Match: Wednesday 12th February 2014.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Competition: Premier League.
Result: Newcastle 0-4 Tottenham.
Tottenham goals: Emmanuel Adebayor 19′, 82′, Paulinho 53′ and Nacer Chadli 88′.
What a stunning win, but it’s not just how many goals we scored, it’s how we scored them, and the way we performed all game with high pressure in midfield, that creative spark in the final third and resilience at the back. That performance had it all, very very impressive. After starting slowly against Everton last week, Tim Sherwood demanded a fast beginning and that’s exactly what we got, we made good chances very early on through Adebayor and Paulinho, but we got the breakthrough on 19 minutes, Nabil Bentaleb was strong down the left wing and brushed off Moussa Sissoko, got a dangerous cross into the box and Tim Krul palmed the ball straight into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor, who tucked home easily. We had to rely on our defensive solidity for the rest of the first half, Hugo Lloris making top saves and keeping us in the lead, as well as Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue working hard to make sure chances weren’t created. In the second half we started quickly once again, harrying and pressurising Newcastle into mistakes, and we had the majority of possession. On 53 minutes, great link up play between Paulinho and Adebayor ended up with Adebayor taking a shot, which Tim Krul parried straight into Paulinho’s feet and gave him an easy chance to make it 2-0, and he did, a good little finish and the crucial goal to give us a comfortable lead. I think we cruised the rest of the game, Newcastle were down beat, and so were their fans, apart from more Hugo Lloris saves they didn’t really look like scoring, we were dominant and as the game went on we made more and more chances and therefore, got more goals! In the last 10 minutes we were ruthless. At 82 minutes, Andros Townsend was put in on goal, but his shot was again parried by Tim Krul, but it wasn’t so easy for Adebayor this time, a volley in which he had to power it into the ground so to bounce it over Tim Krul, 3-0, brilliant, job done. Nacer Chadli has had a difficult first season, but he got his first Premier League goal, and it was an absolute stunner, I’m so pleased for him as I can imagine it’s been really difficult the criticism he has received, Nabil Bentaleb back-heeled it to him 30 yards out, and he curled a delightful shot into the top corner. 4-0. Incredible and well deserved.
Lots and lots of great performances, all across the pitch. Difficult decision for man of the match, but for me I have to give it to Emmanuel Adebayor, I’m not sure I can give it to anyone else! 2 goals and an assist is man of the match worthy for me, as well as his brilliant hold up play, bringing the midfielders in to the game, a brilliant performance once again from the Togolese big man, pure class. Right up there with the man of the match candidates is Hugo Lloris, incredible, the best goalkeeper in the league by a mile for me, he was as important as Emmanuel Adebayor, making a numerous amount of saves, so he deserved his clean sheet and many more will come with performances like this one! All the midfielders played brilliantly, Mousa Dembele and Paulinho did really well offensively, given that license by a defensive midfielder, Etienne Capoue, who broke the play up well and allowed the team to attack more and create more chances. Nabil Bentaleb played the best I’ve seen him in a Spurs shirt, his passing was crisp, his tackling strong and offensively he was powerful and efficient. Really impressed, even though I admit I had my doubts about him before the game, he’s got me and everyone else eating humble pie! Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul, simply, make me feel safe, rocks in defence and against Newcastle they showed their class, especially Younes Kaboul after returning once again from another injury, I pray to God that he can keep fit and become the centre back he once was again. Captain Jan works a treat. Special mention to Kyle Naughton as well, played well, even though he receives a lot of critics, but he did his job very well.
What a win! It’s looking rather good for us right now, we’re still 3 points off Liverpool in 4th, but we’re only 7 points off Premier League leaders Chelsea, who knows what can happen. We can dream. Our next game is in the Europa League, out in Ukraine, we face Dnipro on Thursday 20th February, but our next game in the Premier League is against Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday 23rd February. Let’s continue our big push for the top four! COYS!!
My player ratings for the team that faced Newcastle at St James’ Park:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 7
Kaboul – 9
Vertonghen – 8.5
Naughton – 7
Capoue – 7.5
Bentaleb – 8.8
Paulinho – 8.5
Dembele – 8
Lennon – 7
Adebayor – 9 – Man of the Match.
Tim Sherwood’s post match reaction to our 4-0 win over Newcastle:
Match highlights from our 4-0 win over Newcastle: