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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0


Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0


Tottenham took on Newcastle United at Wembley today, a ground where we have never been awarded a Premier League penalty.

Newcastle under Rafa Benitez played his usual brand of defensive counter-attacking football which had seen them beat Manchester City in their last game.

Playing our 7th consecutive game in London (we have two more before we travel to Burnley) Pochettino picked a side that looked to be a back three on paper.

It soon became clear that Jan Vertonghen was playing a wing-back with Moussa Sissoko often dropping back into the right side in place of Trippier, who like Vertonghen held a high upfield position.

Against Watford, Danny Rose provided a decent cross for Fernando Llorente to head home a late winner. The rest of his crossing was petty poor.

Jan Vertonghen, however, provided a string of decent crosses from the left, but Llorente was sitting on the bench.

Lucas Moura had the glorious chance from a header but he headed wide. Erik Lamela hit the bar with a header and Spurs went into the break 0-0.

That was the first game in six that we had not been behind at half-time and the 6th game on the trot that we had not scored in the first-half.

We had most of the ball as you expect against a team who play park the bus football.

Llorente came on after an hour and he didn't get one decent cross from either wing, just one from deep.

We had scored more headed goals than anyone else (13) Newcastle have conceded most headers, our previous game against them was won by two headers to one and we have scored more goals from crosses from wide than anyone else in the Premier League so it always looked as if a header would settle it.

The chance came to Llorente for a looping header over the goalkeeper but it was way off target and he immediately blamed the sun.

However, he came up with an assist, giving the ball to Son, who had been moved up alongside him,

Son has now scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League games and this goal inside the last 10 minutes was the third league game on the trot that we have rescued the game in that time period.


Spurs have now set a new record, 29 games without a draw in the Premier League beating Bolton's former record.



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