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Newcastle 0 - 4 Tottenham: Spurs impress as Adebayor sinks Magpies

Emmanuel Adebayor claimed a double as Tottenham condemned Newcastle to a fourth successive home defeat for the first time in the Barclays Premier League era.

The Togo international striker turned in a fine individual display as Spurs tore Alan Pardew's depleted side to shreds at St James' Park to maintain the pressure on the top four with a 4-0 rout.

He struck from close range with just 19 minutes gone on a wintry Tyneside night to give the visitors a lead they never looked like relinquishing, and Aaron Lennon was only denied a second by the post.

The game was effectively over eight minutes into the second half when Paulinho scored after goalkeeper Tim Krul failed to hold Adebayor's stinging shot.

Adebayor doubled his tally with seven minutes remaining when the unfortunate Krul made a good save to deny substitute Andros Townsend, but saw the frontman follow up to complete the scoring.

Tottenham were not finished, however, and the Dutchman found himself picking the ball out of his net for the final time five minutes later after being beaten from distance by substitute Nacer Chadli.

Tim Sherwood's men were simply too pacey, too inventive and too clinical for their hosts, who could not match them in any department.

The win took Spurs' points tally to seven from a possible nine since their 5-1 humbling by Manchester City and kept them firmly in the race for Champions League qualification.

But for Pardew, it proved a miserable way to celebrate 150 games at the helm and provided further evidence that, despite his denials, the club has little more than pride for which to play for the remainder of the season.

It was the first game at St James' since a second successive 3-0 derby defeat against Sunderland and neither the performance nor the result went down well with the home fans among a crowd of 48,264 who have now seen their side claim just four of the last 24 points they have contested.

That, coupled with simmering resentment over owner Mike Ashley's decision to sell and not replace Yohan Cabaye last month, made for an ugly atmosphere, and one which is unlikely to improve in the short term if things do not improve markedly on the pitch.

By contrast, Spurs looked a unit from the off despite making three changes to the side which beat Everton at the weekend and they might have gone in at the break with significantly more than a single-goal lead.

Magpies midfielder Vurnon Anita had already deflected an Adebayor shot inches wide and Krul saved a Paulinho shot from a tight angle when Adebayor shot them in front.

Hard work and determination kept Pardew's men in it, if only just at times, and they had chances of their own, if few and far between.

Spurs extended their lead in exhilarating style early in the second half and although Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Cisse all tested Lloris in quick succession, there was still time for Spurs to score two more goals late on to complete a miserable night for Newcastle.

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