Newcastle United delivered a stunning performance on Sunday, crushing Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 at St James’ Park in a match that saw the home team score five goals in just 21 minutes. The win propelled Newcastle into third place with 59 points, six ahead of Tottenham in fifth, effectively ending the London club’s hopes of securing a top-four finish this season.
Jacob Murphy, Alexander Isak score first-half brace
The game was billed as a crucial six-pointer in the race to secure Champions League qualification, but the outcome was all but decided within the first 10 minutes as Newcastle went on the attack and Tottenham’s defence crumbled.
Jacob Murphy got the scoreboard ticking in the second minute after Hugo Lloris spilt a Joelinton shot, and four minutes later, Joelinton rounded Lloris to slot in his side’s second goal.
Murphy then belted in his second and Newcastle’s third from long range. Alexander Isak produced two clinical finishes in the space of two minutes to make it 5-0.
Tottenham fans in the Leazes Stand had no stomach for any more humiliation, and many left the stadium long before half-time. Tottenham’s only goal came from Harry Kane four minutes into the second half, but Callum Wilson scored Newcastle’s sixth one minute after coming off the bench.
Eddie Howe praises Newcastle’s “lethal” finishing
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports that his team’s performance was incredible, saying, “You don’t expect that, but the quality of our finishing was lethal today.” Tottenham captain Lloris, who went off injured at half-time, told Sky Sports, “It was a bit of a mess on the field.”
The win was the perfect response by Newcastle to last week’s 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa and took them a big step closer to a return to the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. It was a truly shocking afternoon for Tottenham, who were left stunned as Newcastle produced a masterclass in attacking football.