Newcastle United decimated their Premier League top-four contenders, Tottenham Hotspur, with a formidable five-goal onslaught within the first 21 minutes of the sport, finally resulting in a convincing 6-1 victory amid a euphoric environment on the iconic St. James’ Park on Sunday.
A recreation billed as a vital six-pointer within the race to safe Champions League qualification was successfully throughout earlier than the clock had reached 10 minutes as fifth-placed Tottenham collapsed like a pack of playing cards.
Jacob Murphy received the scoreboard ticking within the second minute after Hugo Lloris spilled a Joelinton shot and 4 minutes later Joelinton rounded Lloris to fit in his aspect’s second purpose.
Murphy then belted in Newcastle’s third from lengthy vary after Tottenham conceded possession and there was a way of disbelief within the stadium as Alexander Isak produced two medical finishes within the house of two minutes to make it 5-0.
It was the second-earliest a crew had taken a five-goal lead in Premier League historical past after Manchester Metropolis scored 5 within the opening 18 minutes in opposition to Watford in 2019.
Tottenham’s followers excessive within the Leazes Stand had no abdomen for any extra humiliation with many heading for the exits and the lengthy journey again house lengthy earlier than halftime.
The one query left was whether or not Newcastle might surpass their file Premier League victory of 8-0 in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday in 1999 and whether or not Tottenham might keep away from their file top-flight defeat – a 7-0 drubbing at Liverpool in 1978.
Tottenham improved after the break, though it was arduous to not, with Harry Kane slotting in a comfort purpose 4 minutes into the second half however Callum Wilson scored Newcastle’s sixth one minute after coming off the bench.
It was the right response by Newcastle to final week’s 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa and took them an enormous step nearer to a return to the Champions League for the primary time in 20 years.
Newcastle moved above Manchester United into third place with 59 factors, six greater than fifth-placed Tottenham who’ve additionally performed a recreation extra and whose hopes of a top-four end now look to be all however over.
“It was an unimaginable begin to the sport,” Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe informed Sky Sports activities. “We elevated our efficiency in that opening half an hour. You do not anticipate that however the high quality of our ending was deadly at this time.”
Tottenham’s shambolic state was exemplified by younger midfielder Pape Matar Sarr being substituted after 23 minutes after searching of his depth and being changed by defender Davinson Sanchez who was booed by his personal followers final week after coming off the bench within the defeat by Bournemouth.
It was a very surprising afternoon for Tottenham from the second they allowed Joelinton to amble into the world and shoot, with Lloris unable to carry the ball and Murphy pouncing to fireplace within the rebound.
Fabian Schar then picked out Joelinton’s run and the Brazilian glided round Lloris earlier than slotting in.
Tottenham have been then left surprised as Son Heung-min misplaced the ball and Murphy left Lloris standing with a strong strike.
Swedish striker Isak received in on the act with a composed end after being launched by Joe Willock’s pleasant go and slotting in after Newcastle once more scythed by a Tottenham protection resembling Swiss cheese.
Lloris was hooked off at halftime and changed by Fraser Forster and Tottenham briefly rallied as Kane took his Premier League purpose tally for the season to 24.
However Wilson made positive Newcastle had the final chuckle on a outstanding afternoon on Tyneside.