Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – player ratings

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A Loic Remy effort was the difference at White Hart Lane, with the Tyneside club getting an invaluable three points in north London.

Loic Remy scored the only goal of the game to give Newcastle an excellent 1-0 away win over Tottenham today.

Tim Krul was undoubtedly man of the match however with a string of excellent saves; here are the player ratings from the clash.

Tottenham

Brad Friedel – 7/10

Rarely called into action in the second half, the veteran did what was asked of him in the first 45 but could do nothing about Remy’s goal.

Kyle Walker – 6/10

Got forward and looked to get in behind Davide Santon, but was largely wasteful in possession.

Jan Vertonghen – 6/10

Struggled to contain Moussa Sissoko on occasion and did not have the same positive influence going forward that he showed against Everton.

Michael Dawson – 6/10

Rarely untroubled in the second half, but was flat-footed on a number of occasions in the first half to allow Remy to get in behind the Spurs defence.

Vlad Chircihes – 7/10

Made up for Dawson’s lack of pace with a timely interception with Remy bearing down on goal. Also looked composed on the ball before being taken off with a facial injury.

Mousa Dembele – 5/10

Got caught in possession repeatedly in his own half and played others into trouble.

Paulinho – 7/10

Looked like one of the most likely to break the deadlock for Spurs, but should have put in a stronger tackle to prevent the build up to the Newcastle goal.

Andros Townsend – 5/10

Completely neutralised by Davide Santon, and was guilty of coughing up possession too often.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5/10

Very quiet game for the second time in a week.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Showed glimpses of his technique and vision but still settling into life at Tottenham.

Roberto Soldado – 6/10

Continues to improve and worked hard here. Needs a bit of luck and better service.

Substitutes

Sandro – 8/10

Sped up Spurs’ play with quick one-touch passing and won the ball back repeatedly. Added urgency and also made some great last-ditch challenges.

Younes Kaboul – 7/10

Didn’t have a huge amount to do, but looked comfortable in what was asked of him.

Jermain Defoe – 5/10

Didn’t get a sniff of goal and was largely ineffective after coming off the bench.

Newcastle

Tim Krul – 9/10

Arguably the best goalkeeping performance of the season in the Premier League, Krul pulled off a number of excellent saves.

Mathieu Debuchy – 8/10

Excellent positional play was backed up by a number of critical clearances. Really helped out his central defenders.

Davide Santon – 7/10

Kept Townsend on the fringe of things, and coped well with the overlapping Walker also.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – 7/10

A crucial clearance off the line capped a strong performance from the ex-Montpellier man.

Mike Williamson – 7/10

A solid showing, Williamson kept Soldado quiet but gave away some unnecessary free-kicks.

Cheick Tiote – 6/10

Played his part in closing down the Tottenham midfield and battled well without standing out overly.

Yohan Cabaye – 7/10

Some fantastic passes and vision showed Tottenham just what they are lacking currently, Cabaye is still the heartbeat of Newcastle’s possession game.

Moussa Sissoko – 7/10

Showed strength and persistence against Vertonghen and was lively down Newcastle’s right.

Yoan Gouffran – 8/10

Worked back really well to help Santon to nullify Walker and Townsend. A great assist for Newcastle’s goal also.

Loic Remy – 7/10

A constant threat on the shoulder of the Tottenham defence, another goal keeps up the loanee’s excellent start to life on Tyneside. Newcastle must tie him down to a permanent deal.

Shoala Ameobi – 6/10

A presence in attack but rarely threatened the Tottenham rearguard before being substituted half way through the second 45.

Substitutes

Vurnon Anita – 6/10

Shored up the Newcastle midfield with an extra body in the boiler room – a good bit of tactical management by Pardew to bring him on.

Papiss Cisse – 6/10

Worked hard when given his chance and almost nestled a spectacular volley into the roof of the Tottenham goal.

Gabriel Obertan

Not given sufficient time on the pitch to make an impression.

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