Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match highlights

Posted on August 18th, 2012 | 52 Comments |

MOTD highlights of today’s game at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United vs Tottenham full match video.

Though it looked like Tottenham were getting the better of us in the first half, it was Demba Ba who opened the scoring around 10 minutes after the break with a superb diagonal finish. However mini assassin, Jermaine Defoe, pulled things back for the visitors after 76 minutes, only for Hatem Ben Arfa to put us back in front after 80 minutes, winning and scoring a penalty for the Magpies in what was a very dramatic second half which also saw the Silver Supremo sent to the stands after pushing the fourth official.

We also got to see Little Vurn for the first time too in one of the Silver Supremo’s standard 70th minute substitutions. The starting Ben Arfa was probably the man of the match though.

I will try to post a video of the whole game later if one becomes available.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim_Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 71), Jonas Gutierrez (C), Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 85), Papiss Cisse,

Subs: Steve Harper (G), Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel (G), Kyle Walker, Williams Gallas (c), Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Jake Livermore, Sandro (Harry Kane 86), Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Rafael van der Vaart 68), Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe

Substitutes: Carlo Cudicini (G), Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart, Harry Kane.

Goals: Demba Ba (54), Jermaine Defoe (76), Hatem Ben Arfa (Pen 80).

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Yellow Cards: Danny Simpson (14), Jake Livermore (16), Sandro (19), Yohan Cabaye (45+2).

Red Cards: None.


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  1. I like the way that Benny took an absolutely dead straight run up for his penalty. I don’t know why all players don’t do it like that. It’s MUCH harder to guess and much more effective.

  2. well what a start buzzing with the result toon toon i seriously think we can get top 4 this season just need a spare striker and we be contesting anita looked ok just need.time Jonas yohan tiote Ben arfa cisse anita ba our squad is quality cheers Carroll the money we got of you has made us back where we belong recognised as a top club toon toon

  3. “We changed it tactically second half and put Demba on the side”

    Yes and look what happened. Much better after half-time.

  4. I see Eric Pieters was at the game today. Interesting, could explain why Simpson looked a bit glum today.

  5. I thought Perch was very good and the right choice (as against Williamson) given that Spurs didn’t have a big lump up front. Also thought Santon played well. Ben Arfa seems to have acquired some grit as he was getting stuck in quite a few times but was always dangerous going forward. Cabaye looked rusty. Tiote was is usual shy and retiring self. Cisse was very quiet and Simpson had a tough time against Bale and could easily have collected two yellows. Jonas was industrious as usual. Ba’s goal was class. Anita looked good but probably needs time to adjust to the premiership.

  6. Kamar says:
    August 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    “Anita looked good but probably needs time to adjust to the premiership.”

    Nah, he’ll be fine, Kamar. You hardly ever get any problems with Dutch players fitting in with English football, they just fit on straight away.

  7. A strange day, but a good day. The 5-0s and the scouse implosion.

    Even game, so glad we won :) As I said in the middle of last night, we have a shot this year because Arsenal have gone backwards and Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea have new managers.

  8. Should have been 2 nil Defoe was a foot offside at his header! Great result, cracking start and good to see Demba off the mark.

  9. Prefer 4 3 3. Ok it doesn’t suit Ba as much but I think it suits Cabaye and Ben Arfa far more than 4 4 2. We seem to get dominated a lot of the time with 4 4 2.

  10. I was at the game – great result but if I’m honest we were a bit lucky to get through that first half as we were shite sometimes. Much better in the second though.

  11. As is usually the case for the first game, both sides looked a bit rusty.
    With Spurs edging the first period, by spending more time in our half.
    We began well in the second half, taking it too them.
    With Cabaye playing a fiesty game, both he and Simpson lucky to avoid a second yellow.
    Thought Tiote looked a bit rusty, won the ball well, but distribution was poor.
    HBA was our only flair player, but tended to keep the ball too long, eventually loosing it.
    Saylor gave Bale a good shot in the face with his left arm, nice to see him back and keeping the oppositions heads up.
    Would have liked to see Marveaux and Ferguson on the wings, could have had a bit more flair and probably provide more support to our strikers.
    Jonas as usual worked hard, but made little impression on the game.
    Ba’s goal was skillfully taken, hopefully the first of many, but neither he or Cisse were given good service.
    Think it had more to do with the choice of lineup.
    Santon had some good attacking moves, but his defending needs improvement.
    Percherino, what can you say, the guy raises to the occasion, a decent game.
    I’m afraid Obertan has to improve his game, kept running into traffic.
    Once again our Senegalese strikers have shown they do not compliment one another, what to do, what to do?
    What’s up with Colo.?
    Obviously we need to bring in another CD, whats up with the Douglas deal, another hard hitting CD with a bit of size, who can create a threat in the box on set plays.
    As for Pieterson, ok, but IMO we should offer Simpson a decent deal and keep him, he had a good game to-day and we would be crazy for a few extra quid , to loose him.
    It’s early days , but we have to improve quite a bit to make it to the top four, or even match last years level.
    Were it not for Spurs poor finishing we could have blown it to-day, HBA being the difference.
    We got Chelsea coming up next week, heres my side.
    *** Saylor******Colo***


