Tottenham Hotspur 1 Newcastle United 1 - Magpies snatch late draw

If Newcastle United supporters were wondering which Newcastle side would turn up against Tottenham, the side that put in an impressive away performance against West Ham United on the opening day or the side that crumbled against Brighton - The opening 10 minutes gave them all an idea of what to expect, as Spurs dominated.

It was a sign of things to come, Karl Darlow found his inner Tim Krul, the 'keeper pulled off a string of fantastic saves to keep the Magpies in the game. In just the third minute of the game Darlow was called into action, with a quite brilliant double save to deny Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Kane. Six minutes later Darlow was at it again, denying Kane for the second time before producing a superb fingertip save to deny the England captain yet again.

Fresh off the back of scoring four against Southampton, Son Heung-min hit the woodwork twice as Tottenham continued to dominate. Jose Mourinho's side eventually took a deserved leave in the 25th minute. Kane turned provider once again, delivering a low cross finding Lucas Moura at the back post. Matt Ritchie allowed the ball to run across his body which allowed Lucas to slot the ball past Darlow.

Steve Bruce opted to go with a back five, moving Isaac Hayden into defence. It was a move that saw Newcastle become extremely negative, rarely providing any attacking threat whatsoever. This formation saw Joelinton cut an isolated figure last season, it was no different for Callum Wilson, as he struggled to have an influence on the game in the first half.

Newcastle were very lucky to go in at half time just 1-0 down, it could and probably should have been five or six. Newcastle's defensive frailties are a cause for concern, this is a side that were so disciplined at the back under Rafael Benitez, now they look like they will concede at any moment. Newcastle's play was slow and laboured, there was no urgency to get forward even when they went behind. It was a case of lets soak up the pressure and pray for a bit of luck.

Bruce's side had just two shots on target in two games in the Premier League before the clash with Spurs. The two shots came in the victory over West Ham. A 100% conversion rate but a very worrying stat to say the least. Newcastle had more of the ball in the second half but still lacked any attacking threat.

Bruce needs to give Newcastle an identity, there does not seem to be a plan in place. What exactly is Newcastle's style of play? There isn't one, it's a case of sitting in and hoping for the best. The Newcastle manager has made some good signings in the summer, signings that should improve his side. However, it all seems very familiar - Low possession and very rarely causing any attacking threat. Take Brighton as an example, they have improved dramatically, they have a plan and an identity. Again, what is Newcastle's identity? Do they spark fear into their opposition? Definitely not. Without an identity and a distinct style of play, there cannot be any progression, Bruce cannot have his wish of taking the team forward.

The much criticised VAR turned out to be Newcastle's saviour. Substitute, Andy Carroll headed the ball onto Eric Dier's arm from close range. The defender did have his arm raised but had very little time do anything about it. After a long wait referee, Peter Banks watched the incident on the pitch side monitor before awarding Newcastle a late penalty.

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Wilson, who barely had a kick during the previous 96 minutes stepped up to take the penalty. The striker slotted the ball home expertly, despite Hugo Lloris guessing correctly. That made it two goals in three games for the former Bournemouth striker. Newcastle can count themselves very lucky that they came away with a point from this game. If Newcastle's last two league performances are anything to go by, this could be an extremely long season for the Magpies.


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