Tottenham suffer shock defeat after Krul heroics
Newcastle recorded a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane after a tremendous showing from goalkeeper Tim Krul
Tottenham suffered a surprise defeat in the Premier League on a particularly brisk Sunday afternoon after an inspired performance from goalkeeper Tim Krul helped Newcastle to a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
Andre-Villas Boas' side have struggled in front of goal in the top-flight so far this season, having notched just nine goals in their 10 previous encounters.
The hosts dominated possession during the early stages, though, but were unable to capitalise, with a Roberto Soldado header flying harmlessly over the crossbar.
The visitors had initially looked somewhat overawed with the pace of the game and their opponents’ slick passing. However, they quickly got to grips with their surroundings and took the lead after just 12 minutes.
After a period of sustained pressure in which Loic Remy was denied by a last-ditch challenge and Brad Friedel – in for the injured Hugo Lloris - had saved well from a Yohan Cabaye effort, Yoan Gouffran expertly won possession outside the Spurs penalty area.
His subsequent pass was collected by in-form Remy, who showed admirable composure to round the onrushing Friedel and coolly slot home his seventh goal of the season.
Evidently stunned at going behind so early, Spurs were uncharacteristically lethargic and their supporters were certainly not afraid to voice their discontent at the chronic lack of incisiveness.
Although the hosts continued to monopolise possession for the most part, they could not find an equaliser before the break, with the sensational Krul making two truly fine saves to deny Soldado - who had cleverly flicked a menacing Eriksen free-kick towards goal - and later Brazilian Paulinho.
Spurs - showing two changes from the opening 45 as Younes Kaboul and Sandro replaced a bloodied and bruised Vlad Chiriches and Mousa Dembele - began the second half in furious fashion, but again found Krul in inspired form.
The Dutchman showed superb reflexes to thwart Eriksen with his legs before parrying a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick. French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa cleared brilliantly in the subsequent goalmouth melee.
Spurs continued to pour forward after Moussa Sissoko had provided a timely reminder of Newcastle’s threat on the counter and Krul was forced to push a fierce Andros Townsend drive high into the air before calmly collecting a meek Soldado header.
The Spurs faithful roared in support as Villas-Boas’ men continued to look for the equaliser, but Krul was there once again with 20 minutes remaining after reacting well to save Townsend’s low drive.
Toon boss Pardew introduced Vurnon Anita in an attempt to stop his side being overrun in midfield, while the hosts brought on Jermain Defoe to replace Sigurdsson.
The England striker showed superb strength to hold possession on the edge of the Newcastle box with nine minutes remaining, but Krul got down once again to repel Paulinho’s rasping shot.
It appeared as if the hosts had finally got the reward that their effort deserved three minutes later, but powerful Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen could only find the crossbar with a thumping header from Eriksen’s corner.
Villas-Boas cut an increasingly frustrated figure as his side laboured to find that elusive goal, but the hosts were perhaps lucky to finish with ten men after Michael Dawson got away with a yellow card from referee Chris Foy for a reckless late challenge on Sissoko.