Review: Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham and still fighting for a European place.
Not only did we win but Harry Kane scored his 200th club career goals in an important win.
Harry Kane’s two goals took him past 200 club career goals as we earned a tough fought 3-1 win at Newcastle to keep our Europa League qualifying hopes alive. Granted, we weren’t at our best and, following Son’s first-half opener (28), Matt Ritchie (57) pulled the home side level with a strike.
But Kane was well placed to head home Steven Bergwijn’s cross just four minutes later. This brought him up a personal milestone and, after a spell of Newcastle chances, a close-range Kane header (90) ensured our’ chances of playing in Europe next season.
We now move above Sheffield United into seventh – with the Blades playing Leicester live on Thursday.
Tottenham: Lloris (8), Aurier (5), Sanchez (5), Alderweireld (6), Davies (7), Sissoko (6), Winks (6), Lucas Moura (6), Lo Celso (7), Son (9), Kane (8).
Subs used: Bergwijn (7), Lamela (8), Vertonghen (3)
Man of the match: Harry Kane
We started off unchanged from our north London derby win. Surprisingly Serge Aurier started after the death of his brother on Monday morning.
But we made the advance just after the drinks break, or should I say, team talk, when Fabian Schar was caught in possession by Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso allowed Son to clip a low shot past Martin Dubravka.
As we all know, Son found the net in Sunday’s 2-1 derby – almost grabbed a second moments later, with his ricocheted effort drawing a save from Dubravka.
Newcastle finished the half on top.
In the second half, Sub Valentino Lazaro propelled his shot into the box, and when Serge Aurier hacked the ball straight to Ritchie, he fired back across goal and into the far corner, giving Lloris no chance. But like all good stories, or how stories should end for us, Newcastle wasn’t ahead for long. Four minutes later, Kane (60) got the better of Emil Krafth to head home from Bergwijn’s cross.
. There were further efforts from Steve Bruce’s side, with Shelvey and Saint-Maximin hitting the target. But Kane scored again in the final moments.
Jose Mourinho said after the game: “I am so happy that no injuries are coming because it wouldn’t be a surprise for me with the players who are playing almost every minute of every game. Twelve more days and finally they have a holiday, and hopefully we manage to get a Europa League spot. It was the fourth match with two days in between and to manage to make 10 points in these four matches is what keeps us in the fight.”
At the eighth attempt, Mourinho has recorded his first Premier League win at St James’ Park, after failing to do so on six occasions with Chelsea, and once with Man Utd.
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more Premier League games than us since Jose Mourinho’s first game in November last year.
Newcastle had 22 shots, the most they’ve had in a single Premier League game this season and the most the Magpies have had while losing in the competition since October 2018 v Brighton (27).
Son has had a direct hand in 21 Premier League goals this season (11 goals, 10 assists), now his best return in a single season in the competition.
Harry Kane’s 201 club career goals
Leyton Orient 5
What’s next for us?
We host Leicester at 3.30pm on Sunday; kick-off 4pm. After that, our last game of the season, we face Crystal Palace on Sunday, July 26.
We’ve still a lot to play for.