Spurs secured another vital three points in the race for Champions league with a smashing 4-0 win at St James’ Park. Goals from Adebayor (2), Paulinho and Chadli.
Tottenham began the half very well indeed. Sherwood introduced a very different system to that we are used to with several central midfielders all packed into one side. Spurs however produced a really hardworking first half with everyone in the side putting in the shift necessary to come away with the correct points. Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen got the chance to show-off the partnership we have all been waiting for as the pair lined up alongside eachother at St James’.
It seemed that the players were helping eachother defensively and attacking-wise with Etienne Capoue helping Kyle Walker, as the Frenchman mopped up the sloppy clearance from the former Sheffield Untied player. At the other end, Paulinho attempted to play in Adebayor moments before but Newcastle dealt well with the chance. Adebayor had another chance moments later as he whipped a ball just past the post after some good work from Dembélé. Paulinho had his own chance not long after as Tottenham pressure continued. The Brazilian drilled an effort at Krul who pushed the effort over.
Tottenham were proving to be a good watch early on and were pressing very well to keep Newcastle on their toes. Adebayor and a Paulinho were working very hard indeed to press forward and keep a high line. The Toons kept their share of the game to a good standard as Lloris was forced into a save from Cisse. The French keeper did very well to capture the ball after his initial save also. Spurs then entered a period of defensive solidarity as Kaboul and Vertonghen proved to be a good partnership. The first goal came just before the 20 minute mark. Emmanuel Adebayor buried a spill from Tim Krul after an outstanding cross from Nabil Bentaleb. The goal came after a strong spell for the away side and the Spurs contingent in the away end were full of song for their side.
The half then continued will Tottenham attacking intent although Newcastle did have some pressure of their own. Sissoko coming close from the edge. The half ended 1-0 and Tim Sherwood’s side definitely deserved the lead.
The second half, despite its moments, highlighted moments of pure class from a Tottenham who would go on to secure that lead. After around 50 minutes, Paulinho extended the lead with a comfortable finish. Adebayor drilled a hard effort towards goal, only for Krul to spill it yet again and the Brazilian was there to do the rest. Spurs were flying and it was to continue not long after. A double injury hit Tottenha, hard towards the end of the half. Both Younes Kaboul and Mousa Dembélé were struggling, with Dembélé forced to leave for Andros Townsend. But this would not be the end for Spurs and their attacking authority.
On the 83rd minute, Emmanuel Adebayor made it 3-0 to Spurs with a splendid half volley which looped over the top of Krul into the net. It was a particularly jazzy goal which helped to secure the points for Tottenham and further extend the fiery form that the striker is under. But this was still not to be the end and Tottenham had one more goal in them. Nacer Chadli intercepted a splendid Bentaleb ball to curl a stunning effort past Krul and into the net. This was a real sublime effort to secure the Belgian’s first league goal for Spurs. The game finished Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.
Lloris – Marvellous saves and another clean sheet (Excellent)
Walker – Top first half and attacked well (Very Good)
Kaboul – More injuries but a good performance (Good)
Vertonghen – Solid at the back as always (Good)
Naughton – Didn’t do much in all fairness (Average)
Paulinho – Monstrous. Improving every week. (Excellent)
Bentaleb – Much improved, two assists (Very good)
Dembélé – Skillful and suave. (good)
Lennon – Stunted performance (Average)
Capoue – Defensively sound. (Good)
Adebayor – Addy is on fire (Excellent)
MOTM – Paulinho. He has possibly been our best summer signing. Fitted in superbly and scoring frequently now. A vital cog in the Tottenham machine.