It’s Krul on Spurs- Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

Record breaking keeper

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - White Hart Lane Newcastle went to White Hart Lane looking for their first victory at the venue for 5 years. With the last win away to Spurs being a 4-1 win during Kevin Keegan’s second managerial reign at the club.

United would hope to capitalize on the impressive performance last week against Chelsea, whilst Spurs had the incentive of going level on points with Liverpool if victorious this lunch time.

Tottenham’s French keeper Hugo Lloris sat the game out following the head injury suffered during Spurs’ goalless draw last weekend at Goodison Park. The club have been criticized this week for their handling of the injury at the time and the decision to allow the goalkeeper to play on after sustaining such a potentially dangerous injury. Instead veteran Brad Friedel started between the sticks for the home side.

Newcastle unsurprisingly opted for the same eleven that beat Chelsea last Saturday at St James’ Park. Captain and influential figure Fabricio Coloccini was available for selection once again after missing the last few weeks with a groin injury, but he had to settle for a place on the bench as the in form Mike Williamson retained his place at the heart of the United defence.

Seemingly Newcastle would start where they finished last week and attack the opposition with confidence and belief. The first real chance for either team came from a Tottenham corner, in which Soldado attacked the cross but saw his headed effort go floating of the cross bar. Shortly after it would the visitors turn to go on the attack, with Yohan Cabaye’s perfectly executed ball down the left flank being picked up by Loic Remy. The forward found himself the filling of a goalkeeper and defender sandwich though as Spurs were able to block his attempt and get the ball away for a United corner.

In the 13th minute Yoan Gouffran neatly took the ball from Paulinho deep in Tottenham’s half and threaded the ball through to a running Remy who rounded Friedel and nicely finished to put Newcastle 1-0 up. The on loan striker has now scored seven goals in seven appearances for United since arriving From QPR – a stat that must be drumming up interest in the French striker who Alan Pardew will be desperate to keep hold of.

The home side were in shell shock and looked to seek a quick response. Former Ajax man Christian Eriksen was trying to make things happen for Tottenham and would of expected more desire from a team mate after drilling a dangerous looking ball into Newcastle’s box which was easily dealt with by the visitors. Pauliniho also saw his effort wildly blazed over the bar.

From then it became the Tim Krul show with the Dutch ace pulling off a number of world class saves. Watching the keeper reminded me of the days in which Shay Given used to save our skins time and time again. The keeper was truly an integral part of today’s victory. Tim was forced in to action when Soldado got his head on an Eriksen free kick, Krul athletically pushed the attempt over the bar and away from danger.

Newcastle did keep up the pressure in the first half and Shola Ameobi did have the ball in the back of the net once more, however the linesman had his flag up long before Shola finished and the goal did not stand.

The second half was all one way traffic with Spurs determined to win the fixture. Newcastle’s goalkeeper and back line would be tested and there was simply no room for error. Despite Newcastle leading at times it felt like they were hanging on a bit and would probably be satisfied with a draw. But credit to the lads they worked hard and stuck to the task of protecting the lead they had taken in the 13th minute of the game.

The only attempts of note that Newcastle had in the second half were from Sissoko who out muscled Vertonghen and tried his luck from a tight angle only to see Friedel comfortably gather the ball. The other was from substitute Papiss Cisse who’s rather ambitious volley went sailing over the bar.The hit man still awaits his first League goal of the season as his personal drought continues.

Krul’s services were required on several more occasions in the second period, noteably making a fantastic save from a deflected Sigurdsson freekick. Timmy was on hand to deny attempts from Andros Townsnd and Soldado as well as the bar coming to his aid from a Vertonghen header.

The game finished 0-1 to Newcastle on a day that will be remembered for the heroics of Newcastle United’s number one. Well done Timmy! It’s worth mentioning……….Krul made 14 saves in the match – more than any keeper in the top-flight this season.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi , Loic Remy

Newcastle Subs: Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Gabby Obertan, Vernon Anita.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Vlad Chiriches , Jan Vertonghen; Paulinho, Mousa Dembele ; Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson ; Roberto Soldado

Spurs Subs: Heurelho Gomes, Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela, Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Jermain Defoe

Referee: Chris Foy

Attendance: 36,042

247 thoughts on “It’s Krul on Spurs- Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

  1. Spot on Kid @224. But we would need to hang on to Remy to make the purchase of Gomis worthwhile don’t you think? I just don’t see how we are going to do that. Every goal Remy scores makes it less likely. Unless he’s convicted of rape that is in which case nobody will be getting him except Her Majesty.


  2. Newkie / G2, I reckon there is no way that Remy will sign for the toon at the end of his loan deal. I hope I’m wrong though, cos he looked unplayable at times on Sunday. I think his place in the team is also underestimated, cos anyone who has played football knows that when you have a bloke playing up front who can score goals from nothing, then you go a little bit further. Having said that, the morale seems to be spot on anyway at the club, hats off to Pardew for that I suppose. Considering how much destabilising negative shoyt has been flying around the club the past months, coupled with the capitulation against the great unwashed, the manager and players seem to have stood together as a unit.
    Just as the neggars seem to be building up a head of steam, the team go and string a couple of great results together to take the wind out of their sails πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Infuriating as it is πŸ™„


  3. Geordie – if the reports linking us the Andre Ayew are true then I think that’s plan B if Remy doesn’t stay personally. Not a bad back up plan but I’d far sooner we landed Remy.
    Cabaye will be here til at least the summer I reckon, unless a bid circa Β£20m comes in for him that is.

    I see SD are reporting this one now. Wouldn’t be a bad addition IMO.

