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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 46,420) 16th October 2011 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Probert

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

Newcastle 2

D Ba (48)
S Ameobi (86)


Tottenham 2

R van der Vaart (pen 40)
J Defoe (68)

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Last Updated at 5:56 pm, October 16th 2011

  1. Superb entertainment at St James' Park in a game where Spurs twice took the lead but were twice pegged back by resilient Newcastle, who remain unbeaten in the Premier League. Thanks for your company in Newcastle!

  2. 90+5

    FULL TIME. Newcastle 2 Tottenham 2.

  3. 90+5

    Massive appeals for handball against Walker! Ameobi crosses in and it hits the right-back but the referee is having nothing of it.

  4. 90+4

    Ameobi chips into Obertan on the right but Bassong clears as Newcastle have all of the initiative.

  5. 90+3

    Spurs are living on a knife edge defensively, as Bale searches for Modric out on the right but Ryan Taylor cuts in and takes the ball up the right before Walker clears.

  6. 90+2

    Coloccini has a great chance from the free-kick but he ends up completely clearing it! Ameobi has a pop but it goes behind goal as Spurs are let off.

  7. 90+2

    Ameobi goes down under Modric as some tired tackles fly in with Newcastle earning a free-kick 40 yards out.

  8. 90+1

    Five minutes added time at St James' Park!

  9. 90

    Friedel is fuming after Assou-Ekotto gives the ball away, with Gutierrez crossing at the near post but his effort is tired and it goes out for a goal kick.

  10. 89

    Adebayor is coming off for Spurs with Roman Paylyuchenko on for Harry Redknapp's team.

  11. 88

    Now it's Defoe who has a shot as the game becomes stretched with Krul making a glorious double save to deny Spurs!

  12. 87

    Modric does brilliantly with a one-two involving Bale and has Adebayor awaiting a pass but decides to shoot and his tame effort is straight at Krul.

  13. 86

    Ben Arfa plays in the substitute after some lapse Spurs defending and the striker's finish is sublime as he rifles it past Friedel. Game on as both teams search for a winner!

  14. 86

    GOAL! Ameobi equalises!

  15. 85

    Walker sets off down the right but comes stuck when dealing with Coloccini who calmly dispossesses the right back.

  16. 84

    Ben Arfa looks to charge at Spurs but runs into Parker who sets off Modric who runs into trouble in Tiote. Chaos in the midfield now.

  17. 83

    Ryan Taylor attempts his trademark free-kick and Friedel is even to it as he parries wide with the game completely opening up as Bale bombs down the left forcing a good tackle from Santon.

  18. 82

    Cabaye's corner is headed clear but Tiote is back in action as he draws a free-kick from Parker on the edge of the area.

  19. 81

    Great work from Newcastle as Obertan lays the ball for Tiote whose 25-yard drive was on target and is tipped over by Friedel.

  20. 80

    Obertan gets down the right and looks for Ameobi at the near post but Friedel smothers it to deny a chance for Newcastle.

  21. 79

    The ball is played out to Bale on the left who mis-controls and Walker picks it up in the centre of the pitch and attempts a piledriver from 45 yards which continues to rise to the point where Krul can't see it go over his bar.

  22. 78

    After being hussled into a tight corner, Modric does well to clear down the right side, before Tiote makes a crunching tackle on Modric and picks up a booking.

  23. 77

    Davide Santon comes on for Newcasle with Simpson making his departure.

  24. 76

    Taylor's ball in is cleared by Bassong before Gutierrez has a drive which is deflected by Livermore to safety.

  25. 75

    Parker slides in on Ameobi and what looked a harsh foul is a free-kick for Newcastle 30 yards out.

  26. 74

    Assou-Ekotto plays in Bale on the left but Spurs' good passing comes to an end when Steven Taylor nips in and regains possession for the Magpies.

  27. 73

    Modric twists and turns looking for Adebayor but eventually, after some commotion, Coloccini clears, with Spurs starting to take control of proceedings.

  28. 72

    Bassong wastes a free kick with a long ball up that Krul catches gratefully as that period of wastefulness kicks off again with Simpson's cross down the right travelling out.

  29. 71

    Ba comes off for Newcastle in place of Hatem Ben Arfa while Shola Ameobi also joins the Newcastle ranks in place of Best.

  30. 70

    Friedel's long kick up is controlled majestically by Defoe as Spurs control possession fluidly.

  31. 69

    Tiote chips a cross field ball to Gutierrez but the winger is offside as Newcastle look slighly stunned they are behind after controlling large parts of the game.

  32. 68

    Parker finds Defoe in little space and out of nothing he plants a tremendous finish in the right hand corner past Krul. Top goal from the substitute and Spurs re-take the lead!

  33. 68

    GOAL! Defoe scores!

  34. 67

    Bale does brilliantly to play a stunning through ball to Defoe but Krul reads it all the way and sprints out to kick clear. Great goalkeeping.

  35. 66

    Walker, who appears to be struggling, deals with Gutierrez well and plays it back to safety to Friedel.

