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Tottenham   2 - 0   Newcastle

Aaron Lennon scores for Tottenham
Lennon got the better of Perch for opener

By Saj Chowdhury

Ten-man Tottenham moved into the top four of the Premier League with victory over Newcastle in a feisty affair.

Aaron Lennon broke the deadlock in the second-half, cutting in from the right to drill an angled shot from just inside the area past keeper Tim Krul.

Spurs had Younes Kaboul sent off on 65 minutes for appearing to thrust his head at Newcastle's Cheik Tiote.

But Gareth Bale made sure of the points for the home side, surging down the left and firing in a rasping effort.

The scoreline was definitely a deserved one on the balance of play, although the Magpies did well to frustrate their usually free-flowing opponents for much of the match.

606: DEBATE

Aware of the home side's potency on the wings, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew packed the midfield and was forced to bring in full-back James Perch for the more assured Jose Enrique at left-back.

It was an ideal scenario for Tottenham right-winger Lennon. But, apart from the cross for Roman Pavlyuchenko's first-half header, brilliantly saved by Krul, and the goal, Lennon was given little space by former Nottingham Forest defender Perch.

In fact, the visitors' defence performed admirably with much of what Spurs threw at them in the opening 45 minutes. A marked difference to the opening five minutes against Manchester City.

Most of it was last ditch, however.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's side are a credit to the Premier League for staying true to their unofficial motto of "attack, attack, attack" and left-sided dynamo Bale has often led by example this season.

Midway through the first half he cut in from the left, eluded two Newcastle challenges and swept into the area before his attempt to shoot from little more than six yards was blocked by the biting Alan Smith.

Redknapp delighted with clean sheet

Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart, arguably this season's best signing so far, then tested Krul with a 25-yard free-kick which his compatriot had to tip over.

Van der Vaart then tried to create some room for himself inside the area but saw his shot blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.

And the closest the north Londoners came to scoring before the goal was right on the stroke of half-time when Krul produced an extraordinary save to deny Pavlyuchenko.

Perch had the right to claim he had Lennon "in his pocket" in the opening half, but he was all at sea for the opener when the England winger bore down on goal, after coming in from the right, before drilling a shot that deflected off the left-back and past Krul.

Tottenham were now looking to open up a Newcastle side who did well to keep the potent Londoners at bay.

But the home side suffered a setback in their quest when Kaboul was shown a straight red when he appeared to thrust his head at Tiote, who had forcefully, but cleanly, tackled him seconds earlier.

Pardew blames 'attacking quality'

Instead of packing the defence and seeing out the match, Redknapp brought on forward Peter Crouch.

It was a bold move, although it was the slightly more defensive-minded Bale, who settled the match in typical fashion.

Wales international Bale was sent on his way down the left by Luka Modric before charging inside and rocketing an unstoppable shot with unerring accuracy past the reach of Krul.

That was essentially game, set and match.

The victory meant that Redknapp's side stepped up their Premier League challenge in what is one of the most open title races in recent years.

It was also the first time since the opening day of the season that Spurs kept a clean sheet - more of those and, come May, the men from White Hart Lane could be toasting an event that has not occurred since 1961.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Lennon 57
  • Bale 81

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: TaylorAtt: 35,927
    TOTTENHAM
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Tottenham 50%
    • Newcastle 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 8
    • Newcastle 8

