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Newcastle: Kieran Trippier was the unsung hero vs Tottenham

Newcastle United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches with a 2-1 win away at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Magpies have now won four of their last five games in the division and are fourth in the table, overtaking Graham Potter’s Chelsea to sit in the last Champions League spot.

Eddie Howe’s men put in a phenomenal shift to come away with all three points in their latest match against Spurs as they ground out a win away from home.

Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron put Newcastle 2-0 up in the first half as both players produced moments of individual quality to find the back of the net. The former clipped the ball over Hugo Lloris – who had rushed out of his goal – from distance, before the latter beat Clement Lenglet with a sublime piece of skill and swept the ball past the French ‘keeper.

Harry Kane pulled a goal back before the hour mark but Tottenham were unable to push on and equalise as the Magpies stood strong and defended brilliantly to see out the game.

Whilst the goalscorers may receive acclaim for their work in the first half, one player who was an unsung hero for the Toon was right-back Kieran Trippier.

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The England international has had his fair share of praise throughout the season so far but his performance on Sunday may not have been fully appreciated as he was seemingly beaten by Kane for the Spurs goal. However, his England colleague simply had a physical advantage and Trippier had no help from his teammates at the back post.

Aside from that incident, the former Atletico Madrid man was immense for Newcastle as he put in a sublime display in and out of possession.

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As per SofaScore, the warrior won 10 of his 12 individual duels (83%) and this shows that he was dominant in the majority of his battles, when he was not left exposed from a set piece. He also made two clearances, three blocks, four tackles and one clearance off the line, which shows that he was consistently making crucial interventions to prevent Spurs from getting a shot away at Nick Pope’s goal.

On the ball, Trippier had 100 touches and completed 83% of his attempted passes. He also had a 100% (1/1) dribble success rate and created one chance from right-back as he provided an attacking outlet in possession.

Therefore, he was the unsung hero for Howe as – despite Kane beating him for Tottenham’s goal – he put in a fantastic performance at right-back and was important to what the Magpies did at both ends of the pitch, with his warrior-like defending and calmness in possession.

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