Newcastle dish out capital punishment at Spurs
Newcastle United put in a wonderful display in the capital today as they pulled off an emphatic win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Nicky ButtÃ¢ÂÂs equaliser on the stroke of half-time cancelled out Darren BentÃ¢ÂÂs opener with second half goals from Geremi, Michael Owen and Oba Martins making it a terrific day for the black and whites.
KK stuck with the team that had beaten Fulham last weekend with Owen, Mark Viudka and Martins all starting the game up front in an adventurous formation away from home Ã¢ÂÂ and it paid off in real style.
And Newcastle made a positive start to the game with a forward run by Habib Beye on four minutes causing havoc in the home sideÃ¢ÂÂs penalty area.
Abdoulaye Faye picked out his fellow countryman wide on the right with the Senegal international making an overlapping run and after bustling his way into the box a half clearance was intercepted by Beye before the defender rifled a left-footed effort off the underside of the bar.
Spurs eventually cleared but seconds later Martins sprinted through to fire in an effort low down at Robinson.
In a bright start from Newcastle, Robinson had to be switched on to claim a long range effort from Jose Enrique with the England keeper struggling to deal with the bright sunlight.
But he dealt superbly with UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs next chance on nine minutes as Joey Barton made a fine run before prodding an effort at Robinson.
Two minutes later and Spurs were incensed by Steve BennettÃ¢ÂÂs decision not to award a penalty when Faye appeared to bundle over Robbie Keane.
Instead the Kent official awarded a corner and former Toon man Jonathan Woodgate was unlucky not to score after Harper made a great save low down from his close pal.
On 16 minutes a jinking run from Robbie Keane saw the Eire star find a way through but his wayward shot didnÃ¢ÂÂt trouble Harper.
But despite all of NewcastleÃ¢ÂÂs early pressure Spurs snatched the lead with 25 minutes played.
A right footed cross from Steed Malbranque on the left was swept into the box and Darren Bent rose highest to send a looping header over Harper and make it 1-0.
Two minutes before the half hour mark a fizzing shot from Berbatov flashed just over the bar with Spurs looking to add to their lead.
NewcastleÃ¢ÂÂs next chance didnÃ¢ÂÂt arrive until three minutes before the interval but OwenÃ¢ÂÂs low shot from outside the penalty area went wide.
On the stroke of half-time though United did hit the target.
Nicky Butt scored for the second season running at White Hart Lane via a curled effort from outside the box.
EnriqueÃ¢ÂÂs initial cross was headed clear by Woodgate with Geremi then feeding the former Man U star to equalise and set up his third goal in the last two games as Newcastle went in all square at the break.
In the second half it took United four minutes to threaten Spurs with a scuffed shot from Joey Barton clipping the base of the post.
Two minutes later Martins won a free-kick on the edge of the box to hand Newcastle a superb chance.
And Geremi certainly took it as he steered the ball home from the edge of the box to grab his first goal for the club and put Newcastle 2-1 up.
On the hour mark Geremi attempted another long range strike but this time it flew over the bar.
Viduka forced his former Leeds team-mate Robinson into a fine save on 63 minutes when he palmed away his curling shot after heÃ¢ÂÂd latched on to GeremiÃ¢ÂÂs deflected pass.
And from the corner MartinsÃ¢ÂÂ downward header was kept out by the Spurs keeper.
But it was 3-1 with 65 minutes on the clock as Martins played in Viduka before the Aussie found Owen who clipped the ball into the net and beyond Robinson to give Newcastle a two-goal cushion.
With 17 minutes left Owen could have sealed it when he latched on to GeremiÃ¢ÂÂs pass from the right but prodded the effort wide of the target.
KK made a change with 78 minutes gone as Alan Smith replaced Viduka.
Newcastle made it 4-1 though with eight minutes remaining as Martins raced through to put the lid on things after a great run after heÃ¢ÂÂd latched on to BartonÃ¢ÂÂs pass.
SPURS: Robinson, Hutton, Woodgate, Dawson, OÃ¢ÂÂHara, Huddlestone, Zokora (Tainio 69), Bent, Keane (Taarabt 59), Berbatov, Malbranque (Lennon 59)
Subs: Cerny, Chimbonda
UNITED: Harper, Beye, Taylor, Faye, Enrique, Geremi, Barton, Butt, Martins, Owen (Carroll 84), Viduka (Smith 78).
Subs: Forster, Duff, Edgar
Ref: Steve Bennett (Orpington)