MATCH REPORTS

Tottenham 4 Newcastle 0

Yoan Gouffran


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At White Hart Lane

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Bentaleb 18, Chadli 46, Kane 63, Soldado 70)

Newcastle United 0

 

 

Newcastle United's Capital One Cup journey ended at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night, as they went down 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Goals from Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado secured Spurs' comfortable passage into the final four of the cup competition at White Hart Lane.

 

United started brightly but the hosts took the lead when goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, under minimal pressure, dropped a corner at the feet of Bentaleb, who was never going to pass up that opportunity.

 

Chadli doubled the advantage from 20 yards just seconds after half-time, and Kane made it three soon after when he turned and drove home from inside the area.

 

Substitute Soldado completed the scoring on a disappointing evening for the Magpies, pouncing on Alnwick's parry, and focus now turns to Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby at St. James' Park.

 

A frantic opening period saw both sides display their attacking intent but it was Spurs who created the first clear-cut chance on ten minutes through Nacer Chadli.

 

Fed by Andros Townend inside the area, the winger took a touch and drove an angled shot goalwards but Alnwick was equal to it at his near post.

 

Harry Kane was next to try his luck but, stretching to meet Danny Rose's centre, he couldn't direct his effort on target.

 

Sissoko was back in the United side after a one-game ban and came close to breaking the deadlock on 16 minutes.

 

Picking up the ball just inside the Tottenham half, the French powerhouse embarked on a mazy run past a handful of challenges, letting fly from 25 yards and only seeing a fine save from Michel Vorm deny him the opener.

 

Less than two minutes later, the hosts were in front and it was a gift.

 

Christian Eriksen's left-wing corner appeared simple for Alnwick but the rookie goalkeeper spilled the delivery straight at the feet of Bentaleb, who hooked home from close range.

 

That knocked the stuffing out of Newcastle somewhat, and Benjamin Stambouli and Harry Kane both went close to doubling Spurs' advantage through long-range strikes.

 

With half-time approaching, the visitors conjured up an opening as Remy Cabella's cross somehow found its way through to Gouffran on the far side of the area, but striding on to it, the French forward lashed wildly over the bar.

 

That could have seriously changed the complexion of this match, as with the second half just 34 seconds old, Chadli fired Spurs into a two-goal lead.

 

United failed to properly clear their lines and the Belgian was given time and space to work his way across the edge of the area, before dragging a shot through the legs of Fabricio Coloccini and out of Alnwick's reach.

 

Cabella should have halved the deficit in the 54th minute but somehow spurned an absolute sitter.

 

Perez did the hard work, cleverly holding off the challenge of Jan Vertonghen wide on the right before racing towards the byline.

 

The youngster's delivery was perfect for Cabella but somehow the former Montpellier man fluffed his lines from a couple of yards.

 

Tottenham kept pressing, in a bid to kill the tie, and Alnwick saved well from Vlad Chiriches before Massadio Haidara nodded a Vertonghen header off the line.

 

But United were unable to keep them at bay for much longer and goal number three arrived just past the hour mark.

 

Kane received a pass from Townsend, and his touch took him in front of Mike Williamson before planting a left-footed strike past Alnwick and into the bottom corner.

 

The young striker was replaced by Soldado soon after, and it took the substitute less than a minute to get himself on the scoresheet.

 

Alnwick could only parry Eriksen's long-ranger straight into the path of Soldado, who took a touch before slotting home into the empty net.

 

Seventeen-year-old substitute Adam Armstrong provided a late positive on a disappointing evening, with three good chances, two of which were saved by Vorm.

 

But that was as good as it got for Alan Pardew's side, who conceded four goals for the second time in five days.

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen (c), Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb (Etienne Capoue 80), Benjamin Stambouli; Nacer Chadli (Mousa Dembele 61), Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend; Harry Kane (Roberto Soldado 69)

 

Subs not used: Hugo Lloris, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Erik Lamela

 

 

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko (Vurnon Anita 73), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Haris Vuckic 80), Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere (Adam Armstrong 60)

 

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka, Remie Streete, Callum Roberts

 

 

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

 

Bookings: Tottenham - none; Newcastle - Haidara (61)

 

Attendance: 34,677 (4,200 Newcastle)

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