and Sissoko were left for dead down the left by Bentaleb but his cross shouldn't
have caused Krul a problem but the 'keeper spilled the ball straight to Adebayor
who tapped in from close range.
Half time: Magpies 0 Cockerels 1
Adebayor hit a low shot from the edge of the box that Krul
saved but a statuesque defence allowed Paulinho to reach the ball first and tuck
it past the prone 'keeper.
hit a long range shot from the right that was pushed out by Krul and hit into
the turf and over the 'keeper's head by
88mins Chadli bent the ball expertly into the
Leazes net for his first league goal to complete the rout and notch Spurs' 100th
league goal At St. James' Park. 0-4
Full time: Magpies
0 Cockerels 4
“We’re in at 9.45am (tomorrow, for training).
"I’m not really going to say too much in front of you guys (the
media), other than to give a message to our fans to say that that wasn’t
good enough and against Aston Villa, we need to make sure it is good enough.
"For the first time, we looked a little
bit unconfident, a little bit unsure what we were doing. We lacked energy in
certain areas. I’m not going to elaborate on that - I made my views very clear
in the dressing room. That’s where they will stay.
Explaining the decision to haul off Davide
“I thought we needed a left-footer down that side. I thought (Paul)
Dummett did well, actually, when he came on. He and Mathieu Debuchy were
probably the only two players who came out with any credit, in my opinion.
"The opposition completely dominated us almost from start to
finish really and I felt that the team didn't look balanced or right. I will certainly have to make changes
for the Aston Villa game and expect us to do better.
"Obviously Loic (Remy) hasn't
been available because of suspension but I don't think that had a major impact
"We looked a little bit unsure at the
back and nervous and for the first time for a long time we didn't look confident
so I have got a bit of work to do. It's certainly a worry because of the
manner of the defeat. We have got to have a lot more fight on the pitch for
was more upset about the performance. That wasn't an honest display from us. I
mentioned a few things in the dressing room that I hope hits home - I won't
mention them to the media.
"Tottenham dominated proceedings from the start to the finish. They won
with a bit to spare - that shouldn't happen at St James' Park regardless of who
I have and don't have available. We lacked confidence.
"We need a break in front of goal. Their keeper made two or three
outstanding saves. The overall performance is a concern, it's not the result or
the fact we haven't scored."
Tim Sherwood (who shared the visitor's bench with coach Les Ferdinand):
was a great performance. We’ve been critical in recent weeks about the way we’ve
started games but not this time. We came out firing, as soon as the whistle
went, we were off. We really set the right tone.
"We knew the crowd would be important here, they can be the 12th man but we
got on the front foot, pressured them into giving us the ball back and when we
had it, kept it and that’s very frustrating for any crowd, especially at home.
"Ade’s done brilliantly again, they all have. It’s hard to single
anyone out after a win like that. They were excellent.”
United suffered their worst home defeat
of the season and were beaten by the greatest margin since Liverpool
scored six without reply here in April 2013.
* a few folks have
queried why we went with 1978 and various other media outlets asserted
that 1987 was the last time that we lost four home league games in a
The latter stat consists of the closing home game of the 1986/87 season
(0-3 Charlton) and the opening trio of home games in the 1987/88
campaign (Forest 0-3, Wimbledon 1-2 and Liverpool 1-4).
The 1978 stat is a run of four home defeats between December 1977 and
February 1978 (Forest 0-2, Liverpool 0-2, smoggies 2-4 and Ipswich Town
Papiss Cisse started his first Premier League game since the 2-1
win at Cardiff in October 2013.
Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1
Full record v Spurs:
United's season continued to
disintegrate on Wednesday evening with a fifth successive home defeat, as Tim
Krul and the rest of his colleagues served up yet another nightmarish display in
front of their own supporters.
The Magpies goalkeeper won deserved plaudits for his man of the match
performance at White Hart Lane last November, but the first three goals he
conceded on Tyneside all came directly from sub-standard parries.
Krul had no chance with a spectacular late fourth, but by then the home side
had completely surrendered and each Spurs attack had the look of a training
routine, with an absurd number of visiting players swarming forward.
The ultimate margin of defeat could have been larger as Newcastle's Premier
League goal drought reached the six hour mark, Alan Pardew marking his 150th
game in charge by presiding over our worst home run since 1978*.
