The midfield maestro put us 2-1 up at St James’ Park with an in-swinging free-kick that evaded everyone in the box and went in at the far post.
That came after Nacer Chadli’s first half opener had been cancelled out by Jack Colback, with Harry Kane rounding off a 3-1 win in stoppage time with his 30th strike of the season.
Reflecting on his first goal since January 31, attacking midfielder Christian confirmed he was pleased to break the 10-goal barrier in the Premier League this term, having also netted twice in the Capital One Cup.
“We’re really happy that we got the three points after the last couple of games,” he said.
“For my goal, it was a bit lucky that no-one touched it. I just crossed it and luckily it went in. I’m pleased to score and happy that I’ve finally got to 10 goals.
“It’s been coming for a couple of months so I’m pleased to have finally got to that mark.
“Overall, everyone is very happy to get back to winning ways – it gives us more confidence.”
One man not short of confidence in front of goal is Harry, with Christian adding his voice to the chorus of praise for our in-form striker after he became the first Spurs player for more than two decades to net 30 goals in a single season in all competitions.
“It’s crazy, the number of goals he’s scored and how well he’s playing,” the Danish international added. “It’s been a couple of games since he scored the last one but he always looks like scoring and it helps the team so we’re happy to see him finding the back of the net.”
Christian was also quick to thank our travelling supporters for their fantastic backing of the team in the North East.
“It’s really amazing how many people travelled to see us and we can only thank them,” he said. “I’m very impressed how many showed up so far away from their homes late on a Sunday afternoon.”