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Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Effort on goal by Peter Lovenkrands from 12 yards. Heurelho Gomes makes a save. Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, Steven Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Luka Modric.
Joey Barton has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton, clearance made by Heurelho Gomes.
Effort from outside the area by Jermaine Jenas goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken short by Luka Modric.
Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Aaron Lennon takes the free kick.
Foul by Alan Smith on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Long distance effort from Andrew Carroll misses to the left of the goal. Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Nile Ranger is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Andrew Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Heurelho Gomes. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick. Booking for Andrew Carroll.
Goal scored by Gareth Bale from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle.Assist by Luka Modric.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Alan Smith, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Effort from the edge of the box by Wayne Routledge goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Peter Lovenkrands replaces Cheik Tiote.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Jermaine Jenas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Foul by Cheik Tiote on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Alan Smith from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Rafael Van der Vaart is caught offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
The official flags Aaron Lennon offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Nile Ranger replaces Jonas Gutierrez.
Roman Pavlyuchenko leaves the field to be replaced by Sebastien Bassong.
Younes Kaboul is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.
The referee shows Younes Kaboul a red card.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.
Alan Smith shown a yellow card. Foul by Alan Smith on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
Aaron Lennon gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
Aaron Lennon grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Younes Kaboul.
A cross is delivered by Younes Kaboul, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
Aaron Lennon decides to take the corner short.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Carroll. Alan Hutton takes the indirect free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez goes into the referee's book. Aaron Lennon fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Younes Kaboul for unsporting behaviour. Younes Kaboul challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Andrew Carroll from the free kick, blocked by Younes Kaboul.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Jermaine Jenas replaces Wilson Palacios.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball.
Wilson Palacios has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric played to the near post, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Alan Smith challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.
The referee books Wilson Palacios for unsporting behaviour. Wilson Palacios challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Effort from outside the penalty box by Joey Barton goes wide left of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left channel.
Cheik Tiote booked for unsporting behaviour.
Short corner taken by Luka Modric.
Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Tim Krul. Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart to the near post, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Wilson Palacios. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Andrew Carroll.
Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Wayne Routledge produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Cheik Tiote. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left wing, save made by Tim Krul.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Joey Barton crosses the ball.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is caught offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Smith. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton, Wilson Palacios makes a clearance.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by James Perch.
The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by James Perch.
Corner taken short by Rafael Van der Vaart. Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, clearance by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Andrew Carroll. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, save made by Tim Krul.
The game gets underway.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Redknapp happy with Spurs positivity
Harry Redknapp has reiterated his belief that Tottenham are title contenders after hailing the feelgood factor within the club.
Redknapp first aired such a suggestion following a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal five weeks ago and he did so again after the 2-1 victory at Aston Villa in which Spurs played for over an hour with 10 men in the wake of Jermain Defoe's dismissal.
Redknapp rightly recognises Tottenham are long shots as they stand fifth in the Barclays Premier League, seven points behind unbeaten Manchester United who have also played a game less.
But after witnessing the spirit and resilience of his players in the face of adversity at Villa Park, Redknapp feels it would be foolish to write off his side.
"I've not changed my mind," insisted Redknapp after being asked whether he maintained his view on his side's title aspirations.
He then immediately added: "But we are massive outsiders - 33-1 or whatever - and that's about right I suppose.
"I keep saying it's open this season, and it's not impossible. You have got to believe you can achieve something.
"It's there for someone to have a real crack at it this season as there is very little between the top five or six teams.
"We're playing as well as anybody, and we've people who could get in any team - (Gareth) Bale, (Luka) Modric, (Rafael) van der Vaart. We've some quality players throughout the team. We've a good squad.
"The main aim is obviously to get into that top four again, to get back into the Champions League.
"But if you have a good run, you don't know where it can take you. It's happened before."
Tottenham are currently on such a good run you have to go back to November 6 for their last defeat, since when they are unbeaten in their last nine matches, including seven in the league - four wins and three draws.
With games at home to Newcastle and Fulham on New Year's Day to come this week, there is every prospect of Spurs extending their unbeaten sequence to nine league matches.
Redknapp certainly feels he has the squad of players and the club behind him to push United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all the way for the remainder of the season.
"We've the spirit, of course we have. If you saw us training on Christmas Day there was a good atmosphere," said Redknapp.
"There's a good feeling about this club, and that's important I think.
"It's as important at times as when you've a good spirit amongst the players and they're all together, and with a bit of belief it's amazing what you can achieve.
"Let's be honest, there's also no shortage of ability."
For the visit of the Magpies, Redknapp is without Defoe, who starts a three-match suspension after receiving a straight red card for an elbow in the face of Villa captain James Collins.
Modric should figure despite limping off with cramp late on while Redknapp has confirmed Gallas will return against Fulham after being out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Steven Taylor is convinced he can fulfil his ambitions with Newcastle after finally signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.
