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Steve Bruce hopes first win as Newcastle manager 'will shut a few people up'

Newcastle pull off surprise win against Tottenham while Wolves score 97th-minute penalty to earn a point against Burnley

Newcastle's Joelinton, second left, and his teammates celebrate after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0. EPA
Newcastle's Joelinton, second left, and his teammates celebrate after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0. EPA

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United in the Premier League with Brazilian Joelinton grabbing the winner.

Joelinton, the club's record £40 million (Dh180m) signing, finished off a 27th minute counter-attack, keeping his composure to beat Hugo Lloris after being put in by Christian Atsu.

The win was a much-needed one for Newcastle manager Steve Bruce who had lost his first two games after taking over from Rafa Benitez in the summer.

"We needed a bit of courage and thankfully the players had that from the first whistle," Bruce said.

"We have tried to quieten the storm. Hopefully that will shut a few people up a little bit. After two games, it’s been hard to get that criticism. We have had to ride it."

It was a back-to-the walls effort from Newcastle for much of the game but Tottenham, who started with Christian Eriksen on the bench, struggled to turn their possession into clear chances.

The home side felt they should have had a penalty in the 78th minute when Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles lost his footing and fell into the path of Harry Kane who went down but neither the referee nor the VAR review felt the incident merited a penalty.

Spurs should have got on level terms minutes later though but Lucas Moura blasted over the bar after a low cross from the right by Moussa Sissoko.

"We didn't create - we had possession but we didn't create enough chances," bemoaned Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"We didn't find the capacity to break down their defensive line. They were very organised and defended deep.

"I'm very disappointed with the performance and with the result."

Raul Jimenez scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty as Wolves salvaged a 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Ashley Barnes netted his fourth goal in three Premier League games to put the Clarets ahead but Wolves equalised deep into added time after Erik Pieters tripped Jimenez in the area.

Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot and after the decision was confirmed by VAR, Jimenez coolly stepped up to slide the ball past goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Sean Dyche's side had enough chances to have sealed the points well before that as Burnley took advantage of Wolves' busy start to the campaign.

"We deserved to win the game. I thought we were out of the box sharp, we mixed the play enough to cause them problems. They didn’t cause us too many problems," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

"I’m not going to knock the players because their mentality is good. It was just taken away by a late decision."

Updated: August 26, 2019 10:24 AM

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