Newcastle United were booed off at full-time after suffering a fourth consecutive home defeat at St James’ Park for the first time since 1987.
Goals from Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and a double from Emmanuel Adebayor handed Tottenham Hotspur a convincing 4-0 victory to leave the home fans fuming on Wednesday.
The Magpies have now failed to score in their last four Premier League matches and conceded 10 goals in the process.
On a blustery night on Tyneside, it was Adebayor who handed the visitors the lead after 19 minutes when Nabil Bentaleb’s cross was parried into his path inside the area.
But United should have broken the deadlock earlier when Luuk de Jong’s header found Papiss Cisse, who was denied by Hugo Lloris from close range.
In what was an open game from the start, both sides continued to create chances before the break, but Tottenham’s dominance was underlined seven minutes after the restart.
Adebayor was given far too much time to steady himself on the edge of the box, and when his shot was palmed away by Tim Krul, Paulinho was on hand to stab home to make it two.
Toon boss Alan Pardew shuffled his deck with the introduction of Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux, but the French pair failed to inspire a comeback.
And they were left horribly exposed late on when Adebayor made it 3-0 before substitute Nacer Chadli scored the goal of the game, bending a sublime effort into the top corner from 20 yards out.
Spurs have now taken 23 points from a possible 30 under Tim Sherwood, while Adebayor’s resurgence continues. The Togolese striker has netted eight times in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
For Newcastle, however, the picture is bleak, and Pardew’s men have now gone six hours and 10 minutes without finding the net in the top flight.
The Magpies weren’t without their chances in the second period, and Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Cisse all tested Lloris in the visitors’ goal.
But their inability to convert any of their opportunities left the door wide open for the north Londoners, who were clinical in contrast at the other end.
The result leaves Tottenham just three points away from a Champions League place, while United remain ninth, but with the worst goal difference in the top half of the table.
Pardew was left disappointed after what was his 150th game in charge at St James’ Park, while in the Spurs camp, Sherwood was obviously delighted with the result, telling Sky Sports:
We could have scored more but we didn’t take every chance that we created.
Our attacking players were always a threat though and they were all fantastic for me tonight.
They all played well tonight and there was some fantastic goals. Chadli’s was extra special and it was a great strike.
There’s no secret though, we just treat them as human beings and men and tell them they are good players but that they need to prove it.
|Newcastle United Player Ratings|
|Luuk de Jong||4|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||6|
|Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings|
With the Magpies and Spurs dropping out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, both clubs have a blank weekend coming up.
Tottenham Hotspur’s next fixture sees them return to Europa League action on February 20 with a trip to the Ukraine to face FC Dnipro.
For Newcastle United, Aston Villa make the trip to St James’ Park for a Premier League clash on February 23.