  36. 65

    A bad kick from Krul lands in the fans as the game slows down momentarily with both sides producing moments of sloppiness.

  37. 64

    Van de Vaart goes off at his regular point of a game while Assou-Ekotto falls over while running and takes it in good jest.

  38. 63

    Jermain Defoe will play the last half an hour for Spurs in place of Van de Vaart.

  39. 62

    Ba shows strength to get back past Bassong who just about wins the ball, while Tiote is now down nursing a knock after falling next to Bale.

  40. 61

    Walker is back but not moving too well as he looks to track down Gutierrez whose cross from the left comes to nothing.

  41. 60

    Medics continue to see to Walker, who looks like he will come back on once treatment has ended.

  42. 59

    Walker is down after a clash with Steven and Ryan Taylor and play will be held up while the right back receives treatment.

  43. 57

    Bale hangs a cross in the air for Adebayor but Ryan Taylor heads clear before Modric intercepts and plays in Van de Vaart who drives straight at Krul. Great action here now.

  44. 56

    It's all even now as both teams look capable of scoring, with Obertan coming close with a 20 yard drive that sends Friedel flying but doesn't quite get the contact he is looking for and it sails wide.

  45. 55

    Gutierrez goes down under Modric and wins a free-kick on the left side but his ball in isn't great and Kaboul easily heads clear.

  46. 54

    Bale is electric on the left as he charges and crosses into the six-yard box but Coloccini is there again, before up the other end Bassong backs into Obertan and concedes a foul.

  47. 53

    Adebayor is inches away from scoring! Modric feeds in the striker who falls while shooting and agonisingly watches his effort trickle wide past Krul's post.

  48. 52

    Newcastle fans are fuming after a collision between Bassong and Ba in the penalty area with nothing given by play on by the referee.

  49. 51

    Modric skips past Tiote through the centre and dinds Adebayor whose chip into Livermore is well collected by Krul.

  50. 50

    Bale gets down the left and whips a ball into Adebayor but Coloccini again steps up and heads to safety. Very impressive start to the half from Newcastle.

  51. 49

    Livermore and Cabaye had some handbags after the goal and the referee has warned both players calmly over it.

  52. 48

    Gutierrez skins Walker on the right and drifts a beautiful ball into the box where Ba is unmarked who powers it home from close range. Game on at St James' Park!

  53. 48

    GOAL! Ba equalises!

  54. 47

    The ball nearly lands to Obertan in the penalty area but Kaboul clears the danger and Cabaye's rebound shot falls into the arms of Friedel.

  55. 46

    Spurs get the second half underway.

  56. Van de Vaart's penalty gives Spurs the lead at the break> Newcastle seemed the more likely to score but Taylor's foul on Adebayor is enough to give Harry Redknapp's side the advantage. Stay tuned for the second half, second half predictions to

  57. 45

    HALF TIME. Newcastle 0 Tottenham 1.

  58. 45+1

    Cabaye plays a blinding ball to Simpson on the turn who even gets confused by the spin himself, letting it run out to his dismay.

  59. 45

    Guiterrez ball to Tiote on the outside of his foot is meseric but Tiote's touch lets him down and his ball to Best is cleared by Walker.

  60. 44

    Adebayor nearly plays a magnificent ball to Scott Parker in space but his pass loses pace on the way and Coloccini steps in to head away.

  61. 43

    Gutierrez huffs and puffs against Walker and the Spurs man holds back the winger, conceding a free-kick 30 yards out.

  62. 42

    Corner for Newcastle immediately after and Ba is guilty of blowing a great chance to equalise as Cabaye's ball finds the striker in space and he heads it over the bar.

  63. 40

    Great penalty from Van de Vaart into the right hand corner and Spurs take the lead against the run of play at St James' Park.

  64. 40

    GOAL! Van de Vaart nets the penalty!

  65. 39

    Stone wall penalty as Steven Taylor sticks a foot out on Adebayor in the box and Spurs have a chance to take the lead.

  66. 39

    Penalty to Spurs!

  67. 39

    Modric nearly plays an exquisite ball into Adebayor but Coloccini reads it superbly and puts a foot out to deny the striker making contact.

  68. 38

    Taylor's free-kick finds the head of Best who earns a corner, which leads to a second after Kaboul's clearance with Spurs eventually ridding the danger through Walker.

  69. 37

    Van de Vaart hacks down the standing leg of Tiote and Newcastle win a free-kick which Ryan Taylor will take.

  70. 36

    Adebayor is penalised for handball on the right side after chasing a long ball from Walker, with Spurs struggling to create any chances even from set pieces right now.

  71. 35

    Cabaye's vision is again outstanding as he launches a long ball to Best which Basssong deals with before conceding a corner against Tiote.

  72. 34

    Cabaye has a pop from 35 yards but the Frenchman's effort is off target and the stalemate continues.

  73. 33

    Cabaye plays it out to Obertan as Newcastle look to capitalise upon King's departure, with Modric conceding a throw-in on the left side.

