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Arsenal loanee Joe Willock dents Spurs' top-four hopes with late goal

Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham: Frustration for Mourinho as Kane’s late miss proves costly in chase for the top four, while Steve Bruce’s Newcastle improve but can’t take three vital points towards safety

  • Newcastle claimed a much-deserved point after Joe Willock’s late equaliser
  • Joelinton gave the hosts the lead with his first league goal since November 
  • Harry Kane then fired in a quickfire double to give Spurs the lead in crazy half
  • The Arsenal loanee then haunted Spurs with a close range goal in 85th minute
  •  Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Harry Kane probably thought he was only missing out on the matchball when his shot kissed the base of the post five minutes from time.

But within a minute Spurs had kissed goodbye to three points and a return to the top four when substitute Joe Willock equalised for Newcastle.

It would be harsh to criticise Kane given the position he had put his side in after two first-half goals, but the failure to convert a late treble from a swift counter proved costly for Jose Mourinho’s side.

A late Joe Willock equaliser saw Newcastle claim a much-deserved point vs Tottenham

The Arsenal loanee was on hand in the 85th minute to smash the ball home from close range

Joelinton scored his first Newcastle goal since November with a cool finish to open the scoring

For Newcastle and Steve Bruce a point was deserved after a performance unrecognisable from their surrender at Brighton a fortnight ago. Saying that, running around and putting in the odd tackle would have marked an improvement on that display.

They are now three points clear of danger ahead of Fulham’s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

It says much for Newcastle’s vulnerability right now that, within six minutes of taking a worthy lead through Joelinton, they had fallen behind.

Kane can do that to the best of teams, let alone one as generous as Newcastle.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane then responded with a five-minute brace to give Spurs the lead

Newcastle goalscorer Joelinton had a golden chance to score in second half but missed

His first looked easy, and that is because it was. Defender Emil Krafth should have cleared Giovani Lo Celso’s low ball across the goalmouth. The only place he did not want to put it was into Kane, whose body language suggested he had given up on the chance.

But when Krafth’s aimless swipe rebounded off the England captain he was left with a two-yard tap-in.

At least the Swede’s indiscretion would have cheered Spurs pair Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez. It was their botched clearances 90 seconds earlier that presented Sean Longstaff with the chance to roll into the path of Joelinton to score from 10 yards.

You were still scrolling back through the records in search of Joelinton’s last home goal – June, by the way – when Kane levelled.

Willock’s late equaliser has put a dent in Spurs’ top four hopes and secured a point for hosts 

Harry Kane was left spread out on the floor after hitting the post just before Willock’s equaliser

His second arrived on 34 minutes and again it owed something to casual defending. Not with regard to the finish, it must be said. Kane’s low strike was a blast of class.

But Newcastle had allowed Tanguy Ndombele so much space to find Kane that you would have been forgiven for thinking they did not rate the midfielder. They paid a heavy price for their lack of urgency when Ndombele slipped in his team-mate who did the rest from 12 yards for his 19th league goal of the season.

Kane twice came close to completing his hat-trick. First on 73 minutes when he was unable to arrange his feet inside the six-yard area and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka smothered.

But his miss on 85 minutes was the one that he will be ruing after Newcastle broke and Willock stole in at the back post to hammer in via the underside of the crossbar.

Re-live Sportsmail’s Ieuan Ivett’s live EPL coverage of Newcastle vs Tottenham, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

Host commentator

And now let’s all breathe!

What a great 90 minutes of football that was. Newcastle have claimed a point with a much-improved performance as Joe Willock’s late equaliser cancelled out Harry Kane’s quick fire brace in the first half.

A gut-punch for Jose Mourinho’s side, who have their eyes set on the top four.

Sergio Reguilon’s cross clears the pack and finds Erik Lamela at the back post but his effort hits the side netting.

Four added minutes.

The Welshman skies his effort from the set-play after just coming on. Such an important few minutes here for both sides.

Gareth Bale is subbed on and will immediately stands over a free kick. This will be his first touch. 

NEWCASTLE SCORE! Joe Willock smashes the ball home from close range. Joleinton keeps it alive at the back post, Miguel Almiron’s effort is blocked but the Arsenal loanee gives the hosts a deserved equaliser.

