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May 162016
 

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Spurs were ‘on holiday’ against Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino said he suffered the lowest point of his managerial career as his Tottenham side fell to a 5-1 Premier League defeat at Newcastle.

Spurs needed a point to finish second, and above Arsenal for the first time since 1995 – but failed as their north London rivals beat Aston Villa 4-0.

Pochettino said: “I think today we showed that this wasn’t a team that had played well through the whole season.

“I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain.”

Spurs, who had 62.5% of the possession, were repeatedly caught out on the break by their opponents, who had already been relegated.

They were 2-0 down at half-time, but hopes of a recovery increased as first Erik Lamela pulled one back, and then Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off.

Instead, Tottenham conceded a penalty, converted by Georginio Wijnaldum, before two late goals saw Newcastle complete a stunning win. The result left Pochettino’s side third in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s 5-1 defeat at Newcastle was their heaviest of the season

When asked about what Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said to him at the end of the game, Pochettino said: “It was strange – Newcastle are relegated but he felt sorry for me.”

Arsenal’s second place was their best placing in the Premier League since the 2004-05 season.

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It was important to show fight – Wenger

An Olivier Giroud hat-trick helped the north London side sweep aside relegated Villa for their 20th victory of the campaign.

On hearing the result at St James’ Park, Gunners fans celebrated ‘St Totteringham Day’