Toothless Toon! Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle

Posted on December 29th, 2010 | 66 Comments |

Aaron Lennon opens the scoring.
Aaron Lennon opens the scoring.
First off, I would like to apologise. Usually I write the match reports pretty much straight after the game, but yesterday was different.

The 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane may have been expected, but the level of performance was so low that it left me lost for words.

Newcastle rarely threatened the Tottenham goal throughout the match, even when the home side were reduced to ten men.

More often than not I try to find the positives and adopt a ‘glass half full’ approach, but it is something that is proving to be very hard after yesterday’s defeat. One win in eight games is relegation form, and makes our upcoming games against Wigan and West Ham vitally important.

The hosts started brightly and had the first shot at goal just two minutes into game through Aaron Lennon. Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric were moving the ball around well for Tottenham, but despite the inventiveness of those two players, Newcastle survived and forced their way into the game.

It took 25 minutes for the away team to register their first shot at goal, and predictably it was registered by Andy Carroll who looped a Jonas Gutierrez cross onto the roof of the net. Cheik Tiote had the next chance as he capitalised on a mistake by Wilson Palacios and shot from 25-yards, but his attempt was easily saved by Heurelho Gomes in the Tottenham goal.

Gareth Bale broke free and burst into the box only to be thwarted by a last ditch Alan Smith tackle, and Roman Pavlyuchenko could have put the home side one up on the stroke of half time, but Tim Krul produced a world class save and palmed his attempt onto the post before watching the ball bounce across the face of goal and onto the other post.

It was goalless at half-time, and it was probably just about the right result to be fair. Tottenham had a few chances, but Newcastle did well to restrict their play and keep a fair amount of possesion themselves.

It stayed at deadlock until the 57th minute when Aaron Lennon broke free down the right and ran at James Perch. The defender backed off him which afforded Lennon the time and space he needed to dispatch a low shot into the back of Tim Krul’s net. 1-0.

The next action came on 66 minutes when Younes Kaboul lost his cool and leaned his head into Cheik Tiote. It wasn’t a headbutt in my opinion, but it was enough to persuade the referee to get the red card out and gave Kaboul the chance to have an early shower. This resulted in Harry Redknapp bringing on a defender for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Alan Pardew bringing on an extra striker in the shape of Nile Ranger who replaced the largely ineffectual Jonas Gutierrez.

I would have expected Newcastle to press for an equaliser, but with Joey Barton, among others, playing below par they struggled to create much despite the numerical advantage. They paid the price with ten minutes remaining when Gareth Bale easily got past Steven Taylor and fired a poweful shot past Tim Krul from a narrow angle.

That pretty much ended the game as a contest and the game petered out with Tottenham keeping most of the ball and playing it safe, which they had the right to do after being two goals up.

It is disappointing that we never really threatened the Tottenham goal. Andy Carroll is becoming our only source of attacking play, and whilst we may be missing some players who can help him out, like Kevin Nolan or Hatem Ben Arfa, what is clear for all to see is that if you stop Carroll, you stop Newcastle.

Joey Barton was also disappointing on the day. Having been handed the armband I expected to see more from him. He was the man who was charged with linking up with Carroll and doing what Kevin Nolan does, but if we can gain anything from this game it is the fact that Barton can’t be used as that kind of player.

Our wing play is virtually non-existant, and Tottenham showed us just how important the wings can be with regard to attcking. After all, it was their wingers who did the damage on the day.

Newcastle need to bounce back from this, quickly, and head to Wigan next week with the aim of getting the three points. Kevin Nolan will be back, which is good news as we missed him yesterday in my opinion.

Howay the lads!

Tottenham: Huerelho Gomes, Alan Hutton, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Wilson Palacios, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Subs: Stipe Pletikosa, Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Niko Krancjar, Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch.

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, James Perch, Wayne Routledge, Cheik Tiote, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll.

Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Tamas Kadar, Peter Lovenkrands, Xisco, Leon Best, Nile Ranger.

Attendance: 35,927.

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66 Responses

  1. is now the time we finally have an injection of pace and creativity into our midfield?
    Will it make a difference?

    Wigan, West Ham – 6 pointers! Pardew didn’t admit it but I think we need 6 points from those games. Just as I said back when we played Blackpool and Stoke at home, I just hope at the end of the season we don’t look back and say, we should, and could, have got something out of those games.