HHarry Kane hits the post after a Spurs counter attack! Erik Lamela takes them up the pitch, ignores Hueng-min Son’s run and plays in the striker, who can’t quite seal the three points and his ha-trick. 

Miguel Almiron is booked for a foul.

Giovani Lo Celso is down in some pain after a recovry tackle on Miguel Almiron. Elsewhere, Jacob Murphy is off and replaced by Javi Manquillo.

Joe Willock has come on for Emil Krafth. Steve Bruce is trying to throw the kitchen sink at Tottenham now.

Hueng-min Son tries to cleverly tee up Harry Kane inside the box but Newcastle clear the ball. Too unselfish from the South Korean, who should have taken a shot.

Tanguy Ndombele plays another defence splitting pass to Harry Kane but the angle is too tight and Martin Dubravka is quick to react and pounces at the striker’s feet.

Spurs break and have an overload but Jonjo Shelvey takes one for the team and trips Erik Lamela. He gets a yellow card.

Allan Saint-Maximin is coming on for Newcastle. Unlikely to be 100% fit after his injury but the hosts need a spark. He replaces Dwight Gayle.

Joelinton misses a great chance! Krafth sends a great cross to the back post, the striker takes a great touch but then somehow places his shot wide of the mark. 

Chance for Tottenham! A ball is lifted high inside the Newcastle box from a Spurs corner and Japhet Tanganga rises highest to power a header on target but Miguel Almiron makes a goal-saving clearance.

Erik Lamela looks lively after coming on and gets past Paul Dummett and is dragged down. Yellow card for the Magpies man.

Japhey Tanganga goes in the book for a tackle on Matt Ritchie and Erik Lamela is now coming on for Lucas Moura. Spurs need a shake up.

Chance for Newcastle! Dwight Gayle tries to shoot goal wards from a bouncing ball inside the box but his effort goes just wide and Joelinton at the far post can’t tap it in.

Newcastle are putting a lot of pressure on the ball when Spurs have it and are really going toe-to-toe here in the second half. Been an uneventful few minutes, but Steve Bruce will be pleased with he has seen.

Newcastle have a succession of shots on the edge of the box as Tottenham bodies are flying in the way to make blocks. The hosts are really putting pressure on the Spurs defence.

Miguel Almiron almost gives Newcastle the perfect start with a whipped left-footed shot that forces a save from Hugo Lloris. Nothing comes from the resulting corner.

And we are back underway in the North East. Heung-min Son is on for Carlos Vinicius.

Well, after a crazy middle period in the first half it’s Tottenham that have the lead.

However, they were made to work for it after Joelinton scored a rare goal for the hosts following a mistake at the back from Spurs.

Harry Kane then pounced on a poor clearance 90 seconds later to bring the game level before a vintage finish from the striker completed their comeback in a five-minute spell. 

Steve Bruce’s side will be frustrated with their lack of concentration because they have caused problems for Tottenham.

Giovani Lo Celso goes into the referee’s book for a late block on Miguel Almiron. Needless from the Tottenham midfielder.

Two minutes added on.

Dwight Gayle has a golden chance to play in Miguel Almiron one-on-one but fluffs his lines. That would have been a wonderful chance for the attacking midfielder.

Jacob Murphy plays a wonderful low cross towards Dwight Gayle but Joe Rodon makes a fantastic clearance. He seems to have taken a slight knock in the process but he’s a tough cookie.

WHAT A GOAL FROM HARRY KANE! Tanguy Ndombele finds Harry Kane and it’s a sumptuous finish from a bouncing ball inside the box. That was vintage Harry Kane – add it to the highlight reel!

Newcastle’s defence are called into action again as Carlos Vinicus almost finds Harry Kane six yards out but Matt Ritchie makes a goal saving tackle. This game has descended into madness the last few minutes.

TALK ABOUT A RESPONSE! Tottenham have scored! Harry Kane. What a crazy minute here. A ball is played into the Newcastle box, Jamal Lascelles fails to clear the ball and Kane is on hand to poke it home. What a waste from the hosts.

GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE! And it’s Joelinton! That isn’t a typo… Joelinton has scored. Newcastle pounce on a mistake at the back, Matt Ritchie finds the Brazilian who passes the ball past Hugo Lloris. It is deserved.

Jacob Murphy gets around Sergio Reguilon on the right wing and tries to find a striker in the box but Spurs clear. A really strong period here for them.

Carlos Vinicius has the ball in the back of the net up the other end but he was offside.

The hosts are really growing into the game here and Dwight Gayle is looking busy at the spearhead of the attack. He should have scored a few minutes ago, but has still been Newcastle’s brightest spark in the opening quarter. 

Chance for Spurs! Tanguy Ndombele plays a wonderful ball through to Harry Kane, who then tries to find Carlos Vinicius but Newcastle clear the danger. Wonderful touch by the England captain.

WHAT A SAVE! Hugo Lloris makes an incredible double save from Dwight Gayle! The first is a header going towards the left corner, which Lloris palms out and then Gayle can’t get the rebound past the keeper on the floor. Really should have been 1-0!

There’s a chance for Newcastle after good play out on the right. Jacob Murphy swings in a deep cross and Dwight Gayle’s header is deflected past for a corner. Positive signs for the hosts.

A quiet few minutes at St James’ Park but Spurs are definitely enjoying the early stages here. Newcastle, as usual, are sitting far too deep and inviting Tottenham into their final third. Jose Mourinho is just awaiting a moment of brilliance from one of his troops.

Harry Kane forces Martin Dubravka to make a save after good link up play with Giovani Lo Celso. Kane looking dangerous playing slightly deeper in the No10 role. 

Lucas Moura is looking dangerous early on and is taken down by Miguel Almiron on the edge of the box. Harry Kane steps up for the free kick from 25 yards out but only hits the wall. 

Tottenham’s Lucas Moura flashes a ball into the box from a free kick and no-one gets on the end of it to nod it in. A great chance for the visitors.

Joelinton gets a chance after Davinson Sanchez makes a mess of his clearance but he doesn’t test Hugo Lloris from the edge of the box.

Tottenham get on the ball early and look dangerous down the left. Carlos Vinicius tries to find Harry Kane in the box but Martin Dubravka claims the ball. 

Spurs will be expecting to have plenty of possession this afternoon.

And we are underway at St James’ Park. A huge 90 minutes ahead for both teams.

The players are finishing their warm ups, the coaches are making last minute preparations and kick-off is just around the corner. Stay tuned for all the live coverage.

Players are out on the turf in Newcastle and the sun is beaming up North. Should be a lovely day for a topflight tussle!




Harry Kane has, yet again, been at the forefront of Tottenham’s top four charge with an impressive return of 17 goals and 13 assists this season. His partnership with Hueng-min Son, and at times Gareth Bale, has been unstoppable for topflight defences.

He likes playing Newcastle, but will he add to his tally today?

Gareth Bale has been named on the bench for Tottenham as Jose Mourinho names and unchanged XI from the team that beat Aston Villa. 

The Welshman played plenty of minutes for his country during the international break, providing a great assist for Dan James against Czech Republic. 

Heung-min Son is also among the substitutes. 

Before the international break, Tottenham bounced back from their Europa League embarrassment with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Jose Mourinho’s side are still in the thick of the race for the top four, as a win today would see them overtake Chelsea in fourth place. Consistency has been the main issue for them, but Mourinho will feel confident his side can overcome an out-of-sorts Newcastle.

The Magpies have failed to record a win since February 6 against Southampton. Since then, they have drawn three and lost three; scoring three goals across those six matches.

Their recent 3-0 defeat to fellow relegation battles Brighton has left them two points from the drop zone in 17th. Steve Bruce does not have much time to get points, with Fulham breathing down their necks.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Murphy, Krafth, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton, Gayle.

Subs: Darlow, Clark, Longstaff, Saint-Maximin, Lewis, Hendrick, Manquillo, Willock, Anderson.

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Lucas, Kane, Vinicius.

Subs: Hart, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Lamela, Bale, Son, Scarlett.

And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Newcastle vs Tottenham in the Premier League. Stay tuned for team news, build-up and live commentary from St James’ Park.

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