Newcastle thrashes Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 in a Premier League game
By The Headlines, April 23, 2023 | 05:29 PM
Hugo Lloris was forced to depart Tottenham's humiliation on Tyneside due to a first-half injury.
The Frenchman began in goal as Spurs travelled to Newcastle in search of a top-four finish. But, after the hosts scored FIVE times in just 21 minutes, his major function in a tense first half was to pluck the ball out of the back of his net.
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Lloris was called into action after less than two minutes, but Jacob Murphy scored after padding out Joelinton's effort. And it swiftly became two when Joelinton scored himself, leaving Tottenham stunned and unable to recover.
Murphy completed his hat trick three minutes before the 10-minute mark with a dipping shot from distance that left Lloris alone in the middle of his net. Alexander Isak then got in on the act, scoring twice to make it 5-0 after only 21 minutes of play.
It stayed that way until halftime, with Eddie Howe's team content to ease up a notch or two after racking up the points in double fast time. Lloris then limped off the field in the pouring rain, but he was not on the pitch for the start of the second half.
Instead, Fraser Forster wore the yellow goalie shirt, prompting speculation as to why the first-choice stopper had not returned. Forster had impressed during Lloris's forced absence earlier this season, and there had been calls for him to be kept in the starting lineup.
However, rather than shaking up the status quo with Cristian Stellini, Sky Sports revealed that Lloris had suffered an unexplained injury, forcing him to leave the game.
The visitors did get off to a little better start in the second half, with Harry Kane scoring a spectacular solo goal. Even those essentially ironic applause died away when Callum Wilson re-established the five-goal cushion 68 seconds after coming on.
Chris Waddle, a former Tottenham and Newcastle striker, encouraged the current underperforming stars to compensate the army of away fans who had travelled hundreds of miles to witness their team be humiliated.
The result strengthens Newcastle's hold on a top-four spot, as they will end the weekend six points clear of Tottenham despite having played one fewer game.