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Rafa Benitez: Newcastle '100% deserved something' from Tottenham defeat

10 May 2018
Rafa Benitez: Newcastle '100% deserved something' from Tottenham defeat

It was a fourth consecutive defeat for Newcastle, who secured Premier League status with a 2-1 win over Arsenal last month. "I'm sure we at the club, and these players and staff, have the experience to build and create [something] in a new building, to make it feel like home". "People said we had no chance, I will not criticise one of them because they were right", said Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Tottenham were a bit anxious and we had enough chances to score.

At the other end, Ayoze Perez did well to push Jan Vertonghen out the way to get free in the box, but his final shot lacked the pace it needed to beat Hugo Lloris, who collected it calmly. You could see both. To play with pressure against a team who have freedom and nothing to play for, it can be risky.

Rose came off the bench late in the game and nearly bagged a second goal for Spurs as fellow substitute Lamela played him in on goal, but the left-back could not beat Dubravka.

"In the games that we couldn't win, we were very close".

A Christian Eriksen free-kick unconvincingly parried to safety by Martin Dubravka was Spurs' only threat early on as a Newcastle side that has now lost their past four games since mathematically securing survival posed the greater threat.

England global Trippier, who has established himself at Tottenham this season with 34 appearances across all competitions, limped off late in the second half at Wembley and was replaced by Toby Alderweireld.

And in their penultimate match at their temporary home, the hosts were grateful to some good fortune and wayward Newcastle finishing to seal their return to Europe's premier club competition next season.

Spurs seemed to have no answer as they struggled to string together passes up top and it was only their custodian's speculative punt that found Kane in a good position.

Spurs wrap up their campaign with one more outing at Wembley, against Leicester on Sunday, before heading home to their rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium.

'It's a massive achievement to qualify again, ' said boss Mauricio Pochettino.

And Pochettino knows how important it was to ensure there would be Champions League football in their new home next season. I want to commend the team, the players, the staff, playing 37 games away from home, a fantastic achievement to play Champions League for the third time.

"Massive congratulations and thank you to all the staff because they have been fantastic and have worked so hard for almost 38 games away from home".