When Jose Mourinho arrived at a deserted St James' Park, the memories of his friend and mentor will have been on his mind.
So will the irritation he had never won a game here, at the club of Bobby Robson - the club the man he still calls "Mister" left him at Barcelona to manage in his final club job 21 years ago.
This is the "house Bobby built" Mourinho always says, the only man the Portuguese has always been unflinchingly loyal and deferential to. The man who gave him "his route into top-level football" and helped launch his career.
He will have remembered his old friend, even if he was denied the chance to touch the bust of Sir Bobby by protocols. Maybe that was the change in routine that led to the first win, though more likely it was just Harry Kane.
This was Jose's day, his first win at St James' Park secured thanks to Kane's 20th and 21st club goals of the season and the 200th and 201st in a professional career that began on loan at Leyton Orient against Sheffield Wednesday nine years ago.
Kane may look a little sluggish at times, but this is the sixth season in a row he has scored 20 goals or more.
Spurs needed him again to recharge their European push. The Champions League looks to be beyond them, but this win keeps them in the race for the dubious prize of a Europa League spot.
From a Champions League final in 2019 to continental football's consolation prize in 2020 might not seem like much to get excited about, but given Tottenham's poor start, the teething problems under Mourinho and questionable recruitment, it would at least salvage something.
As for Newcastle, this was a third successive defeat since they secured Premier League safety, but actually performed pretty well. Indeed, they were the better side for most of the first half; Miguel Almiron missing two chances, Dwight Gayle hitting a post, Jonjo Shelvey failing to get a much easier chance on target.
But they went in at half-time behind, Fabian Schar losing the ball stupidly close to his own goal to Lucas Moura, who fed Kane, who fed Son Heung-min, who shot through the legs of DeAndre Yedlin.
Newcastle equalised with a rocket from Matt Ritchie and appeared to be getting back on top, only for Spurs to score again, Kane pulling off the shoulder of the unconvincing Emil Krafth to head in his first.
Spurs got a late third as Newcastle pushed for a second equaliser, Kane nodding in from close range after Erik Lamela effort had been saved. Krafth was again at fault.
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