Newcastle United claimed a vital victory in their fight against relegation from the English Premier League by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at St. James’ Park on Saturday. The win takes Newcastle out of the bottom three and up to 16th in the table, three points clear of 18th-placed Crystal Palace. Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish now appear to be over, as they remain six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with just three games remaining.
Newcastle took the lead in the 27th minute through a stunning long-range strike from Sean Longstaff. Tottenham responded with a goal from Lucas Moura just before halftime, but the hosts regained the lead in the 57th minute thanks to a close-range finish from Joelinton. Despite late pressure from Tottenham, Newcastle held on for a crucial victory.
The result will come as a relief to Newcastle fans, who have endured a difficult season both on and off the pitch. The club was taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium earlier this year, but the new owners have faced criticism over human rights concerns and their alleged involvement in the illegal broadcasting of Premier League matches in the Middle East.
The win also marks a successful start to the tenure of Newcastle’s new manager, Frank Lampard, who took over from Steve Bruce earlier this month. Lampard, a former Chelsea and England midfielder, has been tasked with guiding the club to safety and rebuilding the team for the future. The victory over Tottenham will give him and his players a much-needed boost as they approach the end of the season.