What a performance! What a win!
An improved display felt absolutely essential after last week’s collapse at Carrow Road and it well and truly arrived here.
Not only did we work tirelessly, defend outstandingly and show real discipline and desire, the players that needed to step up really did, with Joelinton silencing the critics with a well taken goal and impressive all round display.
It was a stunning return to how to defend, with us hunting in groups and looking supremely organised in every department, limiting a talented Spurs side to few chances and starving Harry Kane of service. A defensive display Rafa Benitez would’ve been proud of and a result he would’ve been praised for had he pulled it off. Credit to Bruce where it’s due – that was superb and MUCH more like it.
The return to 3-4-3 worked a treat as it did last season. The three centre-backs didn’t put a foot wrong, Ritchie and Krafth put in huge shifts and remained disciplined all day at full-back. Longstaff and Hayden were superb in midfield, Joelinton and Almiron much improved in attack and Christian Atsu also put in a huge shift, creating the goals and doing a great job defensively.
The way we pressed was a far cry from the debacle at Carrow Road and I’m man enough to admit, if I hammer Bruce for losing at Norwich then I have to praise him for winning at Spurs.
A monumental win and the perfect pick up ahead of our midweek Carabao cup clash with Leicester and next weekend’s crucial game against Watford at St James’ Park.
Howay the lads!