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February 12, 2014
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 48264
E. Adebayor 19', 82'
N. Chadli 88'
And there goes the full-time whistle - Tottenham condemn Newcastle to a heavy 4-0 defeat at St James' Park. After just one goal in an open and attacking first half - Adebayor putting Spurs ahead within 20 minutes - the goals started to flow for the visitors in the second period. Paulinho and Chadli added goals either side of the Togo international's second, with the Magpies offering very little in response after a decent first 45.
90' + 4'
So with under ten minutes left at Craven Cottage - where Liverpool are drawing 2-2 with Fulham - it looks to be a very good evening indeed for Tottenham in the race for fourth place. Newcastle, however, slip up after Southampton's victory yesterday and, after losing four successive home Premier League games for the first time ever, are in need of a real lift.
90' + 2'
SAVE KRUL!! The Newcastle keeper denies Townsend from adding a fifth from close range after rushing off his line quickly - the Spurs attackers now lining up to get on the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, Liverpool attacker Coutinho has made it 2-2 at Craven Cottage with a lovely goal of his own, after Richardson had put Fulham back in front.
GOOOOAAALL!! Chadli fires in Tottenham's fourth with a stunning effort from outside the box! The Spurs man collects the ball right on the corner of the 18-yard area, before picking his spot in the far side of the goal and curling a beautiful strike beyond Krul's reach.
Townsend shoots at goal from just outside the box, but it's a weak effort and Krul saves it with ease.
So, Newcastle look set to lose their FOURTH successive league game at St James' Park - they haven't done that since 1987.
GOOAAL!! Adebayor puts the game beyond doubt for Tottenham! Arguably Krul is at fault again as he fails to hold on to Townsend's initial effort - instead he bats the ball straight to the Togo international whose shot bounces beyond the Magpies keeper's reach. Perhaps he could have done better with both shots, there.
ANOTHER LLORIS SAVE! Debuchy finds Cisse lurking just about onside - but the Frenchman is once again on hand to somehow block the header, this time with his leg.
Cisse looks for the lively Dummett on Newcastle's right but his pass is poor and overhit, with the ball running out for a throw-in.
We've got quarter of an hour left now and, still, the majority of the play is pretty scrappy. Adebayor almost gets on the end of a half-blocked cross but the ball doesn't quite fall kindly for him
HUGE SAVE LLORIS! The Spurs keeper shows incredible reflexes to tip Gouffran's close-range header over the bar, after saving smartly from the attacker's low drive moments earlier.
Over at Craven Cottage, by the way, Liverpool equalised through Sturridge before the break and, with just under an hour elapsed, are drawing 1-1 with Fulham. If things stay how they are, Spurs will end the night just one point behind the Reds.
Dummett outpaces Townsend on Newcastle's right flank but his shot-cross goes inches wide of the post. A goal-kick is given but, on second look, it seems Lloris get a touch on the ball.
This game - in complete contrast from the first half - has gone really, really quiet. At the moment no-one on the pitch looks capable of producing anything like the attacking flair we saw before the break.
Townsend, just off the bench, does well to use his pace and get back to keep Ben Arfa, also just on as a substitute, from getting in behind.
Luuk de Jong
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle have got just under half-an-hour to get themselves back into this game - personally I can't see it happening with Spurs still on top.
... but it looks like he'll be fine to continue as he re-enters the pitch.
Tottenham defender Kaboul is just down and receiving treatment for the moment ...
Sissoko tries to break after a Tottenham corner but there's no support for him and Spurs kill the move.
Tottenham are in complete control now, with Newcastle failing to get hold of the ball.
GOAL!! Paulinho puts Tottenham 2-0 up! Krul fails to collect Adebayor's shot from range, parrying the ball right back in to the danger area with the Brazil international able to tap it home with the second attempt.
Gouffran has a free-kick for Newcastle in a decent position but the Tottenham defence clears the danger - Vertonghen & co have been pretty dominant in the air.
Vertonghen deflects Sissoko's cross from the right towards his own goal but Lloris is alert and saves with ease.
Cisse is almost played through on goal but Lloris rushes out and sweeps up the danger.
And we're back underway!
Looking ahead to the second half in Newcastle, let's hope for more of the same - open, attacking football, from both sides. Don't go anywhere!
That early Spurs goal has really made the hosts come out and play whilst, of course, Sherwood's men have continued to attack despite gaining the lead. It's really tough to say who's been on top, with both sides creating chances, but I'd say the hosts have looked more like scoring since the Togo international's opening goal went in. Tottenham have also looked susceptible to the counter attack.
And the half-time whistle goes! Tottenham lead 1-0 at the break. It's been a highly entertaining 45 minutes of football, as many thought it would be, with Adebayor's 19th minute breakthrough still the difference between the two sides. Spurs have had further chances to add to their lead, Lennon hitting the post, whilst Lloris has denied Newcastle's Cisse from all of two yards out.
Just the one minute is added on at St James' Park, as Lloris saves from Santon.
Spurs are playing with a really high line here and look vulnerable whenever Newcastle win the ball in midfield - which is happening far too often.
Sissoko breaks again for Newcastle as Spurs lose the ball in midfield, but his final ball aimed at Ameobi isn't good enough and the move fizzles out.
Sissoko and De Jong exchange a neat one-two on the edge of the Tottenham box but the former's shot is wild and misses the target.
