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Premier League

  • November 10, 2013
  • • 13:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 36042

Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Remy on target as heroic Krul stifles Spurs

Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Remy on target as heroic Krul stifles Spurs

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The Frenchman rounded Brad Friedel on 13 minutes to breach a Spurs defence which had not conceded a Premier League goal in four hours and 56 minutes of football

Tim Krul's heroics denied Tottenham a place back in the Premier League's top four and helped Newcastle to a 1-0 win on Sunday.

The Dutchman was on fine form to deny Tottenham at regular intervals as Newcastle recorded their first away win over Spurs in five attempts, with Krul making 14 saves in total. 

Loic Remy continued his fine form to put Newcastle ahead with just 13 minutes on the clock, latching on to Yoan Gouffran’s throughball before rounding Brad Friedel and slotting home his seventh league goal in as many appearances.

By Jay Jaffa

This season Tottenham have needed on average 15 shots to score a goal in the Premier League. Today they could have had 150 and not found a way past the magnificent Tim Krul. Spurs mustered 31 shots on goal with the Dutchman recording 14 stops in the course of 90 minutes. He was the difference as Newcastle claimed a 1-0 win.

Andre Villas-Boas will probably be relatively pleased with his side’s attacking display, they looked more threatening than any other home game this season. However, his team selection was all wrong and the likes of Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen underperformed. Michael Dawson has been on borrowed time for much of the last month and looked lost.

Still, this is a day for Alan Pardew, Loic Remy and Tim Krul, not to mention the thousands of Geordies who made the long trek south at the crack of dawn.

Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho were all frustrated by Krul in the first half before he continued his impressive performance after the break, with a spectacular double save among the highlights. 

Andre Villas-Boas was forced to rest first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris following the Frenchman's collision with Romelu Lukaku against Everton last weekend.

Friedel made his 450th Premier League outing in his place while Mousa Dembele was favoured over Sandro in midfield with Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson retained after impressive Europa League showings against Sheriff on Thursday.

Alan Pardew's Newcastle were unchanged from their Premier League win over Chelsea last weekend, but welcomed back captain Fabricio Coloccini, who was among the substitutes. 

The home side made the brighter start and threatened after nine minutes when Soldado headed Eriksen's cross over the bar.

Remy then found himself through on goal but was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle from Vlad Chiriches before Yohan Cabaye was denied at close range by Friedel.

The visitors' brief spell of pressure was rewarded when Gouffran dispossessed Dembele and played in Remy, who sped away from Michael Dawson, beat Friedel and calmly finished.

The home side should have levelled five minutes later when Eriksen curled an inviting delivery across the Newcastle goalmouth, but no Spurs player was on hand to apply a finish.

Roberto Soldado's header was then tipped over by Krul just short of the half-hour mark before the Dutchman was again alert to deny Eriksen and Paulinho before the break.

Krul was again on hand to maintain his side's lead four minutes into the second half, denying Eriksen one-on-one with his left leg, with substitute Sandro driving wide soon after.

The Netherlands international continued to deny Tottenham, making a fine double save from Sigurdsson's free-kick and then Younes Kaboul's follow up, as Spurs continued to apply plenty of pressure.

Both Remy and strike partner Shola Ameobi were withdrawn as Pardew looked to shut up shop - a tactic that proved successful as the visitors denied Tottenham the chance of returning to the top four.