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Tottenham player ratings: Ndombele thrives, Kane back on song


Kane’s first goal in seven League appearances this season gave Spurs the lead midway through the first half after Tanguy Ndombele’s superb strike cancelled out Callum Wilson’s second-minute header.

After a lengthy stoppage due to a medical emergency in the crowd, Heung-min Son added a third in first-half stoppage-time before sub Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed for two bookings.

Eric Dier turned a free-kick into his own net to make for a nervy finale but Spurs held out.

Little he could do about Newcastle’s goal and otherwise relatively untroubled, aside from a tame Shelvey effort.

Started shakily – and didn’t cover himself in glory in the build-up to Newcastle’s goal – but grew into the game. Deserves credit given he played for Brazil on Friday.

Ultra aggressive and assertive, but not always effective. Caught out of position more than once and beaten by Wilson for the goal but, again, it was understandable given his preparation.

Football aside, a hero of the afternoon for his reaction when a supporter collapsed shortly before half-time. Made a horrible mess of his body to turn a late free-kick into his own net.

Reacted heroically to the supporter in distress by attracting the referee’s attention. Got forward well, forcing Shelvey’s second yellow, and set up Ndombele’s goal with a simple pass.

Did a fine job at sweeping up in front of the back four, completing a number of important tackles. Kept it simple with the ball. Increasingly important.

His pass for Kane’s goal was his best piece of attacking play in a long time. With Skipp covering, had license to get forward and appeared to enjoy himself.


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