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Tottenham ace Harry Kane landmark sees off Newcastle

Newcastle 1 - Tottenham 3

Harry Kane became the first Spurs player in 23 years to reach the 30-goal mark in a season as Tottenham returned to winning ways.

Kane stroked home Spurs' third goal in time added on at St James' Park as Spurs condemned Newcastle to a sixth successive league defeat on a day when thousands of Magpies fans stayed away in protest at owner Mike Ashley's tenure.

The England striker's effort came after Christian Eriksen had restored Tottenham's lead, direct from a free kick, minutes after Jack Colback had dragged Newcastle back into the game 18 seconds into the second half by cancelling out Nacer Chadli's opener.

The victory was only Tottenham's second in five matches and came after a disappointing draw at Burnley a fortnight ago and last weekend's home defeat against Aston Villa.

"I think we deserved it today, we played very well," Kane said.

"We had two disappointing performances in the last couple of weeks and we wanted to put it right. Credit to the lads we really played well and deserved the three points."

Kane became the first Spurs player since Gary Lineker to score 30 in a season and he is hoping to score a few more during the run-in in a bid to secure European football next season.

"I'm very proud but there's still five games left so hopefully I can get a few more goals and it doesn't stop here," he added. "Obviously I'm delighted with the 30 goals but the most important thing is that we keep winning games."

Defeat left Newcastle just seven points clear of the bottom three and knowing they will have to change their fortunes markedly over the next few weeks if they are to avoid a tense conclusion to a forgettable campaign.

The official attendance was 47,427 but that figure include d season ticket holders who did not attend.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Anita (Armstrong 75), Abeid (Obertan 45), Taylor, Colback, Gouffran (Ameobi 45), Pérez, Cabella. Subs not used: Riviere, Kemen, Woodman, Sterry. Goal: Colback 46

Tottenham: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82), Paulinho (Mason 88), Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli (Dembélé 78), Kane. Subs not used: Soldado, Yedlin, Townsend, Friedel. Goals: Chadli 30, Eriksen 53, Kane 90

Bookings: Newcastle: Colback, Cabella. Tottenham: Vertonghen, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Lamela

Man of the match: Harry Kane.

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Kevin Friend (Bristol)

Attendance: 47,427.

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