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Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

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Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

Result

Tottenham headed into the day’s action sat 5th in the Premier League, able to go level on points with 4th-place Arsenal, who play on Monday, with a win vs the Magpies.

When all was said and done in north London, Tottenham were able to come away with a resounding victory.

Tottenham dominated proceedings throughout the first half but it was Newcastle who took the lead 39 minutes in as Fabian Schar smashed in a free-kick.

However, Spurs hit back just a few minutes later as Ben Davies headed in from a Heung-min Son cross.

The Lilywhites were then able to take the lead after Matt Doherty got down low to head in a Harry Kane cross at the back post.

Antonio Conte’s side then all but killed the game off 54 minutes in after Son turned in a Dejan Kulusevski cross.

Further goals from Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn ensured Tottenham came away with a very comfortable win on the day.

The full-time whilst blew with the score 5-1 and Tottenham up to 4th, piling the pressure on fellow Champions League-chasing Arsenal who play on Monday.

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Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris (4) – Awful attempt at a save for Fabian Schar’s free-kick. Had very little to do after that.

Cristiano Romero (8) – A dominant presence at the back, played a key role in keeping Saint-Maximin quiet and was also crucial to starting Spurs’ attack by bringing the ball out from deep.

Eric Dier (6.5) – A solid if unspectacular outing from Dier.

Ben Davies (6.5) – Another solid showing at centre-back for the Welshman, bringing the ball out from the back confidently and also getting himself on the scoresheet.

Emerson Royal (7) – Did little wrong defensively on the day and scored Tottenham’s 4th.

Rodrigo Bentancur (7.5) – Worked well in the box-to-box role, helping out at both ends of the pitch, including opening up Newcastle’s defence a few times with some clever passing.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (7) – Passing and movement off the ball was crucial to Tottenham dominating play in the first half.

Matt Doherty (8) – Had a very quiet first 45 struggling out of position on the left flank, but he would get a goal early in the second half before setting up Royal later in the game.

Dejan Kulusevski (7.5) – Showed great pace and crossing ability to set up Tottenham’s third.

Heung-min Son (7.5) – Gave away the free-kick which led to Schar’s goal, but would atone for his error by setting up the Davies equaliser and then scoring Tottenham’s third of the day.

Harry Kane (7.5) – Very underwhelming first half, but produced a brilliant cross moments into the second half for Doherty’s goal and continued to be the focal point of all Spurs’ attacks from there.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura (6.5) – Set up Bergwijn for Tottenham’s 5th.

Harry Winks  (5) – Did not do anything wrong in the short period he was on for.

Steven Bergwijn (7) – Added Spurs’ 5th late on.

Newcastle player ratings

Martin Dubravka (4) – Did not do anything egregiously wrong but still conceded five.

Javier Manquillo (4) – Kept Son quiet for much of the first half but his tracking of Doherty for Spurs’ second was poor. Taken off after 59 minutes.

Fabian Schar (5.5) – Scored the opening goal and helped keep Kane’s threat to a minimum in the first half but was overrun in the second 45.

Dan Burn (4) – Didn’t make any one huge error but being part of a defence that conceded five goals is not a good look for any centre-back.

Matt Targett (3.5) – Poor marking of Ben Davies for his goal and was outpaced by Kulusevski in the build-up to Son’s goal.

Joe Willock (3) – Like his other midfield counterparts, Willock struggled to have any impact on the game at either end of the pitch.

Jonjo Shelvey (3) – Defensively lacking on the day and didn’t offer much going forward either.

Joelinton (3) – Poor marking for the Ben Davies equaliser and could have closed down Kane quicker in the build-up to Tottenham’s second. Off after 58 minutes.

Ryan Fraser (3.5) – A very uninspiring outing that saw his threat neutralised by Doherty and Davies.

Alan Saint-Maximin (3.5) – Not the Frenchman’s best display, really struggled to deal with Cristiano Romero who was superb.

Chris Wood (3) – Was isolated up front on his own for much of the game and taken off with 20 minutes left.

Substitutes

Bruno Guimaraes (3.5) – Brought on to try and give Newcastle some much-needed control in midfield, which he did not do.

Jacob Murphy (2) – Should have closed down Doherty better in the build-up to Royal’s goal.

Jamaal Lascelles (2) – Brought on with the match at 4-1 and Eddie Howe looking to prevent the scoreline from getting any more embarrassing, but Spurs still added another after he came on.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 30 23 4 3 70 18 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 22 6 2 77 20 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 29 17 8 4 58 23 35 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 17 3 8 44 31 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 16 3 10 47 36 11 51
6 Manchester United 30 14 9 7 49 41 8 51
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 15 4 12 33 27 6 49
8 West Ham United 30 14 6 10 49 39 10 48
9 Leicester City 28 10 7 11 43 47 -4 37
10 Aston Villa 30 11 3 16 42 42 0 36
11 Southampton FC 30 8 12 10 37 46 -9 36
12 Crystal Palace 29 7 13 9 39 38 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 7 13 10 26 36 -10 34
14 Brentford FC 31 9 6 16 37 48 -11 33
15 Newcastle United 29 7 10 12 32 49 -17 31
16 Leeds United 31 7 9 15 35 68 -33 30
17 Everton FC 27 7 4 16 29 47 -18 25
18 Watford FC 30 6 4 20 29 57 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 28 3 12 13 22 40 -18 21
20 Norwich City 30 4 6 20 18 63 -45 18

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