In an impressive performance by Spurs at St. James’ Park, they showed an inclination to attack against a Newcastle who have now lost their last four home league games without scoring a goal. Spurs gained revenge for the defeat at White Hart Lane in November and maintain their challenge to finish in a Champions League place come next May.
Another two goals by Emmanuel Adebayor to bring his total to 9 in all competitions since being restored to the team by Tim Sherwood will grab the headline writers’ attention but others contributed to the win.Hugo Lloris, as he did against Everton, made a crucial early save from Cisse when Newcastle had created a clear goal scoring opportunity from a free-kick. Then with Spurs comfortable at 2 – 0, and sitting back to defend the lead, he again had to be at his best with a number of outstanding saves. A goal at that time would have lifted United and the St. James’ Park crowd to believe their team could make a comeback.
With their goal still in tact, Spurs were able to go on to secure victory with two further goals as Lloris maintained his 11th clean sheet of the season in the Premier League.
The selection of Nabil Bentaleb has brought questions of Tim Sherwood among fans but playing in a more advanced role against Newcastle he showed great energy and a willingness to carry the ball forward. Criticised by some for not being able to produce a creative pass, the young player answered those critics with a cross which led to Adebayor’s opening goal and a second assist for Nacer Chadli’s goal with a back-heal to leave the the winger in space to curl his shot in from 20 yards. Bentaleb worked hard and didn’t shirk his challenges in midfield.
Two players who returned to the team showed up well. Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue also contributed to the victory.
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