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January 22, 2011
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: M. Halsey
• Attendance: 51010
F. Coloccini 59'
A. Lennon 90'
AND THAT'S IT! All level here at full time as Tottenham leave it late to clinch a point which keeps them within touching distance of the top four, as they go level with Chelsea on 38 points.
90' + 1'
SPURS ARE LEVEL!!! LENNON FINDS THE NET! Glorious finish from the winger, who drifted inside from the left before fizzing a low drive past Harper into the bottom corner. Superb finish!
Assist Jermain Defoe
Goal Aaron Lennon
So close from Ranger! The substitute almost found the net within seconds of coming on. The forward left Dawson for dead before slotting the ball past Cudicini, and past the post.
Four minutes of added time to be played.
End to end at the moment here, as the game continues to be Gutierrez and Lennon show, and the Spurs winger attacks down the left once more, but this time Simpson and Coloccini shut him out.
Bizarre moment here as Simpson clatters into Lennon before clearing the ball into touch. Outcome, a throw-in to Newcastle!
Final change for Spurs, as Pienaar is replaced by Niko Kranjcar.
No Newcastle can break, and again Gutierrez is the man leading the charge for the hosts. He's had a fantastic game today.
Petulant challenge from Van der Vaart allows Newcastle the rest bite they need. It's all Tottenham at the moment.
SO CLOSE FROM MODRIC! CANNONED BACK OFF THE BAR! Rasping drive from the edge of the box left Harper grasping air, but the bar comes to Newcastle rescue.
Barton lines up a free-kick, but Spurs are able to clear, and break with Modric. He finds Lennon on the right, who slots to the ball via Pienaar to Hutton, as Spurs look to get back into this game.
ANOTHER GREAT SAVE FROM CUDICINI! The Italian is keeping Spurs in the game at the moment, as he tipss Ameobi's rasping drive wide from the edge of the box. Great stop.
Redknapp is certainly going for this, as he withdraws his side's most defensive midfielder to make way for Crouch.
LOVENKRANDS DENIED BY CUDICINI! That could have sealed the win! The striker latched onto a through ball, and with goal seemingly at his mercy, he was unable to beat the Italian veteran.
Tottenham look set to mix things up, with Peter Crouch set to come on.
Spurs enjoy a great passage of play, popping the ball around the the Newcastle box before Lennon fires a crack on goal, which Harper does well to tip wide.
Well that goal appears to have woken the Tottenham players up a bit, but with the hosts buoyed on by the roaring support of the Toon Army, Spurs will be hard pushed to turn this one on it's head.
Assist Danny Guthrie
Goal Fabricio Coloccini
GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!!! AND IT'S COLOCCINI WHO SCORES IT! Staggering skill from the centre back, who controlled the ball neatly with his chest on the edge of the box to evade Hutton, before riffling a volley past Cudicini.
Great challenge from Coloccini to deny Pienaar in the penalty area, in what is the Argentine's 100th appearance for the club. Once again, Spurs waste the resulting corner, with another failed attempt at the short, ball to feet, approach.
Decent break down the left from Spurs, but once again they lack the pace to really capitalise on the space offered by their hosts. The play switches to Modric, and the Croatian holds up play on the edge of the box, before looking to find Jenas, but the former Newcastle man's shot blazes wide.
Newcastle have certainly started the brighter after the interval, but the game as a whole seems to be opening up - and Spurs will need to start making better use of the extra space, or they'll soon fall behind.
Gutierrez has continued his impressive first half performance, sending in another great delivery, this time from the right, but Best is unable to direct his header on target.
Van der Vaart goes down in the centre of the field, as Nolan clatters into the Dutchman, who feels that he's been on the receiving end of a few too many of those this afternoon.
And we're back for the second half!
HALF-TIME: Well, that would have been a delightfully entertaining end to the half had that slipped through! The match remains dormant though, rather than a non-event, with enough glimpses to suggest that we could be in store for a more open second half.
FANTASTIC SAVE FROM HARPER!! WHAT A GOAL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN! Tottenham almost sculpted a glorious opener there! Jenas bravely won-back possession for his side, and then it was the Modric and Van der Vaart show. The Croatian meandered his way bast the attentions of Barton and Nolan, before slipping a neat ball to the Dutchman's whose deft backheel put Defoe through, but Harper was on hand to make the block!
One minute of additional time to played.
Tottenham's dangerman is certianly Lennon today, he's looks really up for this one. In the build-up to Defoe's chance he tricked his way past Gutierrez before successfully taking on Enrique, in a move which would have no doubt raised a smile from Alan Hutton!
