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Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
Foul by Danny Simpson on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Peter Lovenkrands is brought on as a substitute for Danny Guthrie.
Shot on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Corner from left by-line taken by Luka Modric.
Inswinging corner taken by Luka Modric from the left by-line.
Fabricio Coloccini challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luka Modric from right wing, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Emmanuel Adebayor produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort on goal by Dan Gosling from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Danny Guthrie. Ryan Nelsen comes on in place of Ledley King. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.
Centre by Kyle Walker, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Simpson on Scott Parker. Indirect free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Gosling on Aaron Lennon. The referee shows Dan Gosling a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
Dan Gosling replaces Papiss Cisse.
Aaron Lennon on for Gareth Bale. Jermain Defoe comes on in place of Louis Saha.
Shot from just outside the box by Gareth Bale goes over the crossbar.
Goal scored by Emmanuel Adebayor from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle.Assist by Louis Saha.
The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Kyle Walker.
Shot by Emmanuel Adebayor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Niko Kranjcar takes the direct free kick.
Danny Simpson challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Gabriel Obertan leaves the field to be replaced by Shane Ferguson.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Adebayor. Benoit Assou-Ekotto has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Fabricio Coloccini. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Effort from the edge of the box by Louis Saha goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on James Perch. The referee shows Kyle Walker a yellow card. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Davide Santon.
Foul by Scott Parker on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini has an effort direct from the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Gareth Bale.
A cross is delivered by Davide Santon, Ledley King makes a clearance.
Niko Kranjcar scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 4-0 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Demba Ba.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, clearance by Ledley King.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Demba Ba. Scott Parker receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Demba Ba shoots direct from the free kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Louis Saha fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
Headed effort from inside the area by Demba Ba misses to the right of the target.
Luka Modric takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Danny Simpson makes a clearance. Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, clearance made by Davide Santon.
Niko Kranjcar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
A cross is delivered by Papiss Cisse, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Davide Santon makes a clearance.
Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
Louis Saha scores a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle.Emmanuel Adebayor provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle.Assist by Emmanuel Adebayor.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance by Gareth Bale.
Trial took its toll on Redknapp
Harry Redknapp is extremely glad that he will be able to take his place in the Tottenham dugout on Saturday without the prospect of being jailed hanging over his head.
Redknapp, along with co-defendant Milan Mandaric, was cleared of two charges of tax evasion on Wednesday morning after a 13-day trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The former Portsmouth manager described the trial, which came eight years after he was originally investigated by HMRC tax authorities, as "the most draining thing I've ever been through in my life".
The Spurs boss, whose team face Newcastle on Saturday, looked haggard and admitted the trial had taken its toll on him. The 64-year-old insists he will be back to his usual chirpy self, however, when he returns to the home dugout at White Hart Lane having cleared any thoughts about the trial from his mind.
"It's great to be back," said Redknapp, who has transformed Spurs from relegation candidates to title contenders despite having the threat of a custodial sentence lingering over him.
"It (the trial) knocked me for six.
"I haven't felt so good for the last couple of days. I went down with the flu. I was a bit low but I feel good today (Friday). It was always a case of things were going well on the pitch, but I always had that other thing hanging over me - that was a problem for me. Thankfully it's gone now so we will move on."
Within eight hours of his acquittal, Redknapp's world was turned upside down by Fabio Capello's resignation.
Redknapp is now the overwhelming favourite to succeed the Italian, but insisted that although he is interested in the post, his only current focus is the game against the Magpies.
"I'm just getting on with my job," Redknapp said. "I am trying to pick a team for Newcastle and then for next week at Stevenage.
"All my focus is just on Tottenham. It's been hard to get where we are and this is my job. This is what I get paid to do."
Rafael van der Vaart missed out against Liverpool with a calf problem and will be absent again, but Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are fit after overcoming hamstring complaints.
Meanwhile, James Perch is content to be cast in the role of unsung hero in Newcastle's continuing mission to upset the Barclays Premier League's accepted order.
While manager Alan Pardew this week moved to rule himself out of the race to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss, and big-money signing Papiss Cisse marked his debut with a stunning winning goal, Perch was quietly going about the business of establishing himself in the team.
The 26-year-old former Nottingham Forest player has emerged from a difficult start to his career on Tyneside to provide vital midfield solidity in recent weeks in the absence of Cheick Tiote.
His performances in the second half at Blackburn and throughout last weekend's hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa may not have won him a share of the headlines, but they have not gone unnoticed in the dressing room or in the stands.
