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Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock earned Newcastle what could be a crucial point in their fight for Premier League survival with a late equaliser against Tottenham at St James’ Park.

The 21-year-old reacted quickest after Almiron’s header was cleared off the line, firing into the roof of the net to deny Spurs a place in the top four.

In what was an entertaining spectacle at St James’ Park, Newcastle broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when Joelinton slotted home a lovely threaded Matty Longstaff pass across the six-yard box.

It took only 90 seconds for Spurs to reply, when Emil Krafth failed to clear in the area, with an alert Harry Kane scoring his 18th goal of the season.

The England international quickly made it 19 league goals for the campaign when he expertly took on Ndombele’s through ball with a fine first touch, before clinically firing past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

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Joelinton had a chance to grab the equaliser when he shot wide from close range after a Krafth cross.

Soon after, Harry Kane should have got his all important hat-trick and secured three points for Jose Mourinho’s men, moments before Willock’s goal, but his effort cannoned into the base of the post and went behind.

It is a missed opportunity for Spurs to climb into the top-four for the first time since January after Chelsea’s surprise defeat to West Brom on Saturday lunchtime. Meanwhile, Newcastle will take encouragement from a pleasing performance.

However, Steve Bruce’s men are now winless in seven Premier League games, and will hope Aston Villa come out victorious against relegation rivals Fulham. Newcastle could go into the relegation places should Fulham beat Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

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