Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United: Match Report

A lacklustre Spurs side failed to rise to the occasion on Sunday as they were handed a defeat by Newcastle United.

Joelinton strike was enough to secure the points for Newcastle after a mistake from Davinson Sanchez.

Coming into this game, Tottenham would’ve been backed by a lot of punters to beat Newcastle and with Newcastle propping up the table at the time, the result came as a shock. It wasn’t all one way traffic either, as Newcastle still poised a threat to the Spurs goal throughout the game and should’ve scored more.

Spurs were denied a penalty in the early stages after Son Heung-min was brought down in the area by Paul Dummett but referee Mike Dean deemed the foul as not ‘clear and obvious’ so it wasn’t checked by VAR. Sean Longstaff had a chance not long after, stinging the palms of Hugo Lloris when he had better options to his left should he have squared the ball.

The decisive goal came not long after in the 27th minute. A Christian Atsu cross was misread by Davinson Sanchez as he was caught out of position which allowed Joelinton to get in behind the Spurs defence as he slotted his shot past Hugo Lloris. Danny Rose tried to get around on the cover to block the shot but it wasn’t enough and Newcastle took the lead. This isn’t the first mistake Davinson Sanchez has made this season, having been caught out against Aston Villa by a long ball. He’ll be kicking himself and we’re sure Pochettino will be working on his game with him in training this week.

Lucas Moura wasted a good chance with the last kick of the first half, as the ball was bounced across the box and he just couldn’t quite adjust his body to wrap his foot around the ball and shot wide. It was just one of those afternoons for Spurs.

Moving into the second half, Spurs were bizarrely denied a penalty for what looked like a stone-wall penalty. Harry Kane broke into the box and went to pull the trigger after he had got away from Lascelles, but the Newcastle defender threw himself into Harry Kane, completely pole-axing the England striker. It was a certain penalty and is just another example where VAR isn’t doing its job.

Again, Lucas Moura missed another clear-cut chance deep into the second half that would’ve earnt Spurs a point when they probably didn’t deserve one. There was too many sideways passes for Pochettino’s side and lacked any real penetration as Newcastle came with a game plan, implemented it and Spurs had no answers. Spurs must improve against the lesser teams in breaking them down. Sitting in and trying to catch Spurs on the break is something the bottom half teams will look to do and Spurs have to find a way to combat that.

Poch’s Thoughts

“We need to be better and we should do better. In this type of game when you have the possession and dominate, you cannot concede this type of goal and then you are going to be close to the win. But when you concede you provide the belief to the opponent and then it’s difficult because the Premier League is very tough. The opponent got a lot of criticism after (their defeat to) Norwich, but they came here and they were more aggressive than us, that is true.”

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Tottenham Hotspur face a tough test with the North London Derby with Arsenal at the Emirates. It’s a huge game for Spurs and it’s a great opportunity to right the wrongs against Newcastle.

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