Watch "Early Exit": Tottenham Fans Leave St James' Park Within 10 Minutes of Kick-Off
During Tottenham's first-half collapse against Newcastle, a continuous flow of Spurs fans were observed departing the away section at St James' Park after only 10 minutes.
Jacob Murphy fired top four hopefuls Newcastle ahead after just 61 seconds on Sunday afternoon when he pounced on a Hugo Lloris parry.
In just four minutes, Joelinton, the in-form midfielder who had played a crucial part in their first goal, effortlessly dribbled past Lloris and neatly placed the ball into the net to double their lead.
Only a few minutes had passed when the Newcastle forwards applied intense pressure, resulting in Murphy scoring his second goal with a spectacular long-range strike, completing his brace.
Newcastle have THREE!! 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/GaGmo9nnI9— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 23, 2023
Following Newcastle's unprecedented lead at St James' Park, as the score jumped from 2-0 to 3-0 in the ninth minute, several Spurs fans had seen enough.
Video footage shows a group of frustrated supporters leaving the stadium as the home crowd cheered.
The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder provided an update on Twitter, reporting that "a number of Tottenham fans had already left the ground," and jokingly added that "trains at Central Station bound for London will be very busy now."
Alexander Isak's back-to-back goals in the 19th and 21st minute dealt a heavy blow to the away team, who now found themselves trailing the Magpies by an astonishing five goals.
Here's how social media reacted to the scenes.
One fan said: "Those Spurs fans have made a 600 mile, 10 hour round trip on a Sunday to be 5-0 down after 20 minutes,"
While another commented: "Spurs fans leaving the stadium already. It’s hilarious."
A third wrote: "Feel sorry for the Spurs fans. That walk from where the away fans are back outside the stadium at the end of the game when you've lost feels just as long as the train journey home..."
A fourth added: "Every Spurs fan that’s travelled should be reimbursed. This is disgraceful."
Watch Spurs fans leave stadium after 10mins of kickoff....
Spurs fans leaving at 2:25pm 😂🤣😂— Newcastle Supporters Worldwide (@SupportersNufc) April 23, 2023
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Spurs fans leaving for a long journey home after just 20 mins of football 😂 pic.twitter.com/8MkmwRbXnf— Tommy Reed (@TommyGerrard9) April 23, 2023
Tottenham's interim manager Cristian Stellini has dubbed this week as the "most significant" in their season so far, in anticipation of Sunday's match against Newcastle.
"This is the biggest week because we don't have many chances to change the situation," he said. "We have to do it this week.
"It's an important game, we don't have to hide this. We know how important this game is, and all this week. Until mathematically we are out, we have to believe and try to win every game.
"This is the motivation we need to play this type of game because we have to achieve an important target, for the club and for everyone.
"If the motivation arrives from inside of you, you can create energy for the team. This is very important."