And never mind long-standing season ticket holders who have provided a vote of
no confidence by wrapping in, those poor souls who bought half-season packages
starting on December 29th must be wondering how to claim a refund after
witnessing 0-1, 0-2, 0-3 and 0-4 defeats so far in exchange for their
That barren run shows every sign of continuing as the so-called team remain
becalmed on 37 points, unwilling or unable to fashion a performance worthy of
the name. Either the manager is giving them the wrong instructions - or they are
collectively ignoring his words of wisdom.
On a night that can instantly be confined to the dustbin, some decent chances
were spurned by Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy and substitute Sylvain Marveaux
who were all unable to find the net from well inside the box.
Boosted by the return of messrs Debuchy, Gouffran and Cisse to the fray, United
began in a 4-4-2 formation with Davide Santon restored to left back and Gouffran
on the right wing, allowing Sammy Ameobi to continue on the opposite flank.
Hatem Ben Arfa was demoted to bench duty as Cisse partnered Luuk De Jong up
Despite enjoying the best away record in the division, Spurs had been criticised
by their boss Tim Sherwood for starting recent games too slowly. They were
quickly at it here though, aided by slipshod defending from Santon - Krul making
his first block of the game on six minutes.
United themselves fashioned a great scoring chance just moments later, when
Santon's long free kick forward was nodded down by De Jong for Cisse to place
his first-time shot from within the six yard box straight at Hugo Lloris.
In-form Emmanuel Adebayor made no mistake in the 19th minute, when Nabil
Bentaleb's cross was spilled by Krul and the forward tucked the ball into the
Cisse then had half a chance to level, but his attempted lob from the edge of
the box dropped just wide of the Spurs goal - and from that point on, it was a
case of diminishing returns for those supporting the stripes.
Aaron Lennon hit the post just after the half hour as United made it to the
break without conceding further, emerging for the second half with Paul Dummett
on in place of Santon - presumably the Environment Agency had no sandbags spare
to help shore up our defence....
The inevitable second came eight minutes into the second period, Paulinho
benefiting from another Krul spill to tuck the ball home after Adebayor's first
shot was parried.
The anonymous De Jong was replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi - arguably
United's best player - made way for Marveaux. It did little to improve things in
front of goal, with Gouffran and Debuchy bringing saves from Lloris but nothing
remotely approaching a revival to trigger any sort of response from a silent
The third goal and Adebayor's second came after 82 minutes and this time it was
Andros Townsend whose shot was pushed out by Krul and hit into the turf and over
the 'keeper's head by the Togo forward.
With the ground rapidly emptying, Nacer Chadli bent the ball expertly into the
Leazes goal for his first league goal to complete the rout. That sealed a first
league win here for Spurs since 2004 - and their biggest margin of victory on
Tyneside since a 5-1 success back in August 1959.
Those fans that were still in their seats at full time were scanning the turf
for the sink holes that had presumably swallowed up the Newcastle team and a
season that now looks to have been willfully lost without trace. Nice to see
that acting captain Sissoko had time to catch up with his Spurs pals in the
centre circle after full time though, ambling off the field with a broad
Spurs ended the game in fifth spot and also still in the Europa League,
something missed in the latest round of lamentation over that dreaded
competition and the negative effects on clubs - and managers - taking part.
Quite where we go after this latest debacle is unclear, but a ten day break
before our next fixture gives plenty of scope for media-led inquests - along
with the usual we must do better / do it for the fans player claptrap.
At any other club, the position of the manager would be called into question,
but here that won't happen - partly for those well-documented contractual
reasons and also because Pardew continues to do his master's bidding and now
very publicly toe the party line in the process.
So, another night when you find yourself wondering why you should give a toss -
when those with the ability to make a difference on and off the field clearly
It's not enough to blame the departure of Yohan Cabaye and consequent failure to
replace him though - there's something seriously awry at St. James' Park. A
clutch of players appear to have already turned their minds to summer departures
- on vacations or otherwise.
We don't appear to be in danger of relegation this time round, although where our next point
and goal will come from is unclear - even with the return of Loic Remy from
suspension. At this rate though, we deserve to be rated among the favourites for relegation.
Is Pardew's silverware plan actually to challenge for the Championship?