Newcastle United’s dismal run continued tonight, as Tottenham eased to a 4-0 victory at St James’ Park.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored either side of a Paulinho strike for the visitors and Nacer Chadli curled in a late goal to compound Newcastle’s misery.

The defeat is the fourth in a row at home now and pressure is building on Alan Pardew as his side fail to inspire any optimism.

When Newcastle went to White Hart Lane earlier this season and came away with a 1-0 win, it was largely down to a stunning performance from Tim Krul. The Dutchman made 14 saves – a Premier League record – as the Magpies stayed strong and held on for the victory.

However today, Krul had one of his poorest games of the season. Three of Spurs’ four goals came from the goalkeeper’s parries, although there was nothing he could do about Chadli’s excellent fourth.

There were simply no positives for Newcastle tonight. Papiss Cisse got a rare start up front alongside Luuk De Jong but failed to respond to Pardew’s challenge of rediscovering his top form. He missed a sitter in the second half that summed up United’s night.

While Cisse remains hopelessly out of form, Spurs have a striker brimming with confidence. Adebayor had six goals in ten games since being brought in from the cold by Tim Sherwood and only needed 19 minutes to take his tally to seven.

Nabil Bentaleb – another given a chance in the first team in Andre Villas-Boas’ wake – provided the assist, crossing low from the left that an in-form Krul would have secured easily. However, the cross was palmed straight to Adebayor, who scored his simplest goal of the season.

Spurs barely had to get out of second gear in the first-half to remain dominant over a home side that lacked confidence and ideas.

The contest was all but wrapped up eight minutes into the second half, when Adebayor turned provider when his low shot was parried straight into the path of Paulinho, who tapped home.

Newcastle did at least work Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal though, as Cisse continued his hopeless run with a tame effort. Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran also had chances which were easily repelled by the French number one.

Adebayor continued his field day when he volleyed his second into the ground and over Krul, before Chadli cut back onto his right foot before bending a stunning strike into the top corner to seal Newcastle’s fate.