Newcastle rout Tottenham at home again as Isak scores twice in 4-0 win

Newcastle rout Tottenham at home again as Isak scores twice in 4-0 win

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle handed Tottenham another drubbing at St James’ Park as Alexander Isak’s double helped secure a 4-0 win for Eddie Howe’s team in the Premier League on Saturday.

Isak and Anthony Gordon both scored within 95 seconds of each other in the first half as Newcastle followed up last season’s 6-1 home win over Spurs with another dominant performance to damage Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish.

Isak, who also scored twice in that big win last April, capped a stellar performance with a second goal in the 51st minute to take his tally to 17 in the league and 21 overall this season. Gordon added his second assist of the game with a corner that was headed home by Fabian Schar for the fourth goal in the 87th.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, who took charge after last season, had said this week that he had not studied the tape of the 6-1 loss and he probably won’t want to watch this one back, either.

Tottenham’s defense fell apart repeatedly and star center back Micky van de Ven was partially at fault for the first two goals as he slipped both times and let Isak and Gordon go past him inside the area. Gordon had set Isak up for the opener in the 30th minute and then netted the second himself in the 32nd after pouncing on a poor ball from Tottenham right back Pedro Porro back toward his own goal.

The third came when Bruno Guimaraes helped Newcastle win possession just outside their own area and then launched a long ball up the pitch for the speedy Isak to run onto. The striker made no mistake when one-on-one with goalkeeper Vicario, calmly slotting the ball inside the far post.

Isak has now scored in six straight league home games and became the first Newcastle player since Alan Shearer in 2003-04 to reach 20 goals in all competitions in a topflight season.

Schar was then left open to head home Gordon’s corner from eight yards out to cap the rout.

The bigg loss meant Tottenham dropped below Aston Villa into fifth, behind Unai Emery’s side on goal difference.

Newcastle are sixth, 10 points behind Villa and Tottenham.

  • PublishedApril 14, 2024

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