The Newcastle goalkeeper, Tim Krul had an inspired afternoon at White Hart Lane to deny Spurs and ensure that Loic Remy’s first half goal was sufficient to gain their first win at Tottenham since 2008.
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Newcastle United 1
Team: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches (Kaboul), Vertonghen;Paulinho, Dembele (Sandro); Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson (Defoe); Soldado Subs: (unused) Gomes, Holtby, Lamela, Lennon
Spurs started without Hugo Lloris as Brad Friedel made his 450th Premier League appearance. Christian Eriksen was restored to the team in place of Lewis Holtby and Mousa Dembele started for Sandro. Gylfi Sigurdsson was preferred to Aaron Lennon in four changes from the team which drew at Everton last weekend.
Tottenham started the brighter with Roberto Soldado heading a corner over after 10 minutes. After a slow start Newcastle responded immediately and their pressing of the Spurs defenders brought its reward. They pinched possession to play Remy in but Vlad Chiriches recovered to clear a minute later. Friedel then saved from 30 yards but was beaten after 14 minutes when Remy was played in to score with ease. Spurs had only themselves to blame having been caught in possession a couple of times in the build up to the goal.
From this point Newcastle were much the better team although Tim Krul was putting together a memorable goalkeeping performance with an increasing number of outstanding saves. He pushed out a shot by Eriksen after 37 minutes and after good link up play by Soldado and Andros Townsend he tipped over Paulinho’s shot in the 42nd minute.
A facial injury to Chiriches late in the half resulted in Spurs playing the final minutes with ten men and Younes Kaboul replaced him for the second half. Sandro also came on for Dembele.
Spurs played with greater urgency in the second half and pushed Newcastle back but the visitors were always dangerous on the break. Through the half Krul became an unbeatable force as he got his hand, his face or his foot to every effort Tottenham had on goal. In total he produced at least 13 outstanding saves to leave Spurs frustrated and defeated.
Krul got down to save a deflected shot from Sigurdsson’s free-kick after a foul on Paulinho on the edge of the area. As the ball came out to Kaboul he got in the way again and then a defender made a vital touch to put the ball out for a corner.
Friedel had to rescue Spurs with a low save for a corner as Sissoko broke clear of Vertonghen on the right. A shot by Townsend was pushed out by the goalkeeper who then saved Soldado’s header to the rebound.
For the final 20 minutes Jermain Defoe replaced Sigurdsson as Spurs continued to press. Spurs wasted numerous corners and free-kicks but from one Vertonghen rose high to head towards goal but Krul got a hand to the ball to save as the Belgian looked on in disbelief.
For all their effort in the second half, Spurs didn’t really look like scoring. Krul was outstanding and Newcastle as a team played very well but Spurs caused themselves problems with missed passes and misunderstandings between players as they tried to keep up the pressure on Newcastle.
Newcastle showed that all teams are now coming to White Hart Lane, without fear, confident that they can deny Spurs but also cause problems and be a threat going forward.
Tottenham now go into the international break for the second time on the back of a home defeat. They responded positively in October but with games against the two Manchester clubs ahead it will be much more difficult.