Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb says that his side were able to pick Newcastle United off in the latter stages of the match during their 4-0 Capital One Cup victory last night.
Bentaleb, who scored the first goal in the contest, shone throughout the match and he suggested that Tottenham's superior fitness levels helped them put a gloss on the scoreline.
“We started well, managed to get a goal and from there we stayed strong and showed what we can do," he said to the club's official site. "We passed the ball around well, made Newcastle run and, as they tired, we scored a few more goals."
His analysis of the match suggests that Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew was wrong with his prediction before the match.
Spurs have won much acclaim for their late showings this season, with the intense training sessions Mauricio Pochettino has implemented paying dividends, but Pardew felt his side would be able to match them all the way for stamina.
"I think they’ll find we are pretty good ourselves in terms of fitness," he said.
“Most of our goals have come in the second half too because our fitness levels are also very high."
As it was, Pardew's words didn't ring true and Newcastle crumbled to a disheartening defeat at White Hart Lane.
The North East outfit conceded twice in the last half hour of the contest and the manner of their loss has heaped pressure back on the team.
Things are not about to get any easier for them, either. Newcastle face a derby match against Sunderland this weekend, which is hardly an appealing prospect after this heavy loss, and looks set to test their resolve once again.