There was already plenty of speculation over Bruce’s position, following the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United ten days ago, but the ‘Magpies’ made the perfect start at a raucous St James’ Park, as Callum Wilson headed home Javier Manquillo’s cross after less than 120 seconds. Spurs quickly dampened the home crowd’s enthusiasm though, as Tanguy Ndombele curled into the far corner to equalise when picked out in space inside the area.
Spurs were now in the ascendancy, and took the lead just four minutes later when Harry Kane netted his first goal of the campaign. He benefited from VAR overturning an offside call after lobbing Carl Darlow, with a brief review confirming his third goalscoring appearance at St James’ Park in as many seasons. Lucas Moura then rattled the bar, before a 25-minute suspension in play before HT due to a medical emergency in the crowd.
The restart was understandably subdued, although Son Heung-Min added a third goal for Spurs in first-half injury time, converting from close range via Kane’s cross to all but seal the points. Newcastle provided little in the way of a meaningful response after the break, and audible chants of ‘We Want Bruce Out’ only increased in volume with every misplaced pass and botched shot from Newcastle.
Newcastle’s evening then stooped to a new low, when substitute Jonjo Shelvey was sent off when picking up his second yellow card in the 83rd minute. Despite the numerical handicap, Newcastle were handed a lifeline when Eric Dier netted an own-goal in the last minute of regular time, but they ultimately could not find an equaliser, and duly sunk to second-bottom in the Premier League table.