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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,176) 11th February 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: A Marriner

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Tottenham 5

B Assou-Ekotto (4)
L Saha (6, 20)
N Kranjcar (34)
E Adebayor (64)


Live Commentary

Last Updated at 7:22 pm, February 11th 2012

  1. FT

    And that's it! Spurs continue their stunning form this season and edge closer towards the top two. Newcastle head home with their tails between their legs after being thoroughly outplayed. Well, I hope youve enjoyed it, I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you all a great rest of your weekend.

  2. 90+2

    More of the same in the closing stages as Spurs play the ball back and forth between the back-four. One minute of added time left for the Newcastle players and fans to deal with.

  3. 90

    The fourth official raises his board and shows we will have three minutes of extra-time here at the Lane.

  4. 88

    The Newcastle players have completely given up here and are unwilling to chase down the ball in the opposition half. Spurs look to take advantage of that fact and break forward with Defoe, but he pushes the ball to far forward and Krul is able to come and collect.

  5. 87

    Last change for Newcastle now as Peter Lovenkrands comes on for Danny Guthrie.

  6. 86

    Good chance for Adebayor to make it 6-0 as he's teed up on the edge of the area but Jermaine Defoe, but the striker's effort is always rising and won't challenge Krul.

  7. 85

    The Newcastle players must be praying for the final whistle to come, but we've still got five minutes plus whatever time the referee wishes to add on at the end.

  8. 83

    A free-kick and two corners in quick succession for Tottenham, but none of those come to anything and the visitors are let off.

  9. 82

    Final 10 minutes at White Hart Lane now, although this game was over as a contest some time ago. As it stands Spurs close the gap on second-placed Manchester City to four points, with Roberto Mancini's men only set to play Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

  10. 80

    Luka Modric's turn to test Krul now with a swerving drive from the edge of the area, but this time the Magpies goalkeeper is equal to the challenge and parries away the danger.

  11. 79

    Adebayor comes within a whisker of grabbing his second, but his curling shot from inside the area fizzes just the wrong side of the post.

  12. 77

    Brilliant save from Brad Friedel to deny Newcastle! The ball is whipped into the Spurs area with real pace, with Demba Ba rising highest to flick the ball goalwards. However, the Tottenham goalkeeper shows sublime reactions to get a glove on the ball, and his defenders mop up the loose ball.

  13. 76

    Newcastle mount a rare attack through Jonas Gutierrez, who looks to feed the run of Danny Simpson, but the midfielder gets too much on the pass and the ball runs out for a goal-kick.

  14. 75

    Ryan Nelsen comes on for Ledley King, who hands the captain's armband over to Michael Dawson.

  15. 74

    Spurs bide their time at the back again before breaking forward with lightning pace. The ball is hooked into the area where Adebayor tries to meet it, but there's just too much height on the delivery and the striker actually takes the ball off his own team-mate at the far-post.

  16. 72

    A break in play now as Scott Parker takes a knock to the head, but he'll be okay to soldier on.

  17. 70

    Gosling's first contribution to the match is to pick up a yellow card for a reckless challenge in the middle of the park.

  18. 68

    Another change for Newcastle as well as Papiss Cisse makes way for Dan Gosling.

  19. 67

    Gareth Bale looks to make it six with a strike from distance, but the ball is always rising and doesn't trouble the keeper. That's the Welshman's last piece of action for the day and comes off for Aaron Lennon, while Harry Redknapp also decides to take off Louis Saha for Jermaine Defoe.

  20. 65

    Spurs have been more than content to keep the ball at the back, but in a second they're up at the other end of the field through Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The full-back crosses in for Saha who nods the ball down to Adebayor, and the striker's hard work is finally rewarded with a goal as he shows good athleticism to half-bicycle the ball past the hapless Tim Krul.

  21. 64

    GOAL! Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle! Emmanuel Adebayor!

  22. 62

    There's no real urgency in Newcastle's play, and Spurs are more than happy to keep the tempo down.

  23. 60

    Another mis-placed pass from Spurs sends Newcastle on their way through Danny Guthrie. the midfielder plays the ball out wide to Papiss Cisse, but his cross into the area is to no one in particular and Assou-Ekotto can shield the ball to allow Brad Friedel to collect.

  24. 58

    It's been a while since the Magpies got a touch of the ball, but as I write that Nico Kranjcar concedes possession to Demba Ba. The Senegal striker breaks up field and looks to switch the play, but there is not a single player in a Newcastle shirt ahead of him and the Lilywhites are back with the ball.

  25. 56

    The home support at White Hart Lane have not stopped singing since the kick-off, and they're thoroughly enjoying watching their team out there. It's a very different story in the away section of the stadium where the Newcastle fans can only watch on in horror.

