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Season 2021-22
Tottenham Hotspur (h) Premier League


Sunday 17th October 2021, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Unsustainable



 Tottenham Hotspur


2 - 3





2 mins With SJP still calming down after kick-off, Jamaal Lascelles brought the ball out of defence and over halfway before his attempted pass to Wilson flicked off the heels of Emerson and into the path of Joelinton.

Heading to the left hand edge of the Leazes box, he moved the ball infield to Joe Willock who helped it on to Allan Saint-Maximin towards the right. Looking set to cut infield and dart goalwards, he instead laid a pass off into the path of the overlapping Javier Manquillo.

The full back crossed from the byline and Callum Wilson pulled away from his marker Cristian Romero to head home into the Leazes End net from six yards out. Cue absolute pandemonium. 1-0

17 mins Eric Dier lofted the ball down the Spurs left to Sergio Reguilon, who was shadowed by fellow Spaniard Manquillo on the edge of the home box. Reguilon rolled a simple pass infield to Tanguy Ndombele, who was able to take a touch, step forward and pick his spot with a superb curling strike - Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow almost spectators. 1-1

22 mins
Harry Kane burst forward to receive a pass from Pierre Hojbjerg but looked well offside, going through the motions and lifted the ball over the onrushing Karl Darlow, before the linesman's flag was duly raised amid no discernible protest or complaint from the visitors.

However referee Marriner then paused, with confirmation following via the PA and scoreboard that a VAR check was in progress. Rather than confirming the initial onfield call however, VAR man Chris Cavanagh saw that right back Manquillo was playing Kane on and Andre Marriner pointed to the centre circle without going through the pantomime of checking the footage himself.

Standing in the centre circle, Kane was immediately surrounded by team mates, celebrating his first Premier League goal of the season - and his fifth at SJP in just three visits.

45+4 mins Matt Ritchie's ball forward from left back was aimed for Saint-Maximin but cut out by Emerson in his own half and returned to Lucas Moura.

Ritchie won the header against him but the ball fell to an opponent who moved infield and found Ndombele, who turned away from an ineffectual attempt at intervening by Willock.

Moura picked up possession and eluded Hayden's lumbering challenge, picking out the unattended Kane on the right side of the area. He had the simple task of sliding the ball across the six yards box for Son Heung-Min to put the ball into the empty net as Manquillo looked on helplessly.

Half time: Magpies 1 Cockerels 3

89 mins Joelinton was clumsily bundled over by Dier some 25 yards away from the Gallowgate goal, slightly towards the Milburn Stand side.

There seemed no danger at all when Jacob Murphy dropped a free-kick into the box, Dier nearest to it and seemingly with ample time to clear, despite running towards his own goal.

Unsure of whether to head it or kick it away, he spectacularly miscalculated and the ball flew into the Spurs net off his knee from 12 yards out. 2-3

Full time: Magpies 2 Cockerels 3

We Said

Steve Bruce:

"We were certainly beaten by the better team. After a wonderful start, unfortunately the problems that we've had for a while now defensively was there for everyone to see.

"The goals we gave away, you could say it was a lot of good play from Tottenham, but our defending left a lot to be desired to say the least.

"I think we've started a few games like that - we've got off to a good start, we've scored and got our noses in front, but unfortunately at the moment, we're not able to defend well enough as a team.

"I'm not criticising the back four or the midfield players, football is a team game, but from front to back at the moment, we're not defending well enough.

"We have tried to change and be a little bit more on the front foot, but it's difficult because you cannot keep having to score three goals to win a match."

About his future:

"That's for other people to decide.

"If I was reading everything and seeing everything last week, I might not have been here today. But my job is to get a few results and unfortunately, if you're a manager in the Premier League and you haven't won in seven or eight, you become under pressure.

"It's part and parcel of being in the Premier League with the big boys and I'll crack on and carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise.

"Every football club needs clarity from the top right through to all the things that make a football club what it is. The new owners have been very respectful, I can't say enough of them with the way they've gone about their business. But Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say.

"We've got our frailties as a team and it's up to me, in the near future anyway, to hopefully get better."

A&E Doctor Tom Prichard (part of the medical staff at Middlesbrough FC's youth academy and Newcastle Thunder rugby league team):

"It's something you see at work fairly often but I haven't really had this outside of the hospital before.

There was an elderly gentleman laid out on the seats in cardiac arrest and CPR ongoing. Luckily, St John's got the pads on quickly. Another friend
(fellow medic Matthew Anderson) who sits next to me (in the Gallowgate End) came over as well and we gave the guy a shock through the defibrillator.

"He was quite fortunate as well because very quickly, an intensive care doctor and a cardiologist arrived and we were able to bring him back again. I had no idea what was going on behind me; I had no idea the match had been stopped.

