Alan Shearer (MOTD):
I want to praise the set up. The whole team deserves praise because it was totally the opposite to what we saw last week at Norwich. Today they were very well organised, they were disciplined – so many positives from everyone in the team. The system they played was a five (at the back) and then a four in front of them to give them protection. There were no spaces whatsoever. But it wasn’t just about defending.
That was a constant, getting players in and around the ball. If you’re not winning the first challenge, or the second one there’s someone else there as well. The goal was very, very well worked. They committed men forward and it was a good run from Joelinton, good first touch and an even better finish. Off the mark and full of confidence (now). Paul Dummett was absolutely magnificent the whole game. Credit to the manager because he set up a system and it worked to perfection.
It worked perfectly for the manager and his staff today and for the players to go out and say ‘You tell us what to do, we’ll go out and do it.’The whole team from the goalkeeper to the centre forward, from the first minute to the last minute, they gave everything.
We had to work hard as a team and we did that from the start. Everyone has worked hard from the team. It’s a difficult place to come but we have had to dig in together. Everyone stuck together, we put in a top performance. It was not good enough last week. We have talked about it and knew we had to change it. We know we have to work together and we have done that. It’s a credit to everyone involved. If you switch off and wake one mistake that could lead to you losing. We have had to put in a lot of work, it was very tough.
Being a club like Newcastle, you always have that pressure but we have a good bunch of player and we will always work hard to get the performances and the points. We came up with a game plan from start to finish and we managed to not give them any chances.
David Hytner, The Guardian:
Still Spurs struggled to prise apart Newcastle, who had gone close to a second on 61 minutes only for Joelinton to put insufficient power on a volley from another Atsu cross. Newcastle defended stoutly – witness Schär’s saving challenge on Lamela early in the second-half – but also with a degree of comfort. There were stand-out performances across the Newcastle back-line.
JJ Bull, The Telegraph
Joelinton was superb throughout, always offering an out-ball, moving into space and working the channels. Strikers often go through games with minimal touches of the ball – Jamie Vardy had 16 in Leicester’s win over Sheffield United, for example – and this is certainly the case in a team with 20.2 per cent of possession, but Joelinton left the pitch exhausted on 88 minutes with 38 touches. By comparison, Kane finished the match with 23.
Chris Sutton, The Mail:
He doesn’t do proper coaching work on the training ground? Behave. Players go into games not knowing their jobs? Give me a break. Paul Dummett’s warm-up comment was blown out of proportion, too. People are so quick to judge. Bruce had overseen two Newcastle games before this. They lost to Arsenal at home, then played poorly at Norwich and left with nothing. At Spurs, he answered his critics. He showed he is a good boss. It left a few fans with egg on their faces.
Luke Edwards, The Telegraph, Twitter:
And to those saying he just copied Benitez’s tactics, seriously, give yourselves a shake, you’re embarrassing yourselves, maybe just be happy your team won away from home against a team that reached the Champions League final in June.
Mark Douglas, The Chronicle (Twitter):
Great hold up play, positioning, well-timed run and then a lovely finish. Early days but really like the look of Joelinton, who had to show character to bounce back from Norwich disappointment.
Martin Hardy Author, Touching Distance, NE Football Correspondent- Twitter
One day @PaulDummett will get the credit he deserves from everyone. A fantastic defender.
The most relieved man in the ground was probably our Head Coach, but the away supporters were entitled to enjoy what was quite literally their day in the sun. Undeterred by transport headaches for the second weekend in a row, not to mention an all-pervading sense of doom around the club, this was a timely reminder of just why folks put themselves through those early starts and late finishes. It still matters. Bruce may have followed the example of Lee Charnley in fighting avoidable public battles with irrelevant figures, but events on the pitch today thankfully give people the opportunity to focus on the present and the future.
Alex Hurst, TRUE FAITH:
Great win for us yesterday and massive for Bruce. The clean sheet was important – after the mess at Norwich. Go and win these two games this week. Both sides can be beaten and a cup run and a home league win set us up nicely before the international break