SO CLOSE FROM DEFOE! The fails to find the top corner by a matter of inches after a brilliant shift then shot move on the edge of the 18-yard box.
Lennon pops up on the left, as Spurs look to test Simpson with the pace and wing play that they've been deprived of since Bale went off. The former Leeds man silks his way past the full-back, before laying the ball back to Pienaar, but his curled effort drifts well wide of Harper's goal.
10 minutes to go in the first half, and Newcastle have shaded the proceedings so far. Spurs just can't seem to get going.
Hutton is having a torrid time at right back for Spurs so far today. With Lennon bombing forward, Gutierrez and Enrique are able to double up on the Scotland international, and while Bassong may be a somewhat suspect left-back, it's down Spurs' right were the hosts are finding their joy.
Barton wastes a set piece, and much like the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane this season, Spurs are able to break. Again, with Bale off the field, Lennon is the out-ball, but he over-hits his cross-field ball to Defoe, to the joy of the home faithful.
BEST HITS THE BAR! SO CLOSE FOR NEWCASTLE! That's the spark we were waiting for! Once again Newcastle torment Spurs down the left flank, but this time Enrique, drifting beyond Gutierrez, whipped in a delightful cross which had Cudicini scrambling. Best arrived at the far post, but his effort, on the side, cannoned back off the bar.
All rather tepid at the moment, a neither side have been able to grasp the match by the scruff of the neck as the play is interrupted by knocks and robust challenges.
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR AMEOBI! Again, Gutierrez supplies the delivery, but Dawson can only clear to the feet of Ameobi, but the striker once again fires his effort high and wide.
Great work from Gutierrez down the left flank, on what is his 99th appearance for the Magpies. He beats Hutton for pace, and drills in a fantastic ball into the box, but Gallas manages to head clear.
Plays stops as Pienaar receives treatment after receiving a unintended clip round the face from Simpson. No malice there, but it looked a painful one for the former Everton man.
But the visitors waste their chance, looking to play neat passes after taking the corner short, when perhaps a lofted ball into the penalty area could have produce more fruition.
Spurs win a corner, and it's come as a result of an over-lapping run from Bassong after his cross was blocked by Simpson.
Route one football from Newcastle, but it so nearly paid off! Harper fired a ball towards Best, who again, trapped the ball neatly on his chest before laying the ball off to Ameobi, but his partners blazed attempt flew over the crossbar.
Newcastle are wisely looking to test their former man Bassong, playing in an unorthodox left back role following Bale's injury.
Important challenge from Gallas to deny Leon Best, after the striker controlled the ball expertly before firing a half volley at Cudicini's goal, but the experienced Frenchman managed to get the block in.
The hosts are operating with a high-line, and while that will put pressure on the Spurs defence, it will leave themselves vulnerable to counter-attacks.
Signs don't look good at the moment for the Welshman, as former Newcastle man Bassong is set to replace him.
Worrying signs for Redknapp, as Bale seems to be limping around the park.
The home faithful are looking for something to get them going, a string of passes, a fierce tackle, something to kick-start their side, and stop Tottenham from getting into gear.
First real chance of the game, and it goes to Spurs, as Redknapp's side demonstrate just how quickly they can break. Cudicini released Lennon, and the speedy winger played a through ball to Defoe, but his snapshot drifted harmlessly wide.
Pienaar's first touch in a Spurs shirt is rather uninspiring, with an over-hit cross which fell neatly into Harpers' hands.
With a sharp blow of the whistle, Mark Halsey gets the match underway!
Tottenham: Cudicini; Hutton, Gallas, Dawson, Bale; Lennon, Jenas, Modric, Pienaar; Van der Vaart; Defoe. Subs: Pletikosa, Corluka, Bassong, Kaboul, Sandro, Kranjcar, Crouch.
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique; Barton, Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez; Best, Ameobi. Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Ferguson, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Xisco.
And now for the teams, and the big news is a certain South African starts. Steven Pienaar makes his debut for Spurs this afternoon having completed his January move from Everton, and with Benoit Assou-Ekotto ruled with a knee injury, Gareth Bale drops to left back. Meanwhile, Carlo Cudicini will be in the sticks for Spurs, with Gomes rules out with a shoulder injury..
St James Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Spurs in recent years, having lost all four of their last meeting away to the Toon Army, scoring four and conceding eleven, with their last victory coming back in 2004.
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