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Bent strike sees Spurs past Newcastle
London, Apr 19 (Agencies):
Published on 19 Apr. 2009 11:19 PM IST
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Newcastle’s Premier League status remains in the balance following a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday. Darren Bent’s first half effort proved to be the difference between the two sides at White Hart Lane, but the victory should have been more emphatic. Newcastle entered the game without a win in seven and looked nervous from the off, inviting Spurs onto the front foot. It did not take long for Harry Redknapp’s side to make the ensuing pressure count, as Bent fired home on 24 minutes after Steve Harper had beaten away his first attempt. Luka Modric was then unfortunate to see a deflected effort fail to find the target, while Michael Owen found himself squeezed out during a rare Magpies attack. Bent should have made more of an Alan Hutton cross as the opening period came to close, but he could only nod over from close range. The hosts continued to look the more likely to force a further breakthrough shortly after the interval and only some heroic defending from Sebastien Bassong prevented Wilson Palacios from notching his first goal for Spurs. Obafemi Martins was somewhat unfortunate to see a fine finish chalked off for handball on 68 minutes as Newcastle rallied, but a dejected Magpies side offered few complaints. Their Nigerian striker once again created a clear sight of a goal a few minutes later, but he sliced straight at Heurelho Gomes from eight yards out. Tom Huddlestone stung Harper’s fingertips with a well-struck drive as the clock ticked down, while Martins was found wanting when charged with the task of rescuing a point. Result Man City 4-2 West Brom

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