Newcastle United came to White Hart Lane knowing that a strong performance could move them into the Champions League places. They left with a thrashing. Tottenham Hotspur were sublime, and Emmanuel Adebayor starred in a monster performance that saw the Togo striker pick up a goal and four assists. Within the first few minutes, the hosts were 1-0 up, Benoit Assou-Ekotto firing in a cross from Adebayor after fine work from Gareth Bale, and new signing Louis Saha made it 2-0 a few seconds after that.
The onslaught continued as Saha grabbed his second of the match on the 20th minute after brilliant holdup play by Adebayor, and then Niko Krancjar made it four before halftime, Adebayor again getting the assist. The visiting defence was a complete mess, at a patchwork midfield had no answer to the likes of Scott Parker and Luka Modric, allowing Spurs to pretty much score at will. They eased up a bit in the second half, only scoring the one goal when Adebayor flicked in Saha's knockdown, but they could easily have had more if they'd pushed for it. Newcastle came close a couple of times, but a goal would have been flattering - they weren't even close to being on the same planet as their opponents on this one. The 5-0 final scoreline was no accident.