Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

Well you just never know with Newcastle United do you? Impressive win after impressive win against the likes of Manchester United and teams that they were widely expected to lose to and then this, a 5-0 capitulation against Harry Redknapp’s Spurs.

The Tottenham manager could have had a week from hell with his tax evasion court case coming to an end, but instead he has enjoyed arguably his greatest week in football. First he was cleared of all wrongdoing in the court case before Fabio Capello’s resignation as England manager ensured calls for ‘Arry to get the job got stronger. Then he tops off the week with a spectacular five-goal bonanza against a lacklustre Newcastle side.

Much of the Magpies’ success this season has been down to their impressive defensive performances, with Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson particularly excellent in their own third. However today they were let down by the weakness in front of them, as Newcastle looked a shade of their former selves without Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye. On this performance, Alan Pardew will be looking forward to the former returning from Africa next week and the latter returning to the starting line-up after completing his suspension today.

The Magpies have never been great in the capital and their black kit doesn’t seem to be doing them too many favours. After they last wore the strip in London they were spanked by Fulham, and Spurs fancied more of the same.

The beating started after just four minutes from an unlikely source. Emmanuel Adebayor was instrumental in the build-up when he played a neat one-two with Gareth Bale before supplying Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a low cross for the Cameroon international to tap home.

The next source of goals was considerably more familiar to those who travelled South in their droves, as former Newcastle loanee Louis Saha marked his home debut with a goal, bursting onto Adebayor’s cross to fire past Tim Krul.

Saha wasn’t done there though, and he soon hurt Newcastle again. This time it was an excellent move involving Assou-Ekotto, Modric and Adebayor, before the former France international side-footed home inside the box.

With just 20 minutes gone, Newcastle had the look of a rabbit between headlights and even the starting Senegal strike force of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse couldn’t do anything to inspire their team mates to mount a comeback comparable to the Arsenal one last season. Ba’s free-kick was the closest they came, but Brad Friedel stretched to tip it away and even manage to win a goal kick.

That summed up Newcastle’s day.

It was soon to be more though and again Adebayor was the man who did the damage, forcing a good save from Krul before Niko Kranjcar simply converted his first goal of the campaign.

After the break, Newcastle’s travelling Toon Army’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Adebayor finally got the goal his excellent performance had deserved, when he applied an acrobatic finish from Assou-Ekotto’s centre.

Alan Pardew’s side should have had a consolation goal late on, but when Ba’s header was saved, Dan Gosling conspired to lift the ball over Friedel’s crossbar, with the net at his mercy.

The loss leaves Newcastle in sixth in the table and after Chelsea and Liverpool also suffered defeat, it means the Geordies are still only a point off the Champion’s League places. However, they can’t afford any more bad days at the office like today if they are to qualify for a place amongst Europe’s elite.

 

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  1. David

    Don't be too hard on your team, playing 2 up front left too much room in midfield for us to exploit.
    To be honest, almost everything we hit in the first half ended up in the back of your net but this performance has been coming for a while.

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  2. Stoney

    Have to agree. We played well today, but newcastle were poor. Toon fans were great as always. All credit to them. They all stayed right up to the final whistle even though their ship had sailed long before the 90 minutes were up.

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  3. David

    Your fans took the loss in great spirit–it can happen to any team on a given day–which is such a good thing to see when we are exposed to appalling Liverpool fans at least twice a year

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  4. Joovy Zoom 360 Dealer

    Come on United!!! Let’s push on for the remainder of the season and shut up the noisy neighbours!!! I would love to see Pogba play a bigger part though, I think he has the energy and determination to drive the midfield. Come on Fergie don’t let him go, just give him a chance

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