Newcastle lined up in what looked to be a 5-4-1 with Almiron on the right wing and Saint-Maximin on the left. Steve Bruce was up in his technical area barking orders as Tottenham started with much of the possession. Newcastle maintained their shape and were ready for the counter early.
But it was not a bright decision to start Allan Saint-Maximin as he lasted only 15 minutes before being replaced by Christian Atsu. It was very fortunate that Atsu was available as he was a natural replacement on the left wing. However, now it is very worrying that Saint-Maximin could be out for some time.
Spurs had 80% possession early on but Newcastle held their shape very well and had a well-executed counter in the 23rd minute. Joelinton held the ball and laid it off to Sean Longstaff. He surged into the box and his shot was saved by Hugo Lloris. However, Newcastle followed that with a very poor corner.
Joelinton– with the coach after scoring
Newcastle would break again as Atsu would pick out Joelinton whose first touch was heavy in the box. However, the Brazilian maintained his composure and struck the ball home for his first goal. What a great first goal for our new number 9.
Tottenham would put the pressure on after conceding. However, the lads would handle it well. Dubravka was forced into a superb save from a Son volley in the 33rd minute. Newcastle would cope very well with everything Tottenham threw at them.
Though a questionable 3 minutes of added time led to an excellent chance for Lucas Moura, who thankfully pushed his shot wide.
This was an excellent first half performance by the lads. They have also been expertly set up for this game. However, there are still 45 minutes to go, and they need to remain focused and disciplined.
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