Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – St James Park – Report
Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
While Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian takeover hogged the pre-match headlines, it was the swift actions of all concerned that undoubtedly deserved credit after a spectator fell ill during the opening half of Tottenham Hotspur’s entertaining victory at At James Park.
Spurs led 2-1 when supporters in the East Stand called for assistance from the players and officials. Sergio Reguilon alerted referee, Andre Marriner, while Eric Dier called upon medical staff, armed with a defibrillator, to make their way across to the stricken fan.
Marriner took the players off the field – the game suspended for more than twenty minutes. Encouragingly, it later emerged that the fan was stable and responsive, in hospital.
Heung-Min Son added a third for the Lilywhites on the resumption of the game, this after goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane had whipped out Callum Wilson’s early opener for the Toon.
Newcastle’s party continued to fall flat when substitute, Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed following tripping Reguilon – Eric Dier’s late own-goal making little difference as the scale of the task facing the new owners was highlighter further. Nevertheless, Spurs boss, Nuno Espirito Santo was quick to direct praise where it was due: “Yes, and credit to how they reacted to what was happening in the stands and credit also for Andre the referee,” he explained
“He made the right decision. There was no condition to continue the game. He stopped the game – he spoke to us all and explained what was going to happen.
“Thank god the fan is stable and good and this is really good news.”
Despite conceding the early goal, Nuno was pleased with the reaction of his side: “I think it was a positive performance,” he added.
“Like you said we had the issues with the preparations for the game with the false positives which created disruptions.
“The international break by itself causes huge disruptions. We’ve been able to handle it well but we didn’t start the game well.
“We knew the atmosphere was going to be noisy and Newcastle were going to come out strong, but after that, we reacted to conceding a goal, we reacted in a calm way in the way that we played in possession, in the lines that we created, the gaps and the pockets that we found and I think we played, in my view, some really good football today.”
Tottenham Hotspur now turn their attention to the UEFA Europa Conference League where they face Vitesse Arnhem at the GelreDome on Thursday, October 21 (5:45pm). The Lilywhites return to Premier League action on Sunday 24 when they make the short trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United (4:30pm).
Newcastle United: Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles (Capt), Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff (Shelvey 60′), Willock (Murphy 77′), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson (Fraser 77′) Subs not used: Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Fernandez, Gayle.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Royal, Dier, Romero, Reguilon, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane Subs not used: Gollini, Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Dele, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Bryan
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Richard West and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Andy Madley
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Dan Cook