Mourinho hails 200-club Kane as his Geordie jinx is lifted

Newcastle United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

It proved to be a profitable evening for Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham Hotspur side in the North-East.

Harry Kane bagged a brace – his 200th and 201st at club level – securing a 3-1 success for the Lilywhites and ending their Portuguese boss’s winless sequence against Newcastle United on their own patch.

It’s special for me but I think it’s special for us because we needed the three points,” Mourinho enthused.

“If we don’t win today, I don’t think we go to the last two matches with any dreams of a spot. For me, it’s a good feeling yes. Not because it’s the only stadium in the Premier League I never won before, I have no problems with that.

“But I am very happy for the team and finally, I can leave the stadium and look to Mr Robson’s statue and laugh to him. Because every time I leave here, I look at him and don’t deserve this. This is the first time I leave the stadium with a smile.”

Earlier, Heung-min Son had given Spurs a first-half lead. However, Matt Ritchie’s thundering strike restored parity eleven minutes after the break before England skipper Kane took centre stage, twice breaching the Magpies rearguard with close-range headers.

“Two hundred goals at this age, with the remaining years, that he has in front of him, it’s very normal that he speaks about going for two hundred more,” Mourinho added.

“He’s a fantastic player, a top goalscorer, an ambitious guy, young. He has a lot in front of him. So let’s go for two hundred more. I believe let’s go for two hundred more.”

Spurs now face a huge Premier League clash with Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, July 19 (4:15pm)

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Krafth, Schär, Fernández, Yedlin (Lazaro 55’), Saint-Maximin, Shelvey, Bentaleb (M Longstaff 86’), Ritchie, Almirón, Gayle (Joelinton 69’) Subs not used: Muto, Manquillo, Darlow, Atsu, Allan, Young

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, D Sánchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Sissoko, Lo Celso (Lamela 62’), Winks, Lucas Moura (Bergwijn 57’), Kane (Vertonghen 90+1’), Heung-Min Son Subs not used: R Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Skipp, Carvalho Fernandes, Tanganga, White

Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Nick Hopton
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

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Brian Jeeves

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