Club record signing Joelinton’s first goal in English football gave Newcastle United a surprise win at Tottenham – and Steve Bruce his first Premier League points as their manager.

The Brazilian striker took advantage of sleepy Tottenham defending to control substitute Christian Atsu’s through pass beautifully before drilling past Hugo Lloris.

Atsu, sent on after Allan Saint-Maximin had to go off with an early hamstring injury, provided the assist with his first significant contribution.

Spurs lacked the creativity to break down a resolute Newcastle side, whose four-man midfield spent a large chunk of the contest sitting deep in front of a back five.

Son Heung-min, making his first Tottenham appearance of the season after completing a three-match suspension, saw a bouncing first-half volley beaten away by Martin Dubravka, then rolled a shot wide shortly before the interval.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sent on Christian Eriksen and Giovani lo Celso for the final half-hour in an attempt to salvage something from the 500th match of his managerial career.

It almost worked: Lo Celso’s pass for Harry Kane ended with the England captain falling under Jamaal Lascelles’ challenge – but Mike Dean ruled it was not a penalty, and was backed up by the check from video assistant referee (VAR) Anthony Taylor.

Then Eriksen’s superb diagonal pass gave Moussa Sissoko the room to cross low, but Lucas Moura skied his shot over the bar from around eight yards.

Robust Newcastle’s perfect response

Newcastle's supporters celebrate

Newcastle’s fans have had to spend a fair amount on petrol money in the season’s first three weeks – with a 516-mile round trip to Norwich last weekend followed up by this 560-mile round journey to north London.

They must have wondered why they had bothered going to Carrow Road, given a feeble display in a 3-1 defeat, with centre-back Paul Dummett later acknowledging that “it wasn’t right” in the warm-up – and admitting that the players had to take responsibility.

Manager Bruce was looking for a lift after beginning his reign with two defeats – and his players provided it for that loyal travelling support.

Newcastle produced a display of immense discipline in intense heat in north London, with Dummett and his fellow centre-backs Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar working themselves into the ground.

It was not just the defenders who toiled, though – striker Joelinton showed he was willing to help at both ends of the field by getting back to heard away two early Erik Lamela corners, and he ran himself to the point of exhaustion, eventually coming off in the final moments with apparent cramp.

The visitors had only 20% possession, and had to absorb plenty of early Tottenham pressure, but it was a sign of how well they did that Tottenham managed just two shots on target.

Newcastle had the game’s first shot on goal, with Sean Longstaff’s rising drive tipped away by Lloris after Joelinton had held up the ball for him.

Bruce was not thrown by the early injury to French winger Saint-Maximin, who pulled up in the first 15 minutes after chasing a Matt Ritchie free-kick that ran out of play.

Newcastle’s manager will have been pleased that his players showed such a willingness to work for the cause – a characteristic that will be vital in the months ahead.

Son cannot find the spark

Son Heung-min

Tottenham have conceded the first goal in all three of their Premier League matches this season – but while they recovered to beat Aston Villa and draw at Manchester City, they could not fight back here.

They may well have had a case for a 78th-minute penalty as Lascelles leaned across Kane as they chased Lo Celso’s pass; with VAR official Taylor deciding to back referee Dean’s original decision.

But Spurs did not do anywhere near enough to pick holes in Newcastle’s blanket defence until time was running out. They failed to register a single shot on goal until the 33rd minute, when Son was denied by Dubravka.

The South Korean forward was given a sign of just how tough an afternoon he would have when a promising second-minute run down the left was snuffed out by Emil Krafth, the Newcastle right-wing back.

On the occasions when Son managed to get past Krafth, he then found Schar blocking his path.

Perhaps if Moura had not steered wide when Dubravka missed Kane’s cross right on half-time, Tottenham would have had the platform on which to build a victory.

But then if Eriksen had played from the start, Spurs maybe would not have found themselves still chasing an equaliser as time ran out.

The Dane, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has made it clear he wants a new challenge – but while he remains a Tottenham player, the question for Pochettino is: Why not make full use of him?

More to follow.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Walker-PetersSubstituted forEriksenat 62′minutes
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 3RoseBooked at 66minsSubstituted forDaviesat 88′minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 8WinksBooked at 11mins
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forLo Celsoat 62′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15Dier
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Eriksen
  • 29Skipp
  • 33Davies

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 17Krafth
  • 5Schär
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forFernandezat 82′minutes
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieBooked at 47mins
  • 24Almirón
  • 14Hayden
  • 36Longstaff
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAtsuat 17′minutes
  • 9JoelintonBooked at 87minsSubstituted forMutoat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Shelvey
  • 13Muto
  • 15Willems
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
59,245

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home80%
Away20%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Newcastle United 1.

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Winks.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Joelinton.

Booking

Joelinton (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Federico Fernández replaces Jamaal Lascelles because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Tottenham Hotspur.

Delay in match (Tottenham Hotspur). VAR checking.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Offside, Newcastle United. Fabian Schär tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Joelinton (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Miguel Almirón.

Booking

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.