English Premiership

Newcastle upstage Spurs

2013-11-10 16:39
Tim Krul (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham Hotspur have missed out on the chance to go level on points with second-placed Liverpool in the Premier League as goalkeeper Tim Krul inspired Newcastle to a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Loic Remy scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute of the early kick-off match when, played in by Yoan Gouffran, he rounded Spurs keeper Brad Friedel before producing a composed finish.

But that the Magpies, fresh from beating Chelsea, took all three points from this trip to north London owed much to a brilliant display by Dutch shot-stopper Krul, who produced a hatful of excellent saves.

Among them were a fine effort to keep out Roberto Soldado's backwards header after he met a free-kick and an athletic effort when Krul going the wrong way after Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick took a huge deflection, clawed the ball away before combining with defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to clear Younes Kaboul's follow-up off the line.

"The first save was the best, Soldado's header," Krul told Sky Sports afterwards.

"The sun was low and it kick-started from there.

"Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put his life on the line to clear one and it shows the commitment, from the back five to the strikers. A great squad.

"This is the highlight of my career. It was nice to celebrate with the back four.

"These kind of games don't happen very often. A great result."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew added: "We have to defend with our lives but that is what makes football great.

"Our goalie was terrific and the centre halves, they were the stars.

"He has had a few good uns (matches) for us, Tim," said Pardew.

"I think he is the best Dutch goalie for sure and I think he is the best in the Premier League."

Frustrated Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "I thought we were very very unlucky, we had so many good chances, the result was very unfair.

"Tim Krul did well, last season he had a great game against us as well. He made the difference."

Victory saw Newcastle go ninth in the table and left them just three points adrift of Spurs, who remained in sixth place.

Meanwhile Manchester City, so imposing at home, saw their away form prove fallible once again as second-bottom Sunderland beat them 1-0 for the fourth season in a row at the Stadium of Light.

Phil Bardsley dented City's title aspirations with a 21st minute curler after the visitors failed to deal with Wes Brown's long ball.

City pushed for an equaliser but could find no way through, with this result leaving them in seventh place.

Sunderland remained in the relegation zone but victory saw them move three points clear of basement club Crystal Palace and close the gap on the teams above them.


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