Newcastle continued their impressive run of form by beating fellow top-four hopefuls Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this afternoon.
Antonio Conte’s Spurs almost took an early lead through their infamous Harry Kane/Son Min-Heung combo, but Nick Pope got a hand to the South Korean attacker’s effort and Kieran Trippier was able to clear off the line.
Just after the half-hour mark Eddie Howe’s Newcastle would draw first blood and it would come in controversial fashion. Fabian Schar played a long ball over the top and while Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris beat Callum Wilson to the ball the pair collided and the Newcastle striker reacted quickest to chip home with his left foot into an empty net.
Then in the 40th minute, Newcastle’s man of the moment, Miguel Almiron, made it 2-0 with a brilliant individual effort, the Paraguay international breezed past Clement Lenglet before stroking his finish under the body of Lloris from a tight angle.
Spurs were loudly booed off at half-time by their fans, but eight minutes into the second half they would find themselves back in the game when talisman Harry Kane nodded home at the back post from a corner.
Those boos from the home support seemed justified the longer the game went on, with Spurs putting in a feeble overall effort to earn themselves a point and Newcastle held on for a win that sees them leapfrog Man United and Chelsea for a place in the top four.
“It was a big win,” Howe told Sky Sports. “We were determined to come here and be positive. Great display from us. We deserved the win
“My players deserve all the credit for how we attack the game. We executed the game plan really well. It wasn’t without problems – they have world-class players.
“They had a few long-range shots and dangerous counter-attacks early on. Once we solved that we were OK.”