4 mins Davide
Santon conceded a throw in down the United left that was played back to Kyle
Walker. A short forward pass to Emmanuel Adebayor saw the on-loan striker turn
towards goal to leave both Danny Guthrie and Santon trailing in his wake, before
pinging the ball infield on the edge of the box to Gareth Bale.
His wall pass was picked up again by Adebayor, who continued his run almost to
the byline, beat Santon again and pinged a pass across the six yard box that
evaded Tim Krul and fell to Benoit Assou-Ekotto beyond the far post. The
Frenchman had the simple task of wellying the ball left- footed into the
unguarded net from six yards in front of the South Stand 0-1
6 mins A
Newcastle attack broke down midway in the Spurs half and the ball was cleared by
Nico Kranjcar, whose scooped pass picked out Adebayor scampering down the right.
This time his marker was Fabricio Coloccini, but the United captain couldn't
prevent a centre that picked out the onrushing Saha, whose run had bisected the
meandering Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson.
The Frenchman marked his home debut by crashing home a left-footed half volley
from ten yards that passed Krul at head height. 0-2
20 mins A
crossfield pass from Kranjcar switched play to the Spurs left and Assou-Ekotto
knocked it back into the middle for Luka Modric to pick up. One smooth
interchange later and the Croatian had reached the left hand corner of our area
with James Perch left on his backside and neither Simpson or Guthrie within
A cut back pass eluded Williamson and fell to Adebayor, marked by Coloccini and
with his back to goal. He simply laid it off to Saha, who crashed in a right
foot shot from 12 yards out that left the partially unsighted Krul absolutely
34 mins Guthrie
lost possession to a combination of Scott Parker and Modric on the edge of the
home penalty area. The latter strode forward and sprayed a pass out to the left
flank. where Saha was making progress over halfway. He continued towards the
United and although failing to hit Bale on the run ahead of him, a forward pass
into the centre dropped nicely for Adebayor.
Poking the ball right-footed goalwards, Krul came to the edge of the six yard
box to block his effort, but could only knock it forward. With Coloccini nudging
Adebayor to prevent him reaching the rebound, Kranjcar was well-placed behind
him to pass it into the goal. 0-4
Half time: Cockerels 4 Magpies 0
64 mins A goal of savage beauty, started by Adebayor down the Spurs
right who encountered Coloccini and turned back before feeding Bale. He traded
passes in the centre with Modric before stroking out a pass to Assou-Ekotto on
the left, who ignored the merest hint of a challenge from Gutierrez and fired a
pass into the box.
Saha rose above his grounded marker Coloccini to head forwards and with his back
to goal, Adebayor caught the ball in mid-flight on the edge of the six yard box
to angle a right-footed volley that beat both his marker Williamson and the
shell-shocked Krul. It was reminiscent of a scene from a computer game - and we
may as well not have been on the field. 0-5
Full time: Cockerels 5 Magpies 0
Alan Pardew's own self assessment:
"It couldn't have gone any better for Harry. He must have been
sitting there thinking he's had the best week of his life. Harry's got a
tough decision because this isn't a team you want to walk away from. But I
can only think of my players and we have to bounce back.
"We could have done a bit better in the fundamentals of heading it, kicking
it, passing it and making a tackle. We must not get carried away. We've been
thumped. We had an absolutely cracking game at our place the 2-2
game - and at that point we said they're as good as we've seen this year and
we felt that coming into this game. They're definitely in the mix with
United and City.
"What we showed today isn't a true reflection of us all season. You
have to say Tottenham were irresistible at times. Some of the stuff they
were doing, it was almost as if it was coming off for fun. Some of
their interplay and movement would have caused anybody a problem today
any team. Unfortunately it was. Adebayor and Saha were a real handful for us
"Certainly today I wish I had but I'm not sure if we're going to come
under the circumstances we came under today. In terms of the start that
Tottenham had, two quick goals, the team they've got, the sort of personnel
"The feeling in the stadium for Harry and the players feeling for
wanting him to stay. It was unusual circumstances today and it was for sure
Spurs' day. But we'll have our day, we'll have more days
"We talked about it in the room, they'll want to show they want their
manager to stay. I think that was pretty evident. We had to cope from the
start and we didn't. Two goals that we should have done better with.
