal unopposed before dispatching a shot past Tim Krul
who again looked too easily beaten 0-1
Half time: Magpies 0
46 mins A mazy run from Ayoze
Perez on the right hand side of the box set up Daryl Janmaat who looked a
certain scorer, but as his shot was blocked, Jack Colback arrived to thump
the ball in at the Gallowgate End 1-1
53 mins Christian Eriksen's
free-kick from the left eluded everyone and drifted inside the far post
with Krul once more embarrassed. Nabil Bentaleb may have got a slight
touch but not one that diverted the flight of the ball 1-2
90+1 mins Harry Kane was gifted an added time breakaway strike as
Taylor was faced with three yellow shirts running at him. He recklessly
tried to play the offside and Kane was left to run in on Krul and tuck the
ball around him 1-3
Full time: Magpies 1 Spurs 3
"It (the supporter boycott) was possibly not
helpful, but they are entitled to do what they want.
"I don't think that has affected what
has gone on on the pitch. The players are all professional and once they cross
the white line it shouldn't affect them.
"There are no excuses. We lost
because we weren't good enough.
"It's not getting any easier, but
this job is never easy. I'm disappointed and angry and have lots of different
emotions going through my head. The bottom line is it's another defeat and not
"We are in amongst it. We have sides
like Leicester who are winning games and we aren't winning. We have to find a
way to find some points.
"This is the most difficult situation
I've ever been in, but I'm a fighter and I'm not going to shirk anything.
"We will take the stick and the
responsibility because that's the type of person I am. I'm not going to give
up on it and I have enough experience to deal with the situation.
"We’ve had good conversation
with all the staff. Hopefully I can find a solution. There’s nobody going to
land from Mars with a spaceship-load of players. I said to the guys in the
dressing room that we have to deal with it and sort out the situation.
"It’s a huge kick in the teeth at
home. You have to look over your shoulder to see what’s going on. The one
thing about my team is they keep going, but sometimes they might not be good
"It’s disappointing but it’s my job to find a solution.”
Regarding the absent Jonas Gutierrez - reportedly axed from the squad
following a disagreement with Carver:
"(It was a) selection (decision), yes, (we have)
a pool of 18 players. I have my reasons for that and I don’t want to talk
about Gutierrez anymore.”
"We fully deserved the victory and the three points. I think our performance was
better than Newcastle's and I am very pleased for our players.
"I am happy to recover this feeling after the last two games - that wasn't good
and it's important to feel victory again."
Kane reaching 30 goals for the season:
fantastic, congratulations to him because
he deserves this moment, it's historic, the first time since Gary Lineker in
a Spurs player has scored 30 goals in all competitions).
"I think he needs to pay for a dinner this week for his team-mates. The
team work a lot and try and help the striker score.
"He has big potential. He is young and this is his first full season in the
first team. We need to push him to try to improve his level because he has the
potential to improve.
"It's a fantastic achievement and I congratulate him. He deserves this moment
because he has worked a lot. It's an historic thing.
"He's happy in the changing room and all his team-mates are happy, and I think
all our supporters and the club are happy at his achievement.
John Carver became the second Newcastle manager to preside over six
successive Premier League defeats, emulating Alan Pardew's feat of
exactly a year ago.
Defeat by Swansea on Saturday would be the first time that the Magpies had
lost seven league games in a row since 1977, when the inept Richard
Dinnis oversaw ten successive losses between August and October.
Jack Colback scored his fourth goal of the season for the club, all of
which have come on home territory. That makes him United's third top scorer
this season, with Ayoze Perez (5) and Papiss Cisse (11) ahead of him.
Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:
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
Full record v Spurs:Carver in charge: Played 15, Lost 10, Drawn 3,
Won 2 (scored 12, conceded 27)
became the latest side to humiliate Newcastle United on the field as they strolled to
victory on Sunday afternoon, extending the club's losing sequence to six games that
mirrors our previous worst run in the Premier League.
Twelve months on from reaching that unwanted record under Alan Pardew's
command, his successor John Carver was equally powerless to prevent a
wholesale surrender from a disheartened and disjointed group of players -
calling them a team would be grossly inaccurate.
This latest setback took place against a backdrop of supporter unrest that was
planned in advance of our fifth successive
derby defeat, but gained added impetus as the
financial results of the club were delivered and yet another demoralising reverse
was recorded at Anfield.
Rather than the protests inside the ground that made a for a poisonous
atmosphere against Cardiff City a year ago though, the call to boycott the
game was heeded by a cross section of supporters including season ticket holders
prepared to leave empty seats they had already paid for.
Hundreds of fans assembled outside the Gallowgate End
before and after
Sunday's game to call for the owner's departure, but thousands more stayed
away entirely - opting to watch it on live TV at home or in pubs, or do
something completely different instead.
That left the game to be played with around 10,000 empty seats scattered
across all four sides of the stadium, although an official attendance of
47,427 was announced - that figure based on match tickets sold.
As a result, the subdued and
subversive St. James' Park had all the atmosphere and anticipation of a
pre-season friendly and United's fitful performance did little to stir those who had
ignored the boycott from their slumbers.
The season's lowest crowd at St.James' Park was still the weekend's highest
domestic league attendance, but the absence of passion, commitment or interest
was surely unsurpassed anywhere - even the 1,351 at Accrington.
