We suppose you could say Newcastle are in free fall now, losing their fifth successive game at home and their fourth successive home league defeat a row, and that’s for the first time in 37 years – and the truth tonight was that although the players tried hard, they were simply not good enough against a superior Tottenham side, and Newcastle have looked pretty hopeless in the last month or so.
Adebayor after scoring tonight
Newcastle are a better side than we’ve shown since we lost that home game 1-0 to Arsenal, but the worrying thing now is the confidence of the player seems shattered, and Davide Santon gave the ball away far too many times in the first half, and he had another poor performance before local lad Paul Dummett came on at the start of the second half and looked solid enough.
But it’s now up to manager Pardew to sort out whatever’s going on in that dressing room, and we have to think they may be feeling sorry for themselves after owner Mike Ashley sold our best player in January – but Yohan’s gone now and never coming back.
And Newcastle have 12 games left to show they are a better side than they’ve been in the last eight league games, when we’ve won only one and failed to score in all the other seven – and that’s simply a terrible and embarrassing record.
Here’s how we saw the game tonight – if you still want to read on.
After five minutes Santon was beaten down the right, but Tottenham couldn’t take advantage og the situation and then after just eight minutes Cisse should have scored as a cross came in and de Jong headed it down brilliantly to Cisse three yards out, but his shot was saved by Lloris – but Cisse should have buried that one.
And then after 19 minutes another terrible goal conceded by Newcastle as Nabal Bentaleb screamed down the left wing and shrugged off a poor tackle from Sissoko, and was allowed to get in a cross that Krul could only push away straight to Adebayor, and the big striker had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball home – poor goalkeeping by Tim Krul.
After 26 minutes Cisse was onto a good ball through by Sammy Ameobi, as he beat Lloris to the ball but his lob was wide and he should have done better.
And then after 31 minutes Lennon hit the post with Krul beaten, as the Newcastle defense had looked shaky in the first half hour.
And then on 38 minutes Gouffran was through down the right wing, but he couldn’t get his shot in with Cisse and de Jong waiting in the middle.
Half time came and it was 1-0 and Newcastle had looked shaky in defense, but had tried to come back in the game, but the Newcastle team had given the ball away far too much – especially Davide Santon – in that first half.
Newcastle will now have to score to avoid their fifth home defeat in a row in the second half.
Paul Dummett came on at the start of the second half for Davide Santon, who had a shaky first half at left back, and Newcastle started the second half with more energy.
But then another poor goal conceded by Newcastle and again Tim Krul was at fault, as a shot by Adebayor was only parried by the goalkeeper and Paulinho was there to bang the ball home, and it was 2-0 to Spurs and more poor defending by Newcastle, as Krul should have done better.
On 63 minutes de Jong was replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa.
On 66 minutes Dummett won a corner and the local lad has looked good since he came on and from the Ben Arfa, Dummett got in a diving header, but it was blocked as Newcastle were trying to get back in this game.
And then two goals in the last 10 minutes from Adebayor after 82 minutes and a great goal from Nacer Chadli after 88 minutes made the humiliation complete, and we were hammered 4-0 after losing the last two league games 3-0.
It’s not good.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko (c), Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 71); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 63), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi
Tottenham (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen (c), Kyle Naughton; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue; Aaron Lennon (Nacer Chadli 75); Emmanuel Adebayor (Roberto Soldado 84), Mousa Dembele (Andros Townsend 64)
Subs not used: Brad Friedel, Michael Dawson, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane
Referee: Neil Swarbrick