Report: Newcastle & Tottenham share spoils

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Updated: October 17, 2011

A late goal from substitute Shola Ameobi meant Newcastle maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they salvaged a 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp’s men led twice in an entertaining game through Rafael van der Vaart and Jermaine Defoe twice.

But Newcastle showed remarkable resilience and managed to find an answer both times.

The Magpies could even have stolen the match in stoppage time when Fabricio Coloccini fired wide from close range.

Neither side really threatened in the opening half although Newcastle probably had the best chance. Demba Ba should have done better than to head straight at Brad Friedal.

In the end it was Spurs that took the lead from after 39 minutes. Steven Taylor was adjudged to have brought down Emmanuel Adebayor, and Dutchman Van der Vaart sent fellow countryman Tim Krul the wrong way to put the visitors ahead.

It remained that way until half time however just two minutes after the break Demba Ba equalised for the Magpies. The goal continued Ba’s fine run of form giving him his fifth in three games.

Jonas Gutierrez beat two men with a mazy left-wing run before former West Ham forward Ba ghosted in at the far post and guided the ball past Friedel.

The second half was a much more open affair and Abebayour fired just wide while at the other end Obertan came close to sending the hosts in front.

It was now an end-to-end encounter and on 56 minutes, winger Gabriel Obertan flashed a shot wide of the right-hand post.

Harry Redknapp’s than replaced Van Der Vaart with Jermaine Defoe and was immediately repaid as Defoe needed just four minutes to put Spurs back in front.

Defoe turned Ryan Taylor before firing a left footed drive past Tim Kruhl in the Newcastle net.

Newcastle were not disheartened and immediately forced Friedal to make a couple of fine saves with Oberton in particular looking threatening.

However Spurs looked dangerous on the counter and had a great chance to finish the game off. Adebayour made a real mess of it and got the ball stick under his feet with Jermaine Defoe in acres of space.

They were made to pay as Ameobi pounced on Yohan Cabaye’s before firing a beautiful left handed strike past Friedal

Defoe missed a double chance to put Spurs in the lead before Coloccini missed to exceptional chances to grab a last gasp winner following a Ryan Taylor free kick.

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