Spurs 4 – 1 Newcastle United Match Review

Son Heung Min scores against Newcastle December 2023

Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham returned to winning ways in some style after securing an emphatic victory against Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Following the defeat against West Ham earlier in the week, Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs were looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcomed a Newcastle United side led by Head Coach Eddie Howe to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday evening. This was a pivotal match; both sides, sat in 5th and 7th respectively, were separated by just a point ahead of kick-off.

Tottenham responded emphatically to the loss against West Ham, beating the high flying Magpies 4 – 1 in North London. It was a game which saw the Lilywhites return to their ruthless and clinical best, it was a return to how they played during their 10 match unbeaten run at the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Spurs knew that if they could secure victory against their North East counterparts, they could go level on points with Manchester City in fourth place. Or, at the very least, they would remain just three points behind the Cityzens if both the Lilywhites and City won their respective matches.

Now, we move on to the game itself. It was an eventful first five minutes of the game that saw Spurs have two chances to open the scoring. Both opportunities went to Richarlison – the Brazilian had two efforts blocked by the Magpies defenders in the opening moments of the match (4’, 5’).

Spurs established their control of the contest early on, and they had another chance a short time later through World Cup winner Cristian Romero, but the Argentine central defender saw his header get blocked by the visiting defenders (17’).

The home side would only be left reflecting on their early misses for a short time, as with just over 25 minutes gone in the contest, Tottenham got the opening goal of the game through Destiny Udogie. The Italian left back found the bottom left corner after a superb pass into his feet from Son Heung-Min (26’).

Joelinton then had the visitors’ first significant opportunity to open the scoring a few minutes later, but his long range effort was well blocked by the home side’s defence (28’). Pape Matar Sarr then came close to doubling Spurs’ lead from close range just a couple of moments later (30’).

Newcastle did have another chance to restore parity come their way through Miguel Almiron, but the Paraguayan midfielder was denied by a fantastic save from Spurs Goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario to keep it at 1 – 0 (33’).

Tottenham were rewarded for their resilience later on in the first half when Richarlison got his first goal of the game. Son Heung-Min went on a mazy run before passing the ball across the box for the Brazilian forward to receive before finding the back of the Magpies’ net to make it 2 – 0 (38’).

There would be further chances to add to the score line for the Spurs. Dejan Kulusevski then forced a save from Martin Dúbravka (42’). Richarlison then had an effort of his own saved by the Magpies’ goalkeeper (44’).

The half time whistle then went with Spurs in a comfortable and commanding 2 – 0 lead going into the second half.

After Anthony Gordon missed the target (52’), Spurs had their first chance of the second half just minutes into it when Yves Bissouma forced a great save from Dúbravka with his effort looking like it would find the bottom left corner (56’).

The home side’s advantage over Newcastle in this match was to be extended to 3 – 0 just a few minutes later. Richarlison got his second goal of the game after finding the back of the net in clinical fashion after latching on to a through ball from right back Pedro Porro (60’).

Brennan Johnson then came agonisingly close to making it 4 – 0 with a curling effort that hit the inside of the left post. Son Heung-Min missed the target a few seconds later (63’).

Pedro Porro missed a chance before Spurs had two more opportunities to score a fourth with just over twenty minutes remaining. Firstly, Dejan Kulusevski tried to find the bottom left corner, only for Magpies Goalkeeper Dúbravka to make the save. The Slovakian stopper was then forced to make another save, this time from Son Heung-Min (67’).

Just five minutes of normal time remained when Postecoglou’s Spurs finally made it 4 – 0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The goal scorer was Son Heung-Min, who scored from the penalty spot after being fouled by Dúbravka in the penalty area (85’).

Newcastle United did get a consolation goal in second half stoppage time when Joelinton’s powerful effort found the bottom left corner after the Brazilian had received the ball from substitute Callum Wilson (90+3’).

It was an emphatic 4 – 1 win for Spurs, who still sit fifth but are still in touch with the top four as they remain just three points behind Manchester City in fourth place.

Tottenham’s next Premier League game will see them travel to the City Ground to face Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest on Friday 15th December (20:00 Kick-Off). The next home game is against Sean Dyche’s Everton on Saturday, 23rd December 2023 (15:00 Kick-Off).

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