Stephen Kelly has claimed that Tottenham’s performance at St James’ Park on Sunday came as a shock to the system for Newcastle, who would have believed they could compete with the North Londoners.
It was a celebratory atmosphere at St James’ Park at kick-off following the news of the Saudi-led takeover.
The home side got off the best possible start as they took the lead through Callum Wilson in just the second minute. However, Tottenham quickly took full control of the game and cut through the Magpies backline at will.
They scored three before half-time to eventually put the game beyond the reach of Steve Bruce’s men and, despite conceding a late own goal, the away side never looked in danger of throwing away the result.
Kelly admitted he was extremely impressed by Tottenham’s attacking players, with the pundit suggesting that Newcastle were left shocked by the quality of the play from Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
The former Spurs defender told BBC Radio Five Live Football Daily Podcast: “Tottenham had so much quality going forward, the pace that they had and they passed the ball quickly.
“Moura was running through the lines, Son and Kane looked very good as well and I think that was a bit of a shock to the system with how good Tottenham were.
“Newcastle felt they were able to compete, but then Tottenham’s quality came through.”
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When they are at their best, a front four of Kane, Son, Moura and Ndombele will trouble any backline in the world. All four players combined brilliantly at St James’ Park and Newcastle simply could not cope with them. In the end, we could have won much more comfortably if we had been a little more clinical in the final third.
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