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Match report: Newcastle United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Tottenham Hotspur secured a victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park. St James’ Park (credit Daniel/Wikimedia Commons) Tottenham Hotspur made it back-to-back victories in the Premier League with a 3-2 win at Newcastle United. Spurs conceded early to Callum Wilson but goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min clinched them the three […]

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By Haran Naresh 17 October 2021

Tottenham Hotspur secured a victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

St James’ Park (credit Daniel/Wikimedia Commons)

Tottenham Hotspur made it back-to-back victories in the Premier League with a 3-2 win at Newcastle United.

Spurs conceded early to Callum Wilson but goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min clinched them the three points. A late Eric Dier own goal gave Newcastle a lifeline but Spurs saw the game out for the win.

This was Newcastle’s first game since their change in ownership and as expected, the home crowd created a thunderous atmosphere that energised their side.

Newcastle took the lead just two minutes into the game. Allan Saint-Maximin laid the ball off to the over-lapping Javier Manquillo and he picked out Callum Wilson who stooped low to head in.

The away team struggled to keep the ball and could not deal with Newcastle’s high press.

Spurs started to get a hold of the ball after the initial onslaught by Newcastle.

Tanguy Ndombele found Lucas Moura in space in the penalty area but he blazed his cross well over.

Tottenham equalised with 17 minutes on the clock. Sergio Reguilon found Ndombele in a pocket of space in the box and he took two touches before curling a shot into the net.

Five minutes later Spurs took the lead. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played an excellent pass over the top to Harry Kane and he lifted the ball over the on-rushing Darlow and into the net. The goal was initially disallowed for offside but was later given by the VAR after replays showed that Manquillo had played Kane onside.

In the 31st minute Joelinton played a through ball to Wilson and he tried to find Saint-Maximin but the ball went just beyond the winger’s reach.

The away side came very close to adding a third when Lucas Moura leapt high to reach Son Heung-min’s corner and hit the crossbar.

Tottenham were well on top at this stage and were finding it very easy to carve through the Newcastle defence.

The match was suspended in the 41st minute due to a medical emergency in the crowd.

Following the restart, Tottenham added their third in the 48th minute with a well-worked team move. Moura passed to Ndombele who then returned the ball to the Brazilian. Moura had moved infield and played Kane down the right who squared to Son to tap into the net.

Saint-Maximin cut inside before driving wide from just outside the area.

Tottenham were in complete control of the game and were passing the ball around unchallenged.

In the 59th minute Moura played the ball down the line to Kane and he picked out Ndombele on the left flank, who drove into the box before firing wide.

Joe Willock went down in the the box amidst a challenge from Cristian Romero but Newcastle’s appeals for a penalty were dismissed by the referee.

Newcastle seemed to have run out of ideas in attack with Saint-Maximin sending an effort well off target from distance.

In the 80th minute a prolonged period of Spurs possession ended with Moura unleashing a shot that sailed well over.

Newcastle were reduced to 10 men with 83 minutes on the clock. Tottenham hit Newcastle on the counter and Reguilon was brought down by substitute Jonjo Shelvey just as he was about to enter the area. Shelvey had already received a booking and was therefore dismissed for getting his second yellow.

Newcastle were brought back into the game late on when Eric Dier headed against his knee and into his own net from Jacob Murphy’s free-kick.

Tottenham kept the ball well in the closing moments and saw the game out.

Spurs knew before the game that they would be playing a team that would be backed by a vociferous home support. They fell behind early on but showed their resolve to come back and out-class their opponents.

Harry Kane scoring his first Premier League goal will come as a relief to himself and everyone at Tottenham. For Spurs, they will hope that this is a return to form for their talisman.

Tottenham Hotspur’s next game is away at Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on 21st October.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo speaking post match to Sky Sports: “We handled today well, but we didn’t start it well. We knew what was coming, with everything going on around Newcastle, in the end it was a positive performance.”

“We stayed in the game, we kept it steady. The moment we started moving it around, we started causing them problems.”

On Harry Kane scoring: “For all of us it’s important that Harry Kane scores. We were really happy that he finally got the goal he deserved.”