Newcastle United may be destined for the Championship after a bad season in the Barclays Premier League but they will go down respectably after a convincing 5 – 1 win over Tottenham, delivered on the final day of the season in front of their fans at the St. James Park on Sunday 15 May.
Tottenham had a bad start, a replica of their last three league matches of the season and were punished early, with Dutchman Georginio Wijnadlum opening the scores on the 19th minute after getting on to a loose ball in the box when tightly marked to squeeze it past Hugo Lloris.
Aleksandar Mitrovic doubled the Magpies’ advantage 20 minutes later, getting to the end of Moussa Sissoko’s cross to head home, the second goal of the day that saw the hosts head to the break with a comfortable cushion.
Erik Lamela however halved the Newcastle advantage on the hour mark with a well taken goal from a difficult angle but the joy it came with did not last for so long even though Newcastle were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes with Mitrovic sent off for a bad tackle on Kyle Walker.
On the 72nd minute Sissoko had another of his great runs in the Spurs box and drew a foul from Toby Alderweireld and Wijnadlum stepped up to take the resulting penalty, and did well to restore the two goal cushion.
With Magpies coasting to a win on their final match of the top flight, Wijnadlum was withdrawn for the youthful Rolando Aarons and the youngster continued with the job, stealing in to net the fourth on the 84th minute from Daryl Janmaat’s cross.
A minute later he returned the favor, providing the assist for Janmaat who raced in to slot at Lloris’ far post.
The loss means Tottenham who were title contenders until the 37th round of matches, will finish third as Arsenal beat Aston Villa to secure second place.