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Kane ends goal drought, teammate's quick reaction helps save stricken fan's life

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17th October, 2021

Harry Kane has scored his first English Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park in a match that was briefly halted by a fan collapsing.

And Angelo Ogbonna’s 74th-minute header iced a 1-0 win for West Ham at Everton on Sunday.

Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant atmosphere in their first game since being taken over by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium, flew out of the gates on Monday AEST and went ahead after just 108 seconds when Callum Wilson headed in from a Javi Manquillo cross.

But the bright start soon fizzled out as Spurs hit back in the 17th minute through Tanguy Ndombele, who lashed home from the edge of the box after being played in by Sergio Reguilon.

Things got worse for the hosts five minutes later when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played an excellent ball over the Newcastle defence and Kane beat the off-side trap to smartly send it over Karl Darlow.

Play was suspended for nearly 25 minutes just before half-time after a fan collapsed in the East Stand of the ground.

Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon spoke to the referee and Eric Dier raced to the touchline to urge medical staff to attend with a defibrillator.


Newcastle said that the supporter’s condition had been stabilised and they were on their way to hospital.

Son Heung-min added a third from close range in first-half stoppage time before Newcastle were reduced to 10 men in the 83rd minute when Jonjo Shelvey saw red for a second booking.

An own-goal from Eric Dier set up a tense finish but Spurs held on.

“We got beaten by the better team after a wonderful start. Defensively, we had the same problems we’ve had for a while… we got our noses in front but did not defend well as a team,” said Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who took charge of his 1000th game as a manager.

Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo told Sky: “We knew what was coming, with everything going on around Newcastle, in the end it was a positive performance.”

Spurs moved up to fifth in the standings with 15 points from eight games.


Newcastle are second from bottom with three points.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes was thankful for the late header that sealed the win but annoyed his side had not scored more before then.

Ogbonna flicked home a Premier League high 29th set-piece goal – excluding penalties – since Moyes returned to West Ham for his second spell in charge in December 2019.

It was only the Scot’s third league victory over former Merseyside adversary Rafael Benitez.

“I was annoyed because I thought our play warranted more goals from it or even if we had clear opportunities created from it,” said Moyes.

West Ham moved up to seventh with 14 points, the same as Everton.