Sunday, 16