  2. ohh and another thing, there is no reason as to why Routledge can’t do exaclty what Lennon did for their first goal.

    Needs to buck his ideas up

  3. There is only one reason why Routledge can’t do what Lennon does and that reason is that he simply lacks the necessary skill. This is why Spurs let him go.

  4. I obviously meant to say everytime Newcastle got a free kick some lump blocked Gomes’ view. Watching Newcastle has addled my brain. And, by the way, Routledge is not Premier League quality.

  5. @I Love Mike

    ohh and another thing, there is no reason as to why Routledge can’t do exaclty what Lennon did for their first goal.

    if he could do that he would still be at WHL now, the fact he doesnt shows why he went to the championship… poor player for the prem

  6. Big Mal
    though you’re obviously bias, I can’t help but agree with you regarding our tactics.

    Demise of a club?? Don’t be dramiatic, you’ve been reading the Star to much, we’ll be back playing good stuff soon enough. But it needs to change now.

  7. Im sure if we got a draw from each of the last three games (ie 3 points), most people would be on a high. Instead we won 1 and lost 2 and still have 3 points! whats the problem?

  8. Toons next number 9 says:
    December 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    the manner in which we’ve lost the last two and the negative tatics. But more so, it’s one win in eight, that’s the problem. It’s relegation form.

  9. saying that, we weren’t to bad against City, i’m being a bit harsh, but still, the form guide doesn’t lie

  10. We NEED wingers, simple. I cant wait for HBA to come back but I dont think he is a winger, I think he is the link man we need between the CM and Carroll. I also think a LB would be a must, Bridge anyone?

    In a different tack, I would like to see us go for Dunne and Ireland from Villa, eventhough we dont need them as a priority. I would hope we can sell off a couple of players as the squad still looks unbalanced, but theres nothing new there we have known that for years. We can sell a couple of strikers and Perch IMHO and get in a LB and 2 quality wingers I think we will be ok. Maybe Ireland as a present from Cashley and we could be there. SWP/Bentley/Jarvis for options.

    If we could get Ireland though, we could have a solid Nolan – Barton – Tiote in the CM and then Carroll flanked by HBA and IReland up top, looks good to me

  11. i think most people are on a downer at the moment,even the players i think,my worry is we might go on a defensive mode which brings its own problems if you go behind,seeing how pardew handles these next few games will be very important to our season,i await his metal

  12. Ageing Spurs fan coming in peace. You guys were great early in the season when you were sent out to play football. At WHL you came to break up play, dawdle on free kicks and goal kicks, and lump balls to Carroll (and for Barton to wind up the home fans and work the referee). Your players can only play if Pardew wants them to – and most footballers do want to play. Pardew clearly did not, and it was saddening to see a Newcastle outfit that was not first and foremost a footballing team. What’s more: it isn’t working – it doesn’t get you points. That much said, hope you guys pull through despite the fat fool who owns the club and the cynical twat managing it. Great fans.

  13. i agree with you on carroll becoming the only source of attack. that long ball game cant go on for too long. you do need a few more creative players. and aim to keep the ball on the ground for longer than usual. routledge in my opinion was never suited too much for the EPL. he’s not as great IMHO. and why he got the 10 is beyond me.

    will be good for have gosling back. quite a versatile player i think.

    time for pardew to take on a few young players on loan from an arsenal or other good academies. you guys need options.


  14. TNN9 Post 9:

    That would be okay if we had points from games we should have been looking to win such as Blackpool and Stoke at home. On this form we are going down.

    Jonas has got to be one of the worst players I’ve ever seen. He is seriously rubbish, and the fact that he plays every game shows the lack of quality in our squad. Routledge is just as bad by the way. I’d rather see Barton on the right wing, at least he can actually cross a ball.

  15. Jonas is a runner, thats all. I would not be heartbroken to see him sold to raise some funds for Krancjaer or Ireland.

    Also, anyone else see the rumour Vela may be offloaded from the goooners? Would be a great addition if we could entice him north

  16. Alan Pardew has proven to be very poor tactically. His squad selection was equally bad. Enrique not available should have brought shane ferguson into action. While nolan should have been replaced by Vuckic, instead it was smith who came on and he was much more defensive rather than creative. It is clear that Pardew do not value the talent of the youth. Williamson who has been outstanding so far was not used. He dont like Nile Ranger.. this guy should have started the last two games. Pardew sees Nile as an impact subs..but in the last two games nile came on when the game was already lost. The players Pardew wants to bring in January will sink the ship. He was already afraid before the match against man city.

