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Spurs continued to play free flowing football with Newcastle chasing shadows although Ba had a shot straight at Friedel. The visitors defenders were finding Adebayor unplayable and he put in another cross to Kranjcar who shot over. Then in the final minute of the half, Spurs were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box which Adebayor touched to Assou-Ekotto but with a clesar sight on goal, he blasted it over.
After half-time Spurs were content to maintain possession for long periods with Newcastle unable to take the ball from them and when they did get it, they just gave it straight back to Spurs. After sixty four minutes, Bale played in Adebayor but he just failed to control the ball. Spurs appeared to be satisfied with four goals but then a good ball went from Bale out to Assou-Ekotto on the left and his centre was headed back by Saha to Adebayor who hooked it into the net for a deserved goal and his tenth of the season. Adebayor and Saha were showing an excellent understanding in their first game together.
Bale shot over from twenty five yards. Lennon and Defoe replaced Bale and Saha as Spurs continued to play at will with little threat from Newcastle. Ryan Nelsen made his debut as a replacement for Ledley King. Kyle Walker had an excellent run on the right but his cross was just too high for Adebayor. Then Newcastle created their first danger of the evening when Ba got a header on target from close range but Friedel reacted instinctively to save and the rebound was hit over.
Spurs produced a quick passing movement from Defoe to Adebayor to Kranjcar and back to Adebayor but the final shot passed wide. Luka Modric had a shot saved and Adebayor again shot over after Parker and Defoe had created the chance for him.
Newcastle have now lost on their last three visits to White Hart Lane and this match was the perfect end to a hectic week for Harry Redknapp. He was cleared of all charges in his court case, he is top candidate for the England manager's post, the fans showed their desire for him to stay and the players responded by producing one of their best displays of the season. The only thing which could have improved Redknapp's week would have been Bale scoring with the late chance on Monday evening at Anfield.
Spurs are now ten points ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea, five behind Manchester United who beat Liverpool to go a point ahead of City who play Aston Villa later today. Spurs did all they could today to persuade Harry Redknapp to stay at White Hart Lane and bide his time before accepting his ultimate job, the England manager's role.
Just as the fans chanted, "We want you to stay Harry Redknapp, we want you to stay," so I reiterate their words of yesterday but in all likelihood such sentiments won't be enough to keep Harry at White Hart Lane.