Newcastle 5 Tottenham 1 Sunday 15 May 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:
“Who could have predicted that???
“When the Spurs fans were singing mackem songs going into the game I so wanted us to stuff them… and didn’t we just do that?!?!
“A great victory but have to say, tainted by the rest of the season.
“RAFA BENITEZ WE WANT YOU TO STAY…. pretty please!.”
“This is all indicative of what could have been.
“I have serious doubts about whether Rafa will stay and feel that we may be utterly spent as a Premier League entity.
“I realise that Sunderland played a weaker team and may have had a different result from Watford but as it stands, we went down by 2 points.
“Just one of those appalling performances turned around would have been enough to secure our place. A very difficult concept to stew on for the summer ahead.
“I’m going to try not to think about it now. See you in August.”
“For every smile there was a lump in my throat, for every punch in the air of delight there was a shake of the head in disbelief.
“A performance full of grit, determination, passion, desire and fight (too much for some) comes on the day when it doesn’t matter.
“Just sums our Club up really.
“Shame we didn’t sign that number 7 at the beginning of the season mind, looked a player!”
“I never thought I’d be annoyed after seeing Newcastle win 5-1 but here we are.
“Where was that performance against Aston Villa home and away, Norwich away or Bournemouth at home?
“Our number five played great today, if only we had him all season!
“Hopefully that performance and that atmosphere will convince Rafa to stay. It’s our only hope.
“Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay!”
Leazes Park Ender:
“You couldn’t really make it up.
“Winning 5-1 despite the drop against a team going for second place and in the Champions League.
“Scoring three when down to ten men? That doesn’t happen right?
“What a bloody shame. We’ve fallen just short. Too much water was shipped in during that doomed era of Steve McClaren.
“A few on show today won’t be NUFC players in a few weeks.
“The big questions and issues start now.
“If only they can keep Benitez. We will know soon.
“As the daft Mackems flew a plane overhead – it’s apt to say we’ll be the ones winging it if Rafa isn’t given the keys to the castle.”
“Rafa must stay. Simple.
“If that was a farewell performance from some of those players, so be it – but I suppose it’s a decent way to sign off. Shame we didn’t get a couple more of those performances as we would have stayed up.
“Only blot (apart from relegation!) was that dope Mitro. Bad craic and should he stay to play in the Championship he will be starting in the stands, the daft sod.
“Enjoy the summer and the Euros – tatty bye!”
“Comedically the best game ever.
“If that won’t keep Rafa nowt will.”
“Excellent game, great fun and a massive well done to the players, management and fans, even shirkers like Janmaat and Taylor.
“Apart from Mitro’s stupidity it was a great afternoon.
“Spurs were hopeless, out-fought and out-run – on that performance they have overachieved as much as we have underachieved.
“So goodbye to Rafa and thanks for what could have been.
“Whoever is next in the fat man’s electric chair has an impossible job now that we know what could have been.
“Enjoy the summer and Howay The Lads.”
“Typical Newcastle, too little too late.
“Great to hear the crowd singing for Rafa, he is our best hope for the future of the club.”
“Dear Rafa. If you stay, I’ll make you a nice tea.
“No other team can offer you this. Cheers, George.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 5 Tottenham 1
Newcastle: Wijnaldum 19, 73 pen, Mitrovic 39, Aarons 85, Janmaat 86
Tottenham: Lamela 60
Possession was Newcastle 37% Tottenham 63%
Total shots were Newcastle 19 and Tottenham 17
Shots on target were Newcastle 10 and Tottenham 5
Corners were Newcastle 3 and Tottenham 8
Team: Darlow, Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote (Shelvey 62), Colback, Sissoko (Sterry 84), Wijnaldum (Aarons 76), Mitrovic (sent off 67 mins)
Unused Subs: Woodman, de Jong, Perez, Cisse
Ref: Anthony Taylor