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Season 2022-23
Tottenham Hotspur (h) Premier League


Sunday 23rd April 2023, 2.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Breathtaking





6 - 1





61 secs Bruno Guimaraes played the ball left to Joelinton, who cut inside and rode a series of half challenges before shooting. Hugo Lloris blocked that effort but only succeeded in pushing the ball out to Jacob Murphy, who lashed it into the top of the Leazes End goal. 1-0

6 mins Fabian Schar played a raking pinpoint pass forward to Joelinton, who timed his run impeccably to elude the Spurs backline and take the ball down with a perfect first touch before rounding Lloris and tucking the ball home. Unlike the previous instance of this ploy working at West Ham earlier this month, there was no requirement for VAR to confirm the legitimacy of it. 2-0

9 mins Schar did well to anticipate and intercept a Spurs pass in midfield and played it to Jacob Murphy. He took a touch and turned into space before unleashing a wonderful effort from outside the right of the box. Lloris just stood and watched it nestle into the corner. Poetry. 3-0

19 mins Bruno won the ball deep inside his own half and found Joe Willock out on the United left. With his first touch, Willock hit an unbelievable pass forward with the outside of his right foot that fell perfectly to Alexander Isak as he made his way down the centre of the field in full flight.

The Swede took it in his stride and tucked his shot beyond Lloris into the corner without further ado. Comparisons with Terry Hibbitt's pass at Hillsborough in 1974 and the Supermac finish that followed were rightly made. Willock may have Carl Cort's hairstyle but he doesn't play like him....

21 mins Kieran Trippier, Willock and Schar linked up down the Newcastle right and played in Sean Longstaff, who had the presence of mind to back heel it into the path Alexander Isak. He took a touch and shot across a static and shell-shocked Lloris into the far corner from a tight angle. 5-0

Half time: Magpies 5 Spurs 0

49 mins Harry Kane was allowed to complete a solo run down the Spurs left, shrug his way past Fabian Schar and run into the box before finding the far corner of Nick Pope's goal. 5-1

67 mins A passing move involving Miggy Almiron, Bruno, Longstaff and Trippier to the right of the Spurs area led to the Magpies captain finding Miggy in the box. The Paraguayan attempted to shoot but his deflected effort fell nicely for Callum Wilson to tuck the ball low past Fraser Forster into the Gallowgate goal. 6-1

Full time: Magpies 6 Spurs 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It's not often you have a start like that in a game, especially one of such importance. That's the reaction we wanted (to losing 0-3 at Aston Villa). It was an incredible start to the match from us. I thought we were very good. 

"The crowd were incredible for us and we elevated our performance during that opening half an hour.

"You're planning during the week on how you're going to impose yourselves on your opponents. I think the big message was for us to play our game as we don't think we did against Aston Villa.

"I said before the game that it was about re-aligning our principles of play. We planned as if they might change
(to a back four). We thought it was a realistic possibility so we worked on that in the week, and it's all about being adaptable in the Premier League.

"We want the high energy and intensity off the ball and then we want the calmness on it. We want progressive football so the lads have had to take on a lot of information but they're doing incredibly well.

"Since I walked through the door here, the players have responded so well to us and I can't thank them enough really.

"There was that little bit of happiness after the game, which you want. Thereís smiles, and that feeling of winning is unique.

"Iím delighted for the players theyíre getting to experience that, but then I spoke about moving on to the next game very quickly.

"In a three-game week, you canít get too high or celebrate too much. I want the players to be happy and content, but I want our focus to be on preparing for Everton now.Ē

On Joe Willock:

"Joe Willock has got to be knocking on Englandís door. As a team we were at our very highest level, our peak but we have to believe there is more to come from us.Ē

On Jacob Murphy:

"Jacob has grown into the team, he's got a lot of qualities, he can play various positions and he took his goals very well today."

Kieran Trippier added:

"We shouldn't be scared to say we want to play Champions League football. We knew how big it was against Tottenham. The games are now running out but we've got another one around the corner so we need to be ready for that.

"This club and this stadium would be bouncing if we could bring Champions League football back here.

"The gaffer has put faith in the players here. They've shown how good they are. The fans have been unbelievable all season. Since I've arrived, they've been incredible home and away. The results have obviously helped, but hopefully that can continue.

