MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 3

Jack Colback


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 1 (Colback 46)

Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Chadli 30, Eriksen 52, Kane 90)

 

 

Newcastle United suffered their sixth successive Barclays Premier League defeat as they went down 3-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Jack Colback netted his fourth goal of the season for the Magpies but efforts from Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane gave Spurs all three points at St. James' Park.

 

Chadli fired the visitors ahead midway through the first period, bending home a fine 25-yard effort after being given time and space to run at the United back line.

 

However, Colback levelled within 18 seconds of the second half, latching on to a loose ball inside the area to drill past Tottenham keeper Michel Vorm.

 

Parity lasted just six minutes though, as Eriksen's inswinging free-kick found its way in at the far post, through a cluster of bodies, and Kane put the result beyond any doubt in injury time with a breakaway third.

 

Newcastle will look to bounce back against Swansea City at St. James' Park in seven days' time.

 

United made a bright start and created the first opening of the game on 14 minutes.

 

Yoan Gouffran raced down the right and delivered a low ball towards the near post, where Perez snuck in front of Federico Fazio but could only strike straight at Michel Vorm in the Spurs goal.

 

At the other end, Nabil Bentaleb fired off target from 20 yards, before United were soon back on the front foot and another right-wing delivery - this time from Daryl Janmaat - saw Cabella force Vorm into another save.

 

Williamson then headed Ryan Taylor's free-kick over the top but Spurs broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark.

 

Gouffran was robbed of possession near the halfway line and Chadli was given far too much time to work his way across the pitch and bend a low, left-footed strike beyond the grasp of Tim Krul and into the back of the Gallowgate End net.

 

That knocked the stuffing out of the hosts but Perez threatened to restore parity in the 39th minute when Vorm was forced to pluck his 20-yard effort from just below the crossbar.

 

Head coach John Carver made a double change at half-time, replacing Gouffran and Mehdi Abeid with Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan, and it paid dividends immediately.

 

Just as they had at White Hart Lane back in October, United equalised in the first minute of the second half. On that day it took eight seconds, this time it was 18.

 

Janmaat won possession out on the right touchline and raced inside before feeding Perez. The Spaniard's low delivery was met by Janmaat, whose shot was blocked, on for Colback to pounce on the loose ball and fire home.

 

But on 53 minutes Spurs were back in front.

 

Colback was penalised for a foul on Eriksen wide on the left and the Dane dusted himself off to swing the resulting free-kick right into the heart of the danger area, and see it somehow find its way into the far corner.

 

Bentaleb threatened a third Tottenham goal, looping a header onto the roof of the net, before Krul produced a couple of fine saves - first keeping out Kane's point-blank volley, before racing off his line to deny Erik Lamela.

 

Carver used his final throw of the dice in the 75th minute, introducing teenage striker Adam Armstrong for full-back Vurnon Anita.

 

And as United pushed bodies forward in search of another equaliser they were hit on the break, with Kane ending the contest in added-on time.

 

Spurs raced clear three-on-one and when Lamela fed the in-form England international, he was never going to make any mistake, calmly slotting past Krul.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Vurnon Anita (Adam Armstrong 75); Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid (Gabriel Obertan 46), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 46)

 

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Olivier Kemen, Emmanuel Riviere

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen (c), Danny Rose (Ben Davies 81); Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho (Ryan Mason 88); Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli (Mousa Dembele 78); Harry Kane

 

Subs not used: Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado

 

 

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Colback (40), Cabella (63); Tottenham - Paulinho (42), Lamela (45), Vertonghen (61), Bentaleb (88)

 

 

Attendance: 47,427

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