Premier League - Tottenham hit four as Newcastle crumble

Premier League, St James' Park - Newcastle United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Adebayor 19, 82, Paulinho 53, Chadli 88)

Tottenham Hotspur stayed in the hunt for Champions League qualification after beating Newcastle United 4-0 at St James' Park.

Newcastle went close in the first half with a lob from Papiss Cisse that just drifted wide, and Moussa Sissoko blasted over from outside the box.

It was Spurs who had the best chances, with Aaron Lennon hitting the post, and Paulinho bringing a good save from Tim Krul at the near post. Their goal came on 19 minutes, when Nabil Bentaleb curled in a cross from the left wing that Krul palmed into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor, who slotted into an open goal.

Spurs doubled their lead on 53 minutes after Paulinho was first to an Adebayor shot that was pushed into his path by Krul.

Newcastle failed to mount a serious comeback, their best chances coming from a Yoan Gouffran shot from distance, and a Mathieu Debuchy header brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris. Lloris followed that save up when Cisse headed straight at him with 10 minutes left.

Three minutes later, Adebayor made it three. Krul pushed Andros Townsend’s shot high into the air towards Adebayor to volley in his second. Nacer Chadli curling shot from outside the box made it four, and a dreadful night for Newcastle.

KEY EVENTS

6’ - PAULINHO CHANCE - Mousa Dembele robs Davide Santon on the right wing, and the ball runs for Paulinho, who takes a couple of touches and smashes a shot to the top corner that Krul saves smartly.

19’ - ADEBAYOR GOAL - Bentaleb curls a cross in from the left, and Krul flaps at the ball, knocking it straight to Adebayor who can’t miss from just a few yards.

26’ - CISSE LOB - Sammy Ameobi hits a ball over the top for Cisse to chase, and he attempts to lob Lloris, who was quickly out, but the ball drifts wide.

31’ - LENNON HITS THE POST - Adebayor finds Lennon on the edge of the box. He cuts back onto his right foot, and Krul pushes his low shot onto the post.

53’ - PAULINHO GOAL - Adebayor receives the ball from Paulinho, and fires a shot at goal. Krul dives to his right, pushes it away from goal, but only as far as Paulinho who slides the ball inside the near post.

74’ - LLORIS SAVE - Debuchy aims a header high towards goal, and Lloris tips over brilliantly.

80’ - CISSE CHANCE - Unmarked in the box, Cisse heads straight at Lloris when it was easier to score.

82’ - ADEBAYOR DOUBLE - Krul pushes another shot away, this time from Townsend, and Adebayor smashes the rebound into the net.

84’ - CHADLI GOAL - Taking one touch on the corner of the box to set himself up, Chadli curls in a great shot into the top corner.

KEY STATS

Newcastle United have lost their last four Barclays Premier League games at St James Park without scoring.

Tottenham have won eight and lost just one of their last 11 Barclays Premier League away games.

This was Spurs’ first clean sheet in eight away matches in the Premier League.

The Magpies have gone eight Premier League games without a clean sheet on home soil.

Spurs have scored on each of their last nine Premier League visits to St James Park.

Newcastle have had fewer goalscorers in the Premier League this season than any other side (8).

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TALKING POINT

Can Spurs steal fourth? Although Liverpool are on a high after their Arsenal victory, Tim Sherwood appears to have his side winning consistently, if not playing hugely impressively. It’s unlikely, but out of Spurs, Everton and Manchester United, they have the best chance of taking advantage of any mistakes above them.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs): He scored the decisive goal and it was his shot that created the Paulinho goal, but as well as that was involved in the build-up play, and closed down defenders, far more than has been seen in the past. His form is rightly keeping Roberto Soldado on the bench.

PLAYER RATINGS

Newcastle United: Krul 5, Debuchy 6, Williamson 6, S.Taylor 6, Santon 5, Gouffran 6, Sissoko 6, Anita 5, Sammy Ameobi 6, de Jong 6, Cisse 5. Subs: Dummett 6, Marveaux 6, Ben Arfa 6.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris 7, Walker 6, Kaboul 6, Vertonghen 6, Naughton 6, Dembele 6, Bentaleb 7, Capoue 6, Paulinho 7, Lennon 6, Adebayor 8. Subs: Chadli 7, Townsend 7, Soldado 6.

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