Newcastle 2-3 Tottenham: New era at St James’ Park begins with loss

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham
Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season for Tottenham

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said he will «carry on as best I can» after the club’s new era under its Saudi Arabian owners got off to a losing start at home to Tottenham.

Watched by new non-executive chair Yasir Al-Rumayyan and part-owner Amanda Staveley, Newcastle led after two minutes as Callum Wilson returned from injury to head in.

The home fans went wild with delight, a continuation of carnival-esque scenes before the match.

Bruce, marking his 1,000th game in management, might have felt a sense of optimism while clinging to hope he may continue in the job.

But then reality struck for a team yet to win in eight Premier League games this season as Spurs scored twice in five minutes.

First, Tanguy Ndombele fired in a right-footed drive, before Harry Kane scored his first league goal of the season when he beat the Newcastle offside trap to dink in, the goal awarded by the video assistant referee after initially being ruled out.

The game was then halted when a fan suffered a medical emergency in the stands.

Supporters and players – including Eric Dier – played their part in alerting medics to the seriousness of the situation before the game was suspended.

Play resumed with five minutes of the first half remaining, and Tottenham extended their lead when Son Heung-min slid in at the back post for his fourth of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who moved up to fifth in the table, looked comfortable in the second half as the mood turned sour towards Bruce, with home fans calling for him to be sacked.

A poor audition to stay in the job was made worse when substitute Jonjo Shelvey received a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Sergio Reguilon after 83 minutes.

And despite a brief response when Dier’s own goal made it 3-2, the result left Newcastle next-to-bottom of the table with a huge transformation needed to turn the club into the superpower that the new owners want them to be.

Asked if he will remain in the job, Bruce said: «That is for other people to decide. Ever since I have walked into this club, it is difficult. I knew how difficult it was going to be with the frustrations.

«I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. The owners have conducted themselves respectfully since they came in. As long as I don’t hear otherwise, I will go into work tomorrow.»

Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: I’ll carry on until I hear otherwise – Bruce

Carnival atmosphere disappears as fans turn on Bruce

Newcastle fans celebrate the club's new era under new owners
Newcastle fans celebrated the club’s new era under new owners before and during Sunday’s game

Prior to kick-off, there was a unique atmosphere outside St James’ Park and around the city.

There were some fans who celebrated the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover by wearing headdresses and draping themselves in Saudi flags, but the overwhelming majority answered the call to wear black and white as they celebrated a new era after Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign came to an end.

Inside the stadium, the Gallowgate End was a sea of black and white as supporters waved flags and unveiled a banner quoting lyrics from Newcastle-born performer Jimmy Nail’s 1995 song Big River, about the city and rebuilding hope for the future.

It must have been an uplifting sight for Al-Rumayyan, who was attending his first game in his capacity as the governor of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which now owns 80% of the club.

He broke out into a huge grin as Wilson scored early on from Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross, while Staveley hugged her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

Newcastle's new owners
Newcastle’s new owners were in attendance on Sunday

But the way Tottenham opened up the Newcastle defence showed how much work is needed to take the club to the top end of the Premier League, let alone into contention to win the title. The priority this season is to avoid relegation.

And the result will not have given Bruce any further security about his job.

After reports last week that he would be sacked, with the club then saying he would remain in charge for this game 45 minutes before his pre-match press conference on Friday, his future remains unclear.

But this was a demonstration of a team struggling for form, and with little chance of the game turning Newcastle’s way, chants of «We want Brucey out» came from the Gallowgate End after 74 minutes and continued until the end, when the final whistle was met with boos.

It was a message that would have been heard loud and clear by the new owners.

Tottenham keep composure on dramatic day

Tanguy Ndombele
Tanguy Ndombele was on the scoresheet and put in an all round excellent display for Tottenham

On a day when the visitors might have been distracted by the atmosphere, this was a welcome boost to Spurs boss Nuno, whose side have earned successive wins after a derby defeat by Arsenal that led to many questions about the club’s direction.

Tottenham’s front four of Ndombele, Son, Lucas Moura and Kane were a menace to the hosts, who need to prioritise a defensive midfielder among their spending plans.

Prior to the game being stopped and with Spurs already leading 2-1, Moura headed on to the bar, and they looked far more likely to score in the second half than their opponents before Dier’s late own goal.

«We knew we had to ignore the noise and do our job,» said Nuno. «We did not start well but did an amazing job after. I’m really proud of them.

Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Nuno ‘proud’ after win against Newcastle

«I would like to score more, the boys would also, but Newcastle are a good team with good defenders.»

Credit must also go to Reguilon and Dier for the part they played in alerting medics to the stricken supporter and to midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who continued after the incident, having also played when Denmark team-mate Christian Eriksen had a cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 match against Finland in June.

On a day when there were conflicting emotions and no end of drama, it put the result into perspective.

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

with an average of 7.56

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

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  2. Squad number9Player nameWilson

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  3. Squad number28Player nameWillock

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  4. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

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  5. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

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  6. Squad number14Player nameHayden

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  7. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

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  8. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

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  9. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

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  10. Squad number2Player nameClark

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  11. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

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  12. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

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  13. Squad number21Player nameFraser

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  14. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

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Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
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  2. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
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  3. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
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  4. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
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  5. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
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  6. Squad number10Player nameKane
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  7. Squad number29Player nameSkipp
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  8. Squad number4Player nameRomero
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  9. Squad number1Player nameLloris
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  10. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal
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  11. Squad number15Player nameDier
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Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 19Manquillo
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2ClarkBooked at 54mins
  • 11Ritchie
  • 14HaydenBooked at 68mins
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 28WillockSubstituted forMurphyat 77′minutes
  • 36S LongstaffBooked at 34minsSubstituted forShelveyat 60′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7JoelintonBooked at 90mins
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forFraserat 77′minutes


  • 5Schär
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Hendrick
  • 18Fernández
  • 21Fraser
  • 23Murphy
  • 29Gillespie
  • 34Gayle


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 12Leite de Souza JuniorBooked at 64mins
  • 4Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 29Skipp
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane


  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 11Gil
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gollini
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 25Tanganga
  • 33Davies

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  3. Joelinton (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

  6. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

  8. Own Goal by Eric Dier, Tottenham Hotspur. Newcastle United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  9. Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

  10. Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Second yellow card to Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) for a bad foul.

  15. Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

  17. Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamaal Lascelles.

  18. Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  19. Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.

  20. VAR Decision: No Penalty Tottenham Hotspur.

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