Newcastle United grabbed a late win against a Spurs side who dominated most of Sunday evening’s match at White Hart Lane, leaving only goal difference separating them from Premier League safety.
The home side banged on the door for most of the first half and eventually found their way through when Eric Dier headed home just before the break, but Aleksandar Mitrovic stabbed home with about 20 minutes to go to bring the visitors level. It was Ayoze Perez who scored the winner, firing past Hugo Lloris deep in injury time.
Spurs put out a strong lineup, Tom Carroll coming in for the ill Mousa Dembele in a slightly reshuffled midfield as Mauricio Pochettino brought all of his big names back after resting them for their midweek Europa League win over Monaco, while Newcastle were unchanged from last weekend’s shock win over Liverpool.
The defeat saw Spurs’ unbeaten run end at 14 Premier League games, by far the longest streak in the league this season, and Pochettino and his players will be fuming with themselves for letting yet another chance to win slip through their fingers.
The North London side have now dropped points in four of their last five league games, despite having led in three of those games, meaning they’ve failed to take the chances to climb up the table offered to them by the constant slip-ups above them. Once again, despite the chance to jump up into the top four, Spurs remain three points off Manchester United, sitting in fifth.
Steve McClaren, though, will be delighted that his Magpies team showed that last weekend’s win over Liverpool was no fluke, even though they were under the cosh for a large portion of the match.
The relegation battlers did their best to soak up everything that a wasteful Spurs side threw at them, only conceding from Dier’s glancing header from a corner, before coming back into the game more in the second half.
It was a set piece which saw the Magpies get back into the game too, with 20 minutes left on the clock. The ball was delivered deep to Fabricio Coloccini, beyond the back post, before Chancel Mbemba headed goalwards and Mitrovic stabbed home after Lloris saved Mbemba’s attempt.
Mitrovic had been on the pitch less than two minutes before that strike, and was a pivotal part of a Newcastle side which darted forward enterprisingly after their equaliser, testing Spurs and looking for their second shock win in as many games – and finding their way through in dramatic style in the 93rd minute when Perez slammed home past Lloris for a famous victory.
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