13th December 2015, 4.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: White Hart Lane
upstairs / £37 downstairs (unchanged for the third successive season
- although NUFC funded a £10 reduction in 2014/15)
1 - 2
Having flicked a shot over the bar, Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliot made a rare error
from the resulting corner. As Eric Dier headed a Christian Eriksen corner goalwards,
Elliot palmed the ball in a vain attempt to block - instead taking it beyond Vurnon Anita
at the far post who could otherwise have cleared
it off the line.
Half time: Spurs 1 Magpies 0
Former mackem, Danny Rose, blocked
Daryl Janmaat's attempted cross with his
arm and Jack Colback lined-up the free-kick down the Newcastle right, a
short distance in from the corner flag.
His whipped centre initially seemed over-hit but Fabricio
Coloccini did well to peel away to nod the ball back across goal to Chancel Mbemba.
His stooping goalward header somehow eluded both Hugo Lloris and Toby
Alderweireld, allowing Aleksandar Mitrovic to poke it over the line
from inches out.
The goal came barely 90 seconds after the Serbian had appeared on the pitch
and he ran towards the visiting dugout before embracing fitness coach
Alessandro Schoenmaker - who had told Mitro just moments earlier that he
would score in the game. 1-1
90+3 mins A weak clearing
header from Spurs was nodded back from halfway by Jack Colback and met by
Mitrovic, who laid it infield to Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman's
first-time cushioned flick forwards with the outside of his boot then found
Mitrovic advancing into space and he was able to nod it over Jan Verthongen
and into the Spurs box for Ayoze Perez to run on to.
Running out of pitch and with Verthongen breathing down his neck, the
Spaniard allowed the ball to roll off his chest and as it dropped he hit a
first-time right-footed shot with power. Lloris reached it and slapped the
ball into the turf with both hands but the momentum saw it nestle nicely in
the net at the Park Lane End of the ground. The more you watch the move, the
better it looks..... 2-1
Full time: Spurs 1 Magpies 2
the players were fantastic today. It's answered the critics we have had over
last four weeks and it was a great performance in the second half and a
"We have asked for consistency and the last two weeks they have provided
that and it has brought everyone closer together. We kind of lost something in the international break and it's taken us two
weeks to get that.
"This was a win for the players. Half-time was a big test for this team.
We’ve come in at half-time before and the dressing room has been quiet and
disappointed, but it was so vocal here.
"There was such a determination among the players not to lead down the
normal path of losing the game. The response in the second half was fantastic.
"There was so much going on in there – Robbie Elliot, Fabricio
Coloccini, to be fair, all of them. We couldn’t shut them up, and they
took it on board. That’s the pleasing thing for me. We’ve not won
back-to-back games for over a year, we’ve not had a comeback win for about
a year, so to do it was immense. You can talk and talk but the players did
it on the field."There have been two
excellent performances and results. We said after Liverpool: ‘That’s
what we are. That’s what we want to be.’ And today: ‘That’s what we
are. That’s what we want to be.’ We want to be this every week. It only
comes from a platform or a bed of hard work and attitude and commitment and
discipline. And the players had that. When they do that, we have got a
chance of winning games.
"We’ve had difficult times and the
season has been up and down. We’ve asked for consistency and the last two
weeks have provided that, on the back of a lot of criticism. But there’s still
a long way to go. And we’ve got a tough one next Saturday against Aston Villa.
I haven’t spoken to Mike Ashley. He is
probably pleased he saw that. We have had glimpses of that and threatened to do
that on occasions. But the character in the dressing room was great. It was
great to be in there.
"All you ask from players is that they give a response. If you are on the
bench, come on and have an impact. Ayoze and Mitro have not played so they are
disappointed. You can be disappointed, come on and not perform but they were
disappointed, came on and showed that they wanted to play. They’ve won the
game for us. Today will do them and the team a world of good.”
Mauricio Pochettino commented:
"“We feel very disappointed. We played very well in the first half
and deserved to score maybe one or two more, but you know, in football, when
you don’t kill off the game, things can happen.
"In the second half we were in control until they scored. The problem is
not about energy but if you make mistakes, you can pay and today was unlucky
because the second half was under control and if we analyse the game, it’s
not fair that we lost.
"But you need to work hard for 90, 95 minutes and it’s never finished
until the referee’s whistle. You always need to learn and this is a good
mentality - we need assess why it happened. In football, sometimes it’s
difficult to explain.
"I thought the first half was fantastic and it’s difficult to
understand why we lost control in the second half. One nil up
always gives the opponents the chance to come back into the game.
"We lost concentration and made easy mistakes, we started to give the
opponents the belief they can win the game.
"The chances that we conceded were easy for Newcastle, we need to analyse
the game. Our first half was fantastic and our second half we need to analyse - I
want to see the game again.
(Am I) concerned? No. In football you can always improve. After the first half we were happy in the stadium but in the second half it
was not the same, it was a bad night for us.
"If you want to play for the top the pressure is top but it is not about the
age, the first half was one of the best we have played, we are disappointed
in the end result."
NUFC last eight PL seasons after sixteen
2015/16: 16 points, 15th (scored 18,
2014/15: 23 points, 7th (scored 18, conceded 22)
2013/14: 27 points, 6th (scored 23, conceded 22)
2012/13: 17 points, 14th (scored 18, conceded 23)
2011/12: 27 points, 6th (scored 21, conceded 19)
2010/11: 19 points, 11th (scored 24, conceded 25)
2008/09: 16 points, 16th (scored 19, conceded 24)
2007/08: 22 points, 10th (scored 23, conceded 26)
guided his side to successive Premier League wins for the first time as
Magpies Head Coach - the last time we managed it was in November 2014 under
Alan Pardew (when we went on to win five in a row).
