August 20, 2012
Ba’s goal – Newcastle string some passes together, leading to Simpson hanging a ball up for Ba at the far post. Walker manages to stretch to head clear, but there is not enough pressure on the ball, and Ba has time to bend a shot into the far corner.
Newcastle have possession in a central area, with Spurs relatively organised.
The ball is moved quickly by Newcastle, and Ben Arfa does well to feed it into Cabaye’s feet.
He plays an excellent pass out to Simpson, who has too much time to get his head up.
Ba is making a move at the far post, with Walker shadowing him.
As the ball is hung up, it looks like Ba might get a run on Walker…
…but Walker stretches and does well to win the header, albeit not getting much distance on the clearance.
Gallas is slow out to close Ba down, meaning he has time to line his shot up…
…and he picks out the far corner. Friedel is not as athletic as he once was, and was perhaps beaten too easily. He will certainly have been disappointed.
Ben Arfa’s goal – A short corner is taken, and Ben Arfa patiently waits for his moment to burst between van der Vaart and Lennon, before van der Vaart hangs a leg out and the penalty is given. Ben Arfa grabs the ball, and sends Friedel the wrong way.
Having taken a short corner, the ball is returned to Ben Arfa, faced up by Lennon.
Van der Vaart joins Lennon, and it looks like Ben Arfa has too much to do.
However, he makes a move to go on the outside, before darting between the two.
Van der Vaart clumsily hangs a leg out, and Ben Arfa goes over it.
He takes the ball before Ba can get it, and sends Friedel the wrong way with ease.
Plenty of positives from the game, despite the result. The midfield of Sandro (who was excellent) and Livermore looked very solid for the majority of the match, and could be an asset in tougher away games. Sigurdsson had some nice moments, and Defoe got a poacher’s goal. The introduction of two or three new players before August 31st is vital, though, and it is just a shame that we did not sign another striker (at least) in before this match.