Newcastle 2 Tottenham 2 – Fantastic Newcastle Fight Back – Report


In just a terrific game at St. James’ Park this afternoon, Newcastle came back twice to draw 2-2 with a very good looking Spurs side.

Steven Taylor had given a penalty away for a foul on Adebayor  just before half time,  which Van der Vaart dispatched from the spot, and Newcastle were 1-0 down at the half,  against the run of play.

But then minutes into the second half Demba Ba scored his 5th goal in three games for Newcastle, as he slid home a nice left wing cross from Gutierrez.

Then substitute Derfoe scored a terrific goal on 68 minutes to put Tottenham back ahead, but after that Newcastle attacked Spurs as the game was end to end in the final 20 minutes, and the Geordie crowd were roaring on their side.

And then on 86 minutes Shola Ameobi scored an absolutely brilliant goal to pull Newcastle level, and then the Magpies could have won it in injury time when Coloccini missed a good chance from just 3 yards out.

Newcastle also had a penalty appeal turned down late in the game,  with one minute of injury time to play, when Walker handled the ball in the box, but the penalty wasn’t given.

And Dema Ba came on as a sub, and 20 year-old Davide Santon made his debut at right back in place of Danny Simpson.

The game kicked off and after 2 minutes Obertan almost broke through in the left wing position but lost the ball.

Then Ryan Taylor made a good clearance to take the ball off the toes of Van der Vaart as he volleyed the ball clear but took a knock.

Both sides made a fast start to the game and were playing some good football, and it was noticeable that Gareth Bale was operating down the right wing, presumably so he was up against Ryan Taylor.

After 13 minutes a good free kick from the left wing by Ryan Taylor was just saved by Brad Friedel as Leon Best just failed to get to the cross first.

Both sides were playing some very good football with each looking for  a potential opening on a beautiful looking St. James’ Park pitch.

Tottenham had slightly more of the play in the first 20 minutes of the game.

After 24 minutes Coloccini got in a decent cross and Ba got his head to the ball, but it was straight at goalkeeper Friedel.

After 30 minutes it seems that King pulled a hamstring and former Newcastle center-back Sebastian Bassong came on in the captain’s place.

A promising move started by Yohan Cabaye came to nothing as Jonas Gutierrez was caught offside.

After 35 minutes Newcastle had come more into the game and looked well coached and well organized side.

On 38 minutes Coloccini just cut out a through ball meant for Adebayor, and it was a tremendous block by the Newcastle captain.

Then on 40 minutes Steven Taylor tackled Adebayor, but he didn’t get the ball and Adebayor dived to the floor, and after an agonizing few seconds referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot and it was a penalty.

The TV replays showed it was probably a penalty.

Ven der Vaart then sent his International colleague Tim Krul the wrong way, to put Tottenham one goal up against the run of play.

Half time came and Tottenham were ahead by the Van der Vaart penalty, but the game was very close and it was unfortunate Newcastle gave away a penalty.

Newcastle had played very well in the first 45 minutes, and now had to score at least once in the second half to preserve their unbeaten record this season.

Newcastle started the second half all guns blazing  and would you believe it after ?? minutes Demba Ba scored the equalizer, and his 5th league goal this season.

Gutierrez made a great run down the left wing and his flighted cross was met by a sliding Demba Ba to score this 5th goal in just 3 games – a terrific effort by the Senegal International – and Newcastle were back in the game as the Newcastle supporters made themselves heard..

After being behind against the run of play at the half,  Newcastle came out and were showing great energy at the start of the second half.

After 52 minutes Tottenham attacked on the right wing and a cross shot was just inches wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post – that was close as Tottenham raised their game after Newcastle’s equalizer.

It was noticeable that every single player on the Newcastle side was tracking back as they tried to contain a good looking Spurs side, and Obertan tracked back well to stop a quick Spurs break.

You could hear Alan Pardew the newcatsle manager shouting encourtagement to his players as he was shouting “superb” from the touchline.

After 57 minutes Obertan had a shot from 30 yards out and it was just wide of Friedel’s right hand post.

One minute later Modric found himself free on the right wing, after Ryan Taylor seemed to have stopped thinking the ball was out of play,  and the Croation  pulled it back to Van der Vaart, who missed a very good chance.

Newcastle players must play to the whistle and they nearly give up a goal when they stopped playing.

With 30 minutes to play it was still anybody’s game and everything to play for, and it was surprising that neither goalkeeper had had much to do.

On 67 minutes Krul was quickly off his line to cut out ab great  through ball by Scott Parker – good play by Krul.