"This wasn't just me: I had a friend helping out and the other two doctors. St. John's were brilliant - the club doctor came over. I would say when I was walking back and fans were chanting "hero" at me, that was one of the best moments of my life."

Update: Speaking to Radio 4, Tom's pal Matthew Anderson revealed that he had performed CPR and used a defibrillator on a similarly stricken fan following Newcastle's game at Old Trafford earlier this season.

They Said

Nuno Espirito Santo said: 

"I think we handled it well, but we didn't start well. We knew what was coming, what's happening around Newcastle, the atmosphere. They came and we weren't able to handle it, but we came back fast and really good. We played really good football. We achieved goals, we controlled the game. It was a really positive performance.

"We stayed in the game and kept it steady. We knew it was about possession and finding the right spaces, and we did that. The moment that we started moving the ball around created a lot of problems for Newcastle in finding the gaps in the small pockets that our talented players can find. They built well and they played such good football, I'm really proud of them.

"It's a long process, but today, we made another step. We reacted to the goal we conceded, we've been able to play good and improve from our previous international break that was a disruption to get back into the rhythm.

"The players need to play together so I believe that the more time we spend on the training ground creating partnerships, improvement will come."

Spurs pre-match statement:

"Following a number of reports regarding the health of our players, the Club would like provide clarity to events of the past 48 hours.

"After further analysis following Premier League protocol, two players – whose names will not be disclosed due to medical confidentiality – returned false positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday after returning from international duty."

Sergio Reguilon:

“I saw one guy lying down (in the stand) and I could see (somebody performing CPR). I was very nervous so I went to the referee and said, ‘We cannot play like this, please stop the game’.

"I think he’s okay now, right? The guy’s okay? That’s more important than anything.”


Callum Wilson scored his third PL goal of the season from four starts and moves to the top of the seasonal chart, one ahead of Alan Saint-Maximin.

Wilson now has 15 to his name from 30 PL appearances for the club (27 starts). That moves him one ahead of Loic Remy in the all-time NUFC PL scoring list and level with Andy Carroll.

Timed at 107 seconds, this was Wilson's quickest goal, having netted all 12 of last season's tally in the second half of games. His only other first half goal to date was the opener at home to West Ham this season (5 minutes).

That 107 second effort was the fastest NUFC goal this season and most rapid since Jonjo Shelvey netted against Crystal Palace here last February, which was timed at 71 seconds.

No less than six players involved in a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool in October 2017 when Amanda Staveley debuted at SJP featured today, namely messrs Clark, Hayden, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ritchie and Shelvey.

Jonjo Shelvey saw red for the fourth time in all competitions as a Magpie:

December 2016 Forest (a) Championship
August 2017 Spurs (h) PL
December 2017 Everton (h) PL
October 2021 Spurs (h) PL

NUFC after 8 games - last 10 PL seasons:

2021/22: 3 pts, 19th (scored 10, conceded 19)
11 pts, 11th (scored 10, conceded 13)

 8 pts, 16th (scored 5, conceded 13)
2018/19: 2 pts, 18th (scored 6, conceded 13)
2017/18: 11 pts, 9th (scored 9, conceded 8)
2015/16: 3 pts, 20th (scored 6, conceded 17)
2014/15: 7 pts, 18th (scored 8, conceded 14)
2013/14: 11 pts, 10th (scored 11, conceded 14)
2012/13: 10 pts, 11th (scored 9, conceded 12)
2011/12: 16 pts, 4th (scored 11, conceded 6)

Spurs in Toon: PL era:

2021/22 lost 2-3 Wilson, og (Dier)
drew 2-2 Joelinton, Willock
2019/20 lost 1-3 Ritchie
2018/19 lost 1-2 Joselu
2017/18 lost 0-2
2015/16 won 5-1 Wijnaldum 2, Mitrovic, Janmaat, Aarons
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

Steve Bruce managed The Magpies for the 97th time competitively, which saw him clock up 1,000 games as a manager since first taking charge of Sheffield United in 1998 (a 2-1 home win over Swindon Town in which he also played, having accepted a joint role with the Blades).

The League Manager's Association recognise him as the 34th person to reach that landmark - and the fifth to have spent time in the SJP "hot seat", after Jim Smith, Sir Bobby Robson, Sam Allardyce and Rafa Benitez.

Steve Bruce - managerial career:

Newcastle United (2019-??) 97
Sheffield Wednesday (2019) 18
Aston Villa (2016-18) 102
Hull City (2012-16) 201
Sunderland (2009-11) 98
Wigan Athletic (2007-09) 68
Birmingham City (2001-07) 269
Crystal Palace (2001) 18
Wigan Athletic (2001) 8
Huddersfield Town (1999-00) 66
Sheffield United (1998-99) 55



An expectant crowd greeted their new Chairman and Directors like conquering heroes on Sunday afternoon, but it was Spurs who were then granted the freedom of a sold-out St. James' Park.

