Toon Takeaways from Newcastle’s 3-1 loss to Spurs

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/Pool via Getty Images)
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/Pool via Getty Images) /

Newcastle United lost their third consecutive Premier League match today.

Newcastle United played well, but they didn’t have enough to pull the double over Spurs. Son and Matt Ritchie exchanged goals before a Harry Kane brace gave Jose Mourinho his first-ever win at St. James’ Park.

Witnessing a True Striker

While Newcastle United have struggled all season to find a dependable striker, Harry Kane’s performance today was a perfect example of what they’re looking for.

A Different Story in Possession

In the reverse fixture, when Newcastle defeated Spurs on the road, they barely had 20% of possession. Today, the Magpies actually carried the edge with 53%. Rather than bunker in, they actually got out on the ball and controlled the action for portions of the match.

Three Straight Defeats

After a four-match unbeaten run in the Premier League since the restart, Newcastle United have lost three straight matches. A blowout defeat vs. City started this run then a pair of Troy Deeney penalties gave Watford a win before their loss to Spurs today.

Quick Kicks

  • There were quality chances to be had for the Magpies today, but they were not clinical enough to avoid the loss.
  • Matt Ritchie’s strike was solid and he also had a perfect cross to Jonjo Shelvey that wasn’t headed on frame.
  • Jamaal Lascelles continues to be out for the NUFC backline and the defense has consistently more errors when he’s not in the lineup.
  • Just two more matches remain for Newcastle United. Could these be the final two matches of Mike Ashley’s reign and/or Steve Bruce’s on the touchline? We will have to wait to find out.

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What’s Next?

Newcastle United will try to get back on track when they face Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday. The Seagulls take on Southampton tomorrow.