A third game inside a testing week for Eddie Howe’s men saw them travel to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur. An impressive point at Old Trafford followed by a victory over Everton set Newcastle up nicely for this one. One that, of course, the Magpies entered full of confidence and with a chance to move into the top four. (Yes, really!)
Tottenham made a bright start with Heung-Min Son having four attempts in the opening 45 minutes, his first coming inside the first minute as Nick Pope was drawn into a routine save.
Two further attempts inside the first 10 minutes cleared Pope’s crossbar, but Son should have put the hosts in the lead when he latched onto Harry Kane’s through ball, only to see his dinked effort cleared by Kieran Trippier on the goal line. Pope had managed to get a strong arm to the shot, Trippier was on hand to clear the ball away.
After the opening 15-20 minutes, Newcastle had nullified the threat of Spurs’ counterattack. The visitors took the lead when Hugo Lloris produced another clanger to add to his collection. There seemed to be very little danger when he raced from his line to cut out Schar’s long ball, a poor touch allowed Wilson to pounce and produce a fabulous chipped finish into an empty net.
Newcastle didn’t have to wait long to double their lead. Lloris’ poor clearance out wide was pounced on by the impressive Sean Longstaff who headed the ball down to Miguel Almiron. The Paraguayan skipped past Lenglet to rifle his shot under Lloris and into the bottom corner.
Almiron, a man very much in form. He has been completely transformed under Howe and is oozing confidence.
Newcastle felt they ought to have been awarded a penalty eight minutes after the restart when Joelinton’s far-post header hit the outstretched arm of Emerson Royal. After a VAR check, the Spurs were handed a lifeline.
The more you see it the more it looked a stonewall penalty.
Such is the way of football, Spurs would get themselves back in the game a few minutes later. Kane getting his customary goal against the visitors.
Newcastle didn’t let that deflate them, they refused to sit back and looked dangerous on the counter as Joe Willock’s teasing shot was very nearly diverted on target by Wilson. The Magpies dug in and defended impeccably to see out the remainder of the second half.
The win lifts Newcastle up to fourth, and just two points off their hosts last Sunday in third. Newcastle are a real threat to the top six and are ruffling plenty of feathers so far this season. Managerless-Villa ahead next Saturday to wrap October up before the last two Premier League games before the World Cup take place in November—with an EFL Cup detour smacked right in the middle of those two.
Howay the lads!