"Newcastle and Atletico (Madrid) have the best supporters I've ever played for, but Newcastle take it up to another level."

They Said

sending out an SOS

Interim coach Cristian Stellini said after what proved to be his fourth and final game in charge:

"Itís very embarrassing. We should apologise to the fans. We didnít show a good face and we could not match the performance of the Newcastle players. We were late in all aspects of the game and we completely missed the first part of the game. The second half is a different story but itís really painful.

"It is not even about tactics, we just could not fight and we were late. I think Newcastle just had a great performance, they were very aggressive and offensive everywhere they had the ball.

"It is difficult right now to assess the performances but there was a lack of pride. You can get punched once or twice, but it was like we could not even react or bounce back. Newcastle deserve a lot of credit for starting the game at 100 miles per hour. They knew exactly what to do.

"We were not prepared enough to play an important match. We have a good squad, but no one showed how good they are. It was my responsibility to decide the system and we decided to do it differently because we had many injured. 

"It is my responsibility to take this type of decision, I took it and it was wrong. I have to take responsibility because after we changed system, the game was gone, we had to play better and we did. 

"We scored and tried to fight, but it is very difficult to understand why the first 25 minutes were so bad.

"We trained
[in a back four]. I was surprised [at how badly the system worked]."

Hooked goalie Hugo Lloris (who claimed he was injured) said:

"It's very embarrassing. The first thing is probably we should apologise to the fans who travelled, the fans who watched the game. Obviously we didn't show a great face.

"We could not match the performance of the Newcastle players. We were late in all the aspects of the game. We completely missed the first part of the game. Obviously the second half is another story. It's really painful.

"It's not even about talking of tactics, it's just we could not fight. Newcastle had a great performance, they were very aggressive, very offensive. Every time they got the ball they were looking forward and, I don't know, it's difficult to assess and analyse the performance. The first things was a lack of pride.

"To concede four goals in 20 minutes... you can get punched once, twice. But it was something strange, like we could not even react. We could not even bounce back into the game, into the performance. But Newcastle deserve a lot of credit. They started the game with power, they were very dynamic and they knew exactly what to do, with the ball and without the ball.

"We can try to find excuses and analyse the performance but the first thing is we miss the fight. In football, if you go on the pitch without the desire to show aggressiveness, to win duels, to win the battle it makes things very hard. Or you have to be very good with the ball technically and tactically. It was a big mess.

"We can't hide behind the club's problems. We are players, we are professional and every time we go onto the field we try to deliver the best but today there was too much lacking in all the aspects. Now there are two other very difficult games in the week and we have to bounce back."


Newcastle's feat of scoring five times in the opening 21 minutes of a game is the quickest that has been achieved since goal times were recorded in 1900 - and in all probability, a club record.

The most rapid example previous to that was in the 13-0 home victory over Newport County in October 1946, when United led 5-0 after 31 minutes.

In the Premier League era, the fastest five came in the 7-1 home demolition of Leicester City at SJP in May 1993 (in the Division One season closer), when it took United 40 minutes to do so.

Today was the quickest that we've scored four goals in the first half of a game since an 8-2 home trouncing of Everton in November 1959:

1959/60 George Luke (4), Gordon Hughes (6), Len White (11), George Eastham (18)
2022/23 Jacob Murphy (2), Joelinton (6), Jacob Murphy (9), Alexander Isak (19)

This game saw the fastest two goal lead we've enjoyed this season, Murphy and Joelinton's efforts eclipsing the visit to Leicester City when we led through Chris Wood (3) and Miggy Almiron (7).

The Magpies last enjoyed a 5-0 interval lead in any competitive game in September 2020, en route to a 7-0 win at Morecambe in the League Cup. 

At SJP, the last occasion that Newcastle led by more than four goals at half time in the league was in May 1993, when they racked up six goals in 45 minutes against Leicester City in Division One.

