Aleksandar Mitrovic is Newcastle's highest-rated in great team showing
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has endured some awkward news conferences after some tough defeats in what has been a difficult season. But all of that seemed to evaporate as he took a sip of water in the media suite at White Hart Lane after a pulsating 2-1 Premier League victory against Spurs.
Had Newcastle lost this one the doom merchants would have waiting outside his door again on Monday morning. However, the uplifting triumph gives the club's season a different stance altogether and they start the week celebrating back-to-back victories.
Nobody, gave Newcastle a sniff when it came to taking wins out of the games with Liverpool and Spurs. Few expected even a point, so to get six is truly remarkable and worth celebrating ahead of the hectic festive period. Newcastle climbed to 15th spot in the table and can put real daylight between themselves and Aston Villa in the next game at St James' Park.
McClaren's side finally offered the consistency they have lacked in recent weeks, but this win could well have brought the ex-England boss more time. Newcastle aren't out of the woods just yet but the key factor is that McClaren's players are proving they ARE playing for him. Some pundits had claimed they'd stopped doing that but here they delivered in fine style.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Rob Elliot, 8 -- Elliot laid the foundations for this victory and was unfortunate not to win the man of the match award. He kept Spurs at bay in the first half with two great stops from Erik Lamela and then in the second half he denied Christian Eriksen. Tim Krul is remembered in this fixture for making a host of saves two seasons ago, but this was just as crucial.
DF Daryl Janmaat, 7 -- The Netherlands international tormented the opposition with a host of fantastic runs down the right hand side to keep the pressure on. His presence down the right flank can invite pressure but as Tottenham tired, Janmaat seemed to get stronger. He is proving why he is so highly rated by McClaren as the weeks go on.
DF Fabricio Coloccini, 7 -- Almost blotted his copy book by failing to get tight on Eric Dier for opening goal. But made up for it by providing an assist for Aleksandar Mitrovic to haul Newcastle back in the game. Some of his decision making remains questionable but Coloccini's cool reading of the game can make him an asset.
DF Chancel Mbemba, 8 -- Fast emerging as a big fan favourite as his name rung around White Hart Lane in the closing stages. His no nonsense style makes him a joy to watch. His partnership with Coloccini is blossoming by the week. And he is proving to be a bargain buy from Anderlecht
DF Paul Dummett, 8 -- Had fans purring with a crunch tackle on Kyle Walker in the first. The Welsh international was overjoyed to hear he would be facing England this weekend, this performance puts him right in the spotlight.
MF Moussa Sissoko, 8 -- He has already been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. And it's easy to see when he puts in powerful performances like this.
MF Vurnon Anita, 8 -- The former Ajax schemer is looking better by the game. Neat and tidy in the middle, Anita also put in a few last ditch tackles that really had fans off their seats in the away section. A wonderful passer of the ball.
MF Jack Colback, 8 -- It wasn't long ago he was being spoken about as an England candidate. Here he showed why tigerish displays like this will trigger him back into Roy Hodgson's plans.
MF Gini Wijnaldum, 8 -- The leading scorer may have left the goal heroics to others today but he proved his worth by keeping a calm head and helping lay on the winner for Perez. A truly class act that will have top scouts on his trail.
FW Siem De Jong, 5 -- A big figure in the dressing room but sadly this wasn't his day as Newcastle struggled to create during his time on the field.
FW Papiss Cisse, 5 -- Offered very little other than a tame header which was easy for Hugo Lloris.
FW Ayoze Perez, 8 -- The Spaniard caused problems from the moment he entered the field, by fair means and foul. But he stole the headlines with late winner.
FW Aleksandar Mitrovic, 9 -- He won man of the match by serving up the dramatic equaliser and then setting up the winner in a crazy 18-minute spell.
MF Yoan Gouffran, 6 -- Barely got a kick but helped soak up some time by coming on late in the day.
Lee Ryder is the chief sports writer for the Newcastle Chronicle, and follows Newcastle from academy to first team. Follow him on Twitter: @lee_ryder.