Newcastle United made it two wins from two with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
The confidence is returning
After sneaking past Leicester City for their first win of the season last week, Newcastle seem to have picked up a little bit of confidence. The first half against Spurs wasn't great, but in the second they were lively, fought for every ball and looked dangerous on the break. Manager Alan Pardew isn't out of the woods just yet, but this is a huge boost for the Magpies, who have now won twice in succession.
Sammy Ameobi deserves more playing time
After he scored last week, it was only natural that Gabriel Obertan started the game today. However, Ameobi continued to show his improvement today, scoring just six seconds after his introduction to bring Newcastle level. The winger impressed against Swansea City recently, and his pace and energy down the left hand side gave Eric Dier nightmares in the Tottenham defence. Having made such a big impact, the 22-year-old deserves to play more.
Newcastle have something to work with in Ayoze Perez
Whilst Newcastle snapped up Emmanuel Riviere from Monaco this summer, they did also land Ayoze Perez from Tenerife in an under-the-radar deal. So far, the young Spaniard hasn't really featured much but was handed the start in attack today - and despite having a quiet first half, Pardew's decision was vindicated in the second half, with the youngster heading home Remy Cabella's cross to win the game. Perez showed promise with movement around him, and that's a boost for a previously goal-shy Newcastle.
Cabella remains a hot-and-cold player
Newcastle's marquee signing of the summer was Montpeller midfielder Remy Cabella, who had previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. Yet so far, the Frenchman has been inconsistent, and that was on show yet again today. After coming on at half time, Cabella sent in a perfect cross for Perez's winner, but then made the bizarre decision to shoot from the byline rather than square it to Perez - and having hit the ball wide of goal, it's a decision that could've cost his team a win.
Defensive communication needs some work
Most of the game was quite good for Newcastle, but it did come with a word of warning. The Magpies looked confused in defence at times, with Fabrizio Coloccini and Tim Krul suffering a breakdown in communication at times, whilst late in the first half, Nacer Chadli was left totally unmarked inside the penalty area after nobody went to mark him. They tightened up in the second period, but there were still some issues in the back line today.