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October 16, 2011
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 46420
D. Ba 48'
Shola Ameobi 86'
R. van der Vaart 40'
J. Defoe 68'
FULL TIME! A superb game at St James' Park as both sides share the spoils and Newcastle maintain their unbeaten run this season, which stands at eight.
90' + 5'
The home fans are up in arms as the referee fails to give their side a penalty after Ba cross had hit Livermore's hand.
90' + 3'
In a game that has gone back and forth, it's the home side who look the most likely to score now.
90' + 2'
Coloccini misses a sitter for Newcastle as he fails to connect properly with a free kick from the left, then blasts the rebound wide.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Luka Modric
Gutierrez once again races down the left, but unfortunately this time his cross is weak and goes out for a goal kick.
Defoe has two great chances to get back into the lead as his first shot shot is blocked by Steven Taylor and the rebound is saved by Krul.
Assist Ryan Taylor
Goal Shola Ameobi
What a goal from Ameobi, as he onto the ball on the edge of the area and from the angle fired the ball beyond Friedel to put his side level.
Spurs have two superb counter attacking opportunites in less than a minute that both Adebayor and Livermore fail to capitalise on.
Ryan Taylor hits a free kick from just outside the box, on the right side of the area which Friedel manages to get down well to in order to save the ball and clear from danger.
Tiote has a superb strike from just outside the area that Friedel has to tip over for a corner to Newcastle.
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Anytime that the home side attempts to venture forward they are met by a purple wall of Spurs defenders, blocking their way.
Yellow Card Scott Parker
Tottenham have gained full control over this game as they look to go above Liverpool in the Premier League.
Adebayor has another shout for a penalty after a challenge from Coloccini, but the referee refuses to award the spot kick.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Pardew decides to ring the changes to get back in the game, with both Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi coming on as they search for the equaliser.
Assist Emmanuel Adebayor
Goal Jermain Defoe
Defoe makes up for failing to get onto the previous chance by turning superbly on the edge of the box and firing the ball pass Krul to restore Tottenham's lead.
Parker plays a superb through ball onto Defoe, but before the striker can pull the trigger, Krul races out and clears.
The atmosphere inside St James' Park has died down considerably since the goal, as the game has once again turned into a midfield battle.
Rafael van der Vaart
Harry Redknapp looking to go for the victory with Defoe replacing Van Der Vaart to give more support to Adebayor.
The home fans are booing once again as Walker takes his time going off the pitch after receiving treatment.
Modric races down the right before cutting the ball back to the onrushing Van Der Vaart, but his tame finish is easily saved by Krul.
Obertan has a strike on the right hand side after a knock down by Ba, but the shot goes wide of Friedel's right hand post.
Gutierrez is finding more joy on the left now that Bale has vacated that position and Modric has taken over, giving the winger more freedom.
Modric makes his way through the Newcastle midfield and finds Adebayor on the right hand side of the box, but his chance goes just wide of Krul's post.
That goal has cheered up the home support, who were unhappy at the awarding of the penalty to Tottenham in the first half.
Assist Jonas Gutierrez
Goal Demba Ba
Gutierrez makes a superb run down the left and crosses for Ba to prod the ball home before Friedel could stop it from going in.
Tottenham get the second half underway.
Newcastle fans are booing ref Lee Probert over that penalty decision as he heads for his half-time cuppa but in reality - like Adebayor after that foul by Steven Taylor - they haven't got a leg to stand on.
HALF TIME! Spurs go in at the break a goal up after Van Der Vaart's penalty, but Newcastle only have themselves to blame after failing to capitalise on the majority of the penalty, then Steven Taylor giving away a stupid penalty to the visitors.
That goal has put the visiting fans into full voice, while the Toon Army are booing Adebayor everytime he Togo born striker touches the ball.
Ryan Taylor has another free kick from the left wing which the Spurs defence manage to clear from danger.
Assist Emmanuel Adebayor
Penalty Goal Rafael van der Vaart
Van Der Vaart steps up and comfortably puts Krul the wrong way to open the scoring.
Adebayor wins a penalty as he is caught under a silly challenge from Steven Taylor just inside the box.
Adebayor is having to come deeper and deeper to get on the ball as Newcastle control the possession of the ball, not allowing the on-loan striker to get a chance on goal.
Tiote looks casual in the centre of the Newcastle midfield and is lucky to win a free kick off of Van Der Vaart in the middle of the park.
The home side are continuing to press their opponents, who look vulnerable without the experience of King at the centre of defence.
Even the most ardent Newcastle fan must be feeling a bit sorry for Ledley King with the Spurs skipper hobbling off ruefully with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Seb Bassong and the Toon Army have vented their spleen in his direction as he is regarded as a deserter having left Tyneside for White Hart Lane following relegation two years ago.
Another chance comes to nothing for the home side after a superb passing move involving Ryan Taylor, Best and Ba ends with Gutierrez running the ball out of play.
The Toon Army are starting to find their voice inside St James' Park, as their side start to take a strangle hold on the game.
Ba finally gets a header on target as he gets on the end of a Coloccini cross from the left, but it went straight into Friedel's arms.
Obertan hits a cross from the right side of the penalty area that deflects off of King for a corner, which is easily cleared by Spurs.
Both Krul and Friedel have had little to do over the past 20 minutes, with neither side putting the opposition keepers under any sort of trouble.
The game is starting to become congested in the centre of the park, with neither side gaining full control of possession.
Newcastle are coming more into the game, but they can't seem to find the ball to either Ba or Best up front.
Former Newcastle and Tottenham hero Paul Gascoigne is back on his old stamping ground, all smiles in the directors' box. Just wonder who he wants to win?
Newcastle win a dangerous free kick on the left wing with Ryan Taylor swinging the ball in from the left, but Friedel deals with it comfortably.
Spurs are pressing the home side down the right wing, with Bale, Van Der Vaart and Modric all troubling the Newcastle defence, but they can't seem to find a final ball so far.
Assou-Ekotto looks to have been given the freedom to run down the left at anytime, with Bale on the right wing, there is no-one in front of the full-back.
Parker looks very unhappy after giving away a soft free kick in the middle of the park, but Newcastle can't make anything of the chance as Spurs manage to clear the danger.
Van Der Vaart has an early chance after he got on the end of an Assou-Ekotto cross, but Steven Taylor managed to clear.
Newcastle kick the game off
It's a momentous day for Ledley King in more ways than one because the injury-plagued Spurs skipper is starting a game for the 300th time in Tottenham colours and he is also making a fifth consecutive Premier League start for the team in three and a half years.
Tottenham go into the game knowing that a victory in the North-East will see them go above Liverpool in fifth, with a game in hand.
The home side currently sit in a surprising fourth place this season, having gone undefeated in the first seven games of the season.
Harry Redknapp makes one change from the side that claimed victory in the North London derby two weeks ago, with Jake Livermore replacing Jermain Defoe.
Newcastle decide to stick with the same starting line-up that claimed all three points in their last outing away to Wolves, which means Shola Ameobi has to settle for a place on the bench for the Magpies.
Tottenham sub are: Cudicini (GK) Bassong, Townsend, Rose, Dos Santos, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe
Tottenham starting line-up: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Modric, Parker, Livermore, Bale; Van Der Vaart; Adebayor
Newcastle subs: Elliot (GK) Santon, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi
The starting line-ups are as follows, Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor; Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Best
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Newcastle vs. Tottenham in the Premier League, my name’s Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you through the 90 minutes.
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