ALAN Pardew blasted his Newcastle United players after they were battered by Tottenham last night – and accused them of not putting their bodies on the line.
The 4-0 drubbing was a FIFTH consecutive home defeat for the Magpies.
And beleaguered manager Pardrew offered no excuses for the Tynesiders’ abject performance as Spurs claimed a first St James’s Park win since 2004.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice, and Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also found the net on an entirely forgettable night for Newcastle.
Pardew had been looking for a reaction from his team, which last won a Premier League game on Boxing Day.
But United were outfought and out-thought by a Tottenham side which played with courage and conviction, qualifites which were absent from the home side’s performance.
“Of course I’m not happy,” said Pardew.
“This is a game where you as a manager, expect life and limb on the football pitch.
“As a player, that’s what I gave. That’s what I expect my players to give in every moment in every game.
“I don’t care what the scoreline is, I don’t care what the scenario is, that’s what I expect and that’s what these fans expect. If you drop down from that, then you are going to suffer a game like that.”
The game was Pardew’s 150th in charge of Newcastle, and he watched United lose a fourth consecutive league game for the first time in the Premier League era.
Pardew added: “I don’t want to stand there in my 150th game and watch a performance like that. I don’t care about how good Tottenham were – it doesn’t interest me.
“They were good, but my team has to be better than that. I am not going to go into any more detail than that.
“It was a tough night in terms of what I was hoping to come out of the game. The performance wasn’t good enough.
“We were dominated from start to finish and we lost 4-0. That really summed it up.”
United are ninth in the league table, despite their troubles, and nine points ahead of 10th-placed Swansea City.
Despite the return from injury of both Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse, there was a makeshift look about Pardew’s team.
By contrast, Spurs looked a unit from the off despite making three changes to the side which won 1-0 at Everton at the weekend and they might have gone in at the break with significantly more than a single-goal lead.
Magpies midfielder Vurnon Anita had already deflected an Adebayor shot inches wide and Tim Krul saved a Paulinho shot from a tight angle when the visitors took a 19th-minute lead.
Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb shook off Moussa Sissoko all too easily wide on the left to deliver a cross which Krul could only palm to Adebayor, who had the simplest of tasks to tap it home.
With Paulinho orchestrating and Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon running at the home side, Tottenham threatened at regular intervals and particularly on the break.
Mike Williamson only just managed to get to Kyle Walker’s driven 24th-minute cross ahead of Lennon after Paulinho had carved Newcastle wide-open and as the half wore on, Adebayor, Dembele and Lennon started to produce their full range of tricks.
Hard work and determination kept Pardew’s men in it, if only just at times, and they had chances of their own, if few and far between.
Indeed, they might have taken the lead themselves had Cisse got a more decisive touch to Luuk de Jong’s eighth-minute knock-down in front of goal, and the striker also lobbed wide under pressure from advancing keeper Hugo Lloris with 26 minutes gone.
Spurs extended their lead in exhilarating style eight minutes ointo the second half gone when Paulinho flicked Bentaleb’s pass into the path of Adebayor and then followed up to score when Krul could only parry the striker’s shot.
Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Cisse all tested Lloris in quick succession, but Adebayor’s mishit volley after Krul had saved Townsend’s effort and Chadli’s dipping, curling late strike completed a miserable night for Newcastle.
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon (Dummett 46), Anita, Sissoko, Gouffran, De Jong (Ben Arfa 63), Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 71), Cisse. Subs not used: Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Elliot, Shola Ameobi.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton, Capoue, Dembele (Townsend 64), Paulinho, Bentaleb, Lennon (Chadli 75), Adebayor (Soldado 84). Subs not used: Dawson, Eriksen, Friedel, Kane. Goals: Adebayor 19 & 82, Paulinho 53, ,Chadli 88.
Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).