How Son Heung-min led Tottenham to a 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League

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Tottenham ended a five-match winless run by beating Newcastle 4-1 thanks to goals from Destiny Udogie, Richarlison and Son Heung-min

Ed Mackey

December 10, 2023 at 2:43 PM EST

How Son Heung-min led Tottenham to a 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League

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What next for Tottenham and Newcastle?

What next for Tottenham and Newcastle?

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As a result of missing out on European football last season, Tottenham are afforded a break this week. They are next in action on Friday evening when they travel to the East Midlands to face Nottingham Forest, and we will be covering that game live on The Athletic.

We will also be covering Newcastle's next match as they attempt to avoid elimination from the Champions League when they host AC Milan on Wednesday.

Reminder that they must win that match while also needing PSG to lose against Dortmund to make it into the last 16.

It is then a quick turnaround for their next Premier League game as they host an in-form Fulham side on Saturday.

So, how does the Premier League table look?

So, how does the Premier League table look?

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The Premier League table is looking a lot brighter for Tottenham after that game, despite them not moving up the table.

As for Newcastle, there is plenty of work to do.

For those of you wondering why you can't see Chelsea in that photo of the table, it is because they are 12th after their defeat away to Everton.

This weekend's Premier League results

And that game brings an end to the Premier League weekend, here is how it panned out.

Saturday

  • Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (Mateta; Salah, Elliott)
  • Brighton 1-1 Burnley (Adingra; Odobert)
  • Manchester United 0-3 Bournemouth (Solanke, Billing, Senesi)
  • Sheffield United 1-0 Brentford (McAtee)
  • Wolves 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Cunha; Toffolo)
  • Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (McGinn)

Sunday

  • Everton 2-0 Chelsea (Doucoure, Dobbin)
  • Fulham 5-0 West Ham (Jimenez, Willian, Adarabioyo, Wilson, Vinicius)
  • Luton 1-2 Manchester City (Adebayo; Bernardo Silva, Grealish)
  • Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle (Udogie, Richarlison [x2], Son; Joelinton)

We wanted Champions League football so can't blame fatigue, adds Howe

Howe would have felt relatively happy with his squad depth heading into this season, but he could not have done anything to stop the injuries accumulating within his side.

"It's difficult one because, if I say it's all down to fatigue, we've got another game on Wednesday," he told Sky Sports. "This is what we wanted this season; the Champions League is a very special tournament but with it comes more games.

"We hoped to have the squad to be able to cope with that but, with the injuries we've had, I think we've had it worse than any other team that I can remember.

"This same group of players have gone through five games and it is difficult. But we do have some light at the end of the tunnel with Callum (Wilson) and Sean (Longstaff) coming back."

Howe: Too simplistic to blame the defeat on fatigue

 Too simplistic to blame the defeat on fatigue

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Howe was asked, in his interview with Sky Sports, whether today was the final straw for a team that has pulled from pillar to post in recent weeks.,

"It's a little bit too simplistic to say that," he responded. "There's an element of truth there, of course. It was a difficult game, I thought Tottenham played very well but I thought we had our moments in the game, especially at the beginning of the second half.

"But we weren't at our best physically today and you could see that. The lads were giving everything but with not enough resources to give more."

Postecoglou on Richarlison performance

Given everything mentioned in that last post, the Tottenham manager was asked about the Brazilian's contribution.

"Richy was great. Really important. I thought him and Pape coming in gave us some real energy," said Postecoglou. "We were going to need it today with the midweek fixture and I thought they did that.

"Their general play was excellent but just their general energy was very good and obviously for Richy getting a couple of goals as a striker that was positive for him."

Richarlison's important contribution

Richarlison's important contribution

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Lots of criticism has been levelled at Richarlison since he joined Tottenham and most of it has been fair, given his lack of contribution in front of goal.

But, today, he looked like the player they bought from Everton.

His hard work was rewarded with two goals, the first two he has scored with his feet since making the move to north London.

It was actually the 26-year-old's first Premier League brace in 20 months. His last one came for Everton against Burnley in April 2022 and his two goals today were as many as he had scored in his last 39 league appearances.

Postecoglou praises 'massive effort' of Tottenham players

Postecoglou praises 'massive effort' of Tottenham players

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No one will have been happier than Postecoglou to end a run of five games without a win, and he had a lot of praise for his players after the match.

"I can't fault the lads. Because of that, they get their rewards too which I'm pleased about because they put in a massive effort today," he told Sky Sports/

"I thought we were a lot more bright in that front third and a lot more aware of the opportunities that were before us.

"I thought Sonny was excellent, particularly in the first half, he really caused them problems. Those kind of things feed off to other guys, they see his authority and they take a lead from that.

"You do rely on your more experienced players and your leaders, like Sonny, to take that initiative. The rest of the lads fed off that."

Is Dubravka capable of replacing the injured Pope?

Is Dubravka capable of replacing the injured Pope?

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The gulf between Pope and Dubravka looked monumental today.

