Although Newcastle got off to a good start this afternoon with a goal by Charles N’Zogbia after just 11 minutes, Spurs were all square after 28 minutes when Luka Modric raced through and slotted past keeper Shay Given, and the score remained at 1-1 at half time.
So once again the Newcastle defense is unable to hold onto a lead at home, and it’s food for thought for Joe Kinnear and the coaches.
The first goal seemed very easy for Newcastle as Given collected a free-kick and booted the ball down-field.
And Charles N’Zogbia was clear through with Essou-Ekotto covering for Spurs, but the Spurs defender misjudged the ball and got under it, and was brushed aside by the 22 year-old Frenchman who spun nicely before firing right-footed past Gomes from just eight yards out.
A nicely taken goal by the youngster.
With all the heroics of the defense and three clean sheets in three of our last four games, it must have gone through Newcastle fans’ minds that this could be the goal that got us all 3 points today, but it was not to be.
While the home side were having most of the play Spurs equalized, and there was a hint of offside with the goal.
On 28 minutes center-half Dawson dispossessed Ameobi on the halfway line, and booted down-field, and the Newcastle players appealed for offside.
However, plat was waved on and Luka Modric raced through on goal and slotted beneath Given for the Spurs’ equalizer, and once again we failed to keep the score clean at home.
The goal initially looked offside, but the TV replays were indecisive, and in that case the advantage is supposed to go to the attacking side, but rarely does.
But this time Spurs got the advantage and the scores were all level.
Just after the goal Ameobi was injured and replaced by Mark Viduka, so it’s a chance for the Aussie to show what he can do for the club.
After the goal (goals change games) Spurs have a renewed confidence and are taking the game to Newcastle.
The game is still anybody’s to win, and while Newcastle have played well and are well organized, we must try to keep a clean sheet in the second half and one of the boys up front can slot in a goal or two.
A win is what we need.
<strong>Newcastle United:</strong> Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Damien Duff, Geremi, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Mark Viduka, Andy Carroll
<strong>Tottenham:</strong> Gomes, Didier Zokora, David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Luka Modric, Michael Dawson, Verdan Corluka, Ledley King (c), Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Subs: Gareth Bale, Chris Gunter, Fraizer Campbell, Adel Taarabt, Cesar Sanchez, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jamie O’Hara
Referee: Andre Marriner