A frantic opening term saw three headers rustle the back of the net in the space of just nine minutes, with Spurs taking the advantage through
The Magpies were positive in possession throughout but lacked the clinical edge to make the most of their opportunities, while Spurs silenced early suggestions of fatigue following an abundance of players’ late involvement in the World Cup.
Here is a breakdown of the second game of the Premier League season.
Key Talking Point
Despite failing to take anything away from the game, Newcastle impressed after taking the game to Tottenham – with loose defending and goal line technology to blame.
But Mike Ashley’s best attempts to sabotage the club from within have led to a finely balanced start to the season for the Magpies, with three points a must against the newly promoted Cardiff next week as meetings against three of last season’s top six follow in as many weeks.
The temperature is sure to rise at St James’ Park should results fail to come, but rest assured all anger will be directed anywhere but at
Starting XI: Dubravka (6), Yedlin (6), Lascelles (6), Clark (6), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (8), Kenedy (8*), Perez (6), Joselu (7).
Substitutes: Rondon (7), Atsu (6), Muto (N/A).
STAR MAN –
Kenedy looks lovely on the ball, he’s got more dribbles than me when I had wisdom teeth surgery
— Second Yellow Card / Matt (@SecondYellowCrd) August 11, 2018
Kenedy completed more take-ons (4) and won more fouls (3) than any other Newcastle or Spurs player in the first half.
One-man counter-attack. pic.twitter.com/MpNP4HegVB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2018
Kenedy is mint. His ball control is as good as I’ve ever seen. What a future that lad has. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 11, 2018
WORST PLAYER – A second half shot off the post was a rare highlight for Mohamed
Key Talking Point
For all of the talk surrounding Spurs’ lack of transfer activity and lingering fatigue throughout the squad after an intense summer period, a
Substitutes: Dembele (6), Heung-Min (N/A), Amos (N/A).
STAR MAN – The World Cup winning captain in Hugo Lloris continued his fine run of form in between the sticks for Tottenham after pulling out a number of sensational saves to key Newcastle at bay. An all round dominant performance, despite conceding early on.
WORST PLAYER –
While Kane and Lucas Moura floated through proceedings, Serge
Aurier doesn’t even know what Aurier is going to do next
— Queenie (@KhaleesiBW) August 11, 2018
The issue with Aurier is he appears to have very little positional awareness. He’s constantly chasing the ball with little thought as to the gap/space he’s leaving behind him.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) August 11, 2018
Also Aurier: Pass
Also Also Aurier: No, don’t pass. That’s Sissoko. Cross.
Aurier: No. Shoot.
Also Also Aurier: Let’s compromise. We’ll do both our things, just don’t pass to Sissoko.
Also Aurier: See. Told you we should have passed.
— Bryan (@Bryan_Ashlock) August 11, 2018
Newcastle will hope to kick start their season’s points tally away at Cardiff next week, a game which precedes a tough run of fixtures which includes Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in quick succession.
Spurs meanwhile will look to maintain their winning ways when they head back to Wembley as they await the opening of their new stadium, with Fulham the visitors.