MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 0 Tottenham 4

Yoan Gouffran


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 0

Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Adebyaor 19, 82, Paulinho 53, Chadli 88)

 

 

Newcastle United suffered their third successive defeat as they went down 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James' Park on Wednesday night.

 

Emmanuel Adebayor baged a brace, with Paulinho and substitute Nacer Chadli also on target, as Spurs triumphed on Tyneside for the first time in nearly a decade.

 

Togolese striker Adebayor got the ball rolling midway through the first half, tapping home from close range after Tim Krul could only palm a cross into his path.

 

The Magpies had chanes to level before the break, notably through recalled front man Papiss Cisse, captain Moussa Sissoko and left-back Davide Santon.

 

However, they were unable to get back on terms and were left to rue those missed chances when Paulinho prodded home early in the second period.

 

United streamed forward in search of a way back into the contest, and only a series of fine saves by visiting keeper Hugo Lloris kept them out.

 

And Tottenham promptly put the game to bed, with Adebayor and Chadli on target in the closing stages to secure all three points for the Londoners.

 

Spurs fashioned the first opening of the evening with less than five minutes on the clock.

 

Mousa Dembele chased a long punt from keeper Hugo Lloris before wriggling clear of Davide Santon's attentions. The former Fulham man got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Adebayor but his strike was deflected inches wide by Vurnon Anita.

 

The visitors continued to press and Tim Krul had to be alerted to tip behind Paulinho's close-range drive which was threatening to find a way in at the near post.

 

But United repsonded immediately and also broke the deadlock as their front pair combined to good effect.

 

Santon's lofted free-kick into the box was met by Luuk de Jong, who rose highest to head down into the path of Papiss Cisse, and although the Senegalese striker connected, he was denied by a fine stop from Lloris.

 

Adebayor has been a man on fire since his return to the Spurs first team fold under new head coach Tim Sherwood, and he added to his tally on 19 minutes as the visitors opened the scoring.

 

Nabil Bentaleb's persistence down the left was key and his low delivery was pushed away by Krul but straight into the path of Adebayor, who was left with a simple tap-in to the empty net.

 

The Magpies were almost back on level terms within five minutes, when Sammy Ameobi's ball over the top put Cisse through on goal. Reaching the bouncing ball just before Lloris, he lifted it over the goalkeeper but watched it drop agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.

 

Tottenham went in search of a second and Aaron Lennon struck the foot of the post from the edge of the box, but up the other end the hosts came close to an equaliser with five minutes of the first half remaining.

 

Captain Sissoko drove forward exchanged passes with de Jong on the edge of the area and pulled the trigger with a rising drive that flew narrowly over the top, before - right on the stroke of half-time - Santon sent a 20-yard volley straight into the arms of Lloris.

 

That was Santon's final involvement in the match, as he was replaced at half-time by youngster Paul Dummett.

 

And although United made a bright start to the second period, they went two behind in the 53rd minute. A neat, passing move ended with Adebayor firing a low shot goalwards from just outside the area,

 

Krul managed to keep it out but, yet again, the rebound fell kindly to a visiting player - this time Paulinho - who swept the ball home to double their advantage.

 

Just past the hour mark, Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced in place of de Jong as Newcastle looked to gain a foothold back in the game, and the Frenchman's first contribution was to whip in a dangerous corner that Mathieu Debuchy was inches away from connecting with.

 

Fellow substitute Dummett went close with 20 minutes remaining, driving a cross-cum-shot right through the heart of the six-yard box and almost sneaking in at the far post, while Lloris had to be at his best to beat away a long-distance Gouffran strike.

 

If that save was good, the French international's next stop - from the resulting corner - was even better, as Lloris sprung to his left to tip over a firm Debuchy header which was on its way into the top corner.

 

On 80 minutes Lloris was called into action again, this time diverting clear a downward Cisse header after the front man had met Debuchy's centre.

 

But Tottenham put the result beyond any doubt with time running out as Adebayor grabbed his second - and the visitors' third - of the night.

 

Andros Townsend received the ball on the right and let fly from distance, forcing Krul to parry clear. Adebayor was first to react to the loose ball, striking down into the turf from the edge of the area and watching the ball loop up, over the keeper and into the back of the net.

 

The visitors added insult to injury with two minutes remaining, Chadli curling an oustanding long-range shot into the top corner, as United lost four home league games in row for the first time since 1987.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko (c), Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 71); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 63), Papiss Cisse

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen (c), Kyle Naughton; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue; Aaron Lennon (Nacer Chadli 75); Emmanuel Adebayor (Roberto Soldado 83), Mousa Dembele (Andros Townsend 64)

 

Subs not used: Brad Friedel, Michael Dawson, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane

 

 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - none; Tottenham - none

 

 

Attendance: 48,264 (2,150 Tottenham)

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