  74. 32

    Assou-Ekotto beats Danny Simpson for pace and clears a long ball down the right before Gutierrez lines up a through ball for Best who is offside arriving into the six yard box.

  75. 31

    And King is indeed replaced by Sebastien Bassong in a massive blow for Tottenham.

  76. 30

    King has taken a knock and Harry Redknapp is distinctly animated as his captain looks to be coming off.

  77. 29

    Good Spurs pressure forces Newcastle back to Krul, with Ryan Taylor's long ball to Obertan picked off by KIng before Gutierrez wins a corner off Walker.

  78. 28

    Abebayor looks to get his head to Bale's ball into the box but it's too high for him and lands in the path of Krul.

  79. 27

    Tiote gets his head on Modric's ball into the box and Newcastle look to break with Obertain who is eventually checked by Assou-Ekotto.

  80. 26

    The wall does the job as Spurs clear, with Steven Taylor judged to have fouled Modric after Tottenham looked to break.

  81. 25

    Obertan goes down in a clash with Parker which the referee ignored but the linesman shouts for and Newcastle have a free-kick 20 yards from goal.

  82. 24

    Newcastle are pressing well with Obertan and Cabaye, with the latter's long ball into the penalty area well defended by King as Best lurked to pounce.

  83. 23

    Newcastle corner after good work from Obertan, but the Magpies play the corner back and R Taylor's long ball up is cleared in the end by Kaboul.

  84. 22

    Assou-Ekotto plays it back to Friedel and Best sprints at full speed to close down the kick out with Friedel getting away with his kick unpunished.

  85. 21

    Gutierrez looks to play a one-two with Ba but the striker's return carries far too much weight and travels out ahead of the Argentinian's run.

  86. 20

    Newcastle play some very good one touch football to move the ball around pressure from Spurs', with Ledley King misreading a through ball and clearing wildly.

  87. 19

    Coloccini runs at Spurs and tries to feed in Ba but again another Newcastle player thinks he is offside and doesn't go for the ball when it couldn't have hurt to run for it just in case.

  88. 18

    Ryan Taylor looks for Leon Best on the right wing but Kaboul stands strong and tackles the striker before Modric clears.

  89. 17

    Spurs look to control possession and work an opening as they patiently move the ball around their midfield before Livermore's shot is blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.

  90. 16

    Van de Vaart nearly plays a delicate through ball into Bale but Ryan Taylor stands firm and reads the pass before clearing.

  91. 15

    Lovely football from Newcastle nearly frees up Obertan, who may have been offside anyway after the ball nearly fell in his path after passing from Cheick Tiote and Ba.

  92. 14

    Modric launches a long ball into the back post to Adebayor but Krul is all over it and snatches it from the air.

  93. 13

    Ryan Taylor's set piece bounces awkwardly in front of Brad Friedel but the veteran keeper watches it all the way and catches comfortably.

  94. 12

    Cabaye uses his great vision to find Obertan who goes into a challenge with Parker and Newcastle win a free-kick 30 yards out.

  95. 11

    Bale neatly played in Adebayor who took too much time in the penalty area and ended up missing his chance to shoot before Livermore dragged his effort wide.

  96. 10

    Newcastle call for offside against Van de Vaart but nothing is given and in the end Gutierrez steps in and clears anyway.

  97. 9

    Bale wins a throw-in off Jonas Gutierrez as Spurs pile on the pressure early on.

  98. 8

    Younes Kaboul gets up early to head away Cabaye's ball up field but ends up nudging Ba and the Magpies win the free kick.

  99. 7

    Emmanuel Adebayor nearly latches on to a lovely ball from Luka Modric but Tim Krul sets off quickly and claims well.

  100. 6

    Van de Vaart is offside by some distance to meet Benoit Assou-Ekotto's long ball as Newcastle's defence seemed to switch off for a moment.

  101. 5

    Demba Ba goes flying under Scott Parker and the midfielder isn't happy a foul is given after believing his challenge was legal.

  102. 4

    Spurs have started brightly as Bale and Rafael Van de Vaart link up early on, forcing Ryan Taylor into action who wins the ball back for Newcastle.

  103. 3

    Kyle Walker's starting position is atrocious as he nearly lets in Gabriel Obertan but the right back recovers and managers to clear.

  104. 2

    Jake Livermore makes positive ground into Newcastle's half but looks for Gareth Bale and is dispossessed by Steven Taylor.

  105. 1

    Newcastle kick off and get things underway.

  106. Not a lot in this game according to Sky Bet . Newcastle are 15/8 to win while a Tottenham victory is at 7/5. For those predicting a draw, that is priced at 12/5.

  107. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.

  108. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani, Defoe, Bassong, Rose, Townsend.

  109. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

  110. Welcome to live commentary of Newcastle v Tottenham at St James' Park. Team news will be in shortly, direct all your e-mails with detailed prediction and analysis to

  111. Kick off is at 1600BST ...



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