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Kane heads Tottenham past Newcastle

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Harry Kane’s 200th and 201st club goals gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

Spurs move into 7th with 55 points, while Newcastle’s 43 points keep them 13th.

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Heung-min Son scored his 11th goal of the season to give Spurs a halftime lead but Matt Ritchie leveled the score line after the break.

Kane notched two headers in the final half hour.

Tottenham finishes with Leicester City and Crystal Palace while Newcastle has Brighton and Liverpool.

NEWCASTLE UNITED – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Kane makes lemonade: Tottenham’s star striker was limited in service yet again, as Spurs only managed to get him 28 touches over 90 minutes at Newcastle. Kane nodded a great Steven Bergwijn cross home at the hour mark and flew to the back post to head a rebound home in the 90th. Tottenham needs to find its main man, who used another of his three touches to help set up Son’s goal.

2. Score line flatters Spurs : Newcastle took 22 of the match’s 30 shots and Hugo Lloris needed to make five saves to keep Tottenham in the win column. The Magpies are one of the worst possession metric teams in some time, but kept 52 percent of the ball. This wasn’t good stuff from Spurs, but good teams find ways to win on bad days.

3. Son strikes: South Korean star Son deserved his goal and built off his 1-goal, 1-assist day in the North London Derby. Spurs are a better side when Son is shining, and he’s one of only two players in the Premier League to boast double-digit goals and assists this season. His 10 goals and 11 assists join Kevin De Bruyne (11+18) on that list, with Mohamed Salah (19+9) and Riyad Mahrez (10+9) flirting with the feat.

Man of the Match

Lucas Moura was industrious again and deserves a shout, but Kane played a role in all three goals.


Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur recap

An early Newcastle chance fell to Miguel Almiron in the heart of the 18 but his lashed side volley deflected wide for a corner.

Jonjo Shelvey then fired a free kick into the arms of Hugo Lloris as Newcastle looked bright early.

Matt Ritchie picked out Shelvey with a 17th-minute cross that the English midfielder couldn’t nod down on goal.

Spurs took the lead with their first real shot, Lucas Moura forcing a turnover outside the Newcastle 18 and the ball coming to Son on the left for a low shot past Martin Dubravka.

The South Korean had another shot moments later, but Dubravka poked it over the bar.

Ritchie won another Newcastle corner in the 39th with a hard cross, and Allan Saint-Maximin another with a low drive that Hugo Lloris slapped out of bounds. No end product and it remained 1-0 Spurs into the break.

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Ritchie put Newcastle level after substitute Valentino Lazaro led a foray into the Spurs end, Serge Aurier’s slashed clearance falling to the Scot for a vicious goal.

Spurs went ahead within moments, Kane beating Emil Krafth to Steven Bergwijn’s cross for 2-1.

Lazaro smashed a 72nd-minute shot off the outside of the net as Newcastle bid for another equalizer.

Spurs, Bournemouth split points in drab draw

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Twelve minutes of stoppage time barely injected life into a scoreless, slumberous slog between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Thursday.

Hugo Lloris made a terrific stop on Harry Wilson deep in 12 minutes of stoppage time to keep Spurs’ sheet clean.

Tottenham has 49 points, six back of fifth-place Manchester United who plays Thursday and behind three teams in the race for Europa League places.

BOURNEMOUTH – TOTTENHAM FULL MATCH REPLAY

Spurs face Arsenal at the weekend in a statement North London Derby between Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho, before Newcastle, Leicester City, and Crystal Palace complete the fixture list.

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Bournemouth’s 28 points are three back of safety. The Cherries finish with Leicester City, Manchester City, Southampton, and Everton.


Three things we learned

1. South coast snooze: Bournemouth fans wouldn’t have minded the point, but the journey to a rare clean sheet was just about as boring as you’ll see apart from an early penalty controversy, a gnarly injury, and a goal being pulled off the board by handball when Callum Wilson’s clever 90th-minute goal took a turn off Josh King and into the goal.

2. Scary incident for ex-Spurs man Smith: There was a lengthy delay around the hour mark when Cherries defender Adam Smith was involved in a violent collision at midfield, requiring plenty of medical attention. The former Spurs man was given oxygen and needed a stretcher to get off the pitch. Hopefully the long time right back is doing alright.

3. Mourinho’s offense looks toothless: First, let’s admit that Harry Kane had a goal egregiously taken away from him via the rulebook when Lucas Moura’s unwitting handball led to a goal against Sheffield United. But Spurs have five goals in five matches since the Premier League’s return. As much as it’s nice to see three clean sheets in four outings, Mourinho has to find a way to get his men moving.

Man of the Match:

Hugo Lloris – The Frenchman’s incredible stop of a surging Harry Wilson deep in stoppage time was a welcome moment for a sleepy match. Lloris made the only two saves of a slumberous affair.

