|OPPONENTS||Newcastle United at St. James' Park|
|DATE||Wednesday 15th July 2020|
|PREDICTION||Newcastle United - Tottenham Hotspur -|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Newcastle United TEAM NEWS : -
|Premier League||Kick off 18:00|
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (1)
Ritchie 55m 46s
Son 26m 36s
|Crowd : 0,000||Weather : Warm, dry|
|Referee : David Coote (Nottinghamshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Ian Hussin; Mr. Nick Hopton|
|Fourth Official : Martin Atkinson||Replacement Official : Paul Hodskinson|
|Video Assistant Referee : Peter Bankes||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Mr. Lee Betts|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Gallowgate end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 10 minutes.|
Fernandez (foul on Lo Celso) 35
Shelvey (foul on Bergwijn) 65
Alderweireld (foul on Ritchie) 30
Kane (foul on Schar) 74
Davies (foul on Saint-Maximin) 85
|Newcastle United :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
DeAndre YEDLIN (23
Valentino LAZARO 55)
Jonjo SHELVEY (c)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
|Manager : Steve Bruce||Manager : Jose Mourinho|
|Sponsor : Fun88||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Nike|
With each game in the run-in adopting more importance as the season's end approaches, it was a relief to come out of this visit to Newcastle United with a 3-1 win thanks to a Harry Kane double confirming victory after the home side had levelled Heung-Min Son's earlier strike in the second half. Much of the win was as much due to Newcastle's awful finishing (22 shots, 6 on target) as to the clinical finishing of our forwards (8 shots, 5 on target) and some solid defending from the often generous Spurs back-line.
With points needed for any hope of European football, Spurs went into the game with the same side as for the Arsenal game on Sunday. Newcastle were almost safe in lower mid-table and they had to field some players who would not be first choice, because of their horrendous injury list. That was a list that was growing as the game went on.
Spurs kicked off, but it was Newcastle who had the first attempts on goal with Miguel Almiron having a header blocked for a corner, fro which he was in space in the box, but his shot fro the low ball in troubled only the people retrieving the ball from the back of the lower tier in the Leazes stand. The Magpies were moving the ball better than Spurs in the opening stages, although they weren't troubling the Tottenham defence too much. Shelvey hit a 30 yard free-kick straight at Lloris, with the Spurs captain quickly kicking upfield resulting in Giovani Lo Celso having a shot at goal that deflected wide for a corner. Toby Alderweireld blocked a Saint-Maximin shot after a run from 45 yards out that earned Newcastle another corner, which did not produce anything, although when Ritchie went down their left wing, his cross did find Shelvey's shaven head only for it to be nodded over the bar.
Hugo was then forced to save from Saint-Maximin's low shot just at the foot of his right hand post and then Spurs went on the attack with Aurier's ball inside a defender giving Lucas Moura the opportunity to put a low ball into the near post area. Schar intercepted the ball in the box, but in his attempt to run it out of the area, his heavy touch allowed Lucas to win it off him and the ball was moved inside to Kane, who played it left to Lo Celso in the D. In turn, he played it to his left where Heung-Min Son shaped to go outside Yedlin, but shifted the ball inside onto his right foot and struck a shot between the ex-Spurs defender's legs and inside Dubravka's right hand post to put Spurs ahead with their first shot on target of the game. It was a typical move from Son and one that paid dividends to hand Tottenham an unexpected lead on 27 minutes.
The goal seemed to spurs the team and Son in particular. Aurier, playing despite the murder of his brother two days before, passed in from the right to Moura, who played it to Son, 25 yards out and he arrowed in a shot that took a slight deflection off Krafth and was heading goalwards until Dubravka reached up in his dive to tip the ball away from the top left hand corner. It was a very good save and came moments after Sonny had curled an effort inches wide from a bit closer in. Yellow cards came for Alderweireld for a foul on Ritchie and Fernandez for a bad foul on Gio, while in between Shelvey put a shot wide across the Spurs box and after the bookings, Ritchie shot wide, Saint-Maximin had a shot saved by Hugo and then the home team went the closest they had so far, when Shelvey's right-wing cross was glanced at the near post by Dwight Gayle and it went across the goal to bounce out off the far post with Lloris stranded.
That was three minutes before the break and they were played out with a succession of free-kicks for each side, with only the final one that brought a shooting opportunity for Moura, but he couldn't keep it down and it flew high and wide. So, at the break, it was 1-0 to Spurs and maybe that was hard on Newcastle, but the chances they had created rarely caused much concern apart for the one that hit the post.
A the start of the second half, Spurs looked threatening and Aurier slid a good ball across the goalmouth without a blue shirt there to tuck it away, then Winksy won the ball from Saint-Maximin and GLC broke away leading a four on four break, but, as usual, we managed to hash it up with a pass hitting Lo Celso and giving United the chance to clear the ball. With ten minutes of the half gone, Newcastle broke on the right and Serge Aurier knocked the ball away from substitute Lazaro as he burst into the box from the right, but unfortunately, it ran straight into the path of Ritchie coming in from the left and he rifled a shot past Lloris' dive to his left. It was a blistering shot and was near unstoppable.
