Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle United: Player Ratings

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Tottenham suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Newcastle, letting a winning half time position slide as Mauricio Pochettino's men extended their poor run to one victory in seven league games.

Emannuel Adebayor's first half header gave Tottenham the lead but Newcastle were extremely lacklustre and the home side were left to rue not taking advantage. Barely six seconds after half-time Sammi Ameobi equalised and Ayoze Perez scored the winner.

Despite having over half an hour to get back into the match, Tottenham failed to test Tom Krul in the Geordies' goal and Pochettino will be left to reflect on yet another poor performance.

Here are the player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 6.5

Had no chance with either goal, and was rarely called into action.

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Eric Dier - 5.0

Bustled well in the first half as Newcastle posed little threat, but was caught sleeping straight after half time. Last onto the pitch, he clearly had not switched on and was exposed by Ameobi. Suffered from then on, being outpaced by the young England winger and others as he tired. The sooner Spurs have a real right back playing the better.

Danny Rose - 6.0

Offered plenty going forward but poor delivery meant a lot of opportunities peetered out to nothing. Had to cover much of the left wing on his own and was pretty much the only home player offering width.

Jan Vertonghen - 6.5

First half was untroubled, second half dealt fairly well with the Newcastle threat but perhaps have got closer to Perez rather than leaving him to Rose as the striker was the only attacking in the box.

Younes Kaboul - 6.0

Like others, looked good in the first half, even back to his old self, but second half there were feeble challenges, poor decisions, and nerves that spread around White Hart Lane.

Etienne Capoue - 6.0

Untroubled to begin with, but struggled to retain his grip on the opposition's midfield in the second forty-five. His booking for a shorts-pull epitomised Tottenham's fruitless attempt to hold onto their lead.

Ryan Mason - 7.0

Pulled the strings in the first half, and tried his best to continue influencing the game in the second half but was closed down quicker by Newcaslte's midfield and affected by Tottenham's lack of shape.

Nacer Chadli - 5.5

Just not at the races, even when Tottenham were on top. Seemed to barely be in second gear, often so slow on the ball he was literally going backwards with it. Was too lethargic on the ball, uncommitted off it.

Erik Lamela - 5.5

After the high of Thursday night, Lamela came crashing back down to earth. Switched from the left back to the right, but simply drifted inside, narrowing Tottenham's attack, too often dribbling into trouble and losing possession, and offering Dier absolutely no cover at all.

Christian Eriksen - 6.0

Was in and out of the game, struggled with having a lack of wide or forward options. Pochettino still needs to work on his system to get the best out of his best players.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 6.5

Finished his header well, and for fifteen minutes or so after his goal looked to be up for the match, but was a non-entity in the second half.


Harry Kane (for Capoue, 67) - 6.5

Had one chance from a Rose cross but could only find the safe hands of Krul. One or two link ups, including one with Soldado which produced a wicked ball across the six yard box but no one was there to tap home.

Aaron Lennon (for Lamela, 78) - 6.0

Never got in the game.

Roberto Soldado (for Adebayor, 83) - 6.0

Linked well with Kane to create the aforementioned chance, but shanked one looping ball wide.

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