"I think it's just a decision Harry will make. He's going to get a
phone call, I should think that's for sure and he'll make his own
decisions. I'm not going to talk for Harry Redknapp but he's got a fantastic
team here he really has. They were a problem for us, the team on the
pitch and the subs.
"Some of the blame today lays with myself with the selection. We
probably played too many offensive players today and against a team that
were not only a very, very good side but a team that had a bit of extra
bounce in their step after what happened with their manager this week.
"Two-nil down in five minutes was a real issue for us. The positives
for us were the second half where we didn't lose our head. We didn't go
kicking them or getting someone sent off by being stupid.
"We were a little more disciplined in our tackling and in our covering
and we threatened the goal as well. In that we can have something to lean
on. But perhaps we had too many key players missing today against a very
good Tottenham team.
From the Daily Mirror match report:
"Newcastle were supposed to be tough opponents and chasing a top-four
place themselves. In reality, they were a shambles and unworthy of the
incredible support shown by their amazing fans, many of whom were still
singing at five goals down."
dirty and i'll sue the b*ll*cks off you" Harry Redknapp addressed
the nation thus:
"We all felt it would be a tough game but we started so brightly.
Adebayor and Saha were unplayable in that early period and it set us up. We got
the early goals and there was no danger after that. You hope for a start like
that, but you cant expect it.
"The chances came along and we put them away, great finishing.We played
some fantastic football and overall, it was a great all-round performance.
"This was the most difficult week I've ever had. I wouldn't want
anyone to go through that and what it's done to my family was worse, but it's
behind us now and the week's turned out good. Things turned out right and the
lads played well today. It was a good all round performance.
"Nothing's happened with the England job. No-one has spoken to me or
(Chairman) Daniel (Levy) about it. It wouldn't be fair to anyone here
to think about it. Daniel gave me the job, he brought me to the club when there
was a public court case hanging over me. I owe him and we've been great for each
other. At the moment I can't take my focus off Tottenham.
"Adebayor and Saha were unplayable in that early period and there was no
stopping us after that. There was some great finishing. I took the chance of
playing Saha today. Some people questioned why I signed him but I've always
thought he is a top player. If you can keep him fit, you have a real player on
United matched but were unable to
beat their record run of consecutive scoring in Premier League
away games, having reached 10 since the 0-0 at QPR in
September. That total was also reached in both 1993 and 2003.
It's now 277 minutes since we
last scored at a goal at White Hart Lane (Obafemi Martins in March
2008) and it's no win against Spurs in
five games now, since a 2-1 home win in December 2008.
We're not alone in perishing here -
at home this season, Spurs have collected 32 of the 39
points available so far - a perfect record foiled only by 1-1 draws
against Chelsea and Wolves and a 1-5 loss to Manchester City.
Emmanuel Adebayor has never
finished on the losing side in nine games against Newcastle for
Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs. He's netted five goals in those
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2
Full record against Spurs:
A Tayl of woe:
14 PL games with Steven Taylor
playing, conceded 15.
11 PL games with Steven Taylor absent, conceded 21.
Nap and knacked:
This was the 12th game in the
679 played in the Premier League by Newcastle during which we've
conceded five goals or more:
30.08.1999 1-5 Manchester United (a)
09.12.2000 0-5 Arsenal (a)
19.10.2002 2-5 Blackburn Rovers (a)
23.11.2002 3-5 Manchester United (a)
12.04.2003 2-6 Manchester United (h)
09.11.2003 0-5 Chelsea (a)
12.01.2008 0-6 Manchester United (a)
23.02.2008 1-5 Manchester United (h)
28.12.2008 1-5 Liverpool (h)
20.11.2010 1-5 Bolton Wanderers (a)
21.01.2012 2-5 Fulham (a)
11.02.2012 0-5 Spurs (a)
Harry's Game: do not go to jail. Pass. Go.
What may have started out sounding like Monopoly rapidly became monotony, as a
rampant home side seemingly scored at will against a Newcastle lineup tasked to "have a go" in the words of their manager but
proving to be meek in defence, mild in midfield and redundant up front.
After last week's hard-fought victory over Aston Villa, Alan Pardew had talked
of letting his hair down at White Hart Lane, but the ease with which his side
surrendered possession will have left him in no mood for partying.
