Harry Kane’s early second half goal helped Tottenham Hotspur secure their place in the top four of the Premier League for a third straight season with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs, currently sat in third and four points ahead of Chelsea in fifth, could finish fourth below Liverpool if Jürgen Klopp’s side better their result on the final day of the season this Sunday.
However, are assured of a place in the Champions League Group Stage after Antonio Conte’s Blues dropped more points against Huddersfield Town on the same night with a disappointing 1-1 draw.
The game was a fairly humdrum one, with Spurs desperately looking to break down the resilient visitors, already led to safety by Rafa Benitez, and Kane’s 50th minute winner was enough to secure all three points.
Spurs had more to play for and would have fancied their chances of breaking Newcastle down on the big Wembley pitch, Christian Eriksen having an early shot blocked after the ball broke kindly for him in the area.
However, the visitors were always going to look to be dangerous from set-pieces, Jonjo Shelvey’s curling effort striking the edge of the woodwork before going out.
That set some alarm bells off in the Spurs camp, with the home side dominating proceedings from there on in.
Victor Wanyama and Dwight Gayle had chances at opposite ends, whilst Kane should have volleyed home when Martin Dubravka failed to secure the ball in his area, the striker fluffing wide.
As he said earlier in the season, you can’t give him two chances and he took another to fire his side ahead after the interval.
Combining with Heung-Min Son in the area, Kane’s first time effort was enough to dispatch the ball past Dubravka and into the net.
Newcastle missed their best chance of the night to level up just prior to the hour mark, Ayoze Perez somehow fluffing his lines in the area from a low ball in before Hugo Lloris was alert enough to smother Matt Ritchie’s follow-up.
Spurs shut up shot following that, substitute Jacob Murphy’s high strike the closest Benitez’ men got to breaching Spurs’ goal.
The win secures Tottenham’s top four spot for a third successive season, with the Lilywhites knowing that against Leicester City on Sunday will see them finish up in third.
Newcastle host Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Sunday in the season curtain-closer and are still in the battle for a place in the top half of the Premier League, but their supporters would’ve taken anything other than another immediate relegation before the campaign started, that’s for sure.