Missing from his seat - although presumably not joining the boycott - was owner Mike Ashley,
with the club's PR guru Keith Bishop present alongside MD Lee Charnley.
The visiting team enjoyed a comfortable afternoon in the sunshine and did just
enough to collect their first win in three games, although the glaring
opportunity to improve their goal difference in the second half was
For United there were a handful of decent displays from a side showing
worrying signs of rigor mortis. Goalscorer Jack Colback refuses to lie down and roll over,
although his clear frustration with the failings of those around him resulted
in his twelfth yellow card of the season.
Lacking support and seemingly perceived as a diver by the refereeing
community, Ayoze Perez
continues to show flashes of promise up front and there was a welcome return
of captain Fabricio Coloccini to the defence.
That allowed Daryl Janmaat to resume right back duties in a back four that
looked a little less brittle and again featured Vurnon Anita in the left back
Ryan Taylor moved up into midfield with Moussa Sissoko banned, while Yoan
Gouffran was included at the expense of Gabriel Obertan in the only other
starting XI change.
Absent from the squad completely (although he later confirmed his availability
on social media) was Jonas Gutierrez, with youngsters Olivier Kemen, Jamie
Sterry and Adam Armstrong bulking out the subs bench.
However, the majority of the Magpies on display were short on confidence,
ability and application and this squad of players is simply not good enough
for this division.
If not this year, then relegation in 2016 looks a good bet at the current rate
of decline. It's hard to think of a side who possess less physical presence
and at times, Spurs were able to mark up at set pieces by merely standing in
front of their opponents and blocking out their view.
You'd also have to go a long way to encounter players who less uncomfortable
in possession than this lot, are woefully short of pace and lack the
intelligence to make runs or pick out the movement of their colleagues.
After a mundane opening half hour when Perez and Remy Cabella got on the end
of low crosses to have shots of a fairly unthreatening nature, Yoan
Gouffran's error allowed Nacer Chadli
to push on before shooting past Tim
Krul for his second goal in as many visits to Tyneside.
Carver made a double change at the break, with the unfortunate Mehdi Abeid
making way for Obertan and Gouffran thankfully replaced by Sammy
And as had been the case at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, United
found an equaliser within a minute of the restart. Good work from
Perez gave Janmaat a shooting chance but as his initial effort was deflected,
Colback was on hand to smash it home.
Sadly that proved to be only a fleeting relief for those present of a home
persuasion and Spurs
were back in front within ten minutes,
Christian Eriksen's free-kick somehow eluding everyone and ending up in
the back of the net.
That saw some fans to abandon their seats as another lost cause loomed and
others gradually drifted away as further feckless attempts at creating a goal
failed to do so - Obertan and Ameobi unable to supply any form of service from
the wings and Cabella equally slipshod.
With Newcastle unwilling or unable to build up a head of steam and threaten a
second equaliser, Spurs should have increased their lead long before Harry Kane's added time breakaway
strike - the one true moment of football quality from either side in
the match as he bore down on goal before effortlessly finishing in the manner
of that bloke currently doing the Barclays Bank adverts.
And so ended another dispiriting display that still leaves United searching
for the points that would secure their Premier League status and all that
lovely lucre. As the performance proved, football just doesn't come into it
anymore and the indifference is infectious.
Rather than rebellion though, the over-riding feeling is one of worrying
indifference, of people falling out of love with their club and just quietly
voting with their feet.
Counting the number of dissenting banners
on show doesn't
reflect the depth of disaffection that is felt round these parts and the
disinterest that has bred due to on-field neglect.
Looking across the almost eerily silent ground, it felt like the clocks had
been turned back to when we played out meaningless end of season games in
front of pitiful gatherings, hardly any of whom owned season tickets.
Then as now, the real action was a million miles away from this backwater.
Even the modest and justified expectations of our fans, nothing more than
putting a team on the field fit for purpose and making a genuine effort to win
the game, have proved to be unrealistic under the iron grip of the
Be it the derby defeats, the silverware surrender policy, sub-standard
recruitment, the lack of leadership or the financial shackles that saw the
team willfully weakened this season, every absent fan has reached a point
where logic has overtaken romantic notions of support. By placing a value on
everything, he's forced people to evaluate NUFC in those terms - and conclude
it's not worth it.
Before the boycott was mooted, that mindset was evident among fans of our
acquaintance who in the words of Kevin Keegan had travelled the length of the
country to watch awful sides. The actions of Ashley have had the effect of
stripping away their black and white sentimentality, leaving them to make
logical decisions about rationing their support.
That mindset means that there's no value in attending cup games because they
don't try to win and that those tricky midweek games on TV can be viewed in
comfort, sacrificing their season ticket cost for the night (because you can
barely give them away) for the saving in travel costs and sleep. Once upon a
time it was worth the time and effort, but no longer.
Despite the desperate loss of form, it would still take an outlandish series
of results to see at least four teams sitting below us get past and consign us
to the drop. That's of no comfort though when looking ahead to the
final five games of
another desperate season - and for an increasing number of fans, far further
In seeking to alter football for his own purposes, the owner has fatally
severed the thread binding fans to the club. No longer parading around in the
stripes, he's not fit to sell the shirt.
From hotbed to death bed, you've got to hand it to Mike.