    Moreover the five year contract and a secret business model is beyond imagination. What are the doing? When we played Liverpool i thought that we could aim for more than survival. Now we are just 4 points from the red zone… We all know what will happen at the end of the season…don’t we?

  17. Arjen says:
    December 29, 2010 at 10:27 am

    you know what you sound like mate, pratically everyone at St James’ these day’s, arm chair pundits. Shane Ferguson, a young lad who hasn’t played a Premiership game, is a left winger and quite possibly have had his confidence shattered against Lennon? Aye good move. And I believe Vukic is still injured.

    You lost me on the ‘secret business model’ thing but the long contracts were discussed a few threads back, they actually are pretty common sense.

  18. As CC said yesterday if Barton plays well we play well, well yesterday he did okay in our half but was terrible in spurs half – one of those days I suppose but it just shows how reliant we are on him to supply carroll

    Whats happened to Jonas he’s given up trying to take people on and with him and routledge on the wings we are going to struggle – we need some creativity other than barton, where does gosling fit in? I thought he was more a box to box player in the mould of Guthrie

    Big games coming up – lose the next two and we’re odds on for relegation

  19. I think Kranjcar or Bentley would be a great signings for you guys.

    Kranjcar is a top player and has been very unfortunate at Spurs. Bentley showed his best form alongside Santa Cruz at Blackburn. With Carroll to aim at he’d get loads of assists.

    How about swapping Bentley for Enrique?

  20. Arjen – I think that’s a bit harsh. Pardew has been here no time at all and there have been few competitive first team or reserve games for him to assess ALL of the squad. He will have to form his opinions at present on reputations, advice and what he sees in training. How can you say he doesn’t like Nile Ranger? Perhaps there are some attitude issues that he feels (quite rightly) need to be sorted – as did Carroll a couple of years ago , on l;oan spells I think?
    Personally, I am inclined to agree with Pardew that Ranger is better at the moment coming on for 30-40 minutes – on the few occasions when he has started he can get “lost” a bit later on and I like the idea of a tiring defence having to face some of his pace later on.

  21. I almost have sympathy for kaboul. I’m not surprised one of our players eventually boiled over. Stoke are labelled a dirty team but Newcastle were appalling. They kicked and elbowed their way to defeat. It was disgraceful… And even more disgraceful was that the ref let them get away with it. No wonder Barton was locked up. He’s truly one of the world’s most detestable individuals. There should be no place for people like him, or his team, in football. Genuinely shocking. I hope they get relegated just so as to teach them a lesson. Alas, it won’t happen, life tells us that, just look at Barton. A very sad indictment of life and the game I love.

  22. All about opinons I guess…..

    I used to think that van der Vaart was a class act, but it turns out he is just another diving cheating twat.

    But hey ho :)

  23. Good to see some away fans offering constructive criticism of our team, welcome !

    I really fear that Mike Ashley has rocked the boat at the wrong time, players need time to respond to a new manager, and the timing with this move was all wrong. Time will show if Pardew has the skill, footballing and man-management wise, to manage a big club like Newcastle United. Time will show, something which he unfortunately in the “Geordie Goldfish bowl” does not have.

    Regarding the toon playing football, I recall watching the toon win at Everton, and in fact at West Ham where we actually retained the ball within the team, and produced a real “compact” performance as a team. Of course we cannot expect to outplay teams, and Spurs was a perfect example of this. However I get the feeling that our players are afraid to pass to each other as we will invariably lose the ball.

    I sound like an old record, but it’s a REAL PITY about Ben Arfa…he would provide the magic needed.

  24. Stoney – get real!!! was it our player that was sent off for a head butt???? i think you would also get locked up for that on the streets!!! open your eyes!!

    As for the toon, we need creativity and pace up front, we too one dimensional, 2 must win games coming up now, i fear for us at Wigan as they have pace, we dont, must sign at least 3 players in january before we are in the mire!!

    Cmon Ashley now is the time to invest, u cant be that blind to see it!! can you???

  25. Billy… no chance with Jose mate but I’d take Kranjcar in a heartbeat.

    Stoney…no mention of Van D Vaart diving then?

