A disappointing result and another one of those Tottenham games where they could have played all night and wouldn’t have scored. The Newcastle goalkeeper, Tim Krul, had an exceptional afternoon but few of his saves could be described as ‘out-of-this-world’. The Newcastle team played well and deserved their success but who in the Spurs team are worthy of mention and credit?
Following last week’s draw at Everton when Spurs dominated the first half but failed to create any real goalscoring opportunities, Andre Villas-Boas decided on three changes. A fourth, the inclusion of Brad Friedel for Hugo Lloris, was forced upon him to give the Frenchman further time to recover from the heavy knock to the side of the head at Goodison Park.
Mousa Dembele replaced Sandro and Christian Eriksen started in place of Lewis Holtby. AVB decided to dispense with the two wingers and brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson for Aaron Lennon. At half-time, finding the team a goal down and under-performing against a very committed Newcastle team, AVB made two alterations. Vlad Chiriches had been injured in the final minutes of the first half and was replaced by Younes Kaboul while Sandro re-appeared at the expense of Dembele. With 20 minutes to play, Jermain Defoe came on for Sigurdsson to play alongside Soldado.
Spurs again dominated possession, territory especially in the second half and goal scoring attempts. Spurs had 65% possession – they had 31 attempts on goal to Newcastle’s 8 with 14 on target compared to 4 by Newcastle. the vital and all important statistic, however, is that Newcastle scored once while Spurs didn’t, thanks to outstanding goalkeeping by Krul and a lack of any real, clear-cut opportunities.
Who came out of the game with some credit?
Two of the three substitutes brought a greater urgency to the Tottenham second half display. Kaboul carried the ball out of defence looking to commit Newcastle midfield players and defenders while Sandro was very involved in midfield. Kyle Walker went forward regularly and was trying to keep a high tempo in the game as was Andros Townsend but his over determination to shoot brought frustration.
Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’?
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