And, in his defence, the second-choice goalkeeper can be excused for being slightly rusty having not played much Premier League football in the last couple of seasons.

But, if he continues to perform how he did today, Newcastle will surely be looking for an alternative in January.

It would probably be harsh to criticise Dubravka for the first two goals but he was far too tentative in leaving his goal for the third and was equally hesitant before bringing Son down for the fourth.

He still has three weeks to prove he can deputise for Pope but, right now, it is not looking good for the veteran.

Wilson: 'Today just seemed one game too many'

 'Today just seemed one game too many'

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Injuries piling up and games coming thick and fast has not helped Newcastle, something Wilson identified after the game.

"The players that have been starting the last five or six games have had a lot asked of them and today just seemed one game too many," he told Sky Sports. "We were playing against a top side and, unfortunately, we couldn't get the three points that we wanted for all those travelling fans.

"Sometimes when you're in games like today, you can score the first goal and it gives you something to hold onto and gives you a bit of momentum.

"Once you go 1-0 down, what happened in the last two aways games almost plays in the back of the mind, but there's no excuses from our point of view. It wasn't good enough today from everybody and we'll make sure that we're right for the midweek game."

The records keep coming for Son

The converted penalty brought up 10 Premier League goals this season for Son.

It is the eighth consecutive season that he has put up double figures, making him only the seventh player to achieve such a feat.

The other six players are:

  • Wayne Rooney – 11 seasons
  • Frank Lampard – 10 seasons
  • Sergio Aguero – 9 seasons
  • Harry Kane – 9 seasons
  • Thierry Henry – 8 seasons
  • Sadio Mane – 8 seasons

Esteemed company for the Tottenham captain.

We need to make winning a habit, says Son

Son was visibly and audibly annoyed after the West Ham defeat, something he was asked after today's game.

"I said after the West Ham game that we had to be more ruthless in their box, especially when they drop deep, like we were today," he told Sky Sports. "We did a fantastic job, to beat Newcastle 4-1 is not easy. They're a very, very strong side. Credit to all the players and the fans.

"We are playing in the Premier League and we have to demand more and more from each other. It is never enough. Look at all the amazing teams, they keep going, it doesn't matter how many wins in a row so it should be a habit for us."

Son: Very important to bounce back

 Very important to bounce back

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Tottenham came into today's game without a win in five league games, so Son was unsurprisingly relieved that he and his team-mates were able to return to winning ways.

"When you're winning games, you enjoy it more," he told Sky Sports. "To bounce back like that is very, very important.

"We didn't want to make more mistakes last we have the last couple of weeks and today was a fantastic performance. I hope we can continue to perform like this and stay humble."

Not ideal for Newcastle ahead of Milan visit

There is no pretending otherwise: that was the worst-possible preparation for Newcastle ahead of the potentially season-defining Milan clash on Wednesday, particularly when the 3-0 defeat away to Everton on Thursday is considered, too.

There were flashes going forward at times, but they were poor on the ball for the majority of the match and were overrun in defence too often. Questions remain over Dubravka's ability to cover for Pope long term, while Isak still does not look himself and Trippier appears shattered, especially defensively.

Fatigue is definitely a significant factor, but Howe will not accept a defeat of that magnitude.

But one to savour for the hosts

But one to savour for the hosts

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Son was electric, Richarlison took his goals well and Porro was excellent yet again.

It gives Spurs a first win in six and with players coming back, things looking up for fifth-placed Tottenham, they're now three points behind Manchester City and three ahead of Manchester United.

One to forget for the visitors

One to forget for the visitors

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Another dreadful away day for Newcastle come to a close. Yes, there is plenty of mitigation for the same 10 outfield players starting their fifth game in succession, but you can't sugarcoat a result and performance like this.

Too many way off it and too many big moments lost at both ends of the pitch. This team have set themselves high standards so they have to be judged by them.

Will they have anything in the tank for Milan this week? The sight of Wilson and Longstaff coming on is a rare positive and St James' Park will be bouncing but you have to wonder how much confidence will have been dented by two heavy defeats in succession.

Spurs win to move three points within top four

Spurs win to move three points within top four

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FT Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle

There was a late chance for Wilson to make it 4-2 which he probably should have scored.

But he didn't and three blasts on the referee's whistle mean Tottenham have arrested their five-match winless run with an emphatic performance.

Udogie opened the scoring, Richarlison added two goals and Son capped off a sublime showing with a penalty he won himself.

Joelinton spoiled the hosts' clean sheet late on with a well-taken consolation.

Joelinton scores consolation goal for Newcastle!

90+2' Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle

The travelling Newcastle fans have something to cheer about!

Wilson, who initially looked offside, pulled the ball across the box for Joelinton who smashed into the vacated bottom corner to make it 4-1.

Son replaced to rapturous ovation

90+1' Tottenham 4-0 Newcastle

Before indicating that there will be five added minutes, the fourth official brings up Son's number.

He has been, by some distance, the best player on the pitch today and receives an ovation from the Tottenham fans befitting of his performance.

Two assists and a goal, not a bad day's work!

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