Barring the unfortunate incident involving Alan Pardew and a hapless (and ineffective) linesman, Newcastle’s opening day victory against Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs was a largely positive experience and the 3 points against another team likely to compete for a top six finishing spot in the league were hugely valuable, especially with Arsenal and Liverpool both dropping points as well.
They might have been missing captain marvel Fabricio Coloccini, and may have lacked some match fitness, but Newcastle coped with everything an occasionally quite lack-lustre Spurs team had to offer for most of the game, albeit despite the home woodwork being rattled twice in the first half. But that isn’t to take anything away from Newcastle’s performance – the team absorbed pressure and contained their opponents well, adapting under pressure and when it became clear that Plan A wasn’t working with Spurs over-running midfield.
It was an entertaining game all round, with two heavy-weight teams packed with talent, but not quite the finished article in either case you might suspect, and a fantastic atmosphere in the glorious evening sunshine in the North East.
Andre Villas-Boas might have more to do following this defeat than Alan Pardew, but there were certainly a good few points of discussion for the Newcastle boss from yesterday’s match, and he would do well to consider them ahead of next week’s game with Chelsea. So, click within to reveal the 7 biggest lessons from yesterday’s game…
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