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Opposition view

Posted on 25 September 2008  - 12:00

Chris Hughton pinpointed the clinical nature of our finishing as the key factor as we beat his Newcastle side 2-1 in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

Opposition view

Chris Hughton pinpointed the clinical nature of our finishing as the key factor as we beat his Newcastle side 2-1 in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

After a sterile first half, Newcastle carved out the first two chances of this third round tie at the start of the second half.

The best opportunity fell to Damien Duff, who was sent though on goal by Obafemi Martins and beat Heurelho Gomes only to see Jonathan Woodgate slide back to clear the ball off the line.

Michael Owen then forced a fine save from Gomes before we broke away to open the scoring after 62 minutes when Aaron Lennon clipped in the perfect cross for Roman Pavlyuchenko to open his account for the club.

Just four minutes later and it was game over as Jamie O'Hara capitalised on a defensive mistake before applying the coolest of finishes for 2-0. Owen's late goal proved no more than a consolation.

"It just about sums up where we are at the moment," said Newcastle caretaker boss Chris, who we all know so well as a Spurs legend following over 25 years' service at the Lane.

"The game had pivotal moments. We missed two very good chances and we knew with Tottenham's quality that they would take their chances.

"I thought we approached the game in the right manner. Tottenham came here with a strong side and strong bench but in the first half we coped well and limited them to few opportunities.

"If anything, we looked like the side that might score the first goal but we had two chances at the start of the second half that we failed to take and then the two chances they had they put away with that quality.

"All we can do is try to pick the players up for Blackburn on Saturday because I believe we're capable of winning that game."