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Tottenham missed the opportunity to climb into the top four following a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.

Harry Kane’s brace had cancelled out Joelington’s opener, but Arsenal loanee Joe Willock rescued a late point for the Magpies to leave Spurs fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Here’s how we rated the players on the day:

Hugo Lloris, 7 – Made three excellent saves, including a fine double-stop from Dwight Gayle, but could nothing about either goal.

Japhet Tanganga, 5 – Denied his first professional goal by Miguel Almiron’s header off the line, although he wasn’t convincing at the other end.

Davinson Sanchez, 3 – Absolutely woeful performance from start to finish. Kept gifting chances to Newcastle throughout the afternoon with his sloppy distribution, one of which led to their opener. Had it not been for some poor Newcastle finishing, he could have cost his side even greater.

Joe Rodon, 7 – A few wayward passes aside, the Welshman performed well next to a hapless Sanchez.

Sergio Regulion, 6 – Looked off the pace first-half, but improved after the break and put over some really inviting crosses, but defensively he was suspect.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 6 – Should have done more to prevent Newcastle’s opener, but was one of Spurs’ only bright spots in what was a poor second-half.

Tanguy Ndombele, 7 – Lo Celso’s inclusion allowed him to break forward, and he got into some excellent positions. Assisted Kane’s second and should have had another, had Kane not missed a great chance.

Lucas Moura, 5 – Bright at times, but unable to replicate his form from in recent weeks.

Giovani Lo Celso, 5 – Added little.

Carlos Vinicius, 3 – Had just 15 touches, offered nothing and was hooked at the break.

Harry Kane, 8 – Tapped home to equaliser before thumping home moments later for his and Tottenham’s second. Missed two good chances to make it 3-1, though, the second which struck the outside of the post, just 52 seconds before Willock levelled.

Substitutes:

Heung Min Son, 5 – Returned following a hamstring problem, but couldn’t really get into the game.

Erik Lamela, 6 – Made his first Premier League outing since his red card against Arsenal and added some energy into the Tottenham attack but was wasteful.

Gareth Bale, N/A – Replaced Lo Celso late on his only touch was to immediately send a free-kick into the stands.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. If Kane was briliant them I’m a loony.
    He did virtually nothing but get a tap in after a very lucky ricochet and missed a clear opportunity when hitting the post.
    Decent second goal and a further sloppy effort on a one to one with Dubravka.
    He was ordinary in a game Newcastle deserved to win… simples.
    Our defense was useless again… wandering off to party in midfield while the Toon pushed us back.
    Kane brilliant? No way. None of them were… our keeper made a couple of decent saves otherwise it could have been game over before Kane decided he was actually on the pitch.

  2. While Mouriniho is in charge we will always be a 2and class team.Ten players shouldn’t be there and nor should Mouriniho

  3. Bri is unfair. Kane delivered the goods, Tanguy was great with the ball (though less without it), Hojbjerg had a strong 2nd hald, LeCelso did some good things. Lloris was fine. But Sanchez was exposed as hapless with the ball at his feet, and he need to have someone fungo flies to him, because he is awful judging a ball in the air. Without Tobi near him, he can be a liabilty. Horrid today. Reguillon was shockingly bad in the defensive half. He is typically so much better than today.
    Rodon and Tanganga were not good enough to compensate for their struggles…..But mostly Jose hasn’t managed the players well enough to inspire them to play with a passion and fearlessness that allows the team to be greater than the sum of its parts…the true test of an effective gaffer. His handling of Bale, Ali, Tobi, etc….very poor. On the other hand, credit to him for recognizing that Winks is not good enough box to box to compensate for his dysfunction in the offensive and defensive thirds.

  4. Inspire them to play with a passion & fearless way?? Why do the players not do this themselves? They should have pride in their own performance. Be self motivated, NOT relying on external motivation. We could have been 4th for christ sakes. If if you need a motivator to get you going, who motivates the motivator??

  5. Toby should be Rodon partner Central defender because of his experience which would be helpful to Rodon as Sanhez is useless and hopeless defender
    Sanchez gave away 85 percentage and very poor with header so It is time not to select him from now until he is sold in summer

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