Loic Remy’s early strike sealed another huge win for Newcastle United in the Premier League, yesterday as Tottenham were beaten 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
The French striker’s seventh goal of the season after only 12 minutes was enough for Alan Pardew’s side who had Tim Krul to thank, as he made several world-class saves to maintain the Toon’s lead and end Tottenham’s three-match unbeaten run.
Andre Villas-Boas made five changes to the side that beat Sheriff 2-1 in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, while Newcastle had captain Fabricio Coloccini back on the bench but were otherwise unchanged from last weekend’s win over Chelsea.
A dominant spell from the visitors in the opening stages of the game provided the first clear-cut opportunity, as Remy raced onto Yohan Cabaye’s excellent through ball but was denied by some great last-ditch defending by Vlad Chiriches.
However, there was no denying the in-form Frenchman the second time around as Brad Friedel conceded 12 minutes into his first league appearance of the season, with Hugo Lloris’ head injury keeping him in the stands.
Remy was sent clear after Yoan Gouffran dispossessed Paulinho in midfield, before rounding the 42-year-old keeper and slotting home his seventh goal of the season.
Krul kept Spurs at bay for the remainder of the first half as he made excellent reflex saves from Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho.
Eriksen was then denied twice by the Dutch stopper after the break – first from point-blank range and then from his deflected free-kick, before Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa prevented substitute Younes Kaboul from tucking home the rebound.
The hosts were completely camped out in Newcastle’s half as the half progressed, and Paulinho was next to be denied by the outstanding Krul before Jan Vertonghen’s header thudded against the crossbar.
The Toon could not be breached though and held on for another magnificent victory – their third on the road in 2013/14 which is more than they registered through the whole of last season.
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