But then on 68 minutes Defoe scored a brilliant goal for Spurs,  as he turned just outside the box and held off Ryan Taylor, to hit the ball home low to Krul’s left, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

On 71 minutes Alan Pardew made an attacking substitution as he brought on Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi for Best and Ba.

Newcastle were going after the equalizer, but they were also leaving themselves more open at the back.

And then after 77 minutes Davide Santon made his Newcastle debut, as he replaced Danny Simpson who played at right back with the number 3 on his back.

And on 79 minutes Cheick Tiote got himself another yellow card for a stiff challenge.

A good move by Newcastle ended with Obertan puttng the ball into the penalty area but Friedel did will to smother the ball down to his right.

On 81 minutes Tiote put in a terrific curling shot from 30 yards out that goalkeeper Friedel brilliantly turned over the cross-bar.

A free kick by Ryan Taylor from just outside the box was well saved by Friedel.

The game was opening up as Newcastle pressed for the equalizer and Tottenham were trying to quickly counter-attack to catch Newcastle short at the back.

Then on 86 minutes Shola Ameobi scored a fantastic goal for Newcastle as Ryan Taylor put him through on the left,  and the local lad smashed the ball into the corner of the net with his left foot – a wonderful goal from Shola Ameobi.

Lets’repeat that – a wonderful goal from Shola Ameobi.

That was Shola’s first goal of the season and what a goal!

With just three minutes to play plus injury time it was still anybody’s game, and then Krul made a fantastic save from Defoe, and then Krul made another fantastic save as the ball was headed back to him, and he saved high in the air.

In the second minute of  injury time Coloccini had a great chance to win it with a shot from 3 yards out but he hit it wide as he had to turn on the ball.

Newcastle also had a penalty appeal turned down with one minute of injury time to play, when Walker handled the ball in the box, but the penalty wasn’t given.

Newcastle could have won it at the death on it!

But the referee blew the final whistle to end a terrific game and Newcastle are still unbeaten and still 4th top of the Premier League, and they stopped Spurs win streak of four wins in the league.

It was a wonderful and courageous performance from this never-say-die Newcastle who played so well against an excellent Spurs side this afternoon, who will win more games than they lose this season.

Newcastle showed they are a team to be reckoned with this season, and our lads put in a wonderful fighting display

What a team!

Teams:

Newcastle: (4-4-2) Krul; Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Taylor (R); Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez; Best Ba
Substitutes:  Elliot, Santon, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sh)

Tottenham (4-4-2): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King (c), Assou-Ekotto; Livermore, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van Der Vaart; Abebayor
Substitutes: Carlo Cudicini, Sebastien Bassong, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Giovani Dos Santos, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe



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83 comments so far

  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    HWTL still fourth

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  • pardew no 1

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    the subs that pardew done where super

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  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Well all I can say to the pundits is
    Possession toon %56 spuds %44
    Shots on 7 to 8
    Shots off 5 to three
    Corners 5 to 2
    Fouls 11 to 15

    And the last ten minutes of the match there was only one team looking to get a result and I will give you a hint it wasn’t spuds.

    They can’t say we are just lucky now that was a game spuds were so lucky to get a point out of.

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  • kevymartins

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    I bet dirty harry had sometin to cocky to say after the match when quite clearly they were lucky not to get hammerd

    tiote bossssed that midfeild

    jonas had a sh it first half n most of the second half marveaux should be taking his spot …

    Ben Afra is gona destroy the prem league this year..

    santon should defo be taking simpsons spot

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Great comeback! Buy surely Marveaux needs to get a start now, Obertan was woeful!

    Howay!!!

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  • estechco

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, I think your keyboard batteries are on the blink!

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  • cg

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Was so awsome to see that the lads were not content with a draw but put in some extra effort towards the end and stopage time!

    Was disheartened when Ba was replaced by Shola but I love being wrong in this case, he sure is better as impact sub than starter.

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    cg, I was cursing as he was replaced, shows how much I know.

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  • alanrichie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Excellent game, pulled a muscle in my shoulder
    celebrating sholas goal.

    Was it only me that heard pardew shouting

    “f***ing superb?!” haha

    HWTL we shoulda won! All of our next games up to city are very winnable, we could be right up there!

    <3 le pardew

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  • kevymartins

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #10

    How can you say obertan is wowful are you fcuking stupid or retarted??

    he played better than jonas and jonas got an assist

    i seen him chase back about 60 or 70 yrds just to win the ball back you clown

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I think half the Newcastle support was cursing when SHola Came on. But boy did he shut them(Including me) up. Great Goal.

