Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Newcastle United: Five star Spurs move into the top four
Spurs celebrate a comfortable win. Image courtesy of Getty Images/Ryan Pierse

Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal down to eventually put five past Newcastle United in a victory which moved them into the Champions League places, leapfrogging their rivals Arsenal

Ben Davies' header cancelled out Fabian Schar's free-kick three minutes later to ensure Spurs went into the interval on level terms.

Antonio Conte's men turned up the heat after the break and successfully completed an emphatic comeback with goals from Matt Doherty, Son Heung-Min, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn compiling Eddie Howe's Magpies to a third straight Premier League defeat.

The story of the game

The game had a slow start with Tottenham Hotspur dominating the play, holding on to possession well without creating many chances, leaving Martin Dubravka largely untested for the first 30 minutes of the game.

Newcastle sat back and defended well with them using the electric Allan Saint-Maximin as their outlet for going forward. Although he struggled to terrorise the Spurs defence like he has done to other Premier League team's backlines this year.

The game sparked into life when the away side won a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box with Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Targett standing over it looking to beat the wall and Hugo Lloris behind it.

Schar stood over it and fired into the bottom right corner, Lloris getting a hand to it and there are question marks over whether he could have done better, but nonetheless, against the run of play, Newcastle grabbed the opener.

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Schar runs to the Geordie faithful as he got his second of the season Embed from Getty Images

 

But what came after this was not pleasant viewing for the Toon fans as Spurs turned on the heat and added creating chances to their dominance and their reply came just four minutes after the opener.

Son Heung-Min whipped in a superb ball to Ben Davies who guided his header home, bringing life into a game that had been pretty stagnant.

This evidently changed Antonio Conte's halftime team talk and whatever the Italian said to his squad at the break clearly worked as they came out and put on a show for their fans.

The gained the lead for the first time in the game when Harry Kane produced a terrific low ball into the six yard box on the 48th minute, for Matt Doherty to get on the end of and fire his team into the lead.

Newcastle then piled men forward to find an equaliser, but they failed to do so and instead left themselves vulnerable at the back as Kane played the ball through to Dejan Kulusevski who played the simple ball to Son who calmly finished off the move to give Spurs breathing room just six minutes after they went in front.

And then the lead was extended even further with the wing backs linking up. Doherty played a smart ball into the area for Emerson Royal who battled with and beat Targett to the ball to find the net making it four. Crushing the away side who had opened up defensively.

Newcastle's defensive record before this game was admirable as they had only conceded seven in 2022, leaving Eddie Howe in shock on the sidelines.

Spurs weren't finished there though as they rounded off a five star performance with a fifth goal. Steven Bergwijn came on in the 81st minute to score with one of his first touches just two minutes later. Finding his way through the battered Toon defence and slotting past a hopeless Dubravka, putting the final nail in the coffin.

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Bergwijn rounds off a top display from Tottenham Embed from Getty Images

Takeaways

Spurs will walk out of the game with their heads held high as they put on a near on flawless performance, scoring excellent goals, topped off by managing to keep Newcastle's star men quiet with Cristian Romero in particular being outstanding, proving his price tag.

As aforementioned this win puts Spurs into fourth and with eight games to go they are firmly in the race for top four, although Arsenal have two games in hand on them which would see them leapfrog their rivals.

They face Aston Villa next time out where they will look to continue their impressive form.

On the other hand Newcastle will see this as a wake up call as they saw themselves in inspiring form earlier this year but now seem to be stumbling.

Results went their way this weekend so luckily for them they don't have the real fear of being relegated at the moment but will need to improve next time out.

Next up for them is Wolves at St James' in which proves to be a bigger game than first anticipated as the fans will expect and demand an improvement from today's showing.

Starting XI's

Tottenham: Lloris, Emerson, Dier, Romero, Davies, Doherty, Bentancur, Hojberg, Kulusevski, Kane, Son. (3-4-3)

Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Burn, Targett; Joelinton, Willock, Shelvey, Fraser, Wood, Saint-Maximin. (4-3-3)

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