  26. 54

    Much better from Newcastle now who show some quick passing of their own. The play is swept over to Jonas Gutierrez on the far right, but he gets his touch wrong and is eventually robbed of the ball.

  27. 52

    Spurs are seeing plenty of the ball at the moment, and they're in no hurry to get it up the field and are content to spread the play around at the back. They do finally break forward though Kyle Walker on the wing, but his cross is hit straight at Adebayor who can only deflect the ball out for a goal-kick.

  28. 50

    Brilliant from Gareth Bale who picks up the ball in the middle of the park before chipping the ball up and over the defence to pick out the run of Adebayor, but the ball is just behind the striker and the Newcastle defence is able to sweep in and clear the danger.

  29. 49

    More of the same so far from Spurs who are passing the ball around with real confidence. Adebayor looks to break free by flicking the ball and instantly breaking forward, but his pass isn't to anyone in particular and Newcastle win back possession.

  30. 46

    Spurs get the second-half under way! One change at the break as Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan comes off for Shane Ferguson.

  31. HT

    It's going to take something special for Newcastle to turn this around in the second-half, although they did it against Arsenal just over a year again, turning a 4-0 deficit into a 4-4 draw. Either way, Alan Pardew will have to change something up at the interval if they are to have any hope of avoiding a complete walloping this evening.

  32. 45

    Free-kick right on the edge of the area for Spurs now. Three Spurs players are behind this one, and it's Adebayor who tees about Assou-Ekotto, but the full-back blazes his shot miles over the bar. The fourth official indicates we'll have three minutes of added time, of which we're already halfway through.

  33. 43

    Spurs continue to press for another before the break, and they come close through Adebayor who jumps well to meet a corner, but he can't get enough on the ball which flicks out for a goal-kick.

  34. 41

    It could be five for Spurs now as Newcastle surrender possession on the half-way line, allowing the opposition to break forward in numbers. You-know-who receives the ball inside the area before rolling play on to Saha, but the striker can't get his connection right and will have to wait for another chance to complete his hat-trick.

  35. 39

    Demba Ba looks to test Brad Friedel with a shot from distance, but it'll take a lot more than that to beat the veteran goalkeeper, who easily smothers the ball.

  36. 37

    The look of agony is plastered across every Newcastle supporters' face. They knew they would be tested at the Lane, but they could have never predicted seeing their side 4-0 down be10 minutes before half-time.

  37. 35

    It's four for Tottenham, and they all been created by Emmanuel Adebayor. This time the striker picks up his own rebound before rolling the ball out for the on rushing Nico Kranjcar to slot home.

  38. 34

    GOAL! Tottenham 4-0 Newcastle! Nico Kranjcar!

  39. 34

    Demba Ba tries to run at the Spurs defence, but there's no way through and the striker is forced to play backwards.

  40. 32

    Newcastle look to push forward through Danny Guthrie, but Luka Modric does well to marshal the play before winning back possession and passing the ball up field.

  41. 31

    Emmanuel Adebayor and Demba Ba get involved in a light tussle for the ball in the middle of the park, but the referee soon awards a free kick to the Magpies after some over exuberance from the former.

  42. 29

    The Magpies are forced to play their way out of a tight situation in the corner, but some neat passing makes it look easy and the visitors are able to push up to the other end of the field.

  43. 27

    The Magpies have seen a lot more of the ball in the last few minutes, but they are struggling to break into the Spurs area as a well-drilled defence seem to have every angle covered just at the moment.

  44. 25

    A free-kick here for Newcastle in a very promising position. Demba Ba stands behind this one and unleashes a rasping effort which forces a fingertip save from Brad Friedel, but neither the referee nor his linesman saw the touch and a goal-kick is the result.

  45. 23

    Newcastle look shell shocked, and as well they should. They've been completely overshadowed in the opening quarter of the match, and Alan Pardew's men are in danger of suffering a real thumping here.

  46. 21

    Less than 20 minutes gone and Spurs are in cruise control. Luka Modric does well down the wing before cutting in and playing the ball into the area where Emmanuel Adebayor controls well to set-up for Saha, and the striker drives his shot low, hard and into the bottom corner.

  47. 20

    GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Newcastle! Louis Saha!

  48. 19

    A rare attack from Newcastle now as Papiss Cisse breaks down the wing before crossing in for Demba Ba, but the striker can't get his header right and the chance goes begging.

  49. 18

    Emmanuel Adebayor and Kyle Walker exchange several passes on the wing before the latter looks to play the ball into the area, but the Newcastle defence are quick to the danger and nip in to win back possession.

