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Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Newcastle United: Son, Doherty, Emerson on scoresheet

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport

Tottenham came from behind to comfortably beat Newcastle and moved up to fourth in the Premier League.

Antonio Conte's side leap above north London rivals Arsenal on goal difference, but Mikel Arteta's men have two games in hand including Monday's trip to Crystal Palace.

It didn't start well for the hosts as Magpies defender Fabian Schar curled in a free-kick on 39 minutes, though Hugo Lloris will be disappointed at not keeping the ball out.

Spurs responded on the stroke of half-time through Ben Davies' glancing header from Son Heung-min's sumptuous delivery into the danger area.

Immediately after the break, Spurs turned it around through Matt Doherty's diving header from Harry Kane's cross and they netted their third through Son's clinical finish.

And it got even better on the hour mark when Emerson Royal poked in from close range following excellent build-up play by Doherty - and substitute Steven Bergwijn stroked in late on.

Newcastle had no answer and fell to their third consecutive defeat, leaving them 15th in the table but nine points above the relegation zone.

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Spurs are beginning to find form at just the right time in the season, winning five of their past six games in the top flight. The only blemish came against a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United last month.

Boss Conte has had difficult moments during his tenure, questioning his players and his own capabilities, but his side showed their battling spirit to hit back against Newcastle and have now won 14 points from losing positions - more than any other Premier League team this season.

They should have opened the scoring but Eric Dier curled a free-kick wide and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg headed over from six yards out before the visitors struck.

Centre-back Schar stepped up to send his free-kick around the wall and although goalkeeper Lloris got good contact on the ball, he was unable to palm it out.

But Spurs managed to recover aided by the ever reliable Son, creating the first goal and getting on the scoresheet himself with a cool strike for his ninth goal in his last nine games at home.

Son's goal was created by January signing Dejan Kulusevski, who continues to impress since his arrival from Juventus, while fellow winter acquisition Rodrigo Bentancur looks to be a pass master in the middle of the park, with an accuracy of 90%.

Both are spearheading Tottenham's charge towards Europe's elite competition with eight games left to play.

Bergwijn came on and ran through to net Spurs' fifth and inflict defeat on Newcastle, whose form has dropped off after a run of nine games without defeat.

But that sequence of results may well be enough for Eddie Howe's men to secure their Premier League status, with five further out-of-form teams battling it out for survival behind them.

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Player of the match

DierEric Dier

with an average of 7.74

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    7.74

  2. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    7.73

  3. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    7.69

  4. Squad number21Player nameKulusevski
    Average rating

    7.67

  5. Squad number4Player nameRomero
    Average rating

    7.52

  6. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
    Average rating

    7.47

  7. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    7.44

  8. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    7.43

  9. Squad number30Player nameBentancur
    Average rating

    7.41

  10. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    7.37

  11. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    5.99

  12. Squad number8Player nameWinks
    Average rating

    5.66

  13. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal
    Average rating

    4.01

  14. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    3.67

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number5Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    4.55

  2. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    4.28

  3. Squad number28Player nameWillock
    Average rating

    4.16

  4. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães
    Average rating

    4.14

  5. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    4.09

  6. Squad number13Player nameTargett
    Average rating

    4.08

  7. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
    Average rating

    3.85

  8. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    3.83

  9. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    3.77

  10. Squad number19Player nameManquillo
    Average rating

    3.76

  11. Squad number33Player nameBurn
    Average rating

    3.76

  12. Squad number20Player nameWood
    Average rating

    3.60

  13. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    3.52

  14. Squad number6Player nameLascelles
    Average rating

    3.47

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson RoyalSubstituted forBergwijnat 81'minutes
  • 30BentancurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWinksat 75'minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 2Doherty
  • 21KulusevskiSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 76'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10KaneBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 14Rodon
  • 22Gollini
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 42White
  • 44Scarlett
  • 54Bowden

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 19ManquilloSubstituted forGuimarães Rodriguez Mouraat 59'minutes
  • 5Schär
  • 33BurnBooked at 46mins
  • 13Targett
  • 28Willock
  • 8Shelvey
  • 7JoelintonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMurphyat 59'minutes
  • 21Fraser
  • 20WoodSubstituted forLascellesat 70'minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 6Lascelles
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 23Murphy
  • 26Darlow
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
57,553

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Newcastle United 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Allan Saint-Maximin tries a through ball, but Jacob Murphy is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Ryan Fraser tries a through ball, but Allan Saint-Maximin is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Newcastle United 1. Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Emerson Royal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  16. Post update

    Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

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