Tottenham moved into the top four of the Premier League with a comfortable 5-1 win over Newcastle, increasing the pressure on north London rivals Arsenal.
After falling behind in the first half to a Fabian Schar free-kick, goals from Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn put them top of the Gunners’ table on goal difference.
Mikel Arteta’s men will reclaim fourth place on Monday night if they pick up a point on their visit to Crystal Palace, but Spurs are firmly in the race for a Champions League spot after appearing out of contention a few weeks ago .
Five wins from their last six games, inspired by Harry Kane, Son and Dejan Kulusevski’s first three, have boosted hopes of a return to the European top flight and their fate could be tied to their home game against Arsenal, which is yet to be remade orderly.
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Matt Doherty heads in a Harry Kane cross from the back post to give Tottenham a 2-1 lead! pic.twitter.com/SFV93JH6K5
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They were just too good for the Magpies, who have now lost three straight games and sit nine points above the drop zone.
Eddie Howe’s side came on and used a tactic Spurs are notoriously struggling with as they sat deep and denied the hosts space in the last third.
And it worked for most of the first half, as while Spurs had plenty of possession, they couldn’t create anything definitive.
Things got even better for the visitors when they took the lead in the 39th minute.
Son fouled Joe Willock on the edge of the box and Schar sent a low free-kick around the wall and past Hugo Lloris, who got a hand on it and was disappointed not to be able to stop it.
But that was best for Newcastle as Antonio Conte’s men hit back in style.
They quickly got back even as Davies looked home from Son’s cross after Spurs recycled a corner.
That gave the hosts the platform to go on and win the game in the second half and they took the opportunity with both hands and scored three goals in 18 minutes.
Doherty put them ahead in the 48th minute, arriving late at the far post to nod Kane’s great ball over the face of the goal.
The goal of the game came six minutes later as Spurs’ in-form front three combined in style.
Kane released Kulusevski on the right flank, the Swede took out Son who controlled and shot into the corner from 10 yards.
The fourth goal in the 63rd minute came from a more unexpected source when Emerson, playing only through Sergio Reguilon’s injury, fired home from a Doherty cross at the near post.
Spurs should have made it five, but Son rolled one try wide after Kane’s 40-yard pass put him on target.
They eventually scored a fifth goal – for the second time in three home games – when Bergwijn scored two minutes into his substitution after being sent home clearly by Lucas Moura.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/matt-doherty-goal-helps-tottenhams-top-four-chances-with-5-1-win-over-newcastle-41516859.html Matt Doherty’s goal helps Tottenham’s top four chances in a 5-1 win over Newcastle