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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    A win for Tottenham Hotspur would have put them into the top four, but Newcastle United dealt Mauricio Pochettino’s side a major blow as they sealed victory in North London for the third successive year.
    Tom Carroll stepped in for the absent Mousa Dembele after his strong performance against Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday.

    As early as the first minute, Harry Kane had a chance for the north Londoners following a throw in on the left. After cutting inside, he hit a right foot shot just outside the post. Kane then turned provider as he fed Kyle Walker, who rounded Georginio Wijnaldum and won a corner.
    Eric Dier fired a shot wide of Rob Elliott’s post. Toby Alderweireld’s clever pass was deflected away from Dele Alli, before Danny Rose passed to Christian Eriksen, whose shot was comfortably held.

    Erik Lamela controlled well before playing the ball back to Eriksen, who saw his shot deflected for a corner. After the corner, Eriksen hit a low left footed effort towards goal, but the ball drifted wide of Elliott’s left post. Walker’s well directed long ball found Alli’s head, but the keeper gathered easily once more.
    The visitors were frustrating the Lilywhites resistance as they crammed the midfield. Jack Colback got the first yellow card of the game after fouling Walker.

    Eriksen sprayed the ball to Rose on the left. Rose curled in a vicious cross, but Elliott read the delivery and held well. Lamela then had two good opportunities. His left foot shot was saved after being set up by Rose, and Elliott denied him again following an attempt from Kane’s header.

    Tottenham won a corner on the left, taken by Eriksen at the Park Lane End. The delivery found the head of Dier as he scored his third goal of the season from the near post. This was nothing more than the hosts deserved, and it was surely a case of how many they would get.
    Spurs had plenty of chances to score during the first period and put the game out of Newcastle’s reach, but they just could not capitalise.

    Early in the second half, Eriksen’s free kick was blocked after Alli was fouled following a nice move involving Lamela, Kane and Walker.
    Papiss Cisse had a great chance from the left, hitting his effort wide across the goalmouth. Kane had a stinging shot saved at the other end, winning a corner. Cisse had another opportunity following a cross from the right, but his header was straight at Lloris.

    Siem de Jong was replaced by Ayoze Perez, and shortly after a booking, the disappointing Carroll was replaced by Son Heung-min.
    Cisse was replaced by Aleksander Mitrovic as the Magpies sensed they could take something from the game. Eriksen had a fierce effort well saved by Elliott.

    Rose was booked after handballing outside the area. The Newcastle free kick was returned from the back post by Fabricio Coloccini. Chancel Mbemba’s effort was saved, and after only being on the field of play for two minutes, Mitrovic poked home from close range.
    Rose made a vital saving tackle on Mohamed Sissoko, and took the ball forward to lead an attack for the north Londoners. He passed to Son, who fired a shot well over the target.

    Just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Jan Vertonghen struggled to deal with the flight of the ball inside the area, and Perez fired past Lloris who will be disappointed to have allowed the effort to squirm under his body. The travelling fans were in ecstasy. Newcastle United had won the game in the third minute of injury time and ended the Lilywhites 14 game unbeaten run.
    Unsurprisingly, Spurs dominated possession over the course of the game, but as seen here, superior statistics will not win you a game alone.

    The Magpies deserve credit for their commitment. They packed the midfield, got men behind the ball quickly, and closed down their opponents effectively.
    On this form, Tottenham’s ambitions should not be aimed too high. They are an evolving side with many talented youngsters, but they are far from the finished article. The supporters should be excited about the future of the club but should not expect too much too soon. A top four finish is a possibility not a certainty.

    Next week, Pochettino faces his old team at Southampton, who will no doubt be keen to put one over their former coach.
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