  12. Just read the match banter there n i have2say…what a load ov bollox some people were talking.
    I was at the match.Simmo did well,remember he was up against 1ov the best left sided players in the game,Bale..yes Ti
    ote was sloppy in possesion .Cabaye seemed off the pace but both will get back2 there best soon enough.Saylor done well n its good2 have him back after injury.Perchino also had a decent game along side him.Krul had a good g

  13. Game n was as solid as ever.Ba took his chance really well n it was great2 see him get off the mark in the 1st game.aye we were very lucky2 not be 2down at half time but its all about sticking the ball in the back ov the net.
    Watching a game in the stands is totally different from watching it on tv or lap top.cant believe some fans were slating Simmo!!from someone who gans2 the games i think its out ov order.he gives his all every game.also playing at FB is not easy,more so when your up against the likes ov Bale,Nani etc.so2 all the people slating him,get yourselves a ticket some day n watch the lad live,then come back n tell me he’s shite n not good enough2 wear the black n white stripes ov our beloved NUFC.untill then pipe down n be gratefull for the effort he puts in week in week out.

  14. jack72 says:
    August 19, 2012 at 2:04 am

    “Watching a game in the stands is totally different from watching it on tv or lap top.cant believe some fans were slating Simmo!!from someone who gans2 the games i think its out ov order.he gives his all every game.also playing at FB is not easy,more so when your up against the likes ov Bale,Nani etc.so2 all the people slating him,get yourselves a ticket some day n watch the lad live,”

    Absolutely correct, Jack. The main difference is that you don’t see the whole team moving as a unit when you’re just looking at close up shots on the TV. This Simpson business really does my heed in too but it hasn’t just been him. Thing is some of ’em actually DO go the games and still have a go, they’re just a bit clueless and don’t have a mind of their own, so they just say what other idiots are saying and it spreads like a virus.

    That Ba goal was a very good finish, and reminded a bit of that Cisse goal at Chelsea. Not the same of course and not quite as good, though there were some similarities.

  15. Aye he took it well was Simmo that put the cross in aswell,not a bad ball for a ‘shite’player eh!!
    Honestly tho Worky read them comments in the match banter part really wound me up mate.Simmo was one ov our most consistant preformers last season.yh he made acouple ov mistakes which led to the opposition scoring but at the end ov the day you win as a team n you lose as a team.IMO Ashley should improve his contract n tie the kid down to anew long term contract.before Saylor got injured we had the best defensive record in the prem n Simmo was part ov that defence every i said he does’nt deserve the abuse n stick alot ov people give’s bang out ov order.

  16. Didn’t see any of it (I was up a mountain) but I am sure the three points, deserved or not, will give a great confidence boost to the lads, especially against a good Spurs side. Coming home to discover we had the full three points was enough to put a good end on my day. HWTL! (As ever, thanks Worky!)

  17. I pointed out myself in the other thread that playing v Bale is a tough job for anyone…on the other hand, Simpson was rightly in the book on 15 minutes and dug a hole for himself. He made it through the match by grace of the official.

    That said, I like our RB. I’m excited about the possibility of Pieters though.

  18. Paul in Hollywood says:
    August 19, 2012 at 3:14 am

    “Didn’t see any of it (I was up a mountain)”

    I’ll get a video of the full match up Paul.

  19. jack72 says:
    August 19, 2012 at 3:12 am

    “IMO Ashley should improve his contract n tie the kid down to anew long term contract.”

    What I don’t understand is that I’ve been getting abusive comments, e.mails, people hope this happens to me, that happens to me and such for writing about stuff like that, yet many of the same people are saying “Simpson not good enough, should do one, he’s shite etc etc” So basically, it seems that it’s now ok to deride and insult the players all you like, yet it is strictly verboten to write virtually anything which might be interpreted as “critical” about Ashley or Llambias. What the f*ck is gannin’ on?

