The Magpies took the lead in the first half as Callum Wilson brilliantly capitalised on a mistake from Hugo Lloris. Tottenham’s goalkeeper came rushing out and failed to clear the ball as he collided with the Toon striker and that allowed the forward to turn and beautifully clip a left-footed shot into an empty net.
VAR did take a look at the incident for a potential foul, and then handball by Wilson but there was nothing wrong with the Englishman’s conduct during the play.
Miguel Almiron then made it two shortly after as he superbly beat Clement Lenglet in the box before tucking the ball under Lloris and into the back of the net.
Harry Kane pulled one back at the start of the second half as he stooped to head the ball in at the back post after getting goalside of Kieran Trippier.
Howe’s team were able to see out the rest of the match and picked up all three points, thanks to their incredible defending as a team to stop the likes of Kane and Heung-Min Son from troubling Nick Pope’s goal.
Whilst Almiron scored, what turned out to be, the winning goal for Newcastle, Fabian Schar was the real hero of the day for the head coach as he put in a magnificent performance at centre-back.
The £40k-per-week enforcer was unbeatable as he repelled attack after attack alongside Sven Botman. He also had a part to play in possession as his ball over the top forced Lloris into a mistake for the opening goal, whilst he completed six long passes and 100% (1/1) of his attempted dribbles.
Also per Sofascore, Schar won 100% (4/4) of his individual duels as Spurs found it impossible to get the better of him in the air and on the ground. The machine was also in the right place at the right time to make five clearances and three blocks, preventing Pope from having to make saves on several occasions.
Therefore, he was the real hero for Howe as his defending was crucial to stopping Tottenham from getting back into the match in the second half. The Swiss international stood up strong under pressure from the opposition and his statistics show that he was a brick wall at the back.