Bournemouth – Tottenham recap

Harry Kane was not given a penalty in the opening minutes as he was shoved to the turf but also collided with a teammate while tracking a pass. Referee Paul Tierney didn’t see anything in it, and surprisingly neither did VAR.

The Cherries had a good spell of play after that, a mini-vibe of how Spurs looked after the Harry Kane goal was took off the board against Sheffield United.

The game flowed back into Spurs control for the final stanza before halftime.

Spurs let Bournemouth stick around and Harry Wilson’s nice run led to nothing in the 68th minute as the match looked destined for goose eggs, sadly enough.

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Mourinho, Beckham talk shop, science at Spurs campus (video)

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Tottenham Hotspur’s new digs are absolutely bonkers, something David Beckham learned first hand from Jose Mouurinho earlier this year.

Beckham toured Spurs’ campus and met with Mourinho as well as Spurs players Heung-min Son, Harry Winks, Japhet Tanganga, and former PSG teammate Lucas Moura.

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The series is part of an initiative between Spurs and corporate partner AIA, and details the lengths Tottenham has gone to keep its players comfortable.

Here’s the one that slayed us: The players have matching mattresses at the training campus to the ones they have in their personal homes. Talk about luxury!

Mourinho and Beckham clearly enjoyed spending time together, with Beckham noting that he learned a bunch. Perhaps he can take it back to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

“There is a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but it’s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important,” Beckham said.

Maybe one day, he’ll bring Mourinho there, too.

Jose Mourinho defends players ‘trying to do miracles,’ explains Dele move

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says he can have no complaints with his shorthanded men following a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho pointed to the absence of strikers Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane as well as a Champions League match in midweek.

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“Look at Chelsea they played a World Cup-winning striker up front, England’s second striker on the bench, and Belgium’s second striker in the stands,” he said, via Football.London. “We had no strikers on the pitch, no strikers on the bench and two in the hospital.”

Chelsea were the much better side on the day, with Olivier Giroud making a statement to Frank Lampard about his ability as a center forward.

And Mourinho felt sufficiently shorthanded on the day, especially given the exhausting 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig at midweek.

“Lucas, Lo Celso, Bergwijn,” he said. “These boys that are playing every minute and trying to do miracles in positions that are not their positions. I cannot complain.”

Mourinho also defended keeping Dele Alli on the bench for the first time in his tenure as Spurs boss.

“We had strange game plans but we needed to have them. Like Lamela who played well, people think I’m stupid that I don’t play him, but he’s constantly communicating with me in the warm-up, can I play or not. He was telling me his feelings.”

Spurs will finish the weekend four points back of the top four and as many as two back of fifth. They have eight days until another big match, March 1 versus Wolves.

FA Cup: Spurs blow lead, erase deficit to top Saints

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For the second time in 11 days’ time, Tottenham Hotspur coughed up a lead to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, only this time Jose Mourinho’s side was fortunate enough to escape with victory on the back of their own comeback capped off by an 87th-minute penalty kick.

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From 1-0 up inside the opening quarter-hour, to a 2-1 down with under minutes to go, to 3-2 in a span of nine minutes, Tottenham are through to the fifth round where they’ll host Norwich City.

Spurs went ahead in the 12th minute and appeared to be off to the races. Ryan Sessegnon raced into the penalty area one-on-one with Jack Stephens before losing out and having the ball tackled away, but it fell directly to Tanguy Ndombele just outside the box. Ndombele hit it hard and low, first-time, and straight at Stephens as he returned to his feet. The ball ricocheted off the Saints defender and left goalkeeper Angus Gunn anchored in place.

The lead didn’t even last until halftime, though, as Shane Long put home a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a diving save in the 34th minute. It was Nathan Redmond‘s initial shot which came in from the edge of the area, only to be saved by the outstretch Lloris. He couldn’t hold the ball and no one in a white shirt arrived to clear the ball away before Long reached the top of the six-yard box and slotted it near post.

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Saints took their lead on a devastating counter-attack in the 72nd minute. It began with a Spurs corner kick at one end of the field and Danny Ings tucking the ball in the far corner at the other end.

That lead lasted almost no time at all, though, as Lucas Moura had Spurs level within five minutes. Lucas and Dele Alli played a quick one-two outside the penalty area and the Brazilian tucked his left-footed finish home just as well as Ings had done minutes earlier.

Son Heung-min won, and converted, the penalty kick that proved the difference on the day, but it was once again Alli who pulled the strings and set up one of the game’s crucial moments. His through ball came cut Saints’ defense in half and left Gunn with no choice but to rush off his line, though it must be said the contact he made with Son was minimal, if any at all.

Spurs’ fifth-round clash with Norwich will take place back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium midweek on the week starting March 2.