Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as relegated Newcastle ended the season with a thumping 5-1 win over Tottenham at St James’ Park.
Alexsandar Mitrovic, Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat completed the scoring; the result even more remarkable given Newcastle played much of the second half with 10 men after Mitrovic was sent off.
It was a miserable end to a wonderful season for Tottenham, who see north London rivals Arsenal pip them to second place in the final Premier League table.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side began the game with intent and had the first chance when Christian Eriksen curled a 25-yard effort over the bar.
Newcastle took the lead on 18 minutes when Moussa Sissoko found Mitrovic in the area and his layoff was stroked into the corner by Wijnaldum from 12 yards.
Tottenham struggled to impose themselves on the game after that and were restricted to long-range efforts, with Toby Alderweireld seeing his shot easily saved by Karl Darlow and Kyle Walker firing well over.
Six minutes before the break Newcastle doubled their lead in fine style. Sissoko’s dangerous cross from the right was met by Mitrovic who powered a header past a stranded Hugo Lloris and into the corner.
Tottenham could have pulled one back just before half time but EriksenÂ’s shot was well saved by Darlow at his near post.
Tottenham got back into the match on the hour when Erik LamelaÂ’s fizzing shot from the left was pushed into the roof of the net by Darlow.
They were given even more encouragement when Mitrovic was deservedly sent off for a vicious over-the-top tackle on Kyle Walker.
Eriksen then curled a wonderful effort just over the bar at Tottenham chased the point they needed to stay ahead of Arsenal in the table.
It would be Newcastle though who scored next when Sissoko went down under the challenge of Vertonghen in the area. Wijnaldum stepped up and placed the penalty beyond Lloris for his second of the game.
That signaled a complete collapse from a dispirited Tottenham, with Sissoko and Andros Townsend both going close for Rafael Benitez’s side.
Substitute Aarons made it 4-1 with five minutes left when he latched onto JanmaatÂ’s cross from the right and fired into the top corner.
Aarons then returned the favour and teed up Janmaat to complete the scoring with a low drive a minute later.
It was too little too late in terms of NewcastleÂ’s fight against relegation. But the performance gives the fans hope that they can bounce right back to the Premier League at the first attempt.