NEWCASTLE United’s slump went from bad to worse as they lost 4-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League tonight.
The Magpies suffered their fourth successive league defeat – their worst run since 1987 – as Spurs ran riot at St James’s Park.
Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor (2), Paulinho and Nacer Chadli piled the pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Adebayor opened the scoring in the 19th minute, tapping home after Tim Krul could only palm a cross into his path.
Paulinho and Aaron Lennon missed chances to add to the first-half scoreline, while at the other end the recalled Papiss Demba Cisse passed up two great opportunities to break Newcastle’s scoring drought.
After the break, Paulinho did double the lead on 53 minutes, following up after Krul spilled Adebayor’s effort.
Hugo Lloris then twice denied Newcastle a rout back into the game with superb saves from Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy, but two goals in the last 10 minutes killed the game off.
Adebayor grabbed his second on 81 minutes before Chadli curled home a great strike to make it 4-0.
It could have been worse but Krul saved from Andros Townsend deep into injury time.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon (Dummett, 46); Gouffran, Sissoko, Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux, 71); de Jong (Ben Arfa, 63), Cisse. Subs not used: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Shola Ameobi.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele (Townsend, 64), Bentaleb, Capoue, Paulinho, Lennon (Chadli, 75); Adebayor. Subs not used: Friedel, Dawson, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado.
Goals: Adebayor 19, 82, Paulinho 53, Chadli 88
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)
Attendance: 48,264 (2,150 Tottenham)