Newcastle’s encounter against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening proved one to forget for both the team and us fans.
We were simply outclassed by a superb Tottenham side who thoroughly deserved their 5-0 winning score-line.
It was only a matter of minutes before the ball was put in the back of our net, and then just ninety-three seconds later Spurs had doubled their lead. It was a Tottenham side sending out a clear message to those watching that they mean business.
Newcastle never turned up at the races, we were sloppy in possession and offered little attacking threat. To be honest, I feel that none of the players could be bothered to put the effort in. There was no movement off the ball and each player seemed static.
The team demonstrated no urgency to close Tottenham down, allowing them to sit back and control the flow of the game. The defending was woeful at times, there was no organisation and it was clear that the pace of Adebayor and Saha was really affecting Coloccini and Williamson.
As a viewer, there was a sense that the team looked very flat and their heads had dropped as soon as the first goal had gone in. Several players looked very tired and out of form, such as Jonas Gutierrez. He had a quiet game against Villa last weekend and yesterday he still seemed to be below 100%. Has he been playing with an injury that we don’t know about? He hasn’t looked himself and his performances of late have been a shadow of his former self.
With Newcastle not involved in the next round of the FA Cup this may give the team and Alan Pardew the perfect opportunity to recouperate. This will allow any injury problems to be sorted out and allow the team to be fresher for the visit against Wolves a week on Saturday. Add to this the return of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote and the team will be much stronger than they were yesterday. I feel it was clear that we missed the presence of these two in the middle of the park.
It was a disappointing result for Pardew’s team, but they still sit sixth in the table and are already over the forty point mark.
There is no doubt that this week will be used as one to work on the failings of yesterday’s game and to iron out any injury problems so that the team are fit and ready for our next home game at St James’ Park.