Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen hails the quality of Newcastle's bench

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Tottenham Hotspur fell short against Newcastle United at the weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has been speaking to the Shields Gazette following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez ensured Eric Dier’s first-half opener was a mere consolation, ending Tottenham’s 14-match undefeated streak in the league that began shortly after their opening-day loss to Manchester United.

Vertonghen played a key role in that run, developing an effective defensive partnership with summer signing Toby Alderweireld, but neither man was able to prevent Newcastle’s super subs from doing the damage and giving the Magpies their second successive victory to lift them out of the bottom three.

In comments later published by the Shields Gazette, Vertonghen said, “We did not score the second goal and Newcastle had the quality on the bench to turn things around.”

That is not something that has been said much this season, but there was no doubting the impact that young forwards Perez and Mitrovic had and they are certainly handy options for Newcastle manager Steve McClaren as he heads into a festive period that could be make-or-break at St. James’ Park.

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