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    my favourite moment of the match was when bale was on the break down the left, he got away from everyone n then colo knicked it with a cheeky back heel was class! love him

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Marveaux and HBA next game HAVE TO PLAY so does Santon…. SURELY I just want to smash Redknobs face

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    my favourite moment of the match was when bale was on the break down the left, he got away from everyone n then colo knicked it with a cheeky back heel was class! love him

    well said not only that but Obertan COUGHT HIM HAHAHAHAHAHA

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I never doubted Shola one minute 🙂

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  • alanrichie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    @Cheikmate

    was that not simpson :P?

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  • pardew no 1

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #17

    77.8% of passes were successful

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Superb game ! Unbelievable goal ! OMG look like heart attack for me.

    Next game change Marveax for Obertan. Santon and Ben Arfa need time to back to their best.

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  • colwell

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    oba chased Bale all the way even when Simmo got in his way great play from oba

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Eff off Kevy. How many crosses did Ober have? Or passes forward? Get a grip.

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #21

    After carefull consideration I think we are just too Nervous on the attack I think we KNOW we have the ability its just how to show it how to MAKE IT SO as such….

    We have a problem with that and that is a bit of self confidence against the likes of Spuds, CItey, Utd, Arsenal etc.

    But I reckon in time and careful management we will get it…

    HWTL….

    It was OBVIOUS we needed SUBS much sooner though to give HBA time to settle in…

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  • niafron

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #22

    A very interesting information. You all noticed Santon replaced Simmo and not Raylor as expected.

    Was it only due to circumstances, or do Pard acknowledge him as a RB?

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #23

    niafrom hell from the hailstorm I didnt even notice that….

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Obertan bad? His pace to catch Bale, comon lads just cos he didn’t attack doesn’t mean he was sht? Surely. Everyone was very good, tottenham aint easy idiots

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  • niafron

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25

    One more time, of what i’ve seen, Ben arfa do not need time, he need to play! Right now!

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #26

    The magic is back. For sure There are still areas for development but I’m overjoyed with the display. I’ll man up and give massive credit to Jonas for his tireless running today. But Man of the match for me, was Cheik Tiote yet again

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #27

    AMEOBI

    I kinda agree with you his choices so far have let him down the last ball, the last trick, the reaction etc….I reckon Marveux needs a chance now for sure…so does HBA!

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  • Davy Craig

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Just watched on sky today as not well but missed a great performance, especially in the 2nd half.

    Gave the ball away in poor positions now and then giving away the first goal and a few chances for Spurs but for me were the best team over all.

    Get behind the team and they will deliver as far as I can see. Still unbeaten but also showed we can create chances and score. Everyone played with heart and we’re still unbeaten 🙂

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #29

    ToonBrother

    Agreed Jonas came up trump second half tireless!!!!

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  • Toonboy_83

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Collo man of the match.

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Collo man of the match for sure…

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Running all the way back to catch a guy once a game does not make anyone a starter if u ask me. 🙂 I just want to see Marvs get a run…

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  • colwell

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Love how Bale,VDV and adebayor looked shite against us Tiote made Parker look like a panzy lol

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34

    In all fairness Saylor rescues the third Goal for us he saved us second time round…

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  • Geordindo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Ben arfa took a little too long on the ball, if you watch carefully he got stolen everytime he was on the ball when he should have pass it to someone instead of taking on the opponents

    obertan did very well defensively, but offensively he was poor, i was actually frustrated most of the time seeing him passing the ball away or losing possession right after he got it, or right after someone was passing the ball to him.

    the reason simmo was subbed was because he was getting to nervous as the time goes on, thus santon was put at right back instead. it will take adapting for raylor to move to right back, which is always a risk at that period of the game.

    there was time when simmo left bale to run by himself, and as a player myself, that was very amateurish, you never left the ball off your sight, and your man off your sight, but what he did was he left his marker and the ball off his sight.

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #36

    BiggMarketBoy // Oct 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Running all the way back to catch a guy once a game does not make anyone a starter if u ask me. I just want to see Marvs get a run…

    AYE!

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Obertan’s final ball needs work but he has been integral to our displays this season. People who constantly slate clearly do not understand the game of football. As for Ameobi I accept he shut me up today – not just with the goal, but his overall performance. I still dont believe he belongs in our starting line up ahead of Best or Ba. Ben Arfa perhaps but not Ameobi

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Geordindo

    +1

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #39

    toonbrother

    +1

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  • Geordindo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #40

    but credit to pardew in taking the risk and putting shola on, tell you guys the truth i never see that goal coming. i thought arfa could be the man but he never was today. he needs some game time under his belt, there was one moment where he should have taken a shot but he hesitated, like he did most of the match, he needs his rhytm of the game back.

    i’d like to see marveaux in action to tho.. anybody got the link to the reserve highlights where he scored the 2 goals?

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