NUFC - largest half time leads:

v Newport County (h) 1946 (D2)
6-0 v Arsenal (h) 1925 (D1)
6-0 v Notts County (h) 1927 (FAC)
6-0 v Leicester City 1993 (h) (D2)
5-0 v Walsall (h) 1894 (D2)
5-0 v Darwen (h) 1895 (D2)
5-0 v Crewe Alex (h) 1895 (D2)
5-0 v Notts County (h) 1902 (D1)
5-0 v Wolves (h( 1905 (D1)
5-0 v Morecambe (a) 2020 (LC)
5-0 v Spurs (h) 2023 (PL)

NUFC's largest Premier League victories (all at SJP):
(HT score in brackets)

1999/00 8-0 v Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
1993/94 7-1 v Swindon Town (2-0)
1996/97 7-1 v Spurs (2-0)
2001/02 6-2 v Everton (2-2)
2015/16 6-2 v Norwich City (3-2)
1995/96 6-1 v Wimbledon (3-0)
2022/23 6-1 v Spurs (5-0) 
2010/11 6-0 v Aston Villa (3-0)

United's 16th PL victory of the season is their highest total since reaching 19 back in 2011/12.

In terms of rapid scoring sequences at SJP in the PL, this game eclipsed the prolific starts made here by Portsmouth in 2007 (8,9 & 11 minutes) and Arsenal in 2010 (1,3 & 10 minutes).

Newcastle last won a PL game by five clear goals in January 2011 (West Ham 5-0 at home).

Callum Wilson's 11th PL goal this season draws him level with Miguel Almiron, while Alexander Isak's brace took him to 10. This is the first time that three Magpies have netted double figures in the PL and the first time since 2009/10 that a trio have reached that total in the league, when four players did so in the Championship (messrs Carroll, Nolan, Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi).

One has to go back to 1987/88 for the last instance of three Newcastle players reaching double figures in a top-flight season, when Mirandinha (13), Michael O'Neill (13) and Paul Gascoigne (11) did so - Paul Goddard also reaching 10 in Division One.

Newcastle made the second best start ever to a game in PL history, behind Manchester City who were 5-0 up against Watford after 19 minutes in September 2019, that ended in an 8-0 home win.

Eddie Howe's side recorded their fourth PL win double of the season, after having already taken six points from Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Brentford. 

The Magpies have now netted 54 goals in the PL this season, their highest total since reaching 56 in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns. With four games still to play at SJP they have scored 29 times - their best since managing 32 in the 2015/16 relegation campaign. 

Jacob Murphy's 61 second strike is the quickest scored by a Magpie since Callum Wilson netted at the Leazes End last season against Spurs with 107 seconds played.

It's the first time that Murphy has scored twice in the same match for Newcastle - his best goal return in one game remains a hat trick for Coventry City in League One during 2015.

Alexander Isak scored twice for the second time in our colours - his best goal return in one game remains a hat trick for Real Sociedad in 2021, Willem II in 2019 and Borussia Dortmund II in 2018.

Isak reached 10 NUFC PL goals in 15 games (11 starts). Alan Shearer did it in 14 (14 starts), as did Demba Ba (13 starts). Les Ferdinand took just nine games (nine starts) matched by Papiss Cisse (eight starts). Hughie Gallacher did it in just six games, while here today was Malcolm Macdonald, whose first 10 in D1 took 18 games (18 starts). PS: despite hitting six on his debut, Len Shackleton took 11 games to reach double figures.

Callum Wilson is
the latest Magpie to come off the bench and score in the PL this season - and the quickest:

Chris Wood v Southampton (a) (scored in 12 minutes)
Alexander Isak v Fulham (h) (scored in 18 minutes)
Miguel Almiron v Wolves (h) (scored in 11 minutes)
Callum Wilson v Manchester United (h) (scored in 8 minutes)
Alexander Isak v West Ham (a) (scored in 18 minutes)
Callum Wilson v Spurs (h) (scored in 65 seconds)

Today was the 19th time that we've scored within the opening two minutes of a PL game:

2003 Manchester City (h) Alan Shearer 10 seconds
2020 West Bromwich Albion (h) Miguel Almiron 20 seconds
2020 Liverpool (h) Dwight Gayle 25 seconds
1996 Arsenal (h) David Ginola 56 seconds
2004 Charlton Athletic (h) Alan Shearer 57 seconds
2023 Spurs (h) Jacob Murphy 61 seconds

2018 Southampton (h) Kenedy 64 seconds
2006 Spurs (h) Lee Bowyer 66 seconds
2009 West Bromwich Albion (a) Damien Duff 67 seconds

