Spurs suffer another Europa League hangover with home defeat against Newcastle
15:24 26 October 2014
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Tottenham endured another Europa League hangover as Newcastle came from behind to win 2-1 and inflict Spurs’ third home defeat of the season in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had previously lost against Liverpool and West Brom at White Hart Lane following European games – and, after Thursday night’s 5-1 victory over Asteras Tripolis, history repeated itself today.
Emmanuel Adebayor gave the Lilywhites a half-time lead, but Newcastle substitute Sammy Ameobi came off the bench at the interval and equalised eight seconds after the restart and Ayoze Perez then headed in the winner just before the hour-mark.
Having been defeated 4-1 at Manchester City last weekend, Spurs have now lost four of their opening nine top-flight fixtures, collecting just 11 points in the process and dropping to 11th place in the table.
Meanwhile, Newcastle gained their second victory of the season - and their second in successive games - to move out of the bottom three.
Pochettino made five changes to the side that had thumped Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.
Harry Kane was left on the bench, despite his hat-trick against the Greeks, but captain Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli returned to the line-up.
Spurs have been commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Bill Nicholson’s death this week, and the game was preceded by a tribute, with 16 Spurs legends and members of the legendary manager’s family lining the side of the pitch for a minute’s applause at the Lane before kick-off.
When the action got under way, both sides struggled to make incisive moves. Jan Vertonghen, Eriksen and Mason all tried their luck with ambitious shots from distance – all missing the target – while Newcastle’s Paul Dummett responded in kind with a 40-yard strike which sailed over Hugo Lloris’ crossbar.
The Magpies had the first real sight of goal as Lloris punched the ball straight to Jack Colback, but he could not get his shot on target – and Spurs promptly took an 18th-minute lead.
Erik Lamela turned in midfield and the ball was moved left to Chadli, whose shot inside the box was blocked – but Mason chipped to the back post and Adebayor leapt to head home.
Spurs grew in confidence and put some quick moves together in the midfield, but there was little end product in the final third until the 43rd minute, when Eriksen’s chipped free-kick freed Chadli behind the Magpies’ defence. Unfortunately the Belgian did not realise how much time he had and he skied a first-time volley into the stands.
Alan Pardew made a half-time substitution, introducing Ameobi, and he scored within eight seconds of the restart, surprising Eric Dier with his pace as he raced onto a long ball inside the full-back and fired clincially across Lloris.
Pochettino had not even emerged from the dressing-room to take his seat on the bench, so he came down the tunnel to find his players trudging disconsolately back to the halfway line in shock.
Spurs sought to hit back and Etienne Capoue and Mason combined to free Rose, who cut the ball across for Eriksen, and the Dane took a touch before seeing his shot inside the box blocked.
However, Newcastle took the lead in the 57th minute as Moussa Sissoko broke through the midfield and another Magpies substitute, Remy Cabella, crossed for Perez, who headed past Lloris.
It could have been 3-1 to the visitors as Kaboul was caught two on one and Cabella won the ball, raced into the box before shooting into the near side netting from a narrow angle.
Pochettino introduced the in-form Kane off the bench in the 66th minute and the 21-year-old had an early chance to level as Rose drove to the by-line and delivered a low cross. Unfortunately Kane was unable to generate enough power on his first-time effort and Tim Krul made a comfortable save.
Eriksen saw a shot blocked and Dier’s flicked header from the ensuing corner went wide of the near post, while substitute Aaron Lennon lashed a 20-yard volley over the bar, but Krul was not being tested.
In the 89th minute Kane turned in the box and delivered a low cross in front of the goalmouth, but there was no-one there to capitalise and equalise – and Spurs were unable to fashion another telling chance in the five minutes of injury-time.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue (Kane 66), Mason, Lamela (Lennon 78), Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor (Soldado 82)
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