  26. Must admit, regarding Barton’s appointment as captain this communicates all the wrong sentiments about our club. He was a thug, and still behaves like one occasionally.
    Throw in Alan Smith’s inability to time a tackle, Tiote’s over-eagerness and Carrtoll’s robustness and you can see where it all leads. Sky are also jumping on the band wagon now with their anti-Newcastle sentiments led by Andy Gray (a “robust” centre forward too in his time by the wayike).
    Put our lot up against a powder-puff team like Spurs who spend the whole game flapping and diving like Swan lake (apart from Kaboul of course) and we end up getting a bad name.

    Take Modric and Bale out of the Spurs team and see how they would do…

  27. Spurs fan in peace. I was really surprised by the Newcastle team yesterday. You seemed to have no gameplan in the final third, but worst still, I was amazed at how physical you were; Tiote, Smith and Carroll the prime suspects. Carroll has to learn that jumping into the goalkeeper with your eyes closed in the hope that the ball lands on your head isn’t going to go unpunished (although then again, the ref let the others get away with god knows how much). I was also not surprised to see Barton knock a drop-ball into the corner and then challenge for it – unsporting. What happened to the Newcastle that were about playing football first?

    And Munich Mag – we did just fine without Bale and Modric for the first half of last season – Modric had a broken leg and Bale didn’t get into the team until the 2010.

  28. Kurt…last person I expected to see on here…few more people from Goa, and we can start uploading virtual ‘feni’…it’s been awhile since I’ve been on myself. Nice thought provoking article coming up by this weekend. It would be unfair to say that Routledge isn’t fit to play at this level. He has shown this season itself that he can. Toonsy summed it up well. The problem lies in his thought process. And yes Kurt, I know why Arsenal was at the top of your list as clubs from which we could loan players from. Wouldn’t mind Vela though, to be perfectly honest…

  29. Batty hoping someone breaks a leg sums you up. Benefit cheating geordie scum. I hope you go down aswell, theres no place for teams like Newcastle in the top flight! Going through 90 mins of a game kicking the opposition off the park is not football. Take a leaf out of blackpools book, giving it a go and playing football. ps Krancjar and bentley wouldnt want to play for your shit club FACT

  30. Spurs? Powderpuff? Dawson, Gallas, Kaboul and Palacious might beg to differ! Difference is that all four of these guys can play good football. Newcastle were a disgrace last night and you’ll only have yourselves to blame if you are relegated playing trash like that.

  31. I want to know where is the attacking football Pardew promised. He put out a defensive 4-5-1 formation with what looks like a single tactic of lumping the ball to Carroll who didn’t have anyone near him for support.

    The much maligned Nolan showed yet again how much he is missed. He hasn’t got the physical speed but his reading of the game and reacting is quicker than anyone else.

    Barton had a rare off-day. I cannot remember so many over hit free kicks. His position on the wing has proved (as did Beckham) that you don’t need to be a tricky winger to get in good crosses.

    I’m not sure what Routledge brings to our right wing. He doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat. He and Simpson are not as effective as Jonas and Enrique. We missed Enrique not necessaily for his defensive duties but his ability to sling in a good cross and his understanding and interplay with Jonas.

    I think Tiote, if he continues with his clumsy challenges, is going to become a liability as teams will endeavour to get him red carded by deliberatly going into tackles / situations knowing that their player will come off worse and that they will attract the attention of the ref.

    For all his bravery I think Carroll may burn out before the season ends as he lacks support and too much emphasis is placed on his shoulders. He needs a foil. Pardew should have started with 4-4-2 with Ranger (or Best) alongside him.

    Our central defenders were fine even though Taylor was skinned by Bale but better players than Taylor have been and will continue to be done by Bale. I have to say that we would have been proud to have scored the type of goals that Spurs scored. Pace on the wing, passed the defender followed by cracking shots into the back of the net.

    My hope is that the as yet unseen Gosling, the crocked Ben Arfa and the onloan Lua Lua will add skill, trickery and pace with attacking intent to a very pedestrian and one dimensional current team.

  32. In your last 2 matches you’ve had players sent off for headbutting and elbowing and then claim we are the dirty team, you thick fuking retards.

  33. @fernando666

    I think I’ll pass mate thanks, unless that’s George Best as he was in the 60’s & 70’s.

