The Warm Down: Newcastle humbled by top four chasing Spurs
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Newcastle United came into this game off the back of a disappointing 1-0 loss to struggling Everton, who were also down to 10 men for the final portion of the game.

But Tottenham Hotspur would not be an easy challenge. They are in a battle for top four with bitter rivals Arsenal and need ever point to make up the gap on the North London team.

In the first half Newcastle made a good account of themselves. They took the lead late on through Fabian Schar. However minutes before half time Ben Davies was able to latch onto a great cross and the two teams went into the break level.

However in the second half, the defiant Newcastle defence from the first half was undone in the second. They conceded four goals in the second half which turned into a very embarrassing score line for The Magpies

Defensive collapse

Conceding five goals in one game is never good. But it is the way that Newcastle conceded them which will annoy Eddie Howe the most. 

There were two main ways that Newcastle conceded. Balls in behind the defence and crosses into the box.

Howe had clearly asked his players at half time to play a higher line and try and shift the whole team up the field. As in the first half they had sat very deep and while it had provided some defensive solidity it meant the team struggled to get up the pitch when they did win the ball back it was hard for them to get up the pitch.

However, by pushing the whole team up the pitch this left gaps in behind that Spurs would look to exploit. And they did that with both Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn when he came on did that.

They did very well to find gaps in the Toon backline and hold their runs to stay onside. 

The other way Newcastle conceded was balls into the box. 

When you are defending against a back 5 while you are in a back 4, one key thing is to watch late runs at the back post by the opposition wingbacks. 

This is something that Newcastle struggled with as both Spurs wingbacks were able to get in at the back post and beat their opposing fullback to the ball and grab goals for themselves.

This is something that will disappoint Howe as they will of been expecting those late runs and will have most likely spoke about them.

Struggling Saint-Maximin?

Allan Saint-Maximin has been the poster boy of the Newcastle team for a few years now. With his insane ability to take on players and carry the ball that is the best in the league. 

However today, as in recent games the Frenchman struggled to get into the game. Every time he received the ball you could see the intent to try and take on his man and push his team up the field. 

But it was clear Spurs were expecting this as they marshalled him very well with them usually doubling up on him with Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal working well together to almost mark him out of the game.

Towards the end of the game Howe moved him to a more central role after taking Chris Wood off but at this point the game was already gone for Newcastle.

Honeymoon over?

After an incredible start to life as a Newcastle manger for Howe. It appears that the initial stage in the lifecycle of a manager where results pick up due to players wanting to impress the new manager is over.

This result has been a reminder to Newcastle fans that apart form the 3 new singing that played today this team is still the same that didn't win in their first 14 games at the start of this season.

The job Howe has done transforming this team so far has been incredible but results like this will show him and the new ownership that if they are wanting to achieve their goals for this team then they will need to spend a lot more money on many new players. 

 

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