Newcastle 5 Tottenham 1: Spurs finish behind Arsenal as Toon run riot

15 May

This was not so much a football match as a “Rafafest.”


Newcastle fans chanted their manager’s name from first whistle to last and amazingly celebrated five goals against opponents who a fortnight earlier had still been dreaming of being crowned champions here.

“Stand up if you love Rafa,” they sang as around 50,000 Geordies forgot all about relegation and heralded what they pray can be a new dawn if the Spaniard stays on in the Championship.

At 4.50pm, you really would have thought Newcastle had won the title and Tottenham had been relegated.

Most Spurs fans had already headed for the exits as the Toon Army cheered to their relegated team to the rafters.

The visitors’ season effectively ended with their title dream a fortnight ago at Chelsea but no-one could have predicted they would throw the towel in like this.

Boss Mauricio Pocchetino looked shellshocked afterwards, labelling their non-performance the worst he’d experienced as a manager.

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