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Premier League

  • August 24, 2014
  • • 13:30
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 36109

Tottenham 4-0 QPR: Adebayor strikes in nightmare return for Redknapp

Tottenham 4-0 QPR: Adebayor strikes in nightmare return for Redknapp

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Nacer Chadli scored twice in the first half and new signing Eric Dier picked up his second goal in as many games in a convincing London derby win against the former Spurs boss

Tottenham romped to a comprehensive 4-0 victory against former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's QPR on Sunday afternoon.

Nacer Chadli opened the scoring after combining with Emmanuel Adebayor before Eric Dier scored his second goal in as many games on the half-hour mark.

Chadli bagged his second of the game before half time and Adebayor converted a Danny Rose cross to wrap up the win after the break.

By Ewan Roberts

Tottenham often laboured at White Hart Lane last season, but the fun was back in abundance on Sunday afternoon. Harry Redknapp's return was not a happy one as Mauricio Pochettino's new-look, slick attack continually sliced apart a QPR back-line that looks ill-equipped for the top-flight.

Nacer Chadli grabbed a double, while Emmanuel Adebayor also netted and Eric Dier became the first defender to net in the opening two Premier League matches. In truth, Spurs could have scored even more as they penetrated the visitor's defence at will.

Right now, the sides could not be further apart, with Tottenham sitting at the top of the table and QPR rock bottom. The north Londoners face a more testing encounter next though, when they take on Liverpool.
The result sees Tottenham maintain their winning start to the 2014-15 campaign, while QPR are left searching for their first points since returning to the top flight.

Redknapp handed debuts to Mauricio Isla - on loan from Juventus - and Leroy Fer, who arrived from Norwich City earlier this week, while Erik Lamela made his first Premier League start at White Hart Lane, six days short of a year since he became Tottenham's record signing.

It was the home side who applied all of the pressure early on - Adebayor nodding narrowly over from a Nabil Bentaleb cross - and it was not long before they were in front.

Adebayor turned provider as he dinked a cross in from the left, and Chadli took the ball down wonderfully on his chest before poking it beyond Robert Green in the QPR net.

QPR were giving Tottenham far too much space, and Pochettino's men could have been further in front two minutes later had Adebayor capped off a swift counter-attacking move with a better finish.

It was becoming clear that QPR would need to make the best of any opportunities that fell their way.

However, when Matt Phillips cut inside Younes Kaboul in the penalty area after meeting a long-range pass, he fluffed the finish by clearing the crossbar.

The visitors were very nearly punished moments later when Christian Eriksen rattled the crossbar from a 25-yard free-kick, but Dier then powered home a header, leaving a glum-looking Redknapp scratching his head on the QPR bench.

Chadli doubled his tally seven minutes later, placing a header into the bottom-left corner from a chipped Lamela cross after a rampant Tottenham had strung together an incredible 48 passes in the build-up.

Tottenham old boy Steven Caulker got a rare glimpse at goal for QPR shortly after the break, but placed his header a yard wide of the right-hand post from a corner, before Adebayor slid the ball past Green for a fourth after being teed up by Danny Rose.

Rose almost gave QPR a hand nine minutes from time when he diverted the ball into his own net, but the referee disallowed the goal for an infringement on the full-back, leaving the visitors to mull over a dismal performance in which they rarely looked like troubling Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.