Five things we learned about Tottenham in Newcastle defeat

Andre Villas-Boas’ men slumped to a 1-0 defeat to the Tyneside visitors today, with the hosts unable to find the net once more.

Tottenham faltered to their third defeat of the Premier League season today, with Newcastle recording a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas will need to go back to the drawing board, as another game without a goal infuriated the home faithful.

Here are five things we learned about Tottenham in the defeat

Dembele gets caught on the ball

Tottenham’s Belgian midfielder is undoubtedly skillful in possession, but at times can keep the ball for too long and cough up possession.

The former Fulham man was guilty of playing himself or team-mates into trouble in Tottenham’s defensive third, which will have frustrated Andre Villas-Boas.

Sandro’s introduction at half-time sped up Tottenham’s possession play, with the Brazilian passing quickly after receiving possession.

Set piece delivery shocking

Newcastle have been poor at defending corners and free kicks in recent fixtures, and Villas-Boas should have urged his side to get the ball into the box from set pieces when they could.

However, the majority of the deliveries either failed to beat the first man or were poor, with Christian Eriksen the man mostly culpable.

Townsend nullified by right-footed left-back

Andros Townsend’s trend of cutting in from his right wing berth to shoot with his favoured left foot has been a theme of his impressive start to this term at Tottenham.

However, the newly capped England international had a quiet game here, as he was nullified by Davide Santon.

The Italian is naturally right footed and was able to go toe-to-toe with Townsend on his stronger foot when the Spurs winger looked to turn inside.

Lack of movement

With Tottenham having the bulk of possession, it was evident that there was a lack of movement by the players further up the pitch, especially in the first half.

At one point Jan Vertonghen yelled ‘move’ in frustration as he looked for a team-mate from a throw-in, and the Spurs attackers were at times predictable through their lack of urgency or movement off the ball.

It is time for Lamela

With Gylfi Sigurdsson putting in an anonymous performance here and Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli both given their chance on the left wing, it is time to give Erik Lamela an opportunity on the left.

Villas-Boas appears to change things on the left wing more than anywhere else in the team, and Lamela’s trickery, skill and creativity from his display against Sheriff could be the key to breaking down stubborn defences.

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