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How they rated: Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United



Spurs came up short against fellow top four hopefuls Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today.


A 2-1 win for Eddie Howe's men earned the points for the Magpies on what was a desperately frustrating afternoon for the north Londoners. Newcastle now move into fourth, just two points behind Tottenham.


Here's how we rated Antonio Conte's players


Hugo Lloris: 5


Caught out for Newcastle's goal by Callum Wilson when he was left exposed on the edge of his penalty area. The agony was added on five minutes before the interval when his skewed clearance contributed to Newcastle's well-taken second goal by Miguel Amiron.


Oliver Skipp: 5


Other than one good cross in the first half he showed plenty of industry but a disappointment overall. Substituted for Lucas Moura as Tottenham needed a greater attacking intensity.


Davinson Sanchez: 5


Managed the slightest of touches to enable Harry Kane to pull a goal back in 55 minutes when Spurs were trying to impose themselves at the start of the second half.


Heung-Min Son: 6


A bright and breezy start from Spurs' South Korean talisman who tested the Newcastle goal with a couple of terrific efforts. United keeper Pope also denied him from an acute angle to add to the home fans' frustration. An unusually anonymous second half from the man who has so often dug Tottenham out of trouble.


Harry Kane: 6


After a quiet opening, the striker fired a shot from close range which Pope did well to thwart with a booted clearance. Finally, a stroke of luck for the England star when he stooped to head in from close range, giving the hosts some much-needed hope after their poor opening 45 minutes.


Emerson Royal: 5


Although he got into good positions the Brazilian's final ball was too often disappointing. A frustrating afternoon on the right side, up against Magpies' enforcer Dan Burn.


Eric Dier: 5


In his central defensive role, the England international almost cost his team in the 18th minute when he sliced the ball needlessly towards his own goal but, fortunately for him, the ball rolled to safety. Erratic positioning led to an over-the-top pass for the Magpies' breakthrough by Wilson in the 31st minute. Went close with a header a few minutes from time as Spurs chased for a leveller.


Ryan Sessegnon: 5


A powerful 22nd minute run and shot from the edge of the penalty area had the Magpies worried as Spurs' ramped up the early pressure. Picked up a needless yellow card in the second half. No surprise when Tottenham chief Antonio Conte replaced him with Ivan Perisic on the hour mark.


Rodrigo Bentancur: 5


Poised to set the stadium alight with a fine run as Spurs tried to get back in the moment. Poor passing from the Uruguayan in the final third, and not nearly enough of a contribution in the key areas when the north Londoners desperately required some invention.


Clement Lenglet: 5


Horribly caught out at times on the left side against a rampant and physical Newcastle attack, and had trouble against Amiron in particular. An obvious inability to contain the Paraguyan led directly to the Magpies doubling their lead.


Yves Bissouma: 5


Had a tough job across the first half keeping track against foraging Newcastle forward Joelinton. Another below-par performer in a forgettavble day for Tottenham.







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