It was bound to happen eventually.
After several weeks of optimism buoyed by exciting new French transfers and back-to-back victories, Newcastle plowed directly into a roadblock named Gareth Bale in their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
After a very sudden fifth-minute goal in the first half, Bale made Newcastle's central defense look silly on a superb 78th-minute run and score.
The match was no disaster for the Magpies. Goalscorer Yoan Gouffran, in particular, played magnificently until his exit on a stretcher in the 59th minute. In fact, for much of the match, Newcastle looked as if they were a side deserving something from the result.
But the final score is what matters, and the Toon momentum has come to a crashing halt at White Hart Lane.