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Spurs burst Toon bubble and show signs of brighter future under Nuno


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ottenham burst Newcastle’s Saudi bubble and provided reasons for optimism about their own future on an afternoon when the football felt secondary to the hosts’ uncomfortable celebration of their controversial new ownership and the collapse of a supporter during the first half.

A man was taken to hospital after being stabilised by paramedics in the stands, with Tottenham pair Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier the heroes of the day for their reaction to the incident.

It helped to put the football into sharp perspective but there were nonetheless positives for Spurs, who came into the game on the back of another disruptive international break.

Nuno Espirito Santo can now point to back-to-back League wins after their wretched run of three derby defeats in September, as well as the gradual emergence of an effective style of play. Spurs looked sharp going forward and will surely improve defensively, given Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero played here despite featuring for their countries in South America during the early hours of Friday morning.

Spurs initially seemed surprised by the rocking atmosphere at St. James’ Park and were caught disorganised and flat-footed when Javier Manquillo crossed for Callum Wilson to head home a second-minute opener, raising the roof.

Once the visitors had appeared to realise they were still playing Steve Bruce’s relegation-threatened side, they turned the game on its head before half-time through Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

All three goals underlined Spurs’ quality and the third through Son was an impressive show of skill and focus, coming in first-half stoppage-time after a lengthy break of more than 20 minutes when the players returned to the dressing rooms while the supporter received emergency medical treatment.

The second half was, for the most part, as comfortable as Spurs have looked under Nuno but that there is still work to be done was underlined by a nervy finale after Dier turned into his own net with a minute to play. Beforehand, Newcastle had been reduced to ten men for two Jonjo Shelvey bookings.

Kane kickstarts season

Last month, England was Kane’s salvation from a troubled start to the season with Spurs but October’s international break only increased the questions around the striker after his no-show against Hungary.

Kane came into this game under increasing scrutiny and would have perhaps been grateful that the sideshow of Newcastle’s new ownership distracted from his form.

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Doubting Kane is a mug’s game, however, and he want some way to silencing his critics with his best performance of the season on Tyneside.


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