Tottenham Bounces Back in Style Newcastle Runs Out of Steam

Tottenham ended their recent poor run in spectacular fashion as they convincingly defeated a fatigued Newcastle United.

Spurs had lost four of their last five matches and had not secured a victory since their win against Crystal Palace on October 27. However, after Destiny Udogie put them ahead from Son Heung-min’s pass, there was only one winner.

And it was a day of joy for striker Richarlison, who has struggled to find consistency and momentum in his Spurs career but spearheaded the team with a goal in each half as Newcastle wilted against Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant attacking play.

Richarlison had scored only five goals in his previous 48 appearances for Spurs but found the net from Son’s perfect delivery, effectively sealing all three points after controlling Pedro Porro’s long pass.

Son got the goal his performance deserved, scoring from the spot after being brought down by Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.

Joelinton’s late strike provided a consolation for Newcastle, who threatened only sporadically, with Miguel Almiron failing to convert a great chance when they trailed by a goal.

However, a packed schedule is taking its toll on manager Eddie Howe’s injury-hit squad, and now they must regroup and re-energize quickly before Wednesday night’s decisive final Champions League group game at home to AC Milan.

Spurs Back to Their Best
Spurs have been stuttering recently after an outstanding start under Postecoglou, not helped by a succession of injuries, especially to key new signings James Maddison and Micky van de Ven. However, the battling draw at Manchester City demonstrated a new spirit, and here, the attacking quality was back.

Richarlison will rightly claim much of the acclaim for his two goals, and Spurs fans showed their delight for the Brazilian striker, who is admired for his sheer effort despite a mixed career at the club so far. The goals that came with Richarlison’s endeavor were a deserved reward.

He will have his confidence lifted by two goals, but, as so often, Son was at the heart of most of Spurs’ good work, creating the first two goals, making it another miserable experience for Kieran Trippier after his nightmare in the 3-0 defeat at Everton on Thursday, then scoring a penalty for the fourth.

As they have done so far this season, Spurs supporters reveled in the all-out attacking approach under Postecoglou, which could have yielded more goals. Still, this was a result and performance designed to blow away the cobwebs of three successive home defeats.

The Spurs fans seem more than happy to accept there may be bumps in the road playing in this fashion while warmly embracing Postecoglou’s positive intent.

Newcastle Out on Their Feet
The manner in which Spurs were able to over-run Newcastle as they capitulated posted warning signs for Howe.

This is not to suggest for one moment there was a lack of effort from Newcastle’s players, but they looked, as they did as Everton swept past them, like a team running on fumes, playing too many games with too few players.

Howe has barely been able to change his side in recent weeks as he tries to handle a lengthy injury list, which has forced him to name the same 10 outfield players for five games in a row, hampering any ability to rotate his squad and refresh a hard-pressed squad.z z z z z z z z z z z z

At least the sight of Callum Wilson and Sean Longstaff returning off the bench provided some hope and relief before the Milan game.

The passionate Toon Army will fuel the effort to get the victory they need to keep hopes of reaching the knockout phase alive.

Newcastle started each half briskly but, significantly, the levels swiftly dropped. The backing of the home fans is never in doubt, but they will be needed more than ever in midweek.