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Magpies win to tie for fourth

Toon thrive, Spurs nosedive

By | 9th April 2012

Newcastle United produced another impressive display at Tyneside to defeat Bolton 2-0 and tie with fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur on the back of a five-match winning streak.

A terrific 10-minute spell late in the second half resulted in goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and in-form Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse, guiding Toon to a comfortable two-goal lead with only seven minutes left in regulation.

The Trotters could not even appear on the score sheet and consequently, they remain only a point clear of the relegation zone.

All the joy at Tyneside only doubled when the full-time score at White Hart Lane was revealed to be 2-1 in favor of the visiting Norwich City.

Tottenham Hotspur started off slowly, conceding an early goal to Anthony Pilkington. However, Jermaine Defoe equalized 12 minutes before the interval, increasing the home supporters’ hopes of a turn-around.

Instead, the visitors struck six minutes following the hour-mark, with Elliott Bennett scoring the goal that ultimately condemned Tottenham to five dropped points out of their last six. A goalless draw away to Sunderland on Saturday had pegged them back earlier.

The Spurs’ total of 59 points has now been matched by Alan Pardew’s spirited Magpies, who were humiliated by the North London outfit 5-0 less than two months ago.

Nevertheless, the Geordies remain wary that they must overcome a tricky final stretch that includes battles against Manchester City and Chelsea before dreaming of a UEFA Champions League berth for next season.

In Monday’s other completed fixture, four different Toffees scored to hand Everton an emphatic 4-0 win at home to Sunderland.

Having put a rough few weeks behind them to draw 1-1 at Liverpool this weekend, Aston Villa return home this evening to entertain Stoke City while the day’s most highly awaited fixture is the West London derby featuring two in-form sides.

The Blues will look to continue their winning ways under Roberto DiMatteo when they travel the short distance to Craven Cottage. Fulham will be happy to welcome their cross-town rivals during a period when on-loan striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and U.S. international Clint Dempsey appear to be unstoppable.

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