Kane hits 200-goal mark

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Harry Kane scored his 20th and 21st club goals of the sea­son - and 200th and 201st of his ca­reer - to steer Tot­ten­ham to a 3-1 vic­tory at New­cas­tle. It is the sixth sea­son in a row Kane (right) has scored 20 or more goals.

When Jose Mour­inho ar­rived at this de­serted sta­dium on the hill, the mem­o­ries of his friend and men­tor will have been charg­ing through his head like a slide show on fast for­ward. So will the ir­ri­ta­tion that he had never won a game here, at the club of Sir Bobby Rob­son, the club they used to talk about in Por­tu­gal and Spain, the club the man he still calls “Mis­ter” left him at Barcelona to man­age 21 years ago.

This is the “house Bobby built” Mour­inho al­ways says, the only man the Por­tuguese has al­ways been so loyal and def­er­en­tial to.

He will have re­mem­bered his old friend here. Maybe the change in pro­to­col, where the teams could not pass the bust of Sir Bobby on the way in, led to a change in luck. In re­al­ity, it was just Harry Kane. “Fi­nally, I can see Sir Bobby Rob­son’s statue on the way out with a happy face, not a sad one,” Mour­inho said.

This was Jose’s day, his first win at St James’ Park in the league se­cured thanks to Kane’s 20th and 21st club goals of the sea­son and the 200th and 201st of his ca­reer.

This is the sixth sea­son in a row Kane has scored 20 goals or more, bet­ter even than another Spurs leg­end, Jimmy Greaves.

“He is a young guy,” said Mour­inho. “To score 200 goals at his age, with the re­main­ing years he has in front of him it is nor­mal for him to go on and score another 200 goals.”

Spurs needed him again to recharge their Euro­pean push. The Cham­pi­ons League looks be­yond them, es­pe­cially af­ter Manch­ester City won their ap­peal against their ban, but this win keeps them in the race for a Europa League spot. From a Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in 2019 to con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball’s con­so­la­tion prize in 2020 might not seem much to get ex­cited about, but given Tot­ten­ham’s poor start, the teething prob­lems un­der Mour­inho and ques­tion­able re­cruit­ment, it would at least sal­vage some­thing.

As for New­cas­tle, this was a third suc­ces­sive de­feat since they se­cured safety. They have lit­tle to play for, but per­formed pretty well.

They were the bet­ter side for most of the first half, Miguel Alm­iron miss­ing two chances, Dwight Gayle hit­ting a post with a glanc­ing header, Jonjo Shelvey fail­ing to get a much eas­ier chance on tar­get.

But they went in at half-time be­hind, Fabian Schar los­ing the ball close to his own goal to Lu­cas Moura, who fed Kane, who fed Son He­ung-min, who shot through the legs of DeAn­dre Yedlin.

New­cas­tle equalised with a rocket from Matt Ritchie and ap­peared to be get­ting on top, only for Spurs to score again, Kane pulling off the shoul­der of Emil Krafth to head in his first, be­fore scor­ing a late third as New­cas­tle pushed for another equaliser, nod­ding in af­ter Erik Lamela’s ef­fort had been saved.

“The play­ers were ex­tra­or­di­nary, re­ally tired,” added Mour­inho. “I was speak­ing to their pride, ask­ing them to find some en­ergy.”

For Steve Bruce the sea­son is fiz­zling out. “We kept Kane quiet and he still goes away with two goals, that’s the dif­fer­ence.”

New­cas­tle United (5-3-2) Dubravka 7; Yedlin 4 (Lazaro 55), Krafth 4, Schar 4, Fer­nan­dez 6, Ritchie 7; Ben­taleb 6 (Longstaff 86), Shelvey 7, Saint-Max­imin 8, Alm­iron 7; Gayle 6 (Joelin­ton 69). Subs Dar­low (g), Muto, Man­quillo, Atsu, Al­lan, Young. Booked Fer­nan­dez, Shelvey.

Tot­ten­ham (4-1-4-1) Lloris 7; Aurier 6, Sanchez 7, Alder­weireld 7, Davies 7; Winks 6; Sis­soko 7, Lo Celso 6 (Lamela 62), Moura 7 (Berg­wijn 57), Son 7; Kane 8.

Subs Ver­tonghen, Sesseg­non, Gaz­zaniga (g), Skipp, Car­valho Fer­nan­dez, Tan­ganga, White. Booked Alder­weireld, Kane, Davies.

Ref­eree David Coote (Not­ting­hamshire).

“That win was for you @ Serge-aurier. Very proud to reach 200 club goals. On to the next 200.”

Harry Kane’s tweet that ded­i­cated vic­tory to team-mate Serge Aurier whose brother was killed on Mon­day

Mile­stone: Harry Kane scores his 200th ca­reer goal to put Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2-1 up at New­cas­tle United, be­fore get­ting his 201st

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