Here’s the game as we saw it – as it happened.
Shola Ameobi picked up an injury during the warm up and he was replaced on the bench by new boy Romain Amalfitano. Tottenham started the game quickly and had Newcastle under pressure in the first few minutes.
And then after 3 minutes Tiote seemed to pull his groin muscle, and he received treatment, and Anita warmed up, but Tiote was able to continue.
After 6 minutes Tim Krul was lucky as a ball was played back to him and he hesitated but just got the ball away.
Then Tottenham made a lighting counter attack and Tim Krul made a good save from Gylfi Sigurdsson who was flagged for offside, but TV replays showed he was onside – good save from Tim.
Sigurdsson put in an excellent cross from the right that went across the goal just in front of a hesitant Tim Krul.
After 14 minutes Danny Simpson brought down Gareth Bale and he was given an early yellow card.
Vurnon Anita was ready to come on for Tiote, who seemed to have had a groin strain but Tiote said he was OK and continued.
Tottenham had more of the play in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Livermore than brought down Ben Arfa in the center circle and he received a yellow card for his trouble, but the free kick was wasted by an out of touch Yohan Cabaye.
Sandro brought down Ben Arfa in the center circle and he received a yellow card, as the Tottenham players seem very wary of the French International.
After 22 minutes great play by Ben Arfa set up a chance for Demba Ba, who hit the ball towards goal but it deflected off Cisse and rolled just inches wide of the post with Freidel beaten.
Tiote had seemed to recover from his groin strain and then Danny Simpson brought down Bale again and Newcastle fans’ hearts were in their mouths as Danny was already on a yellow card – Alan Pardew may have to replace Danny in this game.
Tim Krul went down well to push a shot a good shot around the post, but Newcastle were giving the ball away far too much in the first 30 minutes as they struggled to get their passing game going.
Then after 32 minutes Jermain Defoe got past Steven Taylor on the left, but his shot hi t the post and Santon cleared the ball – that was lucky.
After 35 minutes the game was still all square although Tottenham had more of the possession.
Then Lennon beat Davide Santon too easily on the right wing and his cross was headed against the cross-bar by Gareth Bale, another let-off for Newcastle, and Spurs hit the woodwork twice in the first half.
Santon made a good run down the left wing and his cross was met by Cisse in the box, but Tottenham cleared well.
Tottenham were counter attacking Newcastle with speed down the wings, and in such a breakaway Defoe had a decent chance, but he blazed over the cross-bar.
Ben Arfa was Newcastle most dangerous player and looked in top form in the first half, but he wasn’t getting enough of the ball, and Newcastle should use him more in the second half.
Danny Simpson put in a good right wing cross and Demba Ba was only just beaten to the header by Gallas who put the ball out for a corner.
It was Cabaye’s turn to bring down Bale out on the left wing, and he got a yellow card just before half time.
Half time came and Newcastle had done well to hold a good looking Tottenham side, and the Magpies had a bit of luck with the ball twice hitting the woodwork of Tim’s goal.
There were no changes made by Alan Pardew at half time.
Davide Santon made a nice run down the left wing wing early in the second half but couldn’t get the cross over, and then Ben Arfa picked up the ball from the clearance on the other wing but could make anything of the space, and the ball was cleared.
Ben Arfa made a good run though in the inside right position but Assou-Ekotto was able to clear the danger for Spurs.
On 52 minutes Gareth Bale broke through on the right wing and went through the Newcastle defense but Steven Taylor just managed to challenge Bale and the ball went for a goal kick – good covering by Taylor.
Demba Ba – puts the ball home
Newcastle put Demba Ba out wide and Papiss Cisse was the loan striker up front as Newcastle tried to wrestle the midfield from Tottenham , who were looking good.
Then after 55 minutes a simply fantastic goal from Demba Ba, who took the ball down from a Danny Simpson cross and he turned and simply rifled the ball into back of the net with his right foot – a fantastic first goal of the season from Ba – what a player.
And his first goal in 15 matches since early February but he still has 17 goals in 37 appearances for Newcastle.
Newcastle went ahead against the run of play.
And then it seemed that the ball was out of play on the right wing, but the referee played on and Gylfi Sigurdsson fired the ball wide of the post.
Alan Pardew seemed to be cautioned by the referee and he was sent form the dugout, and Pardew had pushed the assistant referee when he thought the ball was out of play.
On 60 minutes as Spurs were pressing forward, Tim Krul did well to push away his shot.
After 70 minutes sub Rafael van der Vaart put in a great cross that Aaron Lennon had a chance, but there was a good clearance from Steven Taylor, who was looking strong at the back for Newcastle.
And then Vurnon Anita came on after 71 minutes for Yohan Cabaye to make his Newcastle debut.
On 72 minutes a good run down the right wing by Jermain Defoe brought a great shot from the England International, but a good save from goalkeeper Tim Krul down to his right.
After 76 minutes Tottenham equalized and it was sloppy goal to concede by Newcastle.
Lennon clipped the ball in and Tim Krul just about kept Davide Santon’s header out, what was Santon thinking?
But then Defoe followed through and put the ball into the back of the net, and the scores were level at 1-1.
On 77 minutes a good shot from Cheick Tiote was diverted for a corner.
Then Ben Arfa showed some real magic as he dribbled past two defenders in the box, and he was brought down, pure skill from the French International and a stone cold penalty.
Ben Arfa took the penalty and he blasted the ball home to Freidel’s left, with his left foot and sent the goalkeeper dived to his right – and Newcastle were ahead again – and Ben Arfa showed some great skills today.
Now can Newcastle hold onto the lead for the last 10 minutes?
A nice cross from Demba Ba on 85 minutes found Cisse who chested the ball down well, but Gallas cleared but only to Jonas, whose powerful shot was saved by Friedel.
Anita, Tiote and Jonas were playing good football and keeping the ball well in central midfield, as Spurs were desperately trying to get the ball back.
On 90 minutes Van der Vaart put over an excellent cross but Tim Krul came out well to punch the ball clear with two Spurs players at the back post – Tim did well there.
But then after 3 minutes of added time the referee blew the whistle and Newcastle had beaten Spurs for the first time since 2007.
Spurs were unlucky and deserved a point today, but when you have players like Demba Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa in your side, anything can happen – and it did today in the second half.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Romain Amalfitano
Tottenham Hotspur: (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Walker; Jake Livermore, Sandro; Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Lennon; Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Carlo Cudicini, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart, Harry Kane,