Newcastle hit six past sorry Spurs as fight for Champions League spot heats up2 min read
Newcastle United boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification and left Tottenham’s own chances reeling as Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak both scored twice in a 6-1 rout of their top-four rivals.
Murphy struck either side of Joelinton beating Hugo Lloris as Eddie Howe’s team enjoyed a dream start, racing into a 3-0 lead within nine minutes at a jubilant St James’ Park.
Their lead stood at 5-0 after 21 minutes as Spurs imploded, Isak netting twice to kill any hopes of a fightback from the visitors – who withdrew captain Lloris at half-time.
While Harry Kane pulled one back after the break, Callum Wilson restored Newcastle’s five-goal cushion as they moved six points clear of Tottenham, with a game in hand still to come.
Newcastle needed just 63 seconds to go ahead, Murphy finishing high into the roof of the net after Lloris pushed Joelinton’s tame effort straight into his path.
Tottenham showed no signs of being shocked into life by that goal, Joelinton beating their offside trap to round Lloris and finish into an empty net four minutes later.
Spurs’ start went from bad to worse as they found themselves 3-0 down within nine minutes, Murphy leaving Lloris stranded as he rifled into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards out.
Kane shot wide as Spurs sought a response, but Isak killed the contest with his quickfire double, side-footing home when sent clear by Joe Willock, then finishing low across goal two minutes later.
Sean Longstaff almost added a sixth shortly before the interval, when Cristian Stellini hooked the error-prone Lloris in favour of Fraser Forster.
Kane denied Nick Pope a clean sheet with a neat left-footed finish, but Spurs’ punishment was not done as substitute Wilson tapped home one minute after entering the fray.