MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Jonas Gutierrez

By Anthony Marshall

 

Newcastle 1 (Coloccini 59)

Tottenham 1 (Lennon 90)

 

Another injury-time leveller cost Newcastle all three points as they drew 1-1 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Fabricio Coloccini's second half stunner looked to have given the hosts all three points, but Aaron Lennon driled a low shot past the grasp of Steve Harper as the seconds ticked away.

The Magpies have extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games but will be disappointed not to have won the game and will be left to rue a number of missed opportunities.

Jermain Defoe fired the first warning shot inside two minutes. Released by Lennon down the right, he took a touch before drilling a shot across the face of goal and wide.

But Tottenham were dealt a huge blow in the ninth minute as in-form Welsh international Gareth Bale went down with an apparent back problem.

The youngster was replaced by former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong, who received a less-than-warm welcome from the St. James' crowd.

The visitors continued to press, however, and Defoe beat the offside trap to latch on to Luka Modric's through ball, before forcing a smart stop out of Magpies keeper Steve Harper.

Newcastle had shown very little in the final third until that point but the front pairing of Leon Best and Shola Ameobi combined to carve out  good opening soon after.

Ameobi's flick-on found Best inside the area, and when his teammate returned the compliment the bg striker could only blaze over under pressure.

It was a similar story in the 23rd minute. Taking advantage of a weak Michael Dawson clearance, Ameobi took a touch inside the area and should have done much better with a right-footed drive which failed to trouble Carlo Cudicini in the Spurs goal.

But five mintes later the hosts went within inches of breaking the deadlock. Left-back Jose Enrique had galloped forward and got to the byline before sending a deep cross ovr the grasp of Cudicini.

Best slid in at the far post but, under pressure and from a tight angle, could only hook his effort up and against the underside of te bar, with Tottenham scrambling the ball away to safety.

A rare chance for the away side saw debutant Steven Pienaar lash over from the edge of the box when he had time and space to pick his place, before Defoe tried his luck from a similar area with exactly the same result.

And Harper saved brilliantly from Defoe right on the stroke of half-time to send the sides in level.

Newcastle started the second half brightly as Best sent a near-post header wide of the upright from a Jonas Gutierrez cross, and Ameobi then nodded tamely straight at Cudicini.

And they got their just rewards in the 59th minute as the opening goal finally came, from an unlikely source.

The build-up was patient, but when Danny Guthrie sent a diagonal pass from right to left no-one could hae imagined Fabricio Coloccini takingit down on his chest just inside the area like a seasoned centre-forward.

And if that was impressive then the subsequent volley, which flew past the fingertips of Cudicini and into the back of the net - sending aroud 50,000 Geordies wild in the process - was even better. 

Spurs tried to hit back immediately and Harper had to be alert to deny Aaron Lennon at his near post, after the winger had jinked inside.

Substitute Peter Lovenkrands had been on the pitch less than four minutes when he was presented with the chance to double the hosts' advantage. But having done well to hold off his marker and latch onto the precise through ball, he was unable to find a way past Cudicini.

The Tottenham keeper did even better, however, minutes later - flinging himself to his right to palm away Ameobi's long range effort which looked destined for the top corner.

At the other end the visitors almost got themselves level in stunning fashion as Lennon cut inside and fed Modrc, who crashed a 20-yard strike against the bar with Harper beaten.

But Newcastle were soon back searching for more goals and Barton went close from distance before substitute Nile Ranger waltzed through the visiting rearguard, only to slip the ball inches the wrong side of the upright. 

However, just like at Sunderland last weekend, the Magpies were denied victory in stoppage time.

The impressive Lennon cut in from the right flank, was not closed down and duly picked his spot past Harper low into the bottom corner to salvage a draw for the visitors.

 

Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie (James Perch, 74), Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best (Peter Lovenkrands, 65), Shola Ameobi (Nile Ranger, 88)

Subs not used: Tim Krul, Sol Campbell, Shane Ferguson, Xisco

 

Tottenham (4-4-1-1): Carlo Cudicini; Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson (c), William Gallas, Gareth Bale (Sebastien Bassong, 11); Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas (Peter Crouch, 71), Steven Pienaar (Niko Kranjcar, 84); Rafael van der Vaaart; Jermain Defoe

Subs not used: Stipe Pletikosa, Vedran Corluka, Younes Kaboul, Sandro

 

Referee: Mark Halsey

 

Attendance: 51, 010 (2,800 Tottenham fans)

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