Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham maintained their challenge for a top-four finish with victory over a Newcastle side short of confidence.

Adebayor put Spurs ahead when he tapped in after Tim Krul had palmed Nabil Bentaleb's cross into his path.

Adebayor was involved in the second, when Krul dived low to stop his shot only for Paulinho to follow up, before grabbing his second with a volley.

Sherwood lauds 'fantastic' Adebayor

Nacer Chadli rounded off the scoring with a brilliant 20-yard curling shot.

The Magpies were barely a threat in the first half before improving marginally after the break, with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris denying Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran with good saves.

But they failed to score for the seventh time in their past eight Premier League matches as they fell to a fourth straight league defeat at St James' Park for the first time since 1987.

Some will cite the departure of Yohan Cabaye and striker Loic Remy's suspension for the run of form that has seen them slip to ninth, but many of the side they fielded on Wednesday had helped them into sixth on Boxing Day.

Goal-shy Magpies

Newcastle have now gone six hours and 10 minutes without a home goal in the Premier League

Spurs, meanwhile, have had an excellent two months and moved to within seven points of leaders Chelsea with this victory.

Since Tim Sherwood took charge in late December, the north London side have won seven and lost just one of their 10 league games, taking 23 points from a possible 30.

Adebayor, left in the cold by previous manager Andre Villas-Boas, has flourished under Sherwood.

Pardew 'upset' over Newcastle defeat

He opened the scoring here with his seventh league goal in 11 games, tucking in after Krul failed to adequately deal with Bentaleb's 19th-minute cross.

The Dutch keeper was punished again after the break, when his parry from Adebayor's low drive fell to Paulinho, who slotted in.

Newcastle tested Lloris only once in the first half, Cisse's header forcing him into action, but the Frenchman was tested more after the break, denying Cisse again, Debuchy and Gouffran. One slip, and the Magpies would have been back in the game.

Instead, Tottenham doubled their margin of victory with two late goals.

Adebayor's second came from a volley into the ground that bounced over the desperate reach of Krul, before Chadli scored his first league goal for the club with a marvellous strike from the edge of the area.

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"I 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."

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood:

"I'm a perfectionist. There was a spell at start of the second half when Hugo [Lloris] had to pull off some saves.

"The boys looked sharp from the start. We've got to keep on the tail of Liverpool. They are relentless. I hope they keep on checking over their shoulders and see Spurs are still there."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy
  • 03 Santon (Dummett - 45' )
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor
  • 11 Gouffran
  • 08 Anita
  • 09 Cissé
  • 18 de Jong (Ben Arfa - 63' )
  • 28 Ameobi (Marveaux - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 21 Elliot
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 36 Dummett

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 16 Naughton
  • 15 Capoue
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 10 Adebayor (Soldado - 84' )
  • 19 Dembélé (Townsend - 64' )
  • 07 Lennon (Chadli - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 17 Townsend
  • 20 Dawson
  • 21 Chadli
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 24 Friedel
  • 37 Kane
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 48,264

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

5 8

Corners

8 6

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +1:37

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:11

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

90:00 +1:09

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

87:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

86:36

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

86:09

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Marveaux (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

85:15

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

85:15

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:27

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:27

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

83:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.

81:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

81:50

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paulinho.

80:44

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.

79:30

Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Moussa Sissoko is caught offside.

79:04

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy with a through ball.

78:51

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

74:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Aaron Lennon.

73:17

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

73:11

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa with a cross.

72:31

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

72:23

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sylvain Marveaux replaces Sammy Ameobi.

69:11

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

65:12

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa with a cross.

64:44

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

63:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Mousa Dembélé because of an injury.

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Luuk de Jong.

61:03

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

61:03

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

58:42

Delay in match Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

57:30

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

55:34

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

55:29

Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paulinho.

52:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

52:38

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paulinho.

49:56

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

49:56

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett replaces Davide Santon.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 +0:12

Attempt saved. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:51

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

43:54

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

43:54

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:30

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

37:23

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Etienne Capoue.

34:12

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

33:42

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

33:42

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:06

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:06

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

31:01

Attempt missed. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

30:19

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

30:16

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

28:48

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:48

Foul by Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United).

27:53

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

27:53

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:19

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a through ball.

23:28

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

22:46

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:46

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

21:07

Offside, Newcastle United. Luuk de Jong tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

19:45

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

18:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

14:28

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

14:28

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:50

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross following a set piece situation.

13:15

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:15

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

11:54

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

11:06

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

11:06

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:06

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:06

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

8:59

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

8:59

Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:50

Offside, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

7:16

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Williamson with a headed pass.

6:52

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

6:52

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:14

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tim Krul.

5:12

Attempt saved. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Younes Kaboul.

4:23

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

4:21

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

3:03

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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