The 24-year-old central defender looked to heading out of the club he supported as a schoolboy when he was transfer-listed after failing to agree a new deal.
But with new boss Alan Pardew as keen to retain the services of one of the Magpies' most promising Academy graduates as his predecessor Chris Hughton had been, a compromise has been reached.
Taylor said: "I am absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with the club on a new long-term contract that will see me play for Newcastle United in my prime years.
"I joined the club as a boy and feel confident that I can fulfil all my professional ambitions here at my home-town club.
"Throughout the past few months, I have never lost hope that everything could be sorted and that I could stay here and play for this fantastic football club.
"I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations and I'll look to repay them with my performances in the black and white shirt.
"Also [I would like to thank former boss] Chris Hughton for bringing me back into the team, Alan Pardew who made it clear from day one that he wanted me to stay at the club, the board and management for their willingness to work together to find an agreement and finally my agent Paul Stretford for always having my best interests at heart."
Skipper Kevin Nolan is suspended after collecting his fifth booking of the season, while Shola Ameobi is likely to miss out with a hamstring injury once again.
Spurs up to fourth after win
Gareth Bale's 10th goal of the season ensured 10-man Tottenham leap-frogged Chelsea into fourth place after a hard-fought and ill-tempered 2-0 win over Newcastle at White Hart Lane.
Bale's electric pace allowed him to beat Steve Taylor down the left before unleashing a powerful drive that beat Tim Krul after Aaron Lennon put the hosts ahead just before the hour.
Spurs ended the match with 10 men for the second time in two days after Younes Kaboul was dismissed for forcing his head onto Cheik Tiote's in what was an otherwise feisty encounter that produced six bookings.
The hosts, who had Roman Pavlyuchenko up front in place of the suspended Jermain Defoe, started brightly and Lennon registered the first shot on target after firing a low drive at Krul two minutes in.
Andy Carroll, a reported transfer target for Spurs, made his physical presence felt up front but the hosts looked more dangerous early on, with Van der Vaart, Lennon and Luka Modric the main threats up front.
Michael Dawson was next to feel the full force of Carroll's hulking frame when he fell to the turf clutching his shoulder after going up for a header before he picked himself up and carried on.
Carroll had his first effort 25 minutes in when he twisted his body to meet Jonas Gutierrez's cross but his header fell onto the roof of the net.
Bale, who had a quiet start, then burst into life by capitalising on Danny Simpson's mistake to race past Alan Smith and Fabricio Coloccini into the box - but the former Leeds man scrambled back to block the Welshman's six-yard shot.
Joey Barton, captaining the side in Nolan's absence, clattered into the back of Bale and was furious with the referee's decision to award a free-kick.
Krul reacted well to tip over a Van der Vaart curler from the resulting free kick just before a Wilson Palacios mistake allowed Cheik Tiote to fire a weak shot at Gomes with half an hour gone.
Tiote then entered the book for claiming that Van der Vaart had dived in the box as the match started to become ill-tempered.
A second error from Wilson Palacios allowed Carroll to break free before the Honduran brought the striker down from behind, earning him a booking.
Pavlyuchenko powered an effort towards goal but Krul pushed the ball onto his left-hand post before the ball ricocheted off the other stanchion and rolled out to safety.
Palacios paid the price for his sub-par first half and was replaced by former Newcastle man Jermaine Jenas at the break.
Van der Vaart almost gave the home side the lead when he flashed a curling shot over Krul but luckily for the away side, the ball fell just wide of the Newcastle goal.
The Dawson-Carroll battle resumed three minutes into the second half, with the striker requiring treatment after going up for a header.
Both Kaboul and Gutierrez were booked for fouls on Barton and Lennon respectively as the game threatened to boil over.
Spurs broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when Lennon raced down the right and beat Krul with a low drive from inside the box after being given space by James Perch.
Smith became the fifth person to be booked when he hacked down Bale on the touchline.
Tiote, who was lucky not to receive a second yellow for a foul on Modric, then squared up to Kaboul after the midfielder slid in to tackle the defender.
The former Pompey man forced his head forward onto Tiote's and although not a clear head-butt, was enough to persuade referee Taylor to send Kaboul off, much to the disapproval of the Spurs bench.
The dismissal caused Redknapp to bring off Pavlyuchenko for Sebastien Bassong while Alan Pardew sought to push home Newcastle's numerical advantage by introducing striker Nile Ranger for Gutierrez.
Peter Crouch then came on for Van der Vaart as Spurs faced up to closing the match out with 10 men as they did against Aston Villa two days ago.
Jenas then released Lennon down the right but the England winger shot just wide, before Tiote was replaced by Peter Lovenkrands.
Any hopes of a Newcastle comeback were extinguished with 10 minutes left when Modric broke over the halfway line before finding Bale on the left wing.
The Welshman accelerated past Taylor before smashing a low angled drive past Krul for his 10th of the season.
Carroll was booked in the closing stages for a foul on Gomes as Newcastle's challenge petered out.
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