Alan Shearer, like the rest of us, was absolutely delighted with the win and performance at Spurs after the debacle at Carrow Road.
Tweeting after the game he praised three players in particular – Dummett, Almiron and Joelinton.
I must admit, personally I thought Dummett would be one of the biggest casualties of Rafa leaving. I wondered if Rafa’s coaching made him look better than he was, after him looking such a limited player under Pardew, McClaren and Carver.
Yesterday he was absolutely top class. His positioning and timing of his tackling was flawless, and he actually seemed a little calmer on the ball than usual, particularly in the first half.
Joelinton and Almiron were like completely different players after looking so toothless and disconnected at Norwich. The change in formation certainly helped, as we got men forward quickly and decisively.
Almiron was better simply because he had more options when he had the ball. Joelinton’s hold up play was key to that. He was outstanding and took his goal brilliantly.
I’ve been arguing with a mate today who supports another team who said his first touch for the goal was terrible. For me it was exquisite. He put it exactly where he wanted before the finish.
Such a great win. Defensively superb and spot on tactically too. Atsu also deserves a mention, that was possibly his best performance in Newcastle shirt.
Onto Leicester now. HWTL!