Gareth Bale was in imperious form as his two goals saw Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.
The Magpies have looked a different team of late with the injection of French talent during the transfer window but were on the back foot almost immediately.
Only five minutes in Bale sent a free-kick up and over the wall to give Spurs the lead in a match up that customarily produces fireworks.
The visitors hit back 20 minutes later through new-boy Yoan Gouffran but another goal for Bale in the second half sealed the win for Andre Villas-Boas’ men.
Bale’s red-hot form showed no sign of abating and he got on the scoresheet early, recalling his Southampton days as he produced a piece of magic with the dead ball.
A silly foul from Fabricio Coloccini gave the Welshman the chance from 25 years and he struck the ball sweetly in a Ronaldo-esque fashion, directing it inside of Tim Krul’s right hand post.
Papiss Cisse should have levelled for the Magpies midway through the half but he planted his header wide of goal from Coloccini’s diagonal ball.
At the other end Spur’s new signing Lewis Holty demonstrated why he is so highly regarded as his first time shot flew narrowly wide.
Minutes later Newcastle had their breakthrough and it came courtesy of two of their new stars with Moussa Sissoko cutting the ball back to Gouffran whose shot was deflected past Hugo Lloris.
Yohan Cabaye was turning the cogs in midfield for Newcastle and the Frenchman almost bagged the home side’s second on 35 minutes but Michael Dawson made a brave block to deny him.
Ten minutes into the second period Steven Taylor had a chance after the ball fell to him following a corner but he could not get enough purchase on an akward shot that flew tamely into the keeper’s gloves.
That was Newcastle’s last real chance for quite some time as Spurs began to run the game although they too lacked the penetration to trouble Krul.
In the 78th minute the home side edged ahead once more as Bale burst down the middle of the field and picked up the ball as the Newcastle defence delayed on making a clearance.
With only Krul to beat the pacey 23-year-old slid the ball calmly between the keeper’s legs before reeling away for his trademark heart-symbol celebration.
Desperate for his hat-trick Bale continued to cause the Newcastle defence all kinds of problems and forced Krul into a smart save with time running out.
The game headed into an extended period of stoppage time to accommodate injuries to both Gouffran and Moussa Dembele and there were chances aplenty during a frenetic close to play.
Lloris got a small touch on Shola Ameobi’s first time shot to preserve Spur’s lead before Bale missed his easiest chance of the night as he slammed the ball over the crossbar with his right foot, the goal gaping.
The now-bona fide Premier League star almost had the last word in the final seconds but his hat-trick evaded him as he evaded the attentions of two defenders before arrowing a low shot towards the corner that was just kept out.