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10 men do it again!

Posted on 28 December 2010  - 12:00

Sublime strikes from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale saw off Newcastle as we took maximum points with 10 men for the second time in two days on Tuesday.

10 men do it again!

Sublime strikes from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale saw off Newcastle as we took maximum points with 10 men for the second time in two days on Tuesday.

Both goals were hit with pinpoint precision as a 2-0 victory at the Lane saw us climb over Chelsea into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

Thankfully, after playing at Aston Villa with 10 men for over an hour on Boxing Day, we only had 25 minutes to hold onto the lead after Younes Kaboul was dismissed following a clash with Cheik Tiote in the second half.

And once again, not only did we hold onto the lead, we increased it with another moment of Bale brilliance in the 81st minute.

It speaks volumes for the team that Heurelho Gomes was only forced into one save when we had 10 men as he palmed away Andy Carroll's header from Joey Barton's corner.

The visitors had two efforts cleared off the line deep in added time, but it was all over by then.

Harry Redknapp made just one change from the Boxing Day win at Villa.

It was a forced change with Jermain Defoe, suspended after picking up that red card at Villa Park, replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Chances were few and far between in the first half as Luka Modric, Bale and Lennon tried to find the gaps in Newcastle's 4-5-1 system.

Pavlyuchenko's volley from 20 yards represented the first effort on target in the 15th minute and we had to wait another 10 minutes for the next chance as Carroll flicked Jonas Gutierrez's cross onto the roof of the net.

Van der Vaart forced Krul into more serious action after 32 minutes, the keeper touching over his dipping free-kick from 25 yards.

Bale was starting to get up a head of steam down the left and a typical burst in the 42nd minute was just foiled by Tiote, who managed to touch away the winger's intended pass for van der Vaart.

Krul then produced the moment of the half in injury time.

Van der Vaart was inches away from Assou-Ekotto's initial cross but as play continued, Lennon delivered from the right and Pavlyuchenko powered his header in from 10 yards.

Krul managed to get a firm hand to it diving to his left and time appeared to stand still as the ball hit the inside of the post, ran across the goalline and then nudge the other post before Krul dived on it.

The manager made a change at half-time with Jermaine Jenas replacing Wilson Palacios, who was booked in the first half.

It remained tight in the opening exchanges of the second half before we broke the deadlock in fine style.

It all started with Kaboul pinging a pass out to Lennon in the inside right channel. He nudged the ball wide of Perch before drilling low across Krul into the bottom corner, 56 minutes on the clock.

Kaboul saw red after a clash with Tiote on 65 minutes. Pavlyuchenko was sacrificed as Sebastien Bassong came on to replace Kaboul and Peter Crouch was soon on for van der Vaart as we stuck with a 4-4-1 system.

The 10 men looked the more likely to add to their lead though.

Jenas broke forward and rolled into the path of Lennon, who fired just wide while at the other end, all Newcastle had to show was a tame volley wide from Routledge.

The second goal came as no surprise and a sight we're getting used to at the Lane.

Modric and Jenas broke up Newcastle's attack on the edge of our box, Jenas carried forward and then Modric played the ball wide to Bale.

The Welsh flyer darted into the box, turned Danny Simpson inside and out and then launched a fierce low drive across Krul into the bottom corner. Fantastic stuff.

Gomes was finally called into action in the 87th minute, tipping away Carroll's header but play soon switched up the other end as Jenas curled inches wide.

The visitors were denied twice off the line in the final seconds as first Bale flicked Peter Lovenkrands' volley wide and then Modric headed Smith's effort away.

That was that, another home win, a clean sheet and back into fourth place as 2011 beckons!

Spurs: Gomes; Hutton, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Palacios (Jenas, 46), Bale; Van der Vaart (Crouch, 72); Pavlyuchenko (Bassong, 67). Subs: Pletikosa, Corluka, Kranjcar, Keane.

Newcastle United: Krul; Perch, Coloccini, Taylor, Simpson; Routledge, Barton, Smith, Tioten (Lovenkrands, 79), Gutierrez (Ranger, 67); Carroll. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Xisco, Best, Kadar.

Goals: Spurs - Lennon 57, Bale 81.

Attendance: 35,927.

Referee: Mr A Taylor.