Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 10, 2013

An absolutely astonishing goalkeeping display by Tim Krul helped Newcastle United escape with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Loic Remy fired the visitors ahead early in the first half after great work by Yoan Gouffran, and despite Spurs' dominant second-half performance, they could not find a way past the gargantuan Dutchman in goal.

Spurs started with purpose, switching play regularly and testing Newcastle's back line.

Kyle Walker's adventurous surge opened up the first opportunity inside the opening few minutes, but Krul claimed his low cross in the first of many, many saves.

"Last season he (Krul) has a great game over here as well, said Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, as per Sky Sports. "Today was the inspiration. He made the difference for them."

Despite dominating the ball, the home side did little with it, and it was the same Magpies defensive outlook that stifled Chelsea so well the previous week.

The opening goal, scored by Alan Pardew's men, was extremely poor from Spurs' point of view: Gouffran robbed Paulinho of possession in his own half, then proceeded to slide Remy in with an inch-perfect through-ball.

It illustrated Newcastle's phenomenal defensive system in all its glory, as high pressing would make way for dogged defending in their own half. They were excelling at both ends of the pitch.

In response, Krul was forced into a number of world-class saves to preserve the lead until half-time, sprawling to his left and right to palm away clever headers and long-range salvos.

Villas-Boas brought on Younes Kaboul and Sandro at half-time, but little changed for the home side with regard to their fortunes in front of goal.

They steamed forward within minutes of the restart, and a square ball found Christian Eriksen, but the Dane's goal-bound effort was blocked expertly by Krul's trailing leg.

Minutes later, they were inches closer after a deflected free kick forced Krul to palm clear, and only a goal-line clearance prevented the home side from drawing level.

As the game wound down, adjustments were made by both managers, with Pardew adding an extra body in midfield and AVB throwing on Jermain Defoe.

Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Andros Townsend all had efforts expertly blocked, and Pardew's troops hung on for an extremely impressive win.

"First half, for an away team I thought we were the better team," Pardew told Sky Sports' Mark Brus afterward. "Second half, they changed it a bit, stretched the pitch, and caused us no end of problems.

"Our goalie [Krul] was terrific, our centre-halves were terrific. He's done a few good ones for us, Tim, I think he's the best Dutch goalkeeper for sure, and one of the best in this league."

 

Key Players Grades

Tim Krul: A+

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on November 02, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnac
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The Dutchman was in heroic form all afternoon, producing save after save to deny Spurs a goal.

 

Christian Eriksen: C

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  (L-R) Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur holds off the challenge of Davide Santon of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Novembe
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Eriksen is integral to unlocking tight defences, but his inconsistent nature shone through.

 

Full Player Grades

Tottenham Hotspur
PlayerPositionGrade
Brad FriedelGKC+
Kyle WalkerRBC+
Michael DawsonCBC+
Vlad ChirichesCBC
Jan VertonghenLBB-
PaulinhoDMC+
Mousa DembeleDMC-
Gylfi SigurdssonLWC+
Christian EriksenAMCC
Andros TownsendRWC
Roberto SoldadoSTC
Subs
SandroDMC+
Younes KaboulCBC
Jermain DefoeSTC+
B/R
Newcastle United
PlayerPositionGrade
Tim KrulGKA+
Mathieu DebuchyRBB-
Mapou Yanga-MbiwaCBB
Mike WilliamsonCBB
Davide SantonLBB
Cheick TioteMIDB-
Yohan CabayeMIDB
Moussa SissokoMIDC+
Yoan GouffranMIDB+
Shola AmeobiSTC
Loic RemySTA-
Subs
Vurnon AnitaMIDB-
Papiss CisseSTC
Gabriel ObertanMIDN/A
B/R

 

What's Next?

After the international break, Tottenham travel to Manchester City, and Newcastle host Norwich.