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February 9, 2013 6:15 PM IST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 36244‎
 
78′ Gareth Bale
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle

Gareth Bale made the difference after the Magpies had successfully pegged the hosts back in an absorbing match at White Hart Lane with Yoan Gouffran the away side's scorer

By George Ankers

  • Hugo Lloris
    16
    0
    3.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Wrong-footed for Gouffran’s goal by the deflection off Dawson but made a superb save late in the day to preserve the lead.

  • Kyle Naughton
    3
    4
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Newcastle’s best attacks came down their right and the young full-back, more natural on the other flank, was unable to stop them. Under less pressure in the second half but replaced by Assou-Ekotto for the final 20 minutes.

  • Michael Dawson
    12
    1
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    Unlucky to have Gouffran’s shot divert off him for the Newcastle equaliser and had Cisse in his pocket.

  • Kyle Walker
    4
    5
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Continues to underwhelm in his second full season at Spurs, overhitting passes and corners and generally doing little more than run eagerly.

  • Steven Caulker
    7
    3
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Coped well enough on the ground but taken out of the game by Coloccini’s Hollywood ball for Cisse’s first-half chance.

  • Aaron Lennon
    6
    4
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    A bit flat compared to his recent performances. Got little purchase from Santon but more threatening when the Italian got too far forward and he could look to attack Coloccini instead.

  • Scott Parker
    7
    6
    2.00

    Scott Parker

    Struggled to deal with the energy of Sissoko and found it hard to impose himself on the dogged likes of Perch and Jonas. Squandered a good attacking opportunity midway through the second half.

  • Gareth Bale
    28
    1
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Started in style by depositing a well-placed free kick after just five minutes, though the wall might have put up more of a fight. Did not turn that into another barnstormer but, even below 100 per cent, embarrassed the Newcastle defence for his second, sprinting between the centre-backs and scuffing his shot through Krul's legs. Nearly had a third but for the Dutchman's fine saves and a snatched attempt at the death.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    11
    2
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Unable to really stamp his authority on the game but looked frustrated that some of his team-mates were not on the same wavelength. Withdrawn in stoppage time for Livermore.

  • Lewis Holtby
    14
    2
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Spurs’ most threatening player in the first half, making his first start in the No.10 role. Curled a dangerous effort just over in the 20th minute after scuffing one earlier on but much quieter in the second period and replaced by Adebayor.

  • Clint Dempsey
    10
    6
    2.00

    Clint Dempsey Flop of the Match

    Too blunt and predictable in his attempts to lead the line and somewhat lucky not to be the first man substituted.

Substitutions

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    5
    2
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Replaced Naughton midway through the second half but made no obvious difference.

  • Jake Livermore
    5
    1

    Jake Livermore

    An injury-time replacement for Dembele.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    8
    0
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Whether his omission from the starting XI was political or not, Spurs missed his presence up front in the early stages more than they actually exploited it when he did finally make his entrance. Proved a good distraction for Bale's runs, though.

  • Tim Krul
    6
    2
    3.50

    Tim Krul

    Let down by his wall in the main for Bale’s early free kick but let the winger finish through his legs for the second. Prevented the hat-trick with an excellent save, though.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    7
    2
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Given no trouble by Dempsey and even ventured forward, libero-style, at times. Took Caulker out of the reckoning with a great ball from deep towards Cisse and deserved better from the striker’s attempted header. Strong throughout until Bale beat him with ease for his second, a letdown after a fine performance.

  • Davide Santon
    7
    0
    3.50

    Davide Santon

    More of the same energy and endeavour down the left flank that has characterised his season, though struggled to get the right cross off.

  • James Perch
    2
    3
    2.50

    James Perch

    As strong and committed as ever but somewhat scruffy. Earned the anger of the home crowd by bringing Bale to the floor in the second half. Taken off for Tiote after the second Spurs goal.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    5
    1
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Impressed in his defensive positioning, keeping a better eye on Bale than many others have this season, and looked to push forward when possible. His crossing was responsible for one very promising counter breaking down, however.

  • Steven Taylor
    2
    3
    2.50

    Steven Taylor

    Drew a save from Lloris with a thumping shot from range but mostly stuck to the task of keeping Dempsey quiet, which he did relatively easily. Let himself down for Bale's second, however, in the wrong place to shut the Welshman down.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    4
    1
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    Unable to produce the magic pass but game and energetic, attempting shots from range and crosses from deep.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    4
    1
    3.50

    Moussa Sissoko

    His Newcastle honeymoon continued with a fine, willing effort in support of Cisse. Powered onto a through-ball down the inside-right channel to set up Gouffran for the equaliser.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    1
    2
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    His pass down the right may go underappreciated in its importance to the move that ended in Gouffran's equaliser but the Argentine was otherwise unspectacular. Taken off late for Ameobi.

  • Papiss Cissé
    2
    5
    2.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Might have done better with a headed chance after 19 minutes - it was telling that Newcastle looked more dangerous when they attacked with their midfield rather than their striker.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    5
    0
    3.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Flitted between the flanks as one of the key figures in Newcastle’s revival after a poor start. Deserved his goal despite the deflection as a culmination of a thrilling move. Sad for both him and his team that a nasty-looking leg injury forced him off 10 minutes after the break.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    1
    2
    2.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Came on after Gouffran's injury but made no significant contribution.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    1
    2
    2.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    Played 15 minutes off the bench in Perch's place but unable to wrestle back control following Bale's second.

  • Shola Ameobi
    1
    1

    Shola Ameobi

    A late, desperate substitute for Gutierrez.

Results
 
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