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!
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