Gouffran does well on the right to beat his man and win a corner, however the delivery fails to beat the first man. Walker then breaks on Tottenham's right but his cross is straight at Krul.
We've got just under ten minutes until the break at St James' Park, with things just slowing down a little bit after a very hectic opening.
Spurs fail to clear their lines at the first time of asking but they are let off as Ameobi slices a follow-up attempt wide of the mark.
Newcastle get in to a good position on the right flank but Gouffran's cross goes straight behind.
POST! Lennon cuts in from the right-hand-side and beats Krul with a low drive - but it hits the woodwork!
This has been a really good, open game of football so far, with that early Tottenham goal probably helping.
Sissoko breaks on the right after a pass from Ameobi, who follows his run, but the former can't find the latter with his return ball.
Back down the other end Ameobi finds Cisse with a neat ball over the top - the Newcastle striker tries to lob the out-rushing Lloris but his effort bounces wide of the goal.
WHAT A TACKLE! Williamson makes a vital sliding challenge inside his own box to deny Lennon, after a superb run and cross from Spurs right-back Walker.
Bentaleb is really impressing here as he strides forward being being almost rugby tackled by Anita.
Ameobi has a decent chance to get Newcastle back in it straight away after Naughton's careless pass but Kaboul gets back, forces him out wide and blocks the shot.
GOAL!! Tottenham take the lead through Adebayor after Krul fails to collect Bentaleb's cross! The Spurs youngster shows great strength to shake off Sissoko on the left flank before whipping the ball across the face of goal, the Magpies keeper flaps at it but can't claim it allowing the striker to tap home with ease.
Paulinho breaks with the ball and finds Adebayor but his attempted pass is poor and Newcastle are able to get men back. Spurs come again with Bentaleb but, after a few clumsy exchanges, the final ball from Naughton is also not good enough.
CHANCE! Tottenham defender Vertonghen heads just wide after a good set-piece delivery from Walker.
It takes Spurs a few attempts but they finally get the ball out of their box after a dangerous Santon cross follows a half-cleared corner from the near side.
The hosts try and counter with De Jong finding Cisse on the front foot, but the striker is crowded out and Spurs break down the move.
Great running from Adebayor forces Newcastle to pass the ball all the way back to Krul - much to the delight of the travelling Spurs faithful.
WHAT A SAVE LLORIS! The Spurs keeper denies Cisse from point-blank range after De Jong knocks the ball into his path following a deep free-kick. HUGE opportunity, that.
Santon is in more trouble as Kaboul wins the ball from him on the edge of the Newcastle box - it falls to Paulinho but he can't beat Krul in the hosts' goal.
BIG EARLY CHANCE TOTTENHAM! Dembele out-muscles Santon on the right flank before cutting the ball back to Adebayor in a great position, however the striker's shot is deflected wide of the post.
Tottenham have started with a decent spell of the possession and are looking more like the home side in these very early exchanges.
And we're underway.
The Magpies also came out on top in the reverse of tonight's fixture at White Hart Lane earlier in the season - Loic Remy's 13th minute strike enough to win the game.
Kick-off is just about five minutes away at St James' Park - a ground where Tottenham have not won in the Premier League since August 2004!
As for Tottenham, with Liverpool likely to pick up three points against bottom-boys Fulham later on this evening three points are also vital. Should Spurs taste defeat at St James' Park and Brendan Rodgers men win away at Craven Cottage, the Reds will be SIX points ahead of the north Londoners in the race for fourth spot.
Right then, with all that team news business out of the way let's take a look at what victory this evening could mean for the two sides. Newcastle were last night leapfrogged by Southampton - who beat Hull City 1-0 - but can regain eighth position with a win tonight. Three points could also see the Magpies jump to just one point behind Manchester United, should David Moyes' men lose to Arsenal.
Tottenham subs: Friedel, Dawson, Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend, Kane, Soldado.
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Capoue, Bentaleb, Paulinho; Lennon, Adebayor, Dembele.
Newcastle subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi.
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, S.Taylor, Santon; Gouffran, Sissoko, Anita, Sammy Ameobi; De Jong; Cisse.
As for Tottenham, French midfielder Etienne Capoue returns from the cold and into the starting line-up, whilst Kyle Naughton also gets the nod at the back. Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose drop out. Tim Sherwood is also mixing up his formation, according to the club's official Twitter feed, with Spurs to line-up in a 4-3-3 with Aaron Lennon and Moussa Dembele aiming to support main man Emmanuel Adebayor.
TEAM NEWS: Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse will partner new loan signing Luuk de Jong in attack, with Alan Pardew choosing to alter his side somewhat, from the one that has been struggled of late. Yoan Gouffran is back for the home side, with Paul Dummett being the man sacrificed, as Davide Santon moves back to his more familiar position of left-back.
I'm John Stammers, and I will be leading you through all of the action in blustery Newcastle, as Spurs arrive off the back of an excellent victory against high-flying Everton. Three consecutive defeats for the Magpies means that the hosts aren't in good form, and should Pardew's men slip to defeat once again tonight, it will be the first time since the Premier League was inaugurated that Newcastle have lost four on the bounce.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham's Premier League trip to St James' Park, to face Alan Pardew's Newcastle United. The last time these two sides met, it ended in frustration for Andre Villas-Boas, as Tim Krul stole the show at White Hart Lane. Tonight, under the new stewardship of Tim Sherwood, the away side will be hoping for a more favourable outcome.
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