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White Hart Lane (ATT 35,850) 19th April 2009 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: M Halsey

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More misery for Magpies

Bent strike sees Spurs past Shearer's side

Last Updated: 19/04/09 4:53pm

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Bent: Mobbed by team-mates

Bent: Mobbed by team-mates

Newcastle's Premier League status remains in the balance following a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.

Man of the match: Huddlestone gets the nod for a great performance in midfield. Key moment: Obafemi Martins sent a late volley over the top of the Tottenham bar as Newcastle failed to pick up a point. Shot of the match: Tom Huddlestone sent a powerful effort narrowly wide of the Newcastle goal in the final stages of the match. Save of the match: Steve Harper made two greats saves from Huddlestone in the first-half that both deserve recognition. Talking point: What can Newcastle do to stay in the Premier League?

Darren Bent's first-half effort proved to be the difference between the two sides at White Hart Lane, but the victory should have been more emphatic.

Newcastle entered the game without a win in seven and looked nervous from the off, inviting Spurs onto the front foot.

It did not take long for Harry Redknapp's side to make the ensuing pressure count, as Bent fired home on 24 minutes after Steve Harper had beaten away his first attempt.

Luka Modric was then unfortunate to see a deflected effort fail to find the target, while Michael Owen found himself squeezed out during a rare Magpies attack.

Bent should have made more of an Alan Hutton cross as the opening period came to a close, but he could only nod over from close range.

The hosts continued to look the more likely to force a further breakthrough shortly after the interval and only some heroic defending from Sebastien Bassong prevented Wilson Palacios from notching his first goal for Spurs.

Obafemi Martins was somewhat unfortunate to see a fine finish chalked off for handball on 68 minutes as Newcastle rallied, but a dejected Magpies side offered few complaints.

Their Nigerian striker once again created a clear sight of a goal a few minutes later, but he sliced straight at Heurelho Gomes from eight yards out.

Tom Huddlestone stung Harper's fingertips with a well-struck drive as the clock ticked down, while Martins was found wanting when charged with the task of rescuing a point.

Frustration

Michael Owen endured a frustrating afternoon in the capital and provided little to persuade Fabio Capello, who was in the stands, he is worthy of an England recall.

With Andy Carroll rewarded with a starting place after earning a point against Stoke last time out, the visitors struggled to create chances early on.

Their only shot of the first half, a tame effort from Kevin Nolan, came seconds before Bent's opener.

Heurelho Gomes saved Nolan's shot and hurled the ball out to Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Modric took over and angled a pass towards Robbie Keane, which was cut out by Bassong but fell to Bent, who finished at the second attempt from a tight angle after Harper had saved his initial effort.

Spurs fans taunted Shearer, who remained stony-faced as he had before the goal.

There were worrying scenes just after the half-hour mark when Michael Dawson landed heavily and was carried off on a stretcher with his ankle strapped up.

It looked serious and Redknapp got up from the dug-out to console his centre-back.

Struggling

The stoppage did not break Spurs' momentum, though, and they were unfortunate not to add a second when Modric's shot deflected off Bassong on the line for Harper to claim easily, with the Newcastle defender knowing little about his part in denying a goal.

Bent also cleared the crossbar with a header just before the break, with Newcastle struggling to hold on.

Centre-back Steven Taylor was replaced at half-time by Alan Smith and the substitution did little to tighten Shearer's defence, with a last-ditch tackle needed from Habib Beye on Keane after Bassong failed to deal with a high ball.

Huddlestone tried to find his range with a couple of first-half efforts and one of his free-kicks after the restart struck Bassong straight between the legs.

The French defender recovered and bravely blocked Modric's shot when Keane laid the ball back to the Croatia playmaker.

Shearer's response was to bring on Martins and Mark Viduka, with Nolan and Carroll making way. The two replacements joined Owen in a three-man attack.

Martins had the ball in the net with a slick finish but Mark Halsey whistled for handball against the Nigeria striker.

Then Martins went over in the penalty area with seven minutes to go under a Jonathan Woodgate challenge, but Halsey waved play on.

Martins also blasted over in the dying moments during his exciting cameo.

Tottenham HotspurTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
1Goals0
11st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target3
5Shots off Target5
14Blocked Shots3
4Corners7
13Fouls17
0Offsides1
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
81.4Passing Success71.9
18Tackles14
83.3Tackles Success78.6
52.4Possession47.6
56.4Territorial Advantage43.6

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