Newcastle 0 Tottenham 4

Another away triumph away from home in an entertaining and open game of Premier League football.

Etienne Capoue played as the defensive midfielder which freed up Nabil Bentaleb to play play further forward and he is just as comfortable there, if not even better. This boy is turning out to be quite some footballer. At 19 years of age he ran the midfield assisted by Paulinho and Dembele who both put in excellent performances.

Spurs should have gone behind but Lloris was given the chance to make a point blank save which he duly did. The game was end to end attack in the first half with both teams creating chances but it was Spurs through Adebayor who went in front.

Excellent work from Bentaleb on the left and a superb cross along the deck curling between defenders and keeper across the 6 yard box. Tim Krul could only palm the ball and there was Adebayor in the right place at the right time to tuck the ball into an empty net.

The action continued until half-time with Lloris making saves and Younes Kaboul making a fantastic tackle to deny Ameobi after a crazy Naughton pass across field direct to the unmarked Ameobi 30 yards from goal. Kaboul ushered him wide and then put in a superbly timed tackle.

Newcastle have not come back from a half time defecit since 2006 and Tottenham have not lost when taking the lead this season so the signs were not good for Newcastle in the second half. Spurs tightened up and again played neat passing football. With the ball coming from the left a neat flick from Paulinho saw Adebayor have another shot which Krul could only parry again and it was Paulinho the first to react to tuck it in the corner of the net.

That was the signal for Spurs to shut up shop and defend it seems. Attacking intent went out the window for 20 minutes as we took the foot off the gas the way that is so annoying. Hugo Lloris was called upon to make two or three great saves to keep Newcastle out so it was with some relief that we started to attack again on the break.

Our passing had Newcastle at sixes and sevens as we worked an opening for Townsend, who had come on as a substitute for Dembele to have a shot. Yet another parry from Krul went to Adebayor near the penalty spot. His shot into the deck bounced over the diving Krul for number three.

There was still time for more, a sublime goal from Nacer Chadli, on as a sub for left winger Aaron Lennon. Nabil Bentaleb back heeled him the ball, he cut inside clearly intent on curling the ball into the far corner. Even knowing what was coming Tim Krul had no chance. Four nil.

It could have been five but Townsend had a late shot blocked by which time most of the Newcastle fans had left the stadium. Another good night for the boys in blue.




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