Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham fall to another late equaliser as Newcastle’s fight to stay in the Premier League continues.

The International break saw players from many clubs express themselves for their country.

But it was now time for the final stretch of the season.

Less than 10 games to go for the clubs who were all fighting for something.

The hosts Newcastle sat 17th in the table, just two points ahead of relegation rivals Fulham – who they are set to face on the final day of the season.

Spurs on the other hand, crashed out of the Europa League before the break, and now have their sights set on Champions League football.

Chelsea dropped points against West Brom and so the opportunity to go fourth in the table was riding on a win against the Magpies.

St James’ Park was the venue and manager Steve Bruce made five changes to the line-up, from their 3-0 defeat against Brighton.

Notably, Bruce changed the formation to five at the back, with Paul Dummett and Emil Krafth dropping into the centre back roles alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Allan Saint-Maximin also returned for the home side and started on the bench following his season full of injury troubles.

Jose Mourinho on the other hand, made no changes to his Spurs side, that won 2-0 away at Aston Villa, with the most notable difference being the return of Heung-Min Son to the bench – who came off injured early into the North London Derby defeat last month.

The game begun, and the away side started quickly.

In search for an early lead, Lucas Moura saw his free kick narrowly miss the post, and Martin Dubravka saved a left-footed effort from Harry Kane.

Just before the 20-minute mark, Jonjo Shelvey caught the Tottenham defenders napping, and whipped in an inviting cross to the head of Dwight Gayle.

The striker headed the ball towards the near-post, which Hugo Lloris clawed off the line, only to fall back to Gayle.

His second shot was also saved, however, and the Spurs captain’s heroics kept the game level.

Unfortunately for the Frenchman, this didn’t last long.

In the 28th minute, some sloppy passing in the away sides defence saw a poor clearance from Davinson Sanchez find Matt Ritchie, whose quick thinking started an attack.

He passed to Longstaff, who then found Joelinton in acres of space.

The Brazilian rattled the ball past Lloris and made it 1-0 to Steve Bruce’s men.

With the team from North London now behind, they quickly bit back.

From the kick-off Mourinho’s men attacked the Newcastle defence.

Giovani Lo Celso received the ball on the right-hand side of the area and squared it towards Kane.

The ball fumbled around the six-yard box before falling to the feet of the England captain, who tapped into an empty net.

A quick response from Spurs.

Once again, after the kick-off Tottenham regained possession.

Signalling their intent, the away team attacked once more.

Just four minutes after his equaliser, Harry Kane doubled his account for the afternoon, making it 2-1 to the visitors.

Tanguy Ndombele drove at the Newcastle defence before splitting them open with a pass to Kane.

He then drove into the box before rifling a shot past Dubravka, in astonishing fashion.

Deadly from Tottenham’s number 10.

This six-minute goal-fest proved to be the last of the exciting moments of the first half and Tottenham went into the interval leading.

Jose Mourinho made a half-time substitution, introducing Heung-Min Son and replacing Benfica-loanee Carlos Vinicius.

However, it was Bruce’s men who came out the better side.

Hugo Lloris was forced to make an early save from an Almiron curling shot, and goal scorer Joelinton missed a glorious opportunity, poking a close-range effort wide of the post.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, with Tottenham sitting back and inviting pressure, like they have done so many times this season.

Despite a header by Japhet Tanganga being cleared off the line, the home side had the majority of the chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Late into the match, substitute Erik Lamela began a counter-attack, and Tottenham were in a three-against-two situation.

Lamela had Son and Kane either side of him and should have found his Korean team-mate, who was in on goal, compared to Kane.

The Argentinian – who had just returned from suspension after his North London Derby theatrics – passed to Kane instead, who was quickly closed down by the Newcastle defence.

Harry Kane tried to find the back of the net and did well to hit the post, but it was a chance missed for Spurs and they paid the price.

The Magpies next attack led to a goal.

Matt Ritchie whipped in a deep cross which found the head of Joelinton, who nodded it back across goal, to Miguel Almiron.

His header hit Sanchez but fell kindly to none other than Arsenal-loanee Joe Willock, who smashed it into the roof of the net from close range.

Newcastle had salvaged a point following their early lead, as they continue to fight to stay in the topflight.

Their next game is away at Burnley, who are also close to the bottom clubs, with each game becoming a must win for Steve Bruce’s men.

Tottenham also face a tough task in their next game, as they host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, who they beat 6-1 earlier on in the season.

Since then, United have proved themselves in the league and look to be playing Champions League football next season.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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