Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

Tim Krul

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At White Hart Lane



Tottenham Hotspur 0

Newcastle United 1 (Remy 13)



Tim Krul inspired Newcastle United to an oustanding 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.


Loic Remy's seventh goal of the season earned the Magpies all three points at White Hart Lane but it was at the other end of the pitch where United - and in particular Krul - excelled.


The Dutch international goalkeeper thwarted Spurs time and time again, making brilliant saves to deny Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend among others.


Remy netted with just 13 minutes played, latching on to a Yoan Gouffran through ball, before using his pace to round Brad Friedel and slot into the empty net.


And that proved to be enough for Newcastle to secure their first win at Tottenham since March 2008.


The hosts started brightly and Soldado could have given them an early lead when he met Christian Eriksen's right-wing corner. However, despite being unmarked, the Spanish striker failed to hit the target.


United responded and Cabaye set Remy away, beating the offside trap, only to be denied by a superb last-ditch Vlad Chiriches tackle.


The resulting corner saw Spurs unable to properly clear their lines, with Brad Friedel having to thwart Cabaye from a tight angle as he drifted in from the left.


And Newcastle's spell of pressure paid dividends in the 13th minute through that man Remy, who continued his hot streak in front of goal.


Gouffran won possession in the middle of the pitch and instantly released his fellow Frenchman. Remy raced though, rounded Friedel and tucked home, much to the delight of more than 2,000 travelling fans.


Spurs looked shocked by the set-back and attempted a response but Paulinho fired wide from distance, Gylfi Sigurdsson planted a free-kick into the wall and Jan Vertonghen could only shoot straight at Tim Krul, having cut inside from his left-back berth.


That last one may have been simple for Krul but the Dutch international's next save on the half-hour mark was anything but routine, brilliantly clawing a looping Soldado header out of the top corner when the whole of White Hart Lane thought Tottenham had levelled.


WIth half-time approaching more heroics from Krul were needed to keep the Magpies' lead in tact.


This time it was Paulinho who let fly from the edge of the box with a curling shot which was heading for the top corner until the intervention of the big stopper's fingertips, diverting the ball behind to safety.


Totteham manager Andre Villas-Boas made a double change at half-time, replacing Vlad Chiriches and Mousa Dembele with Younes Kaboul and Sandro, and the home side came roaring out of the traps.


First, after a rapid counter-attack, Krul denied Eriksen from close range with his legs, Mike Williamson completing the clearance by hacking clear, before Spurs went even closer.


This time it was Sigurdsson, direct from a free-kick 20 yards out. His effort struck Cheick Tiote and had wrong-footed Krul, but the keeper managed to change direction and stick out a hand to parry the ball.  And as two attackers chased down the loose ball inside the six-yard box, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa somehow scrambled it to safety.


Spurs were struggling to find a way past Krul and he made a double save to deny Andros Townsnd and Soldado before, on 71 minutes, getting down well to push away Townsend's low drive.


The former Den Haag man was clearly in inspired form and made another fine save, this time with his legs to keep out Paulinho, before Vertonghen crashed a close-range header against the crossbar.


And that was as close as Tottenham came in the final stages, with the United holding firm for a memorable victory and a sixth clean sheet of the season in all competitions.



Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Vlad Chiriches (Younes Kaboul 46), Jan Vertonghen; Paulinho, Mousa Dembele (Sandro 46); Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Jermain Defoe 69); Roberto Soldado


Subs not used: Heurelho Gomes, Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela



Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 85); Shola Ameobi (Vurnon Anita 60), Loic Remy (Papiss Cisse 74)


Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa



Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)


Bookings: Tottenham - Dawson (89); Newcastle - Debuchy (52), Sissoko (61)

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