INCREDIBLE KANE

Mourinho praises Kane as striker reach 200 goals

The 26-year-old’s two strikes took his tally to 201 goals in 350 games, with all but 16 of those for Spurs.

In Summary

• The victory took Spurs up to seventh and boosted their Europa League qualification hopes.

• The visitors led in the first half when Son Heung-min drilled a low shot into the bottom corner moments after the drinks break disrupted Newcastle’s dominance.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane in action with Newcastle United's Fabian Schar
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane in action with Newcastle United's Fabian Schar
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Jose Mourinho praised the “incredible” Harry Kane after the Tottenham striker passed 200 goals at club level with a double in Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Newcastle.

The 26-year-old’s two strikes took his tally to 201 goals in 350 games, with all but 16 of those for Spurs.

“Harry Kane knows how important he is, he is incredible,” said Spurs boss Mourinho. “After such a difficult recovery [from injury] he is playing every minute of every game, this is the fourth game with two days in between and Harry gave everything.”

The victory took Spurs up to seventh and boosted their Europa League qualification hopes.

It was also the first time Mourinho had won a Premier League game at St James’ Park in his eighth attempt.

The visitors led in the first half when Son Heung-min drilled a low shot into the bottom corner moments after the drinks break disrupted Newcastle’s dominance.

Dwight Gayle almost levelled when his header hit the post and Matt Ritchie blasted an equaliser home 11 minutes after the restart. But that parity only lasted four minutes as Kane headed home a deep cross from substitute Steven Bergwijn.

That was the England captain’s 200th club goal, with 184 coming for Spurs and the other 16 for loan clubs Millwall, Leyton Orient and Leicester. He got the 201st late on with another header after Martin Dubravka parried Erik Lamela’s shot.

It was an impressive performance from Newcastle, who managed 22 shots to Spurs’ eight, but their season is just petering out as uncertainty over their Saudi Arabian takeover continues.

Spurs manager Mourinho said in the build-up to the game they would “fight” for a Europa League spot even though he compared it to Lewis Hamilton racing in “Formula Two or 3,000 or whatever you call it”.

His previous seven visits to Newcastle in the league with Chelsea and Manchester United had resulted in three draws and four defeats.

They were unchanged from the side who beat Arsenal on Sunday, with Serge Aurier starting just two days after his younger brother Christopher was shot dead. The Ivory Coast right-back will return to France on Thursday to see his mother.

Spurs were second best until the drinks break with Mourinho reshuffling to a 4-2-3-1 from 4-4-2 and it immediately paid dividends.

Lucas Moura stole possession off Fabian Schar before picking out Kane, who found Giovani lo Celso. He fed Son, who smashed his shot through DeAndre Yedlin’s legs and into the net.

Son has been directly involved in more goals under Mourinho than any other Spurs player (10 goals and eight assists).

Ritchie’s fine goal got Newcastle level but Kane - who was quiet until then - headed home to settle the game as Bergwijn got his first Premier League assist.

Kane then managed a second header - the first time he has ever achieved that in a Premier League game - after starting a move in the centre circle before finishing it off from close range.

They are now within one point of Wolves in sixth place, which could be the final Europa League slot if Arsenal win the FA Cup.