Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United –
Final Score/Result: Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle
Man Of The Match: Tim Krul
Tottenham Hotspur dropped down the league table as they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.
Spurs have now won only two of their last six matches and despite making a good start to their campaign their recent run of form has seen them drop out of the top four spot. Tottenham are currently seventh in the league table and they missed a big opportunity to close the gap at the top as most of the big clubs have dropped points this weekend. On the other hand, Newcastle United continued their climb into the top half of the table and are now just two points behind Manchester City.
The away side made a dream start in this game as Loic Remy scored in the 13th minute of the match to provide them with the lead. Remy was set through by a wonderfully weighted pass by Yoan Gouffran, who disposed Paulinho in the center of the park. The striker took the ball past Freidel, who was caught in two minds initially, and scored. Incredibly, that was Remy’s seventh league goal in his eighth league start for Newcastle.
The story for pretty much the rest of the game was about Tottenham Hotspur trying to equalize and Tim Krul making a save. Tim Krul produced the performance of his career so far at White Hart Lane yesterday. The Dutchman made 14 saves, and now holds the record for most number saves made in a match by a Premier League goalkeeper.
The first half was fairly even, but Tottenham came out stronger in the second half. But despite producing numerous chances they failed to score past the away side. While this match can be considered as an exception where the brilliance of Krul kept them out, the fact that another match has passed by where Tottenham have failed to score from open play.
Andre Villas Boas found it hard to believe that his side failed to win this game despite creating all those chances in the second half of the game.
“We had so many good, good chances that I think the result is very unfair.
“Obviously Newcastle came in strong and really played well in the first half. I think they deserved to get that lead, I think we didn’t recognise ourselves in the first half. We were not on top of our game and let ourselves be anticipated a lot. It wasn’t one of our better first halves.
“Still we had some good opportunities in the first half, then in the second half if we had been a bit more lucky we could have drawn the game and gone on from there.
“Disappointing because it’s not what we deserved. We gave a good response in the second half.” – The Tottenham Hotspur manager said.
The former Chelsea manager was also full of praise for Tottenham goalkeeper Tim Krul and felt that he was difference between both the sides.
“Last season he had a great game here as well, and today he was the inspiration. He made the difference today.” – Villas Boas added.
Villas Boas also faced questions regarding the fitness of Hugo Lloris and the reason why he was left out of the starting line-up.
“It was nothing to do with the situation at Everton. The goalkeeper stayed out because my medical department advised that he wasn’t ready, although he is very short on coming back. If the game was tomorrow, he would have played.” – he explained.
Tottenham v Newcastle – Statistics
Hugo Lloris produced was arguably the performance of the season so far. The Dutchman almost singlehandedly earned three points for Newcastle United. The 25-year-old accepted that this performance has been the highest point of his career so far. The above performance graph shows this influence in the match.