Alan Pardew’s men recorded an excellent 1-0 win over Tottenham today, with Loic Remy netting the decisive goal.
Newcastle claimed the scalp of another of the Premier League’s top four contenders today, following their win over Chelsea with victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
A solid team effort resulted in the win, with Loic Remy making it seven goals in as many matches for Alan Pardew’s men.
Here are five things we learned about Newcastle in the win.
Newcastle’s midfield outnumbered, but outplay Tottenham in first half
With Tottenham effectively having three players in the centre of their midfield compared to Newcastle’s two in the first 45, the home side would have expected to have dominated proceedings in the boiler room.
However, Alan Pardew’s men found time and space in possession, while Mousa Dembele and Paulinho were hounded while on the ball.
Throughballs from Yohan Cabaye and Yoan Gouffran cut open Tottenham’s defence, while Christian Eriksen was not afforded the necessary time to do likewise for Tottenham.
4-4-2 suits Loic Remy
The France international continued his rich vein of scoring form here, and has netted whether playing from the left or through the middle.
However, with the likes of Shoala Ameobi or Hatem Ben Arfa lacking pace when deployed as a striker, Remy keeps opposition defences honest through the sheer threat of his pace in behind.
Spurs’ defence pushed up to try to limit Newcastle’s space while they had the ball, but as a result it was evident that Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches were concerned by the threat of Remy in behind. His goal in the first half justified their fears, and he could have had more than one.
Tim Krul one of the Premier League’s best
The Netherlands international pulled off save after save to frustrate Spurs, with his stop from Christian Eriksen from point-blank range exceptional.
Krul is a key man for Newcastle and his showing confirms his place as one of the best in the English top flight.
Debuchy’s positioning excellent
With Newcastle without key central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor, Mathieu Debuchy helped out his centre-halves with a number of key interceptions and clearances.
His positional play all afternoon was excellent, while he completely neutralised the attacking input of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Gouffran puts in a fantastic shift
With one of Tottenham’s main attacking strengths their partnership of Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend on their right hand side, Yoan Gouffran put in a power of work to track back and help Davide Santon.
As a result the in-form Townsend had minimal influence on proceedings.
Gouffran also provided the assist for Remy’s goal and was an out ball before being replaced in the second half.
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