    Apparently, I’m told that criticising Ashley and Llambias is “not getting behind the team” yet for many of the people who make that accusation, criticising the team itself is perfectly OK! :lol:

    Alas, I’ll never understand idiots.

  20. I’ve now replaced the original highlights with 12 minute MOTD highlights and post match punditry from the Three Stooges.

    Full match video is on it’s way.

  21. what do you think lads Pieters on his way?, many options if it happens santon pushed to RB and pieters to LB or will we even get pieters and debuchy!.

  22. nufc337 says:
    August 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

    “what do you think lads Pieters on his way?, many options if it happens santon pushed to RB and pieters to LB”

    You think that would be a big improvement on Santon at left back and Simpson at right back, nufc?

    I don’t know but if Pieters was coming in to discuss a move, why would he do it when there was a game on with over 50,000 people attending? It hardly seems like the best time.

  23. Load of rubbish.

    There was one comment that slated Simpson by SJT and that was it. The rest was just to take him off after he got booked for sliding down Bale. He then did the same ten minutes later and you could see Bale causing another card.

    Thankfully Villas-Boas moved bale to the opposite flank second half.

    There was nothing negative in general about Simpson’s performance in the match banter. Only fear Bale could run riot as Simpson had to be careful. Could have been any RB in the world playing for us, if they are up against Bale and been booked after 20 minutes, it’s not a good scenario.

    There was a lot of negativity towards the formation that we started with as it was obvious it wouldn’t work against Spurs 4-2-3-1, and low and behold, first half it didn’t. It could have been easily avoided by matching Spurs formation from the start, which we did second half, but that could have been too late as Spurs had dominated and should have been leading at half-time.

  24. it might all be that he just turned up to watch krul and anita who know’s. If Piters does sign It wouldn’t be ideal for santon as he is young and developing and need’s the game time.

  25. He’s pretty solid Gremlin. If he did sign he would be first choice left-back, and Santon and Simpson would have to fight for Right-back.

  26. Some thoughts on yesterday’s game (from what I can remember after drinking the volume equivalent of a small person).

    Marveaux – fecked off when he wasnt even named on the bench ! Trouble brewing or just a misunderstanding ?

    First half was long ball into channels without any real chance of success. Pardwho is on the very sharp horns of a dilemma now. He promised Ba he’d play him centrally for 90% of his games yet moved him out wide after 45 minutes of the first game of the season?

    Yet when you look at the two Demba’s playing together up front they’re not Toshack/Keegan or Sutton/Shearer they’re two almost identical forwards who want the ball all the time. Neither seems to want to be the “foil” for the other, flicking on balls or feeding the other in with a killer pass, so why play them both at the same time ?

    If we’re reasonably successful this season we could be playing 60 games, that’s at least 30 for each of them ! As for being fit, I cannot imagine what it’s like playing 90 minutes at 5.30 pm having nothing to eat all day ?

    Cabaye definitely wasnt match fir but fortunately HBA was, however he’s not a winger as most of the time he cuts inside looking for a goal chance. If you want a winger Pardwho try Jarvis :(

    Felt sorry for Simmo because he was left exposed by his colleagues. After all other teams have doubled up on Bale in the past. He deserved a break when Bale and Lennon switched wings in the second half but why AVB did that god only knows ?

    Nice touch in honouring our Olympic heroes at HT, shame Mo isnt a Geordie.

    Defoe was definitely offside having watched the replays a million times last night through the haze.

    Even though he was on for less than five minutes, when Spuds were tiring, Obertan still managed to suck worse than a ten dollar whore.

    and just so GS doesnt have to ask me again why I think Pardwho isnt man enough for this job, I’ll leave you with this pearl of wisdom………….

    “We didn’t play well in the first half. Our passing was a little bit off and we were a bit unsure as to who was doing what job” :lol:

  27. Having seen it a few times, Defoe is obviously offside for their goal.

    Doesn’t Pieters also play CB?