His opposite number of course was in dreamland and treating his adoring public
to little clenched fist salutes after each goal, presumably while exclaiming
"oh yes" in the manner of Churchill the dog. King Harold may claim to
be disorganised, but his side certainly weren't and the two weak spots in his
lineup - the dubious defending of Michael Dawson and hopalong Ledley King -
Our heaviest defeat at White Hart Lane in over half a century came less than a month after our Craven
Cottage capitulation, with another London mauling unfolding as United failed to combat the rapid attacking thrusts of
Emmanuel Adebayor and Ex-Magpie Louis Saha.
Central midfield pair Cheick Tiote and
Yohan Cabaye were badly missed (as was Ryan Taylor) and although stand-ins
Danny Guthrie and James Perch tried to stem the tide, they received little
help from our nominal front four.
In fairness though, this game was a lost
cause before we'd had the chance to draw breath, with a rampant Spurs two
up in less than six minutes. And on an evening when little went right for
the visitors, a handball shout against Adebayor was denied and shortly
after Saha helped himself again when more sloppy defensive work was
It got worse, when Tim Krul saved
from Adebayor only to see the prone forward still manage to get a touch
that fell to Niko Kranjcar who thumped in the fourth with just 34 minutes
played. The Croat was also involved in our 1-4 home loss to Pompey in
2007, when 'Arry had another 'triffic day and his side were three ahead in less
than 12 minutes.
With Gutierrez and Obertan peripheral figures and our front pair hardly seeing
enough of the ball to hang on to it (with chief creative force Danny Guthrie
otherwise engaged on defensive duties), the home side were given every
encouragement to go for the jugular. And by jingo they did.
Our rare upfield forays brought no cheers, with
one free kick from Demba Ba touched around the post by Brad Friedel - although referee Andre Marriner
wrongly pointed for a goal-kick. It could be argued that Dan Gosling's
introduction at 0-2 could have helped us keep the score down, but the quickness
with which he managed to get a booking when he did appear could have seen a
rerun of his red card folly at Carrow Road.
The second period saw Obertan
withdrawn and Shane Ferguson play down the left and although United
created very little it wasn't until after the hour mark when Spurs scored
again and then looked to inflict further
punishment by introducing Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon from the
Ba almost converted with a header that
was well saved by Friedel and Gosling managed to
fire over an open goal from six yards out but there was little else for a
boisterous away support to cheer. Our day ended in suitably farcical fashion as a mazy run
and shot from Jonas was blocked by substitute
Peter Lovenkrands - who contrived to do something similar to frustrate
Andy Carroll here in 2010.
Arsenal's late winner at the mackems meant
that we ended the day in sixth spot, losses for both Chelsea and Liverpool
meaning the table didn't look too bad as we remained a single point away from a
Champions League spot with a more presentable set of fixtures to follow.
And Arsenal away.
Our FA Cup exit now leaves us with two
weeks to banish the memories of this misadventure and prepare
for successive home games against Wolves and the mackems with Cabaye and
Tiote back in harness and our new front pair integrated more fully into
How disappointed you are by the manner and margin of this defeat depends on how
you rate our team in general and defence in particular. Speaking personally, our
grave reservations remain about those anchored by Coloccini in front of Krul.
Talk of the Champions League remains purely notional at this point - we would be
better equipped for the Europa League than say Birmingham City, but in order to
function at a level that would make continental jaunts meaningful, quality in
the first XI and depth beyond it is required.
The end of our last UEFA adventure in 2007 saw Glenn Roeder comment that he had
to "find defenders who are good enough to play in front of Shay
Given." Well, the goalkeeper's name has changed, but not much
For the home side meanwhile, this was a
memorable end to a week that had begun with the (distant) prospect of gaol
but ended in goals. We've seldom had worse days here but have yomped back
to Seven Sisters in good fettle on more than one or two occasions - and
recollections of Cockerels crumbling on Tyneside remain both fresh and
treasured; in retrospect this game remains a colossal missed opportunity
for Spurs to avenge those 6-1 and 7-1 losses "Ap Norf".
PS: At least one Spurs employee
had become slightly giddy towards the end of the game, the scoreboard
compiler mistakenly announcing their third substitute as Nelson, rather
than Nelsen. England expects eh?