  50. 17

    Neat, one-touch football is the order of the day for Spurs, and Newcastle are chasing shadows just at the moment.

  51. 15

    Gareth Bale is in devastating form today and is tormenting the Newcastle defenders down the left. He again breaks through the back line before squaring the ball into the area, but Nico Kranjcar's snap shot is blazed well over the bar.

  52. 12

    Newcastle can't seem to keep hold of the ball for longer than a few seconds, although they win a corner from the left. The set-piece is one from the training ground, but Newcastle get it all wrong and Spurs win back possession in their own area.

  53. 9

    It's still all Tottenham at the moment and it could prove to be a very long afternoon for the Magpies. Gareth Bale looks to set up Emmanuel Adebayor inside the Newcastle area, but the striker gets the ball caught up under his feet and the goalkeeper is able to smother the danger.

  54. 7

    Two goals in two minutes for Spurs, and it's Adebayor again who creates it. The strike bursts down the right flank before crossing in for Louis Saha, and the former Everton man gets in front of his marker to guide the ball home to mark full debut with a goal.

  55. 6

    GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle! Louis Saha!

  56. 5

    It's taken Spurs all of four minutes to break the Newcastle rearguard, and Emmanuel Adebayor is the man who deserves the praise for creating the goal, with the Togo striker galloping into the area after playing a one-two before sliding the ball across goal, where Benoit Assou-Ekotto slammed home from a tight angle.

  57. 4

    GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle! Benoit Assou-Ekotto!

  58. 3

    Newcastle create the first chance of the game as the ball is spread out wide to Danny Guthrie who cut back inside before breaking into the area, but a slip at the crucial moment sees the chance go begging.

  59. 2

    It's been an aprehensive opening here from both sides, and already we've seen a number of stray passes at either end of the park.

  60. 1

    The referee blows his whistle and Newcastle get this Premier League encounter up and running!

  61. The teams walk out onto the field while injured birthday boy Rafael van der Vaart looks on from one of the box seats. Seems like there's quite a party going on in there, but all attentions will soon turn to the field below.

  62. We're just 10 minutes from kick off now and the players are lining up in the tunnel. Andre Marriner is the man with the whistle and will lead the sides out shortly.

  63. Meanwhile, Newcastle will have to do without Ryan Taylor after he was stretchered off against Aston Villa last time out. There is no place in the squad for Yohan Cabaye, despite the player having completed his three-match ban, while Leon Best remains a long term absentee with medial ligament damage.

  64. Let's digest those teams then, starting with Spurs. Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon are both fit, but there's no place in the starting XI for either today as Redknapp opts for Emmanuel Adebayor and Louis Saha up front. Rafael van der Vaart is absent through injury, while Sandro and Younes Kaboul both miss out after failing to recover in time for the kick off.

  65. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Parker, Kranjcar, Bale, Adebayor, Saha Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Defoe, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen, Khumalo

  66. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Obertan, Guthrie, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse Subs: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Abeid, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson

  67. The teams are in...

  68. Care to make it a little more interesting? Well, our friends at Sky Bet have put Tottenham as 4/9 favourites to claim the points today, while Newcastle are 6/1 to leave White Hart Lane with the win.

  69. Newcastle, meanwhile, are also pushing for a Champions League spot and start the match just one point off the top-four, meaning a win for Pardew's men today would see them leapfrog Arsenal into fourth.

  70. Tottenham are enjoying one of their best campaigns in recent memory and sit comfortably in third, while victory today would take Redknapp's men within four points of second-placed Manchester City.

  71. Ironically it is Redknapp's counterpart this evening Alan Pardew who has been tipped to succeed as manager at White Hart Lane, with the current Newcastle boss riding high on the crest of success after guiding the Toon Army towards a top-four finish.

  72. So all the talk this week has been focused on Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and the now vacant England managerial position. It looks likely the 64-year-old will eventually take up the role, although it is unlikely he will leave the club before seeing out the Premier League campaign.

  73. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through today's late Premier League encounter between Tottenham and Newcastle.



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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 6
2 Chelsea 2 6
3 Manchester City 2 6
4 Swansea City 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 4
6 Hull City 2 4
7 Aston Villa 2 4
8 West Ham United 2 3
9 Liverpool 2 3
10 Everton 2 2
11 Sunderland 2 2
12 West Bromwich Albion 2 2
13 Manchester United 2 1
14 Southampton 2 1
15 Stoke City 2 1
16 Leicester City 2 1
17 Newcastle United 2 1
18 Crystal Palace 2 0
19 Burnley 2 0
20 Queens Park Rangers 2 0