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Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 4-0 to boost their Champions League qualification hopes.
The Togo striker took his tally for the season to nine goals in all competitions as Spurs won on the road for the ninth time in the Barclays Premier League this season.
Adebayor, who only managed eight goals in the whole of last season, scored an early tap-in and added the third late on after he had set up Paulinho for the second.
Nacer Chadli completed the rout with a superb strike two minutes from time to hand Newcastle a fourth straight home league defeat without scoring.
The victory keeps Tim Sherwood's side in the hunt for fourth spot as Spurs seek a return to Europe's premier club competition.
It was the visitors who made the brighter start and after four minutes Moussa Dembele muscled past David Santon on the right to find Adebayor, whose shot was deflected for a corner.
Papiss Cisse, making his first start for the home side in four months, then fired his close-range strike straight at Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Loris.
Adebayor broke the deadlock after 19 minutes with a simple finish from six yards after Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul failed to hold Nabil Bentaleb's cross from the left.
Sammy Ameobi tried to force an equaliser with a great run and shot through the middle but strong defending from Younes Kaboul stopped him in his tracks.
Tottenham almost increased their advantage when Kyle Walker whipped a dangerous ball in from the right but the Newcastle defence crowded Aaron Lennon out of the box.
Lennon almost scored Tottenham's second before the break when he cut in from the right and unleashed a shot that beat Krul but hit the bottom of his right-hand post.
Seven minutes after the restart Paulinho followed up, after Adebayor's shot was saved, to convert Tottenham's second and underline their dominance.
Newcastle introduced Hatem Ben Arfa from the bench and started to get a grip on the match after 65 minutes as Paul Dummett fizzed a shot just past Lloris' goal.
But Adebayor clinched his second of the game when he knocked his shot into the ground and over the head of Krul with eight minutes left.
Chadli saved the best until last, curling home from distance to cap an excellent display from Sherwood's charges.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I was more upset about the performance. That wasn't an honest display from us.
"I mentioned a few things in the dressing room that I hope hits home - I won't mention them to the media. Tottenham dominated proceedings from the start to the finish. They won with a bit to spare - that shouldn't happen at St James' Park regardless of who I have and don't have available.
"We lacked confidence tonight and we need a break in front of goal - their keeper made two or three outstanding saves. The overall performance is a concern, it's not the result or the fact we haven't scored."
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "I'm a perfectionist. There was a spell at start of the second half when Hugo [Lloris] had to pull off some saves.
"I've been critical of the way we've started matches, but not today.
"The boys looked sharp from the start. We've got to keep on the tail of Liverpool - they are relentless. I hope they keep on checking over their shoulders and see Spurs are still there."
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