It is all a far cry from his early months at the club when, after being brought in by Chris Hughton in the wake of the Magpies' promotion, he was booked in each of his first five top-flight games as he struggled to make the step-up.
Perch said: "It was a tough start, a tough first year, maybe, but the gaffer has put his faith in me and put me in the side, and all I can do is try to pay him back by playing well on a Saturday afternoon.
"It's going well. I have only played the last three games or whatever, but it's going well at the minute, touch wood."
Newcastle will once again be without Yohan Cabaye, who completes his three-match ban, and for the final time before his return, central midfielder partner Tiote, whose Ivory Coast side have reached Sunday's African Nations Cup final.
Injured duo Leon Best and Ryan Taylor will also miss out at White Hart Lane with the former likely to miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from a medial ligament injury.
Spurs fans show Redknapp the love in five-star triumph
Tottenham's fans pleaded with Harry Redknapp to snub England and stay at White Hart Lane as the Spurs boss masterminded a brutal 5-0 hammering of Newcastle.
Louis Saha scored his first two goals for the club and there were also strikes from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Niko Kranjcar and Emmanuel Adebayor as Spurs moved within five points of the Barclays Premier League summit.
The performance was one of the team's best of the season and came amid a background of constant adulation from the home crowd towards their manager.
The 64-year-old started the week with the prospect of jail hanging over him, but by Wednesday afternoon he found himself in the clear and in pole position to take over as England's head coach following Fabio Capello's shock resignation.
Chants of "you're Spurs and you know you are" greeted Redknapp as he made an emotional return to the dugout and "we want you to stay" rang out on several occasions as the home support made it clear that they did not want to lose their boss, who has transformed the club from relegation candidates to title chasers within just over three years.
Redknapp acknowledged their chants with a warm smile and wave, but it remains to be seen whether their pleas will be enough to make their boss stay at White Hart Lane.
The reality is surely that he is extremely interested in taking Capello's place and on today's evidence, it is easy to see why he is the overwhelming favourite for the post.
If any of the four-man FA board tasked with appointing Capello's successor was watching today, they will have been delighted with what they saw.
Despite being without key talisman Rafael van der Vaart, who was out with a calf injury, Redknapp's men started in devastating fashion and were two up after five minutes.
With barely three minutes on the clock, Adebayor played a one-two with Kranjcar and he crossed for Assou-Ekotto, who rifled home from a tight angle to score after three minutes.
Two minutes later it was 2-0. Adebayor peeled off down the right, muscled his way past Fabricio Coloccini and crossed for Saha, who turned home from six yards.
Redknapp, usually a restrained figure on the bench, sprung to his feet and punched the air with glee.
Tottenham continued to pulverise the away side and added their third in the 20th minute.
Luka Modric jinked into the box and found Adebayor and he laid the ball off to Saha, who smashed home from 12 yards.
Demba Ba curled a free-kick just wide, but otherwise Newcastle barely threatened in the first half.
Spurs were playing some of their best football under Redknapp and the popular manager was on his feet again in the 34th minute as the home side scored again.
Tim Krul's save from Adebayor's close-range shot ricocheted in to the path of Kranjcar and he swept home from 15 yards for his first Spurs goal in a year.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew turned away in disgust at his team's defending and they did little to suggest they were capable of offering anything at the other end.
Ba drove a low shot straight at Brad Friedel but Tottenham were soon on the attack again through Saha, who curled a shot just wide.
Adebayor, Assou-Ekotto and Kranjcar all missed chances in first-half injury-time.
Pardew ditched the ineffective Obertan at half-time and brought on Shane Ferguson in his place.
There was no let-up in the Spurs pressure, though, as the hosts looked for a fifth.
Bale played a delightful chip over the Magpies' back four but Adebayor mistimed his run and the Togo striker wasted another chance moments later by screwing his shot wide.
Redknapp thanked the jubilant home crowd once more as they chanted his name.
Newcastle gained more possession, but they could only muster a weak attempt on goal from Jonas Gutierrez, and moments later Krul was once again picking the ball out of his net.
Saha nodded Assou-Ekotto's cross towards Adebayor and he wrapped his right leg around his marker to poke home and make it 5-0.
With 24 minutes left Redknapp brought on Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon for Bale and Saha, who received a big hug from the Spurs manager.
Kyle Walker skinned his marker and whipped in a cross but Adebayor just missed the header that would have made it six.
Newcastle missed a great chance to score a consolation soon after but Gosling skied over from six yards after Friedel had done well to save Ba's point-blank header.
At the final whistle, an emotional Redknapp gave his thanks to all four corners of the ground before disappearing down the tunnel, clearly delighted with his team's performance.
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