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 5
    • Newcastle 4

    Corners

    • Tottenham 9
    • Newcastle 7

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 9
    • Newcastle 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:13 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:25 Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Steven Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Luka Modric.
    • 90:00+2:46 Effort from outside the box by Joey Barton goes wide right of the target. Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner, Heurelho Gomes makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:21 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 88:47 Luka Modric takes a short corner.
    • 88:18 Jermaine Jenas fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Lennon.
    • 87:43 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:58 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes by Alan Smith. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 86:08 Shot from long range by Andrew Carroll goes wide of the left-hand upright. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 85:13 Nile Ranger is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 82:25 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 82:12 Booking Booking for Andrew Carroll for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:55 Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:37 Assist on the goal came from Luka Modric.
    • 80:37 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 2 - 0 Newcastle Goal scored by Gareth Bale from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle.
    • 80:09 Foul by Peter Crouch on Alan Smith, free kick awarded. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:32 Wayne Routledge has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 78:20 Substitution Cheik Tiote leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Lovenkrands.
    • 77:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jenas on Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
    • 76:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Peter Crouch. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:44 Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 72:35 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:16 Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
    • 69:55 Wayne Routledge delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Alan Smith clears the bar.
    • 69:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Rafael Van der Vaart. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
    • 69:04 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance by Danny Simpson.
    • 67:56 Foul by Andrew Carroll on Sebastien Bassong, free kick awarded. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:28 The official flags Aaron Lennon offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 66:28 Substitution Nile Ranger on for Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 65:58 Substitution Sebastien Bassong is brought on as a substitute for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
    • Correction - 64:47 Sent off Younes Kaboul is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.
    • 64:47 Sent off Younes Kaboul sent off.
    • 60:55 Foul by Michael Dawson on Andrew Carroll, free kick awarded. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:28 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 59:38 Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
    • 58:29 Alan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.
    • 58:29 Booking Alan Smith shown a yellow card.
    • Correction - 56:25 Assist on the goal came from Younes Kaboul.
    • 56:25 Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
    • 56:25 GOAL - Aaron LennonTottenham 1 - 0 Newcastle Aaron Lennon finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 54:37 The ball is crossed by Younes Kaboul, clearance by James Perch.
    • 53:57 Aaron Lennon takes a short corner.
    • 53:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Alan Hutton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:50 Jonas Gutierrez challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:50 Booking Jonas Gutierrez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:17 Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Strike on goal comes in from Andrew Carroll from the free kick, blocked by Younes Kaboul.
    • 50:17 Booking The referee shows Younes Kaboul a yellow card.
    • 47:40 Roman Pavlyuchenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 46:15 The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 45:44 Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball.
    • 45:26 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Wilson Palacios.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:21 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:42 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 45:00+0:23 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 43:33 Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 42:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric played to the near post, Joey Barton makes a clearance.
    • 41:56 Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 40:12 Alan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
    • 38:15 Foul by Wilson Palacios on Andrew Carroll, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Joey Barton from the free kick. Joey Barton has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 38:15 Booking The referee shows Wilson Palacios a yellow card.
    • 35:40 Joey Barton fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
    • 34:38 Booking Cheik Tiote goes into the referee's book.
    • 34:02 Short corner taken by Luka Modric.
    • 33:11 Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 31:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Alan Smith. Shot comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, save by Tim Krul. Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line to the near post, Cheik Tiote manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:51 Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 27:50 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, clearance made by James Perch.
    • 27:07 Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
    • 25:31 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 24:35 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 22:45 Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 22:09 The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 20:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save made by Tim Krul.
    • 18:54 Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 17:10 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton.
    • 15:38 The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
    • 14:57 Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:06 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 11:31 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luka Modric on Alan Smith. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Andrew Carroll. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance by Wilson Palacios.
    • 3:43 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 3:12 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:00 The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by James Perch.
    • 2:14 Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line. The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Joey Barton.
    • 1:02 Andrew Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:44 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, save by Tim Krul.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 28 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 18 22 38
    2 Man City 20 16 38
    3 Arsenal 18 17 35
    4 Tottenham 19 6 33
    5 Chelsea 18 17 31
    6 Bolton 19 7 29
    7 Sunderland 20 -1 27
    8 Blackpool 17 -3 25
    9 Blackburn 20 -5 25
    10 Stoke 19 -1 24
    11 Liverpool 17 -1 22
    12 Everton 19 -1 22
    13 Newcastle 19 -3 22
    14 West Brom 19 -9 22
    15 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
    16 Birmingham 18 -3 19
    17 Fulham 19 -4 19
    18 Wigan 18 -14 19
    19 West Ham 20 -13 17
    20 Wolves 18 -13 15

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    Redknapp delighted with clean sheet
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    Pardew blames 'attacking quality'
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