Newcastle are back with a scintillating display of attacking football at White Hart Lane, especially in the second half that an in-form Tottenham Hotspur had no answer to.
Tottenham went ahead after 25 minutes through a Darren Bent headed goal, and Newcastle were unlucky to be behind after a very bright opening in which Habib Beye had hit the cross-bar after just 3 minutes.
But after equalizing just before half time when Nicky Butt smashed home a lay-off from Geremi, Newcastle came out in the second half and played some of their best football of the season, and Tottenham just couldn’t live with this new Newcastle side.
In a score that was reminiscent of the old days with Kevin Keegan Newcastle played attacking football, and after 52 minutes Newcastle were ahead when a direct free kick from Geremi was smashed int o the net by the Cameroon International. There were big questions about how the Spurs wall was aligned – certainly not very well.
But Tottenham were trying to get back in the game and after 65 minutes Michael Owen seemed to make the game secure when he scored his 5th goal in just 8 games to put the result beyond doubt. Owen nicely lifted the ball over goalkeeper Paul Robinson for a beautifully taken goal.
Then Oba Martins, who was a live wire throughout the game, got Newcastle 4th goal and his first goal since December, when he raced clear from Joey Barton’s great through ball, before finishing past a despairing Paul Robinson. The Newcastle fans showed their delight at this great goal by Oba, a definite favorite with the Geordie faithful.
This was the result Newcastle fans had been waiting for, and it was the game when all the improving form over the last few games, came together for our best result of the season.
It’s hard to believe Newcastle will be in any fear of relegation now, as we are now 9 points clear of 3rd bottom Bolton Wanderers, and have a much better goal difference of -21.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Robinson; Hutton, Dawson, Woodgate, O’Hara; Huddlestone, Zokora (Tainio, 69), Malbranque (Lennon, 59); Bent, Berbatov, Keane (Taarabt, 59). Subs not used: Cerny. Chimbonda.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harper; Beye, Taylor, Faye, Enrique; Geremi, Butt, Barton; Owen (Carroll, 85), Viduka (Smith, 79), Martins. Subs not used: Forster, Duff.
Goals: Bent 26, Butt 45, Geremi 52, Barton 64, Martins 83
Bookings: O’Hara 56
Sent off: None
Referee: Steve Bennett (Orpington)
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