The atmosphere on Tyneside may have been transformed by the welcome departure of Mike Ashley ten days previously, but at kick-off time much else remained unchanged.

The unsightly sports shop advertising remained in situ and the misfiring squad was of course the same, although boosted by the return of Callum Wilson; Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey also available.

And to the surprise of many, Steve Bruce survived to spend his 1,000th game in familiar pose; looking on helplessly as another disaster unfolded.

Like Lee Charnley (not visible today but still in post), these things should be temporary, but the rapid turn of events catapulted in a new administration who appear to be formulating policy on the hoof.

And while they may have theoretical access to unprecedented resources, what they currently lack is experience in running a Premier League club - not unlike the early days of the Ashley regime in 2007, with Chris Mort etc. Back then the club was run from Shirebrook, now it's Riyadh.

What was required today was substance behind the hype and criticism in the form of three points to provide a foothold in this season. And for five fleeting minutes that scenario seemed possible; Spurs rocked back by a United front on and off the field seldom seen, but never forgotten once witnessed. There was literally nowhere else on the planet you'd rather at that point in time; the ground was alive again - fourteen years of frustration banished in a collective roar.

Kevin Keegan once claimed that the Gallowgate sucked in his debut goal - today they blew Wilson's effort home at the opposite end of the ground for the most unbelievable of dream starts.

All too quickly though, that mirage faded and a visiting side supposedly in crisis for much of this season merely recalibrated and waited for Hurricane Geordie to be downgraded to a breeze. It didn't take long.

Successfully finding space and increasing their possession as a chasm began to open up between the home defence and attack, the first Spurs goal was scored with great technique but embarrassing ease.

A second soon followed - aided by technology - and the home crossbar was still recovering after Lucas Moura's header hit it when events unfolding in the stands began to overtake those on the field.

It became distressingly clear that increased activity near the front of the East Stand towards the Gallowgate End was due to a medical emergency; several bystanders visibly carrying out CPR on what was confirmed to be an elderly male supporter who had gone into cardiac arrest.

It seemed to take an age for uniformed medics to arrive, but qualified staff attending as fans had already crucially intervened. Play continued until the 41st minute, when players alerted referee Marriner, who suspended play before going to the East Stand to speak with stewards and police.

As play was stopped, Eric Dier ran to the home dugout gesturing for assistance, prompting the United club Doctor to run across the pitch to the incident with a defibrillator - although it was subsequently confirmed that St John's Ambulance staff had already deployed one to good effect.  

Thankfully the spectator was stabilised and hospitalised, with the fans whose actions proved so vital applauded as they sat back down - punctuating what had an eerie silence, in complete contrast to the din before kick-off.

The game restarted after a 25 minute break when the players returned to the field from the dressing rooms; the re-organisation attempted by Graeme Jones proving futile when Spurs waltzed through the defence for a third.

1-3 at half-time and the chance to regroup during the interval, or at least try to pose Spurs some problems and keep the score down. To that end an unchanged side meandered through until the hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey appeared. The visitors meanwhile didn't bother making any personnel changes and gradually ebbed away as an attacking force. They may have learnt what the Portuguese for 'looking a gift horse in the mouth' is from their exasperated coach on the way home.

Missing since the opening day of the season, Shelvey contrived to last for just 18 minutes: booked for lashing out and then receiving a second yellow for a ridiculous last-ditch challenge. He's taking something, and it isn't one for the team.....

There was improbable late drama thanks to Eric Dier's spectacularly bad own goal, but the five or so minutes - four added - never remotely looked like conjuring up an equaliser. Had we got in their half that might have helped.

A point may have been salvaged at Spurs last season in the most unlikely of circumstances, but deprived of Andy Carroll's nuisance value, by then United were playing without a recognised striker or any sort of game plan and the calls to remove Bruce grew louder from those still in their seats.

The records show that we lost this game by the odd goal in five, but that bears no resemblance to the pattern of the play; Newcastle beaten out of sight for the first time this season, played off the park for the first time the thumping at Brighton in March. Diminishing returns, and then some.

Decisions need to be made over him and made quickly. The hoped-for grace period that he no doubt promised to bring is an illusion; there is no firm hand on the tiller. It may make sense to retain other figures from the previous administration as so much needs doing, but not him - meaning that there needs to be a semblance of a plan put in place, and bloody quickly. This season is ebbing away. Fast.

A poor start then to the hoped-for new era on Tyneside, but for a few hours before kick-off and the first few minutes of play, the new owners experienced first-hand the fervour and potential of this place.

Better times lie ahead, but we have to hang on to what we've got, learn the lesson of 2015/16 and make that change now. "Ain't no doubt, it's plain to see" as Jimmy Nail would say.



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