OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium defeated fatigued Newcastle 4-1 on Sunday, thanks to goals and assists from Son Heung-Min and Richarlison.
Spurs, who are still missing James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, and Rodrigo Betancur, took the lead through goal from Destiny Udogie and were largely unaffected by a squad in much worse form.
Joelinton scored in stoppage time for Newcastle to ruin Guglielmo Vicario’s clean sheet.
The Magpies welcomed Callum Wilson and Sean Longstaff back off the bench but have been using the same XI for weeks and added goalkeeper Nick Pope to the injured list this week.
Newcastle regulars Sven Botman, Dan Burn, Joe Willock, Jacub Murphy, and Harvey Barnes are all out through injuries, while Sandro Tonali’s suspended for the season.
Spurs end a five-match winless run which included four losses and claim their 30th point, three back of fourth-place Manchester City. Newcastle’s 26 points sit them seventh, above Brighton on goal differential.
The home crowd and weary opponent made for a much-needed win and seized opportunity by Ange Postecoglou’s men.
Son was buzzing from the opening whistle and has become the club’s talisman, his ever-present energy keeping the team in every single game.
That wasn’t even needed on Sunday, as Brennan Johnson joined Richarlison in running all over a Magpies team that needs a break and instead has to rally to save its Champions League hopes at midweek.
Because of this, it wasn’t shocking when Martin Dubravka scored the second, third, and fourth goals on Sunday—a form of payback for the Magpies’ crushing of Spurs the previous season.
Eddie Howe placed a wager on starting the same ten field players over and over again with little options for backups, and it appears that this strategy has cost him dearly in back-to-back blowout losses.