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November 10, 2013
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 36042
L. Rémy 13'
So, Pardew will be delighted with his team's work this afternoon with things finally coming together for the Magpies, but Tottenham boss Villas-Boas has some thinking to do. Once again Spurs lacked that decisive bit of cutting edge in the final third, which made it incredibly hard to break down Newcastle's already solid defence. Thanks for joining us.
The whole of Newcastle will be buying Krul a pint tonight after his display, the Magpies keeper denying virtually every member of the Tottenham squad at some point this afternoon. The pick of the bunch has to be a brilliant reaction save from a deflected Sigurdsson free-kick, and then Kaboul's follow-up, or a close-range stop to keep out Eriksen with his foot. Remy also deserves credit, of course, for his neat first-half goal - but Krul was most certainly the man of the match today.
90' + 5'
The full-time whistle goes and Newcastle get all three points, making it back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Tottenham.
90' + 3'
Vertonghen crosses for Spurs but no-one can get on the end of it, apart from Krul in the Newcastle goal.
90' + 1'
We're into the first of five added minutes at White Hart Lane.
Krul punches away a ball in to the box from Eriksen, which in truth was another poor set-piece delivery.
Yellow CardMichael Dawson
And there's more appeals for handball from the home faithful after a Spurs corner into the box, but again nothing is given.
Shouts of handball just inside the Newcastle penalty area against Yanga-Mbiwa from the home supporters, but the referee says no.
CROSSBAR! Vertonghen heads against the woodwork after a Spurs corner! It just won't go in for the hosts today.
ANOTHER KRUL SAVE! The Newcastle keeper is on hand to keep out Paulinho's close range shot with another block!
Cabaye and Tiote have been impressive for Newcastle so far, breaking up attacks and starting moves of their own, and if Pardew's men are to hold on to this victory they also need to have a good last 10 minutes.
Cisse lashes a first-time volley miles over after a ball from the left - that would have been some goal!
We've got just under 15 minutes remaining at White Hart Lane and surely Villas-Boas' men have to go all out for this now. Due to the double change at half-time his options are limited, but he has also brought Defoe on and will hope the recent record-breaker can win them a point, or three, here.
Kaboul swings in a good ball towards Soldado, but Newcastle defend it well again.
Again, neither side is able to hold on to the ball in midfield at the moment. Both teams just need someone to take control in the middle.
SAVE! Krul parries away a powerful low strike from Townsend. It's going to take something special to beat this man today!
Spurs are starting to create a few more openings but are still failing to really carve out that clear, decisive chance.
Eriksen wastes a corner by smashing the ball out for a goal kick on the other side of the pitch - his delivery has been pretty poor at times today.
Paulinho plays Soldado in but, yet again, Krul makes the save.
Sigurdsson lashes a shot way over the bar after the ball breaks kindly for him just outside the penalty area.
It's just getting a little bit scrappy at White Hart Lane now, with Newcastle trying to hold their narrow lead.
Yellow CardMoussa Sissoko
Pardew is just looking to shore up his midfield by bringing on Anita in place of Ameobi.
Sissoko outmuscles Vertonghen to latch onto a through-ball before forcing Friedel into a smart stop at his near post.
Soldado fires wide with a snap shot after a low cross from the right.
Yellow CardMathieu Debuchy
ANOTHER SAVE KRUL! Firstly he makes an incredible reaction save to tip away Sigurdsson's deflected free-kick, adjusting his feet so quickly, before somehow denying Kaboul from a yard out. Yanga-Mbiwa is then on hand to make an equally important clearance from underneath his crossbar. How have Spurs not scored?!
Debuchy flies into Paulinho with a rash challenge and concedes a free-kick right on the edge of the box.
WHAT A SAVE! Krul makes an absolutely superb stop with his foot to keep out Eriksen from all of three yards! The Spurs attacker should have really scored to finish off a lovely move involving Paulinho and Townsend.
Bit of a slow start to the second half in north London, where both sides are just feeling their way back into the game.
Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
We're back underway at White Hart Lane.
Mr Pardew, meanwhile, will be delighted with what he has seen so far I'm sure. After a fairly miserable start to the campaign, back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Tottenham would be much more like it. Will they hold on? Let's wait and see.
But despite forcing Krul into those saves, and playing some good stuff at times, Spurs find themselves behind. Just as worryingly for Villas-Boas, they have often struggled to find a way through the Newcastle defence with most of their chances coming through longer-range shots and free-kicks. Will he make some changes? Lemela, Defoe and Holtby are all on a strong Spurs bench.
After a good start by the hosts it was Newcastle who got the breakthrough courtesy of Remy - the Frenchman rounding Friedel before rolling the ball into the back of the empty net. The Magpies have looked solid ever since, but Tottenham have been on top and have forced Krul into a number of very impressive saves.
