NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew is banking on Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote to galvanise his side after their 5-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane.
The pair will be back for the Magpies’ next game, at home to struggling Wolves a week on Saturday.
Until then, Pardew’s players will have to stew on Saturday’s 5-0 defeat.
Cabaye was serving the last game of a three-match ban for his kick at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Adam El-Abd, while Ivory Coast international Tiote was preparing for last night’s African Cup of Nations final against Zambia.
Pardew was also without the versatile Ryan Taylor through injury, and his midfield was overrun by a rampant Tottenham side, who scored four goals in a devastating first-half performance.
Newcastle dropped to sixth in the Premier League table, but remain well-placed for a Europa League place going into the final 13 games.
“We had no Cabaye, no Cheik Tiote and no Ryan Taylor, ” Pardew said. “There was a big part of our midfield missing, and that was pretty evident. It hurt that Cabaye wasn’t playing.”
Pardew, though, insisted there was still some pride in defeat, despite suffering the heaviest defeat of his reign
“I’m proud of them in the second half, I really am,” he said. “It would have been easy to buckle, or point fingers at each other. We didn’t, and we stood firm and stood together.
“We’ll take it on the chin. We’ll take the embarrassment of the headlines on the chin, and go to the next game.”
Despite being without key talisman Rafael van der Vaart, who was out with a calf injury, Redknapp’s men started in devastating fashion and were two up after five minutes.
With barely three minutes on the clock, Emmanuel Adebayor played a one-two with Niko Kranjcar and he crossed for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who rifled home from a tight angle to score after three minutes.
Two minutes later it was 2-0. Adebayor peeled off down the right, muscled his way past Fabricio Coloccini and crossed for Louis Saha, who turned home from six yards.
Redknapp, usually a restrained figure on the bench, sprung to his feet and punched the air with glee.
Tottenham continued to pulverise the away side and added their third in the 20th minute.
Luka Modric jinked into the box and found Adebayor and he laid the ball off to Saha, who smashed home from 12 yards.
Demba Ba curled a free-kick just wide, but otherwise Newcastle barely threatened in the first half.
Spurs were playing some of their best football under Redknapp and the popular manager was on his feet again in the 34th minute as the home side scored again. Tim Krul’s save from Adebayor’s close-range shot ricocheted in to the path of Kranjcar and he swept home from 15 yards for his first Spurs goal in a year.
Pardew ditched the ineffective Gabriel Obertan at half-time and brought on Shane Ferguson in his place.
There was no let-up in the Spurs pressure, though, as the hosts looked for a fifth.
Gareth Bale played a delightful chip over the Magpies’ back four but Adebayor mistimed his run and the Togo striker wasted another chance moments later by screwing his shot wide.
Newcastle gained more possession, but they could only muster a weak attempt on goal from Jonas Gutierrez, and moments later Krul was once again picking the ball out of his net.
Saha nodded Assou-Ekotto’s cross towards Adebayor and he wrapped his right leg around his marker to poke home and make it 5-0.
With 24 minutes left Redknapp brought on Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon for Bale and Saha, who received a big hug from the Spurs manager.
Kyle Walker skinned his marker and whipped in a cross but Adebayor just missed the header that would have made it six.
Newcastle missed a great chance to score a consolation soon after but Dan Gosling skied over from six yards after Brad Friedel had done well to save Demba Ba’s point-blank header.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, King (Nelsen 75), Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Parker, Kranjcar, Bale (Lennon 67), Adebayor, Saha (Defoe 67). Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Rose, Livermore, Khumalo. Booked: Parker, Walker. Goals: Assou-Ekotto 4, Saha 6, 20, Kranjcar 34, Adebayor 64.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Obertan (Ferguson 46), Guthrie (Lovenkrands 86), Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse (Gosling 68). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Shola Ameobi. Booked: Gosling.
Att: 36, 176 Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).