    I thought that Pardew might go with 4-4-2 yesterday. We haven’t had the best defensive record this season so I thought he might try to capitalise on that. His gameplan worked 1st half but pressing a team for 90 minutes is difficult especially when you’ve played a game 48 hours before.

    Barton Tiote Smith Gutierrez
    Carroll Ranger

    There should be plenty of good loan players available in Jan so as long as Ashley doesn’t mind putting his hand in his pocket you will be able to strengthen.

  34. BATTY. The more you post the more you show your true colours. Your team are a bunch of thugs and if you are an ambassador for their fans then they obviously are too. I didn’t think Geordies were like that but you’re obviously another moron just like Barton, smith and Carroll. How any of you can justify their actions, both on and off the pitch, beggars belief in civilised society. Shame on you all.

  35. Stoney don’t lump Carrol in there with Barton and Smith, that is an insult.
    Centre forwards need to be robust in the challenge you fool. Take a look at Dawson putting both hands on Carrols head in the first half.

    You obviously haven’t played football yourself you tool.

  36. I lump Carroll in with Barton because he’s broken a team mates jaw, beat up a helpless old man and slapped his girlfriend around. He’s morally vacuous scum just like Barton. Both should be behind bars. More fool you I think.

  37. When did Carroll beat up an old man like? News to me?

    Of course, Woodgate is a saint isn’t he…..

  38. Stoney, Carrol is just a victim of circumstances…an innocent soul and mother-in-laws dream…

  39. Stoney…maybe you would also be tempted to break someones jaw if they had been playing hide the Brattwürst with your lass ?

  40. Toonsy. In October he was convicted of common assault and paid £2500 to the guy who he smashed a glass in his face. Nice. He was also fined £1000 by order of the court after changing his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty”. So he gave up trying to lie his way out of it. Top bloke all round. Now stop trying to defend the indefensible.

  41. I don’t think he changed his plea, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge did he not?
    Stoney so once someone does something wrong then there’s absolutely no way back for them then? because that’s what your saying.
    I’m glad you were there to know exactly who did what wrong and what the circmstances were.

  42. Richietoon. Where did I say they didn’t deserve a second chance. Read back sunshine. What I don’t think they deserve is a third, fourth, fifth chance. How many vicious and spiteful crimes is enough for you? It’s because of people like you, tolerating the behaviour of filth like Barton and Carroll, that this country is going to the dogs. You need to get a grip on yourself.

  43. Like I said….were you there, it’s never been said that Carroll started any of his bother and probably didn’t in 2 of them, though he does need to stop putting himself in those situations but you know nothing about any of them so take your presumptions and p!ss off you knob.

  44. Richietoon. I’ll give you a chance to avoid being a hypocrite. Please tell me. Were you there? Do you know exactly what happened? Your argument is based on “probably didn’t start the bother” and yet you call me presumptuous. Not very clever. I very much doubt you know yourself but have a go.

  45. The slagging is getting pretty daft between two sets of fans who appreciate footballing sides. Andy Carroll has it in him to be a top No9 for years to come (nice guy or not – and I’m not sure many of the best No9s were saints). But on yesterday’s evidence, Pardew will use him as a lamppost to bounce balls off. The guy will take punishment even his body cannot withstand, and he will not develop the guile that will keep him a great player in five years. However much he loves Toon, he may have to move on to have a real career. Hughton had more sense about abusing his prize asset.

  46. Stoney…no mate I wasn’t but I daresay I know people who were alot more closely involved than you do.As for Carroll he’s on his second chance as only one offence went to court….unless you just want to deal with rumour and speculation in which case I’m guessing your not happy with ‘Arry as there’s been plenty about him or do your views only apply to other teams?
    Anyway, I genuinely hope Spurs keep Citeh out the top 4 and wish them the best for the rest of the season as Spurs play the way I hope we will one day… soon.
    On that note I’m away to kip as early flight to catch.

  47. tufflove says:
    December 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    “The slagging is getting pretty daft between two sets of fans who appreciate footballing sides.”

    Of course it is, tufflove. I live in North London and most of my friends are ‘Spurs fans. They’re alright, until you mention the ‘A’ word. As for Hughton, he was a credit to ‘Spurs, a credit to Newcastle and I wish that he was still here.