Another craptacular match at White Hart Lane today. Newcastle stormed back from behind and scored two goals in the second half, ruining Tottenham's celebration of Bill Nicholson and winning 2-1.
The match started off rather dour with Sprus controlling possession but not really doing much with it in the opening stretch. Almost all of Spurs' early shots were from outside the box, wayward, and Townsend-esque. That all changed in the 18th minute when Ryan Mason lofted a nice little chipped pass into the box to Adebayor who headed it in easily to open the scoring.
Spurs pressed their advantage for the remainder of the first half, maintaining possession and keeping Newcastle on their back heels. Ryan Mason had an impressive half, looking lively and attempting several through balls. Newcastle had a couple of corners and half-chances but none of them amounted to much as Spurs' center back pairing of Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen were able to cope with whatever Newcastle threw at them.
Nacer Chadli found himself wide open in front of goal just before halftime but the Belgian winger opted to one-touch the ball instead of controlling it, and his shot went wild. The half ended 1-0.
Things got ridiculous after the break. Halftime replacement Sammy Ameobi blew past Eric Dier, got behind the defense, and fired home the equalizing goal just six seconds into the 2nd half. It was a terrible lack of awareness from the young converted RB that led to the goal. Newcastle, sensing blood, went straight at Spurs after that.
And then the wheels really fell off. Newcastle started pressing Spurs high up the pitch. Twenty-one year old Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez found himself unmarked in the box and headed in a nice chip from Remy Cabella, putting Toon up 2-1.
It's not like Spurs didn't have chances in the second half. Christian Eriksen had a beautiful opportunity to equalize in the 53rd minute but had his chipped effort blocked away by Fabriccio Coloccini. Spurs had an equalizing goal called back in the 67th minute - Eriksen's corner was deflected into the back of the net by Tim Krul but was called back after the ball was judged to have gone out of play. Late game substitute Harry Kane had a beautiful cross that went right across the face of goal in the 90th minute, but there were no white shirts anywhere near and the chance went begging.
Pochettino subbed Kane in for Etienne Capoue and Aaron Lennon for an ineffectual Erik Lamela, and finally, Roberto Soldado for Emmanuel Adebayor, but it barely mattered. Spurs were absolutely poor for the entirely of the second half as Alan Pardew clearly out-managed Pochettino. Newcastle supporters should be very happy with the three points as they are likely to hang around the bottom half of the table for the rest of the season.
Spurs just gifted Newcastle their first away win since last March. Football is dumb. Imma go rake some leaves.