Being level didn't last long for Newcastle, as, just like in the last Spurs game, letting a goal in prompted a response and three minutes later, Kane was on hand to restore the lead. The move started at the back, with Davinson Sanchez passing to Winks, who fed the ball up the right wing to Bergwijn. With no pressure to close him down, he picked out a cross that found Harry dropping off Krafth and heading the ball back the way it came to leave Dubravka helpless from the edge of the six yard box in the middle of the goal. It was a classy move by Kane to find the space and it was a peach of a cross to evade the defender and pick out our main man for the 200th goal of his in his 350th match, a testament to his goal-scoring ability.
Newcastle looked to get back level, but when their danger man Saint Maximin tricked some space for a shot, he drilled it too high, as most of the home side's shots ended up being. Shelvey picked up his traditional card in Spurs games with a nasty rake of his studs down the back of Bergwijn's calf and Davies was booked for a foul when Saint-Maximin looked to get away from him, after the French striker had beaten three Spurs players.
With substitutions made, the game was a little disrupted, but in the 89th minute, Lazaro's ball across the pitch 20 yards from the Tottenham goal was cut out by Erik Lamela and he fed it forward 10 yards to Kane. Harry turned Fernandez in the centre circle, returning the ball to Lamela, who was now ten yards inside the Newcastle half. He took the ball forward, tracked by Ritchie, but he turned him outside and inside in the box, before shooting. The keeper did well to beat out the shot from six yards out to the left of the goal, but Harry Kane was on hand to score with a diving header that saw him collide with Fernandez and end up holding his side, while the scoreboard showed a 3-1 score-line in Tottenham's favour. Kane was OK, as the only damage was done to Newcastle's goal difference as Spurs were assured of three points in their quest to finish in a position that would bring Europa League football.
It was a much more promising performance from Spurs, with some very good finishing and a successful breakaway goal at the death. Defensively, the team allowed Newcastle to have shots, but luckily, they were poor when it came to the final third and aside from Gayle's header that hit the woodwork, there were few anxious moments. You have to remember it was only Newcastle, but you can only beat what is in front of you and Spurs did just that. Although we have a good recent record at their ground (apart from that end of season thrashing a few seasons back), teams change and the Geordies were on a good home run and we have been dodgy away, so it was a welcome win and one that helps us move back nearer the top six.
Two games to go and six points would be great and would be a great finish to the season. Let's do it !
Harry Kane's first goal was his 200th career goal.
Kane was playing his 350th career game.
Lucas Moura made his 50th Premier League appearance.
Jose Mourinho recorded the first win of his career at St. James' Park.
Premier League meeting between the two clubs.
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|How the players did|
|Hugo Lloris||Little to do, but what there was to do was done effectively. Used the ball well, but was left grasping thin air with Ritchie's rasping shot.|
|Ben Davies||Did well and tried to get forward, but got caught out by Saint-Maximin tricking his way past him when he got booked.|
|Serge Aurier||Difficult game for Serge, with his brother being killed a few days before, but although he gave the ball away a few times, his crossing was better and was involved in the build-up to our attacks quite often.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Reliably solid with the crosses pumped into the Spurs box and getting blocks in when danger threatened.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Played well with Toby in nullifying the threat through the middle. Looked more confident than he has done at times this season.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Crafted Son's goal with a neat short pass and was always looking to move the ball forward. Tired, but played well.|
|Harry Winks||In the second half, Harry came into his own, breaking up moves and setting attacks in motion. Good game.|
|Moussa Sissoko||Playing against his old team, Moussa did a lot of the dirty work in getting a foot in and moving the ball forward.|
|Lucas Moura||Worked really hard chasing back and forward, which paid off when he won the ball for the first goal. Not always appreciated for what he gives the team.|
|Heung-Min Son||Clinically taken first goal of the game and then could have had two more soon after. Looks back to his best again.|
|Harry Kane||What can you say ? 200 goals in 350 games and two to turn this match in Tottenham's favour. Classic Kane.|
|Erik Lamela||Came on to hold the ball and run at a tiring defence. Paid off in the last minute when his run and shot ended up falling for Kane's goal.|
|Stephen Bergwijn||Produced a fine cross for Kane's first goal and looks more dangerous with every game.|
|Jan Vertonghen||An injury time substitution to shore up the defence at 3-1.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Frank Lampard's Chelsea||1||Norwich City||0||Tuesday|
|Crystal Palace||0||Manchester United||2||Thursday|
|Leicester City||2||Sheffield United||0||Thursday|
|Manchester City||2||AFC Bournemouth||1||Wednesday|
|South Coast Big Club||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Thursday|
|West Ham United London||3||Watford||1||Friday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|12||South Coast Big Club||36||13||7||16||46||59||46||-13|
|15||West Ham United London||36||10||7||19||47||60||37||-13|
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||36||8||13||15||37||53||37||-16|
Position before match : 8th
Position after match : 7th
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