First-half targets from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron despatched Newcastle into the Premier League’s prime 4 with an excellent 2-1 win at Tottenham.
It was arguably the Magpies’ greatest consequence beneath Eddie Howe, with this victory making it 4 wins in 5 video games for the northeast membership who finally maintain long-term aspirations of being Champions League regulars.
This assertion win consigned Spurs to back-to-back defeats and occurred amid some controversy, with the hosts sad no foul was awarded in opposition to Wilson when he collided with Hugo Lloris within the build-up to his coolly chipped opener simply after the half hour.
Almiron added a second for the guests 9 minutes later and whereas Harry Kane pulled one again early within the second half, Newcastle held on to leapfrog Chelsea and Manchester United within the desk.
Each golf equipment skilled contrasting midweek outcomes and the hosts’ hopes of bouncing again from defeat at Outdated Trafford weren’t helped by the absences of Cristian Romero and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as a result of minor accidents.
A frantic begin noticed Son Heung-min let fly twice in fast succession whereas the guests compelled two corners within the first 10 minutes, with penalty appeals for challenges on Joelinton waved away after he clashed with Emerson Royal.
Spurs ought to have damaged the impasse not lengthy after when Kane despatched Son by way of, however he hesitated and his weak chip was saved by Nick Pope from shut vary.
Eric Dier was the subsequent to go near discovering the web, this time on the unsuitable finish after his overhit again go to Lloris bounced yards large of the house purpose.
Antonio Conte’s workforce had been capable of shake off that scare, with Ryan Sessegnon having an effort deflected large earlier than Kane was denied by Pope’s left foot after a superb run.
It appeared Tottenham had been edging nearer to the opener once they had been undone by a Lloris error within the thirty first minute.
Fabian Schar despatched a ball excessive for Wilson to chase and though Lloris was first to it, the Spurs goalkeeper went down after his momentum carried him into the Newcastle ahead.
Wilson carried on whereas Lloris was on the ground and produced a pleasant chip over each the France worldwide and Dier earlier than he wheeled away to have fun.
A VAR test got here and went which solely added to the frustration of the hosts – however even worse was to comply with.
Sean Longstaff headed down an tried go by Lloris to Almiron, who launched into a jinking run that noticed him beat Sessegnon and Clement Lenglet earlier than he fired beneath the Tottenham goalkeeper for his sixth purpose of the marketing campaign.
Boos adopted from the house supporters at half-time and so did rain and lightning, with the grim climate matching the temper in north London.
Not that the Newcastle followers had been bothered, with a number of defiantly topless regardless of the heavy downpour, however they had been up in arms within the 51st minute when no penalty was given after Joelinton’s header hit Emerson’s arm.
It may have been 3-0 from the ensuing nook however Lloris obtained down low to disclaim Schar and the momentum of the fixture shortly swung.
Spurs compelled a set-piece of their very own and Son’s supply was flicked on by Lenglet to the again publish the place Kane stooped low to move in his eleventh purpose of the marketing campaign.
VAR was required to see if Davinson Sanchez had obtained a contact however, with no conclusive proof both means, Stockley Park-based Stuart Attwell let the purpose stand.
Ivan Perisic and Lucas Moura had been despatched on by Conte quickly after that 54th-minute effort.
Perisic despatched a roller straight down Pope’s throat and Dan Burn impressively blocked a close-range Son effort as Tottenham suffered a primary residence defeat since April.