We also recovered from going a goal behind to win in the PL for the first time
since the 3-2 home success against Everton during December 2014. The last away
turnaround of that type came at Spurs in October 2014 when we also turned a
0-1 HT deficit into a 2-1 FT win.
Newcastle recorded their ninth PL away win over Spurs in 22 visits -
making White Hart Lane our most lucrative venue for points collection after
Until this visit, the Cockerels had shared the title of most welcoming hosts
with Aston Villa (eight wins).
United's third successive victory at White Hart Lane matches our best-ever
run there, with a trio of top flight wins coming in our maiden three
league visits (1909-12).
The best sequence of away wins in the PL remains the four
against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park from 1994 to 2013.
We've scored a total of five goals in those three wins - all at the
Park Lane End. The last Magpie to net at the Paxton Road End was Yoan
Gouffran during a 1-2 loss in the 2012/13 season.
Moussa Sissoko is the only player to have started the trio of
victories here, with Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran playing
some part in all three.
And the Magpies continued their run of PL victories live on TV this season,
all four having come in front of the cameras (Sky with three including
today, BT with one).
Ayoze Perez bagged his fourth goal of the season and the eleventh
of his Newcastle career - all of which have come in the PL.
That brings him level with current colleague Yoan Gouffran, plus
former Magpies Nicos Dabizas, Robbie Elliott, Keith Gillespie and Steve
After defeats at Swansea and the mackems, a third airing for the dark blue
change strip brought our first goal and first victory in it.
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League
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
Full record v Spurs:
Substitute pair Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez, gave Newcastle a spectacular
victory at White Hart Lane as they came from behind to
record back-to-back League wins for the first time in 2015.
United's third successive league triumph at what should surely now be renamed Black
and White Hart Lane took them out of the
bottom three and up to fifteenth after six unlikely
points from two games.
Quite where this latest triumph came from - after a miserable first 45
minutes in which Rob Elliot's
agility kept the score down to one - remains a mystery but yet another
live Toon TV thriller had a memorable finale.
One point against a team in grand form would have
been gratefully accepted, but Steve McClaren's side confounded expectations to
take all three off a side who were unbeaten in fourteen league fixtures since the
opening day of the season.
Unsurprisingly unchanged from the Liverpool victory, our best effort of the
opening half came after just five minutes, when
Siem de Jong's goalbound shot looked to be heading for the top corner until
it hit Papiss Cisse who had inexplicably strayed into its path.
Thereafter, United seemed to have reverted back to old habits when creating very little,
cheaply surrendering possession and looking shaky at the back - with the busy Elliot
denying Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice and fit enough to kick the ball
upfield today (relying on long throws last Sunday).
The second from Lamela was a fine tip over the bar but from that corner
Spurs took the lead as Elliot blotted his copybook and the game seemed to be
over as a contest with a measure of relief that we trailed by just one goal.
For once though, McClaren's half-time instructions seemed to have an effect and his
side emerged to show a spirit and endeavour that had been noticeably
Moussa Sissoko slotted in Cisse but the striker dragged his shot narrowly
wide when an equaliser looked likely. And at the other end, Elliot saved a long shot from Kane and then Sissoko found
Cisse again but his header lacked power.
With the travelling fans rightly sensing that Spurs were in their comfort zone
and fading with a lack of offensive options on their bench, the shouts went up
for Ayoze Perez to be introduced - and he was quickly on in place of Siem De Jong.
Mitrovic soon replaced Cisse - after he'd dragged a shot wide when well place -
and the impact
was almost immediate with an equaliser (although the substitute looked to
have got away with an elbow aimed towards Kyle Walker in his first challenge
That sparked scenes of wild celebration in the away corner at that end of
the ground, but little did they
know what was to follow -
Mitrovic appearing to have cost his side the win on 90 minutes as he somehow failed to make contact
with Sissoko's low centre from the right in front of goal.
Inches away from a famous victory it seemed, but there was still time for Perez
to worm his way into the box and fire the winner past Hugo Lloris for the
second time in two seasons.
That came in the third minute of added time and there were only two more
minutes to survive before referee Roger East blew the final whistle to
signal huge partying among the away fans and players.
United climbed to fifteenth, leapfrogging Norwich, Swansea and
Chelsea to join Bournemouth on 16 points after 16 games.
That's still some distance from safety or respectability, but a quantum leap
away from the despondency that fans felt returning from Palace just a
And while the coaching staff can take credit for their role in reviving our
fortunes, the praise falls squarely on the shoulders of the players - just as
the blame did earlier this season, when they played as individuals and looked
anything but committed to the cause.
Areas of concern remain, not least the lack of a threat down the left flank
and the issue in keeping Georginio Wijnaldum involved in away games, but
uncomplicated effort and commitment is beginning to pay dividends. Much more of this and we might be able to try at
Watford in the Cup.
What now looks to be a golden opportunity to gather three more points them
comes against Aston Villa on Saturday, as Newcastle bid to win back to back
home games for the first time in 2015. That sobering fact alone should be
enough to dispel thoughts of complacency though, or delusions that anything
other than stopping the (considerable) rot has been achieved as yet.
Having never sampled what it feels like to walk out of Wembley as a winner,
there aren't many better feelings than striding down the Seven Sisters Road
having nailed this lot in their own backyard once again. And to do it in the
final seconds just adds a further level of pleasure.
Pedro 90 minutes 1993, Jenas 90 minutes 2003, Perez 90 minutes 2015. The toast
is late scorer.
(Thanks to RB for provision of celebratory