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The hosts also sent off substitute Jonjo Shelvey late and although they were given an unexpected lifeline by the goal against his own monster from Eric Dier with one minute left, Spurs held on for a 3 victory. -2.

Tottenham were boosted ahead of kick-off by the availability of their South American contingent following a return from international service, as well as the news that two anonymous players who allegedly contracted Covid during their absence had in fact returned false positives.

Newcastle’s takeover was confirmed during the international break and St. James was in a carnival mood ahead of kick-off, with the atmosphere reaching a crescendo as Wilson marked his return from injury by returning home from the cross by Javier Manquillo.

It was as good as it gets, however, as Ndombele hit back with a superb finish 15 minutes later before Kane passed Karl Darlow, VAR proving that the linesman’s initial flag was unwarranted.

The game was put on a halt shortly before the break as both groups of players were taken off the pitch by referee Andre Marriner while a fan from the St. James East stand received medical treatment, with Newcastle confirming more late that the supporter had been stabilized and taken to hospital.

They returned to the field to complete a seven-minute stoppage period and inside of it, Son slipped home after Kane’s pass to earn a two-goal cushion before the delayed break.

Newcastle offered little in the 45 seconds and Shelvey’s red card, for two clear fouls, on Ndombele and Sergio Reguilon, seemed to have ended any hope of a comeback before Dier turned Hugo Lloris away under little pressure.

That was not to be the case, however, as Steve Bruce’s 1,000th game as manager ended in a loss that will do little to secure his future at the club.

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