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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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