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Newcastle United 2-2 Tottenham: Arsenal-owned Willock denies Spurs late on

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 Apr 2021


Joe Willock scored late on to salvage relegation-threatened Newcastle United a potentially massive point in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham, who missed the chance to go fourth.

At the end of a week in which Harry Kane’s future was something of a hot topic, it was only fitting for the England captain to score twice, but they were pegged back in the closing stages as Jose Mourinho’s Spurs flattered to deceive again.

Having already gone extremely close to opening the scoring, Newcastle went in front through Joelinton, but six minutes later the home side trailed – Kane’s predatory instincts on show as he scored a quick-fire brace.

But less than a minute after Kane hit the post in the second half, Willock – who is on loan from Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal – blasted in from close range to seal a deserved point for Steve Bruce’s men.

Spurs had Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping the score level in the 19th minute, as he produced a brilliant double save to deny Dwight Gayle.

But Newcastle did score soon after, Sean Longstaff teeing up Joelinton for an easy finish after Davinson Sanchez made a mess of a clearance.

Tottenham’s response was swift.

Kane equalised from close range following a mix-up between Emil Krafth and Martin Dubravka from a Giovani Lo Celso pass.

And by the 34th minute it was 2-1 to Spurs, Kane once again finding the net as he latched on to Tanguy Ndombele’s throughball and blasted across Dubravka.

In an end-to-end second period, Joelinton failed to convert two glorious chances either side of Miguel Almiron clearing a Japhet Tanganga header off the line, the Brazilian missing the target twice from less than 12 yards out.

Kane looked set to put the game beyond Newcastle in the 85th minute, only to be denied by the left-hand post.

The hosts went straight up the other end and equalised – Joelinton’s header was flicked on by Almiron and Sanchez nudged into the path of Willock, who emphatically slammed it in off the crossbar.

What does it mean? Newcastle show fighting spirit

For much of this season, Newcastle fans have bemoaned the team’s perceived lack of intensity, invention and spirit – that was not the case here.

Their 22 shots was the joint-most they have managed in a single game this season and, were it not for some fine saves by Lloris, they would have scored more than two. 

They could yet finish the day in the relegation zone, though this performance should provide a significant boost in self-belief for the upcoming fight to avoid the drop.

Kane a killer

If there was one Spurs player who did deserve to win, it was Kane. The England striker took his goals tally to 19 for the Premier League season, though when you add assists to that, his goal involvements figure is a whopping 32. If he had just kept his footing he may have ended the day with a hat-trick that would have surely secured a win, though no blame can be laid at his feet. Without him Spurs would have been well-beaten.

Vinicius anonymous

You would be forgiven for not realising Carlos Vinicius started alongside Kane here. Granted, the burly Brazilian is not the type of player who’s going to fashion lots of chances for himself or others, he requires service, yet he did not manage a single shot and had just 15 touches during his 45 minutes on the pitch. Unsurprisingly he was hooked at the break.

Key Opta Facts:

– Tottenham have dropped four points from winning positions against Newcastle this season, their most in a season against a single side since also dropping four versus Arsenal and West Brom in 2015-16.
– Spurs have failed to win six Premier League games this season in which they led at half-time, the most of any side.
– Tottenham have dropped 11 points due to goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of games this season, the most of any Premier League side.
– Newcastle had 17 shots from inside the box in this match, their most in a Premier League game since recording 23 such efforts against Huddersfield Town in February 2019 under Rafael Benitez.
– Harry Kane has scored 84 goals in 120 away games in the Premier League for Spurs, the most goals any player has scored away from home for a single club in the competition, overtaking Wayne Rooney’s 82 for Manchester United.

What’s next?

Spurs host Manchester United in a week’s time, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men aiming to avenge their 6-1 Old Trafford defeat from earlier in the season. Newcastle will continue their fight against relegation away to Burnley the same day.



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