Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle: Harry Kane goal guarantees Champions League for Spurs next season
By Gerard Brand at Wembley
Last Updated: 10/05/18 7:39am
Tottenham secured a Premier League top-four spot as Harry Kane's goal gave them a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday evening.
News of Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge was met by a deafening cheer at Wembley, and the hosts held on for a narrow victory to guarantee Champions League football next season at their new home.
In a nervy encounter full of chances for both sides, Kane put Spurs ahead five minutes after the break with a fine curling effort into the top corner, taking his Premier League tally to 28.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (6), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (6), Davies (6), Wanyama (6), Sissoko (5), Eriksen (6), Alli (5), Son (6), Kane (7)
Subs: Lamela (NA), Alderweireld (NA), Rose (NA)
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Yedlin (6), Lascelles (6), Lejeune (6), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (6), Ritchie (6), Perez (6), Kenedy (6), Gayle (5)
Subs: Joselu (5), Murphy (5)
Man of the match: Hugo Lloris
The result leaves Newcastle 10th after four straight defeats, while Spurs will finish in the top four for the third straight season.
Things didn't go for Spurs in a nervy first half; Christian Eriksen forced a fine save from Martin Dubravka from a free-kick, while Jonjo Shelvey hit the outside of the post from his own set piece, before Jamaal Lascelles' header was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris.
Dwight Gayle spurned a fine chance from close range, heading over as he got in-between the Spurs centre backs, and at the other end Kane produced an air shot from 15 yards after racing through one-on-one with Dubravka.
Tottenham made three changes and switched back to a back four following the 1-0 defeat at WBA; Davies replaced Rose, Sissoko camein for Alderweireld and Son was in for Lamela.
Newcastle made two changes after the 2-1 loss at Watford, with Ritchie replacing Murphy and Yedlin back in for Manquillo.
Kane made amends on 50 minutes, stroking his effort into the top right corner from just inside the box after a neat exchange with Heung-min Son.
Ayoze Perez's produced an air shot of his own shortly after with the goal gaping, and Kenedy struck wide from range, before sub Jacob Murphy blazed over a fine opportunity from close range having wrestled free of Davinson Sanchez.
Rafa Benitez claimed Newcastle should have had two penalties in the game; Matt Ritchie appeared to be brought down by Hugo Lloris as the goalkeeper rushed out, while Ayoze Perez also saw half-hearted appeals waved away by Neil Swarbrick.
After the Chelsea result filtered through, sub Danny Rose should have wrapped up the win in stoppage time, but he hit straight at Dubravka with his weaker right foot after being played through on goal by Erik Lamela before huge relief at the final whistle.
- Spurs have won their last 18 home Premier League games against promoted sides since a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City in April 2012.
- Newcastle United have now lost four consecutive Premier League games on three different occasions this season.
- Since losing their opening Premier League home game at Wembley this season, Spurs have lost just one the last 17 (W12 D4).
- This was Spurs' first league double over Newcastle since 2004/05.
- After failing to score in his first four Premier League games at Wembley, Harry Kane has since netted 13 in his last 14 appearances.
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There was plenty for Gareth Southgate to feast his eyes upon at Wembley. For Spurs, Harry Kane gained a much-needed confidence boost with his fine winner, but Dele Alli struggled to impact the game again. Kieran Trippier went off with a worrying-looking knee injury, and Danny Rose missed a fine chance to double Spurs' lead in injury time.
For Newcastle Jamaal Lascelles was impressive again, and Jonjo Shelvey produced some trademark long-range passes, but both are a long shot for Southgate's squad.
Mauricio Pochettino: "This type of game is impossible to have a pretty performance. We played with the pressure to win the game, a must-win game. Against a team who played for nothing, played so deep and played counter attack, and didn't take risks. For us sometimes we take some rash decisions, and it was difficult to have patience, to play and build with good actions."
Rafa Benitez: "I think we had 14 attempts against Tottenham at home, and two penalties not given, so I think we deserve something here. Today we are doing almost everything well, against a good team, but two decisions, when you see the replays, it's a pity."
Man of the match - Hugo Lloris
Not a stellar display by any Spurs men, but Lloris made some telling contributions in both halves.
His fine stop in the first from Lascelles header, when Newcastle were firmly on top, was world class, and he stood up to the challenge in the second half as Newcastle began to go direct.
Tottenham finish their season at Wembley with a clash against Leicester on Sunday at 3pm, while Newcastle host Chelsea at St James' Park at the same time.