I honestly could just copy and paste the same introduction for my last three reviews, as Tottenham just never do it easy do we! Leaving it late again, but securing the 3 points, which at the end of the day is all that matters. Well that and avoiding any more injuries! But. Let’s get to it. Here’s my review.
Usual suspects starting, but with a back 4, giving Rose a rest and putting Jan at LB. Tripps on the other side. Bringing in Lamela, and removing Llorente from our lineup for this game. Newcastle came into the game shocking the champions Man City with a 2-1 win, even after going down after less than a minute. So they were not going to be easy opponents, but then again in this league no one ever is.
We started off the better team for sure, creating some good chances in the opening 20-30 minutes. But Newcastle definitely came into the game more as the half went on, having one or two good chances. We did hit the bar from a Lamela header, but this was the closest either team came. One thing that baffled me the first 45, was why we were adamant on playing crosses into the box, perfect for Llorente, without Llorente playing! Why did we not play more balls like this when he does play? Confusing. On another note, Vertonghen’s crossing was top class. Anyway I digress, we went into the end of the half 0-0. with work to be done. What else is new…
The second half was a much better half for the neutral, more action, with both sides getting more chances. Rondon hit the post for the visitors, and they definitely started to play better and find their feet in the match. We brought on Llorente, and eventually Rose, switching to a back 3 with wing backs. But to no immediate avail. And as per the last couple of games, it started to look like it wasn’t going to be our day. However, as per the rest of the season so far, we don’t draw apparently! As was the case once again, with Llorente chesting down a ball to Son, who darted round a player or two before smashing the ball through Dubravka’s legs, who definitely should’ve done better, him being one of Newcastle’s better players this season. Nevertheless, we scored what would be the winner around 10 minutes before time, winning the game 1-0.
Another huge and late win, and a massive 3 points. We moved up to 2nd in the league, above City, until they beat Arsenal, they are 3-1 up as I write this. But we remain 7 points off Chelsea in 4th, and I’m definitely more looking at keeping our distance from 4th, than catching up to the big guns up top in City and Liverpool. And with important and hard-fought victories like the last few, we are definitely maintaining distance from 4th, slowly getting closer to securing that top 4 finish, which is our best possible finish now.
Leicester next, which is another tough game. Every game is tough in the atmosphere-drained, lifeless Wembley stadium. To which I salute fans going there every week. I think I speak for all Spurs fans when I say I cannot wait to get out and move into our new stadium. Anyway, Leicester next, another must win game in an important run of fixtures without Dele and Kane. Tough, but winnable. And I hope we can keep this momentum going.
As always thanks for reading.