45' + 4'
And the half-time whistle goes.
45' + 2'
Chiriches is helped off the field and down the tunnel after suffering an injury - I'm not sure if he'll be returning after the break.
Three minutes added on at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are playing some intricate stuff on the right flank, with Townsend, Paulinho et al linking up nicely, but they are still struggling to break through the visitors' back four.
SAVE! Krul tips over Paulinho's curling effort from the edge of the box! The Newcastle keeper is having a really good game here.
Walker looks for Sigurdsson down the right with a fine ball but Yanga-Mbiwa holds off the Spurs midfielder - Newcastle's defence is proving to be very tough to break down.
Ameobi taps in to an open goal in a move similar to Remy's, after rounding the keeper, but the flag is up for offside.
Eriksen tries to catch Krul out with a long-range effort but the Newcastle keeper is equal to it and saves well.
There's just a few groans coming from the White Hart Lane crowd, as Spurs fail to keep hold of the ball at the back.
Eriksen tries to play one of three team-mates in with a neat chipped ball over the Magpies defence, but there's just too much on it.
Remy is down and receiving treatment after a heavy challenge - but it looks as if he'll continue.
SAVE! Krul dives at full stretch to tip a Soldado header away from the top corner, following a ball in from Eriksen.
Vertonghen has another go, this time from a long-range set-piece. It's a better strike and has Krul scrambling to his left, however it's ultimately off target.
Paulinho invites Vertonghen forward with a lovely ball out to the left, but the defender shoots when he should probably cross and also fails to test Krul. Another chance goes begging, then.
Sigurdsson shoots at goal with a free-kick from way out, but it's poor and goes straight into the wall. What a waste.
Remy is almost played in down the left but the Spurs backline catch him offside this time.
Spurs have, a little surprisingly, had a whopping 65% of possession so far. But of course there's only one statistic that matters; the score.
Eriksen now whips in a fantastic ball from Tottenham's right flank, but no-one in a white jersey is in the right position to get on the end of it.
Friedel bats away a dangerous, swerving Cabaye free-kick from wide on the right. The Magpies are looking for a second.
It's been a really confident start by Newcastle all round, with Spurs now looking a bit hesitant in possession. The hosts need to wake up here.
GOAL! Remy rounds Friedel and finishes calmly to put the visitors 1-0 up! Gouffran plays the France forward in with a beautiful measured ball after dispossessing Paulinho in midfield, the striker still has a lot to do but my word he does it well!
SAVE! Friedel flaps at the corner but just about gets it clear of the box. The ball comes back at the Spurs keeper though - who fumbles it before making a brilliant stop to deny Cabaye at his near post. Bright start here.
What a tackle! Chiriches sprints back to deny Remy a simple one-on-one, now it's a corner...
CHANCE! Soldado heads narrowly over after finding far too much space in Newcastle'e penalty area from a corner. He perhaps should have done better there.
Sigurdsson and Chiriches play a delightful a one-two on the left-hand-side to work some space, but the defender's cross is poor and goes straight into Krul's arms.
Remy and Ameobi try and link up on the right flank for the visitors but the former strays offside and the chance is gone.
It's a very bright day at White Hart Lane and the sun is clearly causing Krul a few issues in the Newcastle goal - I'm shocked that he hasn't opted for a cap.
Spurs flow forward early on with Townsend and Paulinho, the latter finding Walker with a neat through ball, however the right-back has to stretch to get his cross in and it's therefore too weak to cause any problems.
And we're off.
Kick-off is around five minutes away at White Hart Lane, let's hope for an entertaining clash. Tottenham currently have the highest shots per game rate in the league (14.8), if they can just start finding the back of the net we may be in for a high-scoring game today.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have made a disappointing start to the campaign and find themselves down in 11th place. They managed a 2-0 win over Chelsea in their last outing, though, which also ended a run of six league matches without a clean sheet.
So, Tottenham will be hoping to pick up the three points that will lift them into the Premier League's top four this afternoon, and put pressure on the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal who play later on. Spurs currently sit in sixth place, one point off Chelsea in fourth but, of course, with today's game in hand.
Newcastle starting XI: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Coloccini, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.
Tottenham starting XI: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen; Eriksen, Paulinho, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Soldado. Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Sandro.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is again left out by Andre Villas-Boas after his head injury, with Brad Friedel coming into the Tottenham side for his first home Premier League appearance in almost a year. As for the visitors, Fabricio Coloccini returns to the Newcastle bench while Cheick Tiote is fit to start. Here come the line-ups in full ...
Hello and welcome to live play-by-play text coverage of Newcastle's trip to White Hart Lane, where they face Tottenham in the Premier League this afternoon.
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