Newcastle has secured a crucial point in their Premier League survival struggle due to late Tottenham relegation from Arsenal on-loan midfielder Joe Willock at St James’ Park.
The 21-year-old reacted quickly after Miguel Almiron‘s attempt was removed from the line. He shot at the roof of the net and denied Spurs a place in the top four for the first time since January 2.
In a fun game, Newcastle took the lead when Joelinton held home a lovely pass from Sean Longstaff after the Spurs got charged with foul play at the back.
Jose Mourinho‘s side responded within 90 seconds. The management, particularly Emil Krafth, failed to clarify the area. And the cautious Kane fired home for his 18th campaign goal.
The visitors took the lead four minutes later when Kane fed on the bright ground from Tanguy Ndombele. The shot past the clinic past Martin Dubravka in the right-hand corner of the penalty area.
The 27-year-old almost scored the third, just seconds before Willock’s goal. But his effort went straight to the post base and back.
Newcastle, who have now won just two of their last 19 Premier League games, remains in 17th place. But they have removed three points leaving Fulham in the last place.
Tottenham, who conceded a 97-minute equalizer against Newcastle at the start of the season, moved up to fifth. Ahead of Liverpool and West Ham – but two points behind Chelsea in the Champions League final.
We all believe in a boss, said Joe Willock
Newcastle striker Joe Willock said, “I was disappointed to be on the bench. I just wanted to make an impact when I got there. And I was glad I could do that. I thought the boys played well.
“It was two long weeks. A lot of people were skeptical, and coming to us, that would eliminate a few skeptics.
“We can’t put down this. We need to get three points. But I think if we can do that one day, we will get them. Together, as a team, we fight. Every day when we train, we push each other to keep scoring.
“I feel like we can do it. We have the courage in the team. And we are determined to do it. Moreover, we all believe in the manager to give us the right strategies to get out there and do it.”
We are determined to fight, said team Newcastle.
Joe Willock from Newcastle said at Sky Sports, “The boys have done very well. I’m an Arsenal player, so scoring against the Spurs makes it a little fun. But I’m just happy to be here, do my job, and have an impact the manager told me to do.
“Steve Bruce told me to come in and run to the box to try and score some goals. I’m glad I was able to do that.
“As a team of players, together we are all determined to fight for each other. If we continue to play the way we did today, we will not have any problems staying in the league.”
If we do, we will be fine said, Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie from Newcastle: “If you analyze the goals we deserve. But we know they are a good team. We made two mistakes, and they punished us.
“It was disappointing after conceding goals. I thought we had responded very well, especially after a few weeks ago. The second half was fun.
“I have always recommended returning. I have done my best to train myself to get back to the team.
“We know that it’s going to be a tough race. Every game is tough in this league. Fulham looks good at the moment. And we know we need to stay away from it. If we do that in the remaining few games, it will be okay.”
Pat Nevin said Newcastle probably deserved three points.
Pat Nevin, who previously played for Everton and Scotland on the BBC, said: ‘Newcastle probably deserved three points.
I think Steve Bruce has done an outstanding job today, a fantastic job of getting the best out of his players. Every change he made has had a positive effect.
It’s hard for Newcastle fans because they desperately need three points, and they probably deserve it.
They didn’t take as many chances as top-class strikers. But they continued to put their bodies on track. I think that would have been much harder for them if they had not gotten the point.
We did not take advantage of our opportunities, said Harry Kane
Tottenham striker Harry Kane told the BBC, “Whenever you are at the top of the game, as we have been in a lot this season. And you led 5 to 10 minutes ago. It is always hard to take.
We could have played better in the second half. We took our chances and got punished for it.
“I think we got a good chance. The last ball, the last pass, or the last touch was not there. That’s a good result.
We need to play better. We need to dust ourselves off and go next week.
“Their goal woke us up a bit, to be honest. We responded very, well, got two quick goals, and finished well.
We didn’t take that momentum, and we, in the second half, allowed Newcastle to come back into the game. It’s always hard to answer with four or five minutes left.”