2021 Crystal Palace (h) Jonjo Shelvey 71 seconds
Everton (h) Papiss Cisse 72 seconds
2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi 74 seconds
1997 Sheffield Wednesday (h) Tino Asprilla 82 seconds
2002 mackems (h) Craig Bellamy 84 seconds
2011 Birmingham City (a) Peter Lovenkrands 95 seconds
2020 Manchester United (h) OG 101 seconds
Spurs (h) Callum Wilson 107 seconds
2007 West Ham (h) Mark Viduka 120 seconds*
2013 Norwich City (h) Loic Remy 120 seconds*

(* timed at 2 minutes, exact seconds not known)

Bruno Guimaraes made his 50th appearance for Newcastle in all competitions.

Spurs in Toon: PL era:

2022/23 won 6-1 Murphy 2, Joelinton, Isak 2, Wilson
lost 2-3 Wilson, og (Dier)
2020/21 drew 2-2 Joelinton, Willock
2019/20 lost 1-3 Ritchie
2018/19 lost 1-2 Joselu
2017/18 lost 0-2
2015/16 won 5-1 Wijnaldum 2, Mitrovic, Janmaat, Aarons
2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

PS: that bloke after Alan Shearer's 260 goal PL record scored again and now has 207 - nine of which have come against Newcastle and seven of which were at SJP:

2022/23 1 at SJP, 1 at THFC
1 at SJP
2020/21 2 at SJP
2019/20 2 at SJP
2017/18 1 at THFC
2014/15 1 at SJP

In all competitions, Kane reached double figures against NUFC today - he has 1 in the LC.



We mustn't stop meeting like this...

What was already a joyous life-affirming throwback of season reached new heights on Sunday afternoon, as Newcastle took bouncebackability to a ridiculous level at a jubilant St.James' Park. 

On the day that the new national emergency system was tested at 3pm, Spurs were in considerble distress an hour earlier and lost with all hands by 2.21pm...

To say that normal service was resumed after last week's setback at Villa Park hardly covers it - there was nothing normal about what followed David Coote's first whistle. This was almost beyond comprehension; our worst display of the season followed by the best in living memory.

There's a special frisson attached to dispatching some fancy Dan London types and some of our most memorable days in the Premier League have come as a result of sticking it to the Cockerels and proving once again that they don't like it up them.

From David Pleat to Dirty Harry and that funny Swiss bloke, we've loathed them all and revelled in successes on Barrack Road, Seven Sisters Road and one magical afternoon at Old Trafford. 

Their attempts (or Daniel Levy's anyway) at delaying or railroading the Newcastle takeover have upped the stakes still further. And on this evidence, they were right be fearful of the upstarts usurping their challenge and screwing up their budget forecasts of paying for that lovely ground. 

The last time that Spurs were beaten here was in May 2016; the 5-1 home victory an unexpectedly positive conclusion to a dispiriting campaign that had ended in relegation. Their most recent visit here meanwhile coincided with the arrival of the new owners and the final curtain for Steve Bruce and was a sobering reminder of just how far we'd fallen behind as a club and a squad.

Fast forward 18 months and no less than seven of Bruce's final team - and another one on the bench that day - featured in this St.George's Day massacre, proving that it ain't all about the money.

The goals were rapid, instant and magnificent: rapier-like passes dispatched in the manner of an arcade game. Fantasy football doesn't really cover it, as players whose reputations were less than gleaming before underlined the progress made since Eddie Howe got to work on them. It's almost easier to list the ones he hasn't improved.

Five goals by half time were followed by the almost inevitable downshift after the restart, although Isak was a whisker away from connecting with a cross to complete his treble. Some changes from the bench freshened things up to a degree that there one more goal and a further two somehow didn't follow: Anthony Gordon a whisker away from his first as a Magpie and an inadvertent block by Longstaff in the six yard box denying Dan Burn.

The manner and the magnitude of victory took us a physical step closer and added credibility and substance to our Champions League push. After that 90 minutes, belief on and off the pitch has to grow as any element of imposter syndrome recedes. Mentality is as important as fitness and organisation. 

Five wins from our remaining seven games are now needed to guarantee a place in Europe's top competition after a 20 year absence - regardless of what any other team does. That certainly beats anxiously scanning the bottom half of the table once the light nights have returned. 

What a time to be alive.


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