MATCH REPORTS

Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1

Yoan Gouffran

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At White Hart Lane

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Bale 5, 78)

Newcastle United 1 (Gouffran 24)

 

 

Newcastle United's winning run came to an end at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Yoan Gouffran netted his first Magpies goal since a January switch from Bordeaux, but the strike was sandwiched in between a Gareth Bale brace which ultimately decided the Premier League fixture.

 

And to compound United's afternoon, Gouffran was stretchered off early in the second half after a clash with Kyle Walker.

 

Bale scored an impressive early free-kick before Gouffran levelled things up. And the in-form Spurs wide man secured all three points for his side with time running out thanks to a fine individual goal.

 

The hosts made a dream start, taking the lead inside five minutes.

 

Fabricio Coloccini tripped Clint Dempsey 25 yards out and Bale stepped up to strike the resulting free-kick over the wall and beyond the despairing dive of Tim Krul into the bottom corner.

 

Not content with one, Spurs continued to attack and Lewis Holtby - making his full debut following a January switch from Schalke - drilled a half-clearance narrowly over the top, shortly before scuffing an effort wide.

 

United had struggled to get out of their half in the opening exchanges, but almost snatched an equaliser in the 20th minute.

 

Good work down the left involving Gouffran and Davide Santon saw the ball reach Coloccini and the skipper swung an inch-perfect cross onto the forehead of Cisse, who nodded back across the face of goal but agonisingly off target with home keeper Hugo Lloris static.

 

And they were on level terms just four minutes later.

 

A swift break down the right saw Sissoko cut the ball back into the path of Gouffran, who took a touch before pulling the trigger and saw his shot deflect home off Michael Dawson.

 

The equaliser knocked the stuffing out of Tottenham, whose threat suddenly diminished and in the remainder of the half they only had a weak Dempsey attempt to show for their efforts, as United looked much more assured.

 

Newcastle made a bright start to the second half and Steven Taylor saw a prodded effort saved by Lloris as Spurs failed to deal with a Yohan Cabaye corner, while at the other end, Dempsey's long range effort was simple for Krul to claim.

 

Gouffran's afternoon turned sour though ten minutes after the restart, as the Magpies goalscorer was caught in an innocuous challenge by Kyle Walker and, following lengthy treatment, left the White Hart Lane pitch on a stretcher.

 

That unsavoury moment took the wind out of Newcastle's sails, and Spurs looked to take advantage, introducing Emmanuel Adebayor and seeing a Bale strike well blocked by Taylor.

 

And the duo were involved in what turned out to be the winner 12 minutes from time.

 

A high punt forward was flicked on by Adebayor and Bale took advantage of hesitation between Coloccini and Taylor to nick the ball near the halfway line, race forward and slip a shot under Krul from a tight angle.

 

It was nearly 3-1 immediately after as Krul came to take a corner but misjudged the flight of the ball and, thankfully, Steven Caulker headed narrowly wide.

 

Shola Ameobi came on with four minutes remaining to try and salvage a point for the Magpies, but Krul had to be at his best at the other end to tip over another Bale effort as the Welshman went in search of a hat-trick.

 

Ameobi had a great chance deep into seven minutes of added on time but Lloris diverted his prod wide and that was it as Newcastle left the capital empty-handed.

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton (Benoit Assou-Ekotto 74); Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele (Jake Livermore 90); Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby (Emmanuel Adebayor 69), Gareth Bale; Clint Dempsey

 

Subs not used: Brad Friedel, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson

 

 

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch (Cheick Tiote 82), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 59), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez (Shola Ameobi 86); Papiss Cisse

 

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan

 

 

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

 

Bookings: Tottenham Hotspur - none; Newcastle United - Cabaye (90), Ameobi (90)

 

 

Attendance: 36,244

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