Harry headers and Son strike secure win at St James' Park
Newcastle 1-3 Spurs
Wed 15 July 2020, 20:06|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane scored the 200th goal of his club career to give us a vital win at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening and keep alive our hopes of European football next season.
The striker headed home his landmark goal on the hour mark, just four minutes after Newcastle had drawn level through an excellent Matt Ritchie strike, following Heung-Min Son’s fine opening goal in the 27th minute.
Kane’s goal tally began while on loan at Leyton Orient, netting in a 4-0 win for the O’s against Sheffield Wednesday on 22 January, 2011, and he completed his double century in just 350 club matches. He wasn’t finished there either, netting a second against the Magpies in the 90th minute to secure a 3-1 victory and three important points.
It was also Jose Mourinho’s first-ever Premier League win at St James’ Park in his managerial career and moved us up to seventh in the table, one place and one point behind Wolves.
The Head Coach stuck with the same team that toppled Arsenal in Sunday's north London derby, which meant a place in the side for Serge Aurier, who wanted to play despite the tragic passing of his brother on Monday. Former Spurs players Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin were in the Magpies side, but Danny Rose was ineligible as he is on loan from us.
The home side opened the game with intent and created a few chances in the opening stages. Just six minutes were on the clock when Miguel Almiron’s snap shot deflected off the head of Davinson Sanchez and from the corner, Ritchie’s drilled low ball towards the penalty spot was blasted over by Almiron. Jonjo Shelvey then hit a 30-yard free-kick which was easy for Hugo Lloris, but the midfielder should have done better on 16 minutes when Ritchie’s excellent cross from the left found an unmarked Shelvey but he mistimed his header and the ball sailed over the bar.
Despite those opportunities, we were still well in the game and had moments in attack without getting a clear chance, but that changed on 27 minutes when we grabbed the lead. Lucas Moura did really well to prevent Newcastle from breaking away, winning possession from Fabian Schar and then finding Kane with a neat reverse pass. The ball was moved on to Giovani Lo Celso and then Son, who cut onto his right foot and fizzed in a low shot which beat Martin Dubravka inside his near post. And two minutes later, Son almost added a second when his long-range effort flicked off Emil Krafth and needed a superb diving save from Dubravka to prevent the ball from looping in.
Back came the Magpies though, Ritchie seeing an angled drive fly off Sanchez and hit the side-netting before Allan Saint-Maximin’s drive skipped off the surface and needed a touch from Lloris to tip it wide. Then with three minutes of the half remaining, Shelvey whipped in a cross from the right which glanced off the head of Dwight Gayle but hit the far post before we cleared the danger and preserved our lead up until half-time.
But 11 minutes after the restart, the scores were level. Substitute Valentino Lazaro went on a mazy run towards our area but was thwarted by Moussa Sissoko with Aurier clearing the ball, however it only went as far as Ritchie on the left edge of the area and he steadied himself before hitting a rocket past Lloris. We weren’t behind for long though, with Kane netting his landmark goal on the hour – nodding substitute Steven Bergwijn’s superb centre back across goal and leaving Dubravka stranded to restore our lead.
There was a good flow to the game with both sides looking to play on the front foot at every opportunity and Newcastle went close to levelling again on 72 minutes but Lazaro’s fierce drive rippled the side netting, while Shelvey hit one straight at Lloris moments later. We were getting pushed back by the Magpies as they looked for an equaliser but Lloris wasn’t called into any serious action and instead, we broke away in the 90th minute to wrap up the points. Kane collected the ball near half-way and threaded a pass through to substitute Erik Lamela, who weaved his way into space in the area and hit a left foot shot which Dubravka parried and Kane pounced on the rebound to head in from close range and settle the outcome.
Having conceded to Ritchie’s strike, it was crucial we responded quickly and that’s exactly what we did thanks to a goal which will mean so much to Kane. Bergwijn produced an inviting cross which the striker met well to beat Dubravka and reach 200 club goals.
Jose told Spurs TV after the game: "It's a very good result. I think it's an example of resilience. This is the fourth match separated by two days, we've played against every team when every team had more time to rest than us - an incredible effort by everyone. The players are not tired now, the players were tired before the game and to play with this intensity, with this spirit, I think is phenomenal. Again, the team was a team, the two guys coming from the bench, they made a difference and that's what a team needs."
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Newcastle 1-3 Spurs
Newcastle (3-4-3): Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Fernandez, Yedlin (Lazaro 55), Bentaleb (M Longstaff 86), Shelvey (c), Ritchie, Saint-Maximin, Gayle (Joelinton 69), Almiron. Substitutes (not used): Darlow, Muto, Manquillo, Atsu, Allan, Young.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas (Bergwijn 56), Lo Celso (Lamela 62), Son, Kane (Vertonghen 90+1). Substitutes (not used): Gazzaniga, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Skipp, White, Gedson.
Goals: Spurs – Son 27, Kane 60, 90; Newcastle – Ritchie 56.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Alderweireld, Kane, Davies; Newcastle – Fernandez, Shelvey.
Referee: David Coote.
Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle.
Weather: Light cloud, moderate breeze, 16 degrees.