On a day of sporting heroics and defiance, still no-one saw this result coming.

Not least Steve Bruce who celebrated at the final whistle with a muted smile and a hug for each of his players as they trooped off looking weary and wounded at the final whistle.

For once the Toon Army in the away end could be excused for taking their shirts off to celebrate on a gloriously hot day in North London when it was Tottenham who ran out of gas.

But you can probably understand why Bruce chose not to go over to the away end after the game considering the amount of stick he has taken even from his own supporters this season.

It was one of those results that stands out in any season because this was supposed to be a nailed-on home win, Newcastle fearful they would go rock bottom and yet it ends up with an unlikely away win.

Steve Bruce secured his first win as Newcastle manager

Tottenham, in contrast, were awful. Devoid of ideas, a lack of movement and they looked horribly flat and even another Christian Eriksen cameo appearance from the bench could not save them this time.

Lucas Moura missed two sitters and there were frustrations with VAR as it seems even video technology is far from foolproof on big late penalty appeals.

How anyone thinks Jamaal Lascelles diving to stop Harry Kane heading for goal is not a penalty is anyone’s guess. Referee Mike Dean bottled making a decision, left it to Stockley Park and they missed it as well. Incredible.

But that would have also been heartbreaking for Newcastle who gave everything at White Hart Lane as they fought like warriors to hang on to Brazilian striker Joelinton’s 27th minute opener.

Joelinton's goal gave Newcastle the win in north London

Maybe the more you throw at Newcastle, the more you tip them from relegation, the more you ridicule Bruce, the more they fight to prove you wrong.

Newcastle’s home-grown hero Paul Dummett was as good as anyone in their defence, kicking and heading any ball that came his way. It was desperate stuff at times, but they dug in and defied Spurs.

The worry for Mauricio Pochettino was that Spurs, not for the first time this season, looked short of inspiration and ideas.

They struggled to open up the visitors. In their opening game of the season against Aston Villa, they trailed until Eriksen came on and that inspired them. Even at Manchester City last week, they got lucky to get a draw. There are worrying signs for Pochettino.

Tottenham were short of ideas in their defeat to Newcastle

A lack of creativity and ideas is the biggest issue and, despite Eriksen only having one year left on his contract, you can see why Pochettino does not want to lose him. Erik Lamela is getting his chance and not taking it, Giovani Lo Celso is still finding his feet.

You felt sorry for Harry Winks in Tottenham’s midfield as, time after time, he had the ball at his feet, players in front of him but they were simply not moving for him. Harry Kane starved of service and Lucas losing his shooting boots.

There was a warning sign after 23 minutes when Sean Longstaff saw a fierce drive pushed over by Hugo Lloris. Shortly afterwards, Newcastle substitute Christian Atsu played in Joelinton who controlled it with his right foot, fired it in with his left and showed the finishing of a £40m striker.

Kane was brought down by Lascelles but no penalty was given

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Newcastle battened down the hatches, spread five across the back and keeper Martin Dubravka made smart saves and even when he spilled one Lucas fired the rebound wide.

Eriksen was thrown on with no joy, Spurs were running out of time but when Kane got away from his man in the box in the 80th minute, Lascelles threw himself towards the ball and stopped the striker. Yet neither Dean or VAR gave a penalty.

A minute later, Moussa Sissoko’s cross found Lucas in the box and he fired over. It was the final chance gone. Incredibly, it was Newcastle’s fourth win in six years at Tottenham and this, like the rest, owed much to their heroics and the home side coming up well short.