Past Ponderings

Heung-Min Son to the rescue

The victory temporarily lifts Mauricio Pochettino’s side up to second position in the Premier League and the relief was palpable when Son’s shot hit the back of the net in the 83rd minute to end a shut-out that threatened to deny the home side all three points.

Spurs dominated from start to finish, with Lucas Moura spurning a golden opportunity to open the scoring after 17 minutes, heading wide when he should have found the net. Moments later, Erik Lamela struck the woodwork with a header.

Newcastle ended a strong spell at the start of the second half and hit the woodwork themselves, with Salomon Rondon beating Hugo Lloris with a header across goal. But it was Son who broke the deadlock, squeezing a shot through Martin Dubravka, who should have made the save.

Sam Bennett clinches victory

Bennett had to fight back from a late move from Deceuninck-QuickStep, who bumped him off his teammate’s wheel, but that seemed to inspire him even more and he charged past Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to win on the San Juan ring road.

Bennett had finished third on the opening stage, and then the break of local riders stayed away on stage 6, raising the expectations on the final sprint.

“It’s great to win, it’s a relief, the pressure has gone,” Bennett said, savouring his first win of 2019.

“It’s always nice to get a win in the very first stage race. I needed it because I’d put pressure on myself. It’s really nice that the team had so much confidence in me and gave me three chances in the three sprint stages.

United caretaker Solskjaer told not to come back to Molde

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told not to return to Molde by the club’s owners after his fine start as caretaker manager of Manchester United.

Solskjaer has won eight of his first nine matches in charge, with United travelling to face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Molde owners Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten gave the green light to their manager being drafted in by the Red Devils in December following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer is now the favourite for the Old Trafford post on a full-time basis ahead of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino – and the Norwegian has revealed that he has been told not to return to his homeland.