Magpies late show hinders Spurs’ progress

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Newcastle United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham’s top-four aspirations took a hit as struggling Newcastle United hit back late on to earn a deserved share of the Premier League spoils at St James Park.

The Lilywhites headed to the North-East in the knowledge three points would elevate them into the top four. However, they found themselves behind just before the half-hour mark – Joelinton with a rare goal after Sean Longstaff had seized on some hesitant Spurs defending.

But teh North Londoners swiftly responded. Harry Kane snatched his eighteenth goal of the season following an error by Emil Krafth. Then the England skipper added his and Tottenham’s second – profiting from a superb reverse pass by Tanguy Ndombele.

But Spurs wasted a glorious opportunity to close the gap. Kane hit the foot of an upright and within seconds, Arsenal loanee, Joe Willock arrived to level the contest and earn the Magpies a vital point in their bid to avoid the drop.

Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, April 11 when Manchester United visit N17 (4:30pm).

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Krafth (Willock 79’), Lascelles (Capt), Dummett, Murphy (Manquillo 83’), Shelvey, S Longstaff, Ritchie, Almiron, Joelinton, Gayle (Saint-Maximin 71’) Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Hendrick, Lewis, Anderson, M Longstaff.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Bale 88’), Kane, Lucas (Lamela 64’), Vinicius (Son 46’) Subs not used: Hart, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Scarlett

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Eddie Smart
Fourth Official: Lee Mason
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday


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