The performance of the day in the Premier League yesterday was definitely Tottenham Hotspurs’ win over Newcastle United. It was not just a win, it was a statement that Spurs are a force to be reckoned with. We’ve got a bit of a treat for Spurs fans today as we’ve taken some screen shots from our Quick Stats area in our Opta Stats Centre (Subscribe Now!) to show you just exactly how well Spurs performed yesterday.
Scott Parker continues to be a one man defensive block to the opposition. He’s everywhere in that middle third. As you can see above he’s made the most tackles and the most ground duels. He’s also won an impressive 6/7 tackles and 11/16 ground duels. The team as a whole averaged a tackle win percentage of 88% – again very impressive.
Luka Modric had 120 touches of the ball in this game, beating off Ekotto and Walker. The fullbacks playing a prominent role for Spurs as they were the next two players who touched the ball the most. Niko Kranjcar lost possession the most and Luka Modric wasn’t far behind however these two players had a creative role so they would always attempt the more difficult passes.
Assou-Ekotto scored a goal but also won the ball back the most for Spurs Vs Newcastle. He won possession back for Spurs on eleven occasions and won the most in defence as well as in midfield. Another excellent display for the full-back.
An unbelievable Pass Accuracy for Spurs vs Newcastle – 89%. Even the strikers, renowned to have lower passing accuracies, averaged 95% (Adebayor) and 96% (Saha) which is superb. Luka Modric made the most passes with 99 and was accurate with 85 of them (Walker and Ekotto not far behind). They were impressive on the whole with Bale, Kranjcar, King and Dawson who all had pass accuracies over 90% as well as sub Ryan Nelson. The other two substitutes Lennon and Defoe each had a pass accuracy of 100%.
The key to winning is keeping the ball and Spurs did this. However it’s more important to do create something when you have the ball and our next image will illustrate this.
We can only really talk about Emmanuel Adebayor here. He’s created six chances and four of them resulted in goal assists. OptaJoe tweeted that this was the first time that anyone had achieved this since 2009 when Cesc Fabregas did it for Arsenal. Louis Saha also capped off his two goal display with an assist for his creative partner Adebayor. These four assists also moved Adebayor to 10 assists for the season and he’s now second in the overall total assists in League behind David Silva of Manchester City.
Adebayor again the man to talk about. Six shots in total with two on target. New signing Louis Saha had three shots and two of them resulted in goals which enabled him to achieve a chance creation and shot accuracy of 67%. Please note that blocked shots are not included in the shot accuracy and chance conversion stats. They are included for info purposes only.
Overall Spurs only had seven shots on target and scored with five of them, efficiency at it’s highest and that is what you can call this Spurs side: Efficient. They now can boast so many match winners and yesterday didn’t have to rely on their star player Bale. They also have Defoe, Lennon, Modric and have Van der Vaart to come back into the fray yet so they have an embarrassment of riches. The addition of Nelson is shrewd to cover for King and their midfield boasts Parker and Livermore who have both been impressive. We, at EPLIndex.com, feel that this is Spurs best chance to have a go at the title and if they continue to play as they are the top two will drop points in the run in and Spurs need to be in position to take advantage of any hiccups. This title race, isn’t all about Manchester just yet.