Determined to put right performances
against Burnley and Villa, the lads controlled the game for long periods
and recovered from an early setback in the second half to register win
number 17 of the Premier League campaign.
Kane put the issue beyond doubt in added time with another landmark goal.
Sent clear by Erik Lamela, the striker buried his 30th goal in all competitions and 20th in the Premier League.
He becomes the first Spur to hit 30 since
Gary Lineker in 1991-92 and the first home-grown player to reach the
20-goal mark in league action since Mark Falco 30 years ago.
More importantly - and as he recognised afterwards - it got the team back to winning ways.
Jan Vertonghen returned to skipper the
side as Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to the team that was
defeated by Villa last weekend. Paulinho replaced Ryan Mason to anchor
the midfield with Nabil Bentaleb whilst on the wing, Erik Lamela started
on the right with Andros Townsend dropping to the bench.
Despite the sunshine, there was a stiff
breeze in the North East as we got underway. We controlled the early
possession and almost broke the deadlock when Harry Kane brilliantly
switched the play to Danny Rose who whipped in a dangerous cross that
was scrambled clear.
Hugo Lloris continues his recovery from a
knee injury meaning Michel Vorm kept his place between the sticks and
he was called into action early on as he did well to block a shot from
Ayoze Perez after fine work from Yoan Gouffran.
Neither goalkeeper was particularly
tested in a gentle opening 30 minutes before any sense of tranquility
was shattered by a moment of brilliance from Chadli. Picking up
possession from Paulinho, he shifted the ball onto his left foot to
wrong-foot two Newcastle defenders before dipping a shot from 25 yards
past Tim Krul and into the bottom corner - his ninth Premier League
strike this term and 11th in all competitions.
Kane looked hungry for his 30th goal of
the season and was a whisker away from getting it just before the
interval. Bentaleb created space with a brilliant bit of skill as we
attacked down the right. Chadli slipped in Kane who tried to surprise
Krul with an early shot from a tight angle but the big goalkeeper did
well to beat his effort away.
The second half got underway in
disastrous fashion as the home side forced a leveller within 20 seconds
of the restart. Chadli surrendered possession on the left which allowed
Perez to drive into our box with the ball eventually rolling into the
path of Jack Colback who kept his cool to slot past Vorm.
It was a sucker punch and gave the home
side a lift but crucially we would not have to wait long to recapture
our lead. Eriksen was fouled by Colback near the corner of the box on
the left and the Dane picked himself up to take it. It was the sort of
delivery that defenders dread and strikers long for though it evaded
everyone as it flashed across the face of goal and into the far corner
of the net - taking him into double-figures in the Premier League.
We were cooking on gas now and almost
sealed it shortly after when Chadli galloped down the left and crossed
for Bentaleb who headed narrowly over.
The left flank was becoming a fruitful
avenue for us with Chadli finding acres of space and it was from a
corner on that side that Kane came closer to his 30th. Paulinho whipped a
ball in that Kane met on the volley from six yards, however Krul had
other ideas as he dived low to brilliantly deny him.
A goal was the only thing missing from
his second half display as he used his frame to great effect to hold the
ball up and bring others into play. Our next chance fell to him too as
Bentaleb scooped a ball into his path though just as Kane went to pull
the trigger he slipped and scuffed his effort out for a goal-kick.
Newcastle were on the ropes as Bentaleb
put Chadli through one on one but again Krul saved the home side with a
fine piece of goalkeeping.
Kane was next to test Krul with a venomous shot from distance but still that third goal seemed just out of our grasp.
The wait ended as we ticked into three
minutes of added time. Lamela led the break from a Newcastle set-piece
and timed his pass to perfection to release Kane in the left channel,
and he wasn't to be denied this time with a clinical one-on-one finish.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini (c), Taylor,
Williamson, Anita (Armstrong 75), Gouffran (Obertan 45), Colback, Perez,
Cabella, Janmaat, Abeid (Ameobi 45). Subs not used: Riviere, Kemen,
Spurs: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen (c),
Rose (Davies 81); Bentaleb, Paulinho (Mason, 89), Chadli (Dembele, 78),
Eriksen, Lamela; Kane. Subs not used: Friedel, Yedlin, Townsend,
Goals: Newcastle - Colback (46). Spurs - Chadli (30), Eriksen (53), Kane (90+1).
Yellow cards: Newcastle - Colback (40) Cabella (63). Spurs - Paulinho (42) Lamela (45) Vertonghen (62), Bentaleb.
Referee: Kevin Friend.