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Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United (Spurs Fan's Perspective)

Monday 13th February 2012
In an incredible first half display, Tottenham Hotspur eviscerated Newcastle United. Emmanuel Adebayor was inspired and his strike partner, new signing Louis Saha, silenced his critics with a brace.The opening period was blistering and Newcastle simply had no outlet for the pressure. Every Spurs pass seemed to find a white shirt and every shot seemed to find the goal. Niko Kranjcar was particularly impressive. His lack of pace has often been a problem, but with Kyle Walker overlapping, Kranjcar was able to demonstrate the skills that so often sit on Spurs' bench. But if Kranjcar was good, Adebayor was on another level. His quick feet, intelligent movement, passing and physical strength were just too much for a Newcastle backline short on experience. If not for Coloccini, the score could have been more than four by halftime.

Adebayor and Saha seemed to strike up an immediate understanding as they combined for three of the goals. Saha combined the qualities of both Van der Vaart and Defoe. He was direct at times, making runs in behind, but also willing to drop off and create. It is interesting to compare Saha's performance with his stats from Everton this season. He made only six ground challenges; he averaged more than nine for the Toffies. He completed ten more passes and made triple the number of chances that he averaged at Goodison. All of this despite playing just 68 minutes. His average number of touches at Everton was just 35. He had 40 against Newcastle. In his best season for Everton, 2009-10, he averaged 43. He has clearly been playing a different game for Everton this season, and it doesn't suit him. It seems like Spurs style suits him far better and, on this evidence, he could be a big success for Spurs.

Spurs have threatened to put someone to the sword for weeks now. Wigan and Everton both could (should) have been more convincingly beaten. Newcastle were unfortunate enough to be that team. Most of Spurs players will have some time off before the next match. They don't play until February 26th at Arsenal. With Stevenage in the FA Cup, Redknapp will likely rest most of his stars. There is a dogfight rapidly developing for the fourth Champions League place with just four points separating four teams. Spurs have a ten point advantage over that chasing group. Their goal difference is also eleven better than both Chelsea and Arsenal. With just 13 games remaining, Spurs will be confident of securing their highest ever Premier League finish. If they continue to play like they did against Newcastle, they could set their sights even higher.
Samuel Rooke

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