    I think I’d like to see Gomis or Toivonen in now as well tbh. I think either could play the role Shola has in the last 2 games far more effectively – as in better movement and more goals.
    Either of those along with Finnbogason would do nicely thank you Joe.


  4. Every goal Remy scores makes it less likely we will be able to keep him. Yet it is only his goals keeping us in mid-table. It’s a conundrum for a cheapskate like Mikey. I would love to know how he’s going to solve it.


  5. Sharpy mate we know nothing about how Ayew would adapt to the Prem whereas Remy is gold standard. A huge risk to let him go. Ashley would be mad but I’ve often thought he is anyway. As for Ince the rumours about him are endless. Just can’t see us spending much in January with the team performing well already. It’s not Ashley’s style. If we did even better we might end up in the Europa competition and expose our paper thin side again.


  6. G2@229, I questioned the same on the blog a few weeks ago “where would we be without Remy’s goals” and got battered by a couple of blokes on here… πŸ˜‰
    He’s scored 47% of our goals apparently..


  7. Yes it’s absolutely clear Remy is essential to us Munich mate. Without him we’re lost. Who would make up his goals? Shola πŸ˜† ? Cisse πŸ˜† ? And who would replace Cabaye if we lose him even next summer? And if Colo goes home as well? All we would have on the bench at CB would be Saylor. Horror show really. Ashley will absolutely have to spend next summer or it will be another return to the bottom 6. If we got Ince and Gomis, and retained Remy and Cabaye, and brought in a good CB I would be very satisfied. What are the chances all of that will happen though?


  8. G2-I don’t think Gomis would be a waste if Remy went myself, I think he is of the build to help Cisse as a partner. Someone strong to smash the CBs so Cisse can prey on the knock down. Hardly pretty but I think that’s what Cisse thrives on. Of course then we’ll need to go out and buy some actual wingers… πŸ˜•

    Munich-I agree that I don’t think we will keep Remy. That’s not being a negger though just a realist-there is still room for you to jump ship and become one of the happy folk πŸ˜›


  9. Newkie@233, ya cheeky monkey ya !!

    I was building up a head of steam myself mate, but since the Chronicle got toasted and we put in some half decent performances then I’ve picked up a little. Looking forward to the day that we really click, and Cisse, Remy and Goofy all help themselves to a bunch of goals…

    KK was doing a great job on neggar recruitment yesterday, but he got short shrift from me πŸ˜†


  10. Norwich and West Brom will be two really tough nuts to crack, we’ll need to be on top form to get the points, make no bones about it.


  11. Are you really thinking we can get some goals out of Cisse still Newkie mate? Even with a semi-decent partner? I’m just not sure anymore. He’s so out of form now. A huge problem for the club. No sell-on value at all either. Ashley will hate it. I think Gomis is a bit of a risk without Remy. And he’s not young so if he doesn’t adapt to the Prem he’s another big problem for Ashley with a fairly big wage I would imagine (what Ashley thinks of as a fairly big wage anyway πŸ˜† )


  12. Munich πŸ˜†

    KK is so much of a negger that only JJ agrees with him, he is beyond the pale, even the nice Pozzie Aussie Possie sunshine wouldn’t work on him.

    G2-Well if we can’t get goals out of him we may as well send him to the glue factory mate because he isn’t good for much else. He had on decent attempt from that cross field ball from Cabaye. Would have been a screamer if it had gone in, it didn’t but at least he made the attempt. I think the reason we are persisting (other than no options…) is because we have to at least get some goals of him to even raise any interest in him like you say. Although personally I think our style has moved on a bit from him/Ba with our other purchases. But if we lose Remy then the most important person in that system will be gone πŸ˜•


  13. Yes, a huge problem for us with our cheapskate owner Newkie mate. I can’t see him stumping up enough to keep Remy no matter how many goals he scores. I hope I’m wrong as it would destroy the new chemistry the team has put together.


  14. G2/Newkie, some Bundesliga club would give us 5 mill for Cisse, divvent worry yer old jam tarts lads πŸ™‚


  15. Gomis without Remy is a bit of a tough one. I wouldn’t bank on Cisse hitting form anytime soon and I personally have given up on him altogether. So yes, I suppose I do think it would be a bit of a waste signing Gomis if Remy were to leave.

    Remy leaving isn’t a foregone conclusion though as I don’t think the top sides that could do with him will sign him. Arsenal are one of these sides, but what are the odds of Wenger doing what the fans call for?

    Spurs could also do with him, but have spent far too much on Soldado and will need to persist with him. Add to that the fact Adebayor refuses to drop his wages/leave and I can’t see Spurs signing another striker anytime soon.


  16. G2-Aye. Unfortunately Ash will have the read made excuse that someone bigger will be in for him. Well that just shows how we should have tried harder for him in January πŸ˜•

    Munich-do you reckon? Who do you think he would suit? I can’t say I’ve seen many teams (on the ITV highlights) that I thought neeeded a Cisse. I just hope the russians are still interested…they’d pay more. Debateable whether we’d actually use that extra cash of course… πŸ˜†


  17. The Kid-Aye, and they have high hopes for Kane, although he doesn’t look like much at the min to me he is at least playing regular footie and may come good.. It seems unlikely Ade will go like you say and despite the fact they always slate defoe I don’t think AVB would want rid.

    But I think part of it might be how well we do this season. I don’t expect us to be top 7 but if Spurs falter and we do well Remy will be poached by Levy just to keep us in check. Arsenal could defo use him but I guess Walcott wouldn’t be happy at being pushed to fourth choice up top, but who would want him ahead of Remy in that position anyway?


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