Alan Pardew said before the game against Tottenham on Saturday that it would be a watershed game, and he was right.
Shola Ameobi – scored Newcastle equalizer after 86 minutes
Newcastle came back twice to retain their unbeaten record this season, and remain in 4th place in the league.
And Newcastle fans saw the debut of 20 year-old Italian full back Davide Santon, who came on for right back Danny Simpson, and what he did he did well, and this boy looks a good player.
And Shola Ameobi came on as a sub too, as Best and Ba were replaced by Demba Ba in a brave attacking move by Alan Pardew after 71 minutes, shortly after Newcastle had gone 2-1 down through an excellent strike from Defoe.
And Shola obliged with a wonderful equalizer after 86 minutes, and his first goal of the campaign, and the local lad was very modest after the game, when he was interviewed by nufcTV.
Fans also saw Ben Arfa play well, and it could be he’ll get a start next Saturday at home to Wigan, which is a game Newcastle can win, but they cannot be over-confident.
Santon, Newcastle’s summer signing from Inter Milan had to wait over six weeks for his debut, after having trouble with his knee shortly after he arrived.
Davide came off the bench for the last 13 minutes of the game today, and the defender had this to say to nufcTV after the game:
“I’ve been waiting, and it is really good to finally get on the pitch.” “It was frustrating having my knee problems so early after I joined the club, but everyone here was so helpful and supportive.”
“They helped me recover, and even today the rest of the players were there to help.” “Now I just want to do my best, get more games and try to help Newcastle continue our fantastic start to the season.”
“They are fantastic fans,” “They cheered when I came on so they are fantastic! They helped us a lot today and the noise they made was very important in helping us get the draw.”
“At the beginning there was a lot of pressure, but Shola came on for us to score the equaliser and 2-2 is a really good result.”
Newcastle went behind for only the second time this season in the league juts before half time, and in fact they went behind again in the second half, but both times they came storming back, and they showed today they can live with the big boys in the league, at least at home.
Next up is Wigan at home next Saturday afternoon, and while it’s a game Newcastle can and probably should win, we should take absolutely nothing for granted.