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Sunday 24 August 2014 | White Hart Lane | Referee: Anthony Taylor | Attendance 36,109

  • Nacer Chadli (12, 37)
  • Eric Dier (30)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (65)
4 - 0

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Harry Redknapp endured a miserable return to White Hart Lane as Queens Park Rangers were outclassed in a 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Redknapp was dismissed by Spurs in 2012 despite guiding the club to three consecutive top-five finishes in the Barclays Premier League, before winning promotion from the Championship with QPR last term, but his former employers were less than hospitable on the 67-year-old's return to north London.

Nacer Chadli deservedly gave the home side the lead 12 minutes in, before Eric Dier followed up his goal at West Ham United on the opening weekend by netting the second.

Chadli added a third eight minutes before the break, and Emmanuel Adebayor made absolutely certain with a fourth goal in the 65th minute.

The result sees Spurs maintain their winning start to the 2014-15 campaign and lifts them to the top of the Barclays Premier League, while QPR are left searching for their first points since returning to the top flight.

Redknapp handed debuts to Mauricio Isla, on loan from Juventus, and Leroy Fer, who arrived from Norwich City earlier this week, while Erik Lamela made his first BPL start at White Hart Lane, six days short of a year since he became Spurs’ record signing.

It was the home side who applied all of the pressure early on, Adebayor nodding narrowly over from a Nabil Bentaleb cross, and it was not long before they were in front. Adebayor turned provider as he dinked a cross in from the left, and Chadli took the ball down wonderfully on his chest before poking it beyond Robert Green.

QPR were giving the hosts far too much space, and Mauricio Pochettino's men could have been further in front two minutes later had Adebayor capped off a swift counter-attacking move with a better finish.

It was becoming clear that QPR would need to make the best of any opportunities that fell their way. However, when Matt Phillips cut inside Younes Kaboul in the penalty area after meeting a long-range pass, he sent his effort over the crossbar.

The visitors were very nearly punished moments later when Christian Eriksen rattled the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick, but Dier then powered in a header on the half-hour mark for his second goal in as many matches, leaving a glum-looking Redknapp scratching his head on the QPR bench.

Chadli doubled his tally seven minutes later, placing a header into the bottom-left corner from a chipped Lamela cross after a rampant Spurs had strung together an incredible 48 passes in the build-up.

Tottenham old boy Steven Caulker got a rare glimpse of goal for QPR shortly after the break, but placed his header a yard wide of the right-hand post from a corner, before Adebayor slid the ball past Green for a fourth after being teed up by Danny Rose.

Rose almost gave QPR a hand nine minutes from time when he diverted the ball into his own net, but the referee disallowed the goal for an infringement on the full-back, leaving the visitors to mull over a dismal performance in which they rarely looked like troubling home goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "We are very pleased. We are happy because we are in front of our supporters for the first game this season here.

"I told the players at half-time that, for me, the game is 0-0 and we need to win the second half, but 1-0 in the second half was good."

"It's nothing because it's two games. The most important thing is to try to develop our style and philosophy and today the team showed our basis. It's important that the team show that we play like a team. When we play like a team together, we can achieve something."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We didn't play with enough energy and we looked off the pace a bit. In certain areas we weren't sharp enough, we've got to work harder than that with and without the ball. Maybe one or two looked a bit slow.

"I don't think it's systems, that [3-5-2] system allows me to get two strikers in the team, which I was trying to do.

"[Loic] Remy doesn't play up on his own, Charlie Austin doesn't either really; it's difficult so you're looking to get two up front. You [can] play 4-4-2 but you get slaughtered in midfield, it's very difficult.

"I thought it would suit us fine. I felt Rio [Ferdinand] and [Steven] Caulker did okay today, I thought they coped but in front of them we were short of energy and didn't really get a grip of the game at all."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Hugo Lloris 7.55 6.37
5. Jan Vertonghen 6.29 5.31
15. Eric Dier 8.24 6.03
4. Younes Kaboul 5.67 4.81
3. Danny Rose 6.13 4.73
29. Etienne Capoue 5.9 4.88
22. Nacer Chadli 8.29 5.98
11. Erik Lamela 7.56 5.47
23. Christian Eriksen 6.63 6.34
42. Nabil Bentaleb 5.68 4.97
10. Emmanuel Adebayor 7.7 5.12
Substitutes All Fans BFR
19. Mousa Dembélé 5.25 4.14
14. Lewis Holtby 6.0 4.87
18. Harry Kane 5.0 5.88
24. Brad Friedel 3.88 3.21
33. Ben Davies 4.25 4.76
7. Aaron Lennon 3.89 5.19
9. Roberto Soldado 5.5 5.0
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Robert Green 3.33 4.85
5. Rio Ferdinand 3.36 4.72
4. Steven Caulker 3.73 4.59
22. Richard Dunne 3.73 4.05
17. Jordon Mutch 3.14 4.45
14. Mauricio Isla 3.36 4.44
10. Leroy Fer 3.17 5.13
8. Joey Barton 4.07 3.78
3. Armand Traore 3.14 4.57
7. Matthew Phillips 3.64 3.83
19. Loïc Remy 4.5 5.96
Substitutes All Fans BFR
25. Bobby Zamora 4.5 5.49
15. Nedum Onuoha 6.67 3.86
23. Junior Hoilett 6.0 4.7
11. Shaun Wright-Phillips 0.0 3.11
18. Alejandro Faurlin 5.0 4.86
2. Danny Simpson 6.0 3.42
21. Brian Murphy 6.0 3.0

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