Emmanuel Adebayor Double In Tottenham’s Four Goal Win At Newcastle


Emmanuel Adebayor [Photo: Alan Hill]Tottenham recorded their biggest Premier League win of the season at Newcastle with Emmanuel Adebayor continuing in his rich vein of form with another two goals. Hugo Lloris played his part with some outstanding saves as Paulinho and Nacer Chaldi brought the goals total to four.

Newcastle United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4

Scorers: Adebayor (2), Paulinho, Chadli

Team: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele (Townsend), Bentaleb, Capoue, Paulinho, Lennon (Chadli); Adebayor (Soldado)  Subs: (unused) Friedel, Dawson, Eriksen, Kane

Tim Sherwood made three changes from the team which defeated Everton last weekend. Younes Kaboul replaced Michael Dawson in central defence with Kyle Naughton starting in place of Danny Rose who was out with concussion. Etienne Capoue started in midfield with Christian Eriksen dropping to the bench.

In an open game with both sides looking to get forward, Spurs started more quickly than in previous weeks. They  pushed men forward and Mousa Dembele on the right went past Santon and pulled the ball back to Adebayor whose shot after 4 minutes was deflected for a corner. A minute later it was Kaboul who troubled the Newcastle left back when he dispossessed him on the edge of the area. The ball fell to Paulinho whose shot was parried for a corner by Krul.

Hugo Lloris made a crucial save after 7 minutes when saving from Cisse after de Jong had knocked the ball down to him following a free-kick to the back post.

A free-kick after 13 minutes by Kyle Walker was headed past by Jan Vertonghen who was captain in place of Dawson.

Adebayor scores first goal [Photo: Alan Hill]Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham ahead after 19 minutes when he was on hand to side foot the ball into an empty net after Tim Krul could only parry Nabil Bentaleb’s cross from the left.

Four minutes later a cross by Walker was met by Aaron Lennon but a defender got to the ball just ahead of the winger and when it broke to Adebayor it was cleared for a corner.

Newcastle were dangerous on the break as Spurs persisted with a high defensive line and in the 25th minute Cisse lobbed the ball over Lloris on the edge of the penalty area but Vertonghen ushered the ball out safely.

The game was going from end to end with both sides pushing forward in attack. As Newcastle broke forward Kaboul had to defend strongly and tackled cleanly to win the ball on the edge of his own area after 33 minutes. In the final minute of the half a shot by Santon was saved low by Lloris.

At the start of the second period a cross by Cisse came off Vertonghen but was collected by Lloris and in the 52nd minute Spurs had doubled their lead. The goal came after a passage of good passing and on the edge of the area Bentaleb who was in a more forward role, played the ball across to Paulinho who set up Adebayor for a shot from distance. Krul parried the shot but Paulinho had followed up to score.

Paulinho 2 – 0 [Photo: Alan Hill]Spurs looked to add to the lead, their confidence high and Dembele had a shot deflected wide after another forward run by Bentaleb. Another run from deep saw him feed Lennon but the move broke down in midfield.

Hugo Lloris to the rescue [Photo: Alan Hill]Tottenham then sat back and invited Newcastle to attack which they could have regretted as Lloris was called upon to make a number of excellent saves. On 69 minutes a shot across goal was touched out by Lloris. He then saved a powerful shot from Gouffran in the 72nd minute and a minute later pulled off a great reflex save from a header by Debuchy. In the 79th minute he saved from a Cisse header low down but then Spurs ensured their win with a second goal by Adebayor.

In the 82nd minute, substitute Nacer Chadli played the ball across to Paulinho who laid it on for Andros Townsend who had replaced Dembele. The England winger shot but it was blocked and when it fell to Adebayor his shot into the ground gave Krul no chance.

Chadli made it four with an exquisite goal in the 88th minute. Bentaleb back-heeled the ball to Chadli who curled in a shot from 20 yards for his first Premier league goal. This was Spurs’ first League win at Newcastle since 2004 and their largest win at St. James’ Park since winning 5 – 1 in August, 1959.

Nacer Chadli – number 4. [Photo: Alan Hill]Tottenham remain in 5th place, 3 points behind Liverpool who defeated Fulham with a last minute penalty.A good win with some exciting and open football. At last Spurs have a positive goal difference +4.