On Tuesday night, Tottenham Hotspur prevailed over Newcastle United in a very scrappy game. Tottenham showed their usual flashes of class early on with Luka Modric often the fulcrum of all of Tottenham’s good work. For Newcastle, Andy Carroll provided a physical threat and gave Michael Dawson something to think about aerially.
The second half was rather uneventful, with neither team being able to find the back of the net. After the interval, Tottenham brought on Jermaine Jenas in place of Wilson Palacios, who was already on a booking and destined for a red in a hard fought game such as this. In the 57th minute, Aaron Lennon gave Tottenham the lead after a neat shot into the Newcastle net which went past the last ditch tackle of James Perch and goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Soon after, Aaron Lennon found himself in an identical spot to his first goal, but this time he misfired his shot after a square pass from Jenas. More woe was to befall Tottenham as Younes Kaboul got himself sent off in the 66th minute after aiming a needless head butt at Cheick Tiote.
Despite Tottenham going down to ten men for the second game running, Newcastle appeared tentative in their attacks. Once they put more men forward in search of an equaliser, Spurs got their second goal and wrapped up the match in the 81st minute. This time, Modric picked up the ball, released it to Gareth Bale whom then went on a sumptuous run, drifting from the wing, into the penalty area and releasing a left footed shot past Krul. The goal made the score 2-0 to Tottenham, and that was that at White Hart Lane.