Newcastle recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time in over a year running out 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane yesterday.
A third league win in succession on this ground lifted us out of the relegation zone to 15th place and ahead of Chelsea subject to the result of their match with Leicester City this evening.
The win you could argue was deserved just about. Don’t get me wrong, Tottenham could have been a couple of goals up at the interval but instead had to settle for a slender 1-0 advantage courtesy of Eric Dier’s header from a corner routine. This is however when we notably tend to collapse as alluded to by Thiery Henry in the Sky Studio.
But to their credit United didn’t crumble and got themselves back into the game in the second period, whether that be through an upturn in our performance or through the tiring of Tottenham who were engaged in Europe League activity in midweek is a point of discussion.
Suddenly United, so content to contain in the first period, started to cause their own problems and pose a threat going forward but it wasn’t until the introduction of Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic came off the bench that the threat was truly realised.
Indeed just two minutes after replacing Papiss Cisse it was Mitrovic who took advantage of some poor defending by Tottenham to prod home from less than a yard out after Chancel Mbemba’s stooping header towards goal failed to be cleared. 1-1.
Spaces then started to open up as Tottenham tried to regain the lead which actually played into our hands as we have the pace and power to be able to counter that. This time it was the pace and power of Moussa Sissoko bursting down the right that created the chance for Mitrovic to put the away side ahead but he miscalculated his move towards goal and just missed connecting.
The Serbian did however have a hand in the dramatic late winner as he nodded on the ball for Ayoze Perez who chested the ball forward before firing underneath Hugo Lloris to send the away fans into raptures. Long journeys and dry trains handsomely rewarded with our second away win of the season.
Are things improving? Wins against an in-form Liverpool and a Tottenham side unbeaten in 14 Premier League matches would suggest so but it’s still early days. A win against Aston Villa, a team who are in and around the same area as us, may start to change my opinion however.
Howay the lads!
Subs: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Josh Onomah, Heung-Min Son
Newcastle: Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Subs: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Kevin Mbabu, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez