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October 16, 2011 4:00 PM BST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 46420‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

Supersub Shola Ameobi maintains Magpies' unbeaten start to season with equaliser that denies Spurs a fifth consecutive victory

By Rob Stewart at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    33
    2
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Trademark cool, calm and composed display from the young Dutchman who represents a formidable last line of defence for Alan Pardew's team.

  • Steven Taylor
    12
    24
    2.50

    Steven Taylor Flop of the Match

    The stage was set for him to give England head coach Fabio Capello a timely nudge with a polished performance at the heart of the Newcastle defence but he fluffed his lines by tripping Adebayor to hand Spurs a first-half penalty.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    21
    27
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    The Newcastle skipper has been lead by example this season but let himself down by injudiciously playing his Yohan Cabaye and his team into trouble ahead of the Van der Vaart penalty.

  • Ryan Taylor
    27
    3
    3.50

    Ryan Taylor

    He might only be a makeshift left-back but he is still doing enough to deny Davide Santon a starting slot and he remains a potent threat at set-pieces.

  • Danny Simpson
    25
    4
    3.00

    Danny Simpson

    The former Manchester United man had his hands full with Gareth Bale but stuck to his defensive duties well enough to stifle the Welshman.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    27
    6
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    French international has won rave reviews this season but he the way he was caught out by Jake Livermore ahead of the penalty was a salutary lesson.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    84
    7
    4.00

    Cheikh Tiote Top of the Match

    The combative Ivorian was back at his best as he dominated the exchanges in the midfield trenches and stopped Spurs getting into their stride.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    38
    4
    3.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    There has never been any doubting his work-rate but the Argentine finally stopped flattering to deceive by expertly teeing up Demba Ba for Newcastle's first equaliser.

  • Gabriel Obertan
    18
    15
    2.50

    Gabriel Obertan

    The Frenchman did precious little to suggest that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to let him go last summer although he did go close with a long-range daisy-cutter.

  • Demba Ba
    51
    3
    3.50

    Demba Ba

    That's now a dozen goals in his last 15 Premier League games from a striker with a habit of being in the right place at the right time.

  • Leon Best
    23
    6
    3.50

    Leon Best

    No one could have been happier to see Ledley King limp off because he looked more than a match for Sebastian Bassong and raised his game with a hard-working performance.

Substitutions

  • Davide Santon
    30
    3
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    The Italian could not have asked for a more pulsating introduction to the Premier League in an accomplished performance on his Newcastle debut after coming on as a second-half sub.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    37
    2
    3.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    His neat foot-work pushed Spurs onto the back foot when he came on as a second-half substitute.

  • Shola Ameobi
    54
    4
    3.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Supersub saved the day with a spectacular equaliser.

  • Brad Friedel
    23
    6
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    The 40-year-old American showed that the old ones are still the best with a composed display and almost denied Demba Ba a point-blank equaliser.

  • Ledley King
    15
    10
    3.00

    Ledley King

    This was his 300th start for Spurs but ended in heart-breaking fashion as the skipper limped off on the half-hour with a groin injury.

  • Younes Kaboul
    32
    14
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    Won just about everything in and around the Spurs penalty box and worked over-time to keep Newcastle at bay following King's departure.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    12
    17
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    He might have kept Obertan quiet but he was ragged in possession and should have done more as an attacking force.

  • Kyle Walker
    13
    20
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    The former Sheffield United defender showed why he has a lot to learn before becoming a shoe-in for club and country with a industrious performance but both Newcastle goals came from his right-back zone.

  • Scott Parker
    15
    18
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    He might have played a major part in Defoe's goal but the Newcastle old boy found himself over-shadowed by Tiote as he failed to make a point to the Toon Army

  • Jake Livermore
    10
    17
    3.00

    Jake Livermore

    It might not have been spectacular but the midfielder was certainly solid enough to warrant a place in the Spurs side and paved the way Van der Vaart's penalty by pickpocketing Cabaye.

  • Gareth Bale
    14
    23
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Subdued. If there was no lesson to learn from this game it was that Harry Redknapp should resist from putting the Welshman on unfamiliar territory on the right wing where he looked uncomfortable before switching flanks.

  • Luka Modric
    46
    14
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    It took the Croatian a while to get going but when he did get into the groove in the second half there was no stopping Spurs as he skippered the team following Ledley King's demise.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    18
    19
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    He dispatched his penalty brilliantly but then squandered a glorious chance as he flitted in and out of the game before being replaced by Defoe in a masterstroke by Harry Redknapp.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    18
    15
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    He started off like a house on fire and won his side a penalty when he looked up for it but faded badly after the second half when he looked at best peripheral. Unconvincing and probably unfit.

Substitutions

  • S. Bassong
    12
    8
    3.00

    S. Bassong

    He had a tough act to follow when Ledley King went off but after a shaky start but he rose to the challenge of making up for his captain's absence.

  • Jermain Defoe
    38
    10
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    The supersub made a point to Harry Redknapp after failing to make the first team and to Fabio Capello after losing his place in the England squad with a brilliant 20-yard effort.

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
    8
    16
    0.00

    Roman Pavlyuchenko

    Late substitute but failed to make an impact.

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