  28. Typical!
    Comments by some above criticising Simpson and of course up against a player like Bale, is simple like, yeah right!
    Not to mention he provided the cross that resulted in Ba’s goal.
    Sure he could have been sent off, but his fouls were proffessional, the same as Nicky Butts, preventing possible breakaway opportunities in non dangerous parts of the pitch.
    Yeah everyone watch’s the game but not everyone necessarily understands whats happening, they said the same about Nicky Butt.
    I understand Pieters is injured, not much use to us now!
    and is probably here to watch the game, rather keep Simpson.
    What we need is another tough CB like Douglas, both he and Taylor would keep the oppositions heads up and would be tough to deal with in the oppositions box, on set plays.
    Ah! but what the hell do i know!

  29. AndyMac
    It’s true and a bit of a dilema, playing the two Senegalese to-gether, perhaps they could both do forty five minutes apiece as part of a 4-2-3-1, they of course being the one.
    But i dont really see a problem as injuries and knocks will allow for adaquate paying time for both i’m sure.
    On the other hand, Shola has shown he can fill that role , as a second striker, having seen him do it last season, at times laying on some perfectly weighted passes, so all is not lost.
    I’m sure other clubs would be happy to have such problems.

  30. obviously we will take the 3 points, but again we got away with it.
    it was the first game of the season, at home, and pardew not for the first time, didn’t have the team up for it.
    granted spurs tactics of the extra man in midfield, worked for them, but pardew did sweet fanny adams to counteract it.
    low and behold we come out for the second half, and we were just the same, slow to the ball, lacking any get up and go, and to be honest we never looked like creating anything until the wonder strike from ba.

    the worrying thing for me though, is you look at the bench, and there still isn’t a lot of strength and depth, for a team about to embark upon a european campaign.
    the need for another striker is evident,as amoebi broke down, yet again.we simply cannot rely on the “fenham eusabio”, for fitness for the rigours of a tough season.
    if anything was to happen to ba or cisse, we will be struggling.

    another thing worrying me is the football we play, under pardew’s stewardship.
    we cannot string three passes together, continually give the ball back to the oppostion.
    we just keep knocking it long, in a hit and hope fashion,and we look predictable.
    the tactics are one dimensional, and we lack a plan b, and our substitutions are uninspiring, and rarely change a game.
    it’s a crying shame as i think we have a bunch of talented players, who are not being used to their potential.
    that’s why i cannot see pardew being part of a sucessful long term plan for success, and he is holding the team back, imo.

    i was impressed by hatem ben arfa, and his all round game has improved, and his tenacity in tracking back, were a welcome suprise.

    perch filled in well in the centreback role, and he has also come on a tonne.

    steven taylor is a heed the baal, and he’s lucky that no one saw that elbow, on the monkey with cybals, gareth bale.

    i still think we need at least three signings, in key areas, to shore us up for a four pronged assault.

  31. Dear Mr Pearce

    Sorry my son cannot come and play football for you today as he’s having his ears pinned.

    Yours sincerely

    Mrs Bale

  32. I just loved the sublime lightning fast reactions of Staylor when he headed the ball on the ground to Krull. Doubt if even Messi could match that skill and co-ordination. “Taylor for Engerland”

    Bit of a downer for Shola after his statement that he has never been so fit and raring to go, looks like he has gone straight to the treatment table. The more things change the more they stay the same!!

    Pity about Collo as well but at least it showed that Perch is a good replacement.

  33. chuck says:

    “We got Chelsea coming up next week, heres my side.
    *** Saylor******Colo***

    Not bad Chuck but its bad enough playing Chelski with 11 men :) Think you need a LB and allow Anita to partner wor Cheick ? If you assume thats the XI for Saturday then who plays on Thursday ?

  34. andymac, i never realised they still did that operation, i remember my dad telling me, that in the 1950’s, the wards of hospitals were full of young’uns getting it done.
    he said they used to look worse for having had it done, the advances made over the years, look to have improved it, as it looks like a good job done, on mr bale.

  35. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:

    !andymac, i never realised they still did that operation”

    Spuds paid for the operation as they argued it helped increase his speed with less “drag” :),

  36. i wonder if he’s involved with peter jackson, the film maker?
    wingnut productions, i’ll get me coat!!

  37. gremlin says:
    August 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    “This peiters fella any good like lads?”

    I’ve been watching Dutch football for months, but I’ve not seen much of Pieters because he always seems to be knacked, gremlin.

  38. Andy Mac
    Nah ! with this schedule we need to rest players, a ten man side should do for Chelsea!
    Yeah right!
    Dunno how that came about, ment to put Tiote and Anita in front of Simmo, Taylor ,Colo and Santon.
    These things happen after a certain age, i’m afraid.