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Newcastle defence key in Tottenham win - Perch

Newcastle United defender James Perch feels that the defensive unit sent out by manager Alan Pardew on the weekend was instrumental in securing a 2-1 home win over Tottenham.

The Toon backline consisted of Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon and Perch, who replaced injured captain Fabricio Coloccini, and he feels it was solid effort to thwart a dangerous Spurs attack.

"The fact that we won the game and the fact they didn't have too many shots on target, I'd like to think that the back four - or back five - did our job," he told the club's official website.

"They're a great team and when we were attacking, that's probably when we were at our most vulnerable because on the counter-attack they're so fast.

"To say that they'd hit the bar and the post, you'd probably have to give it to them in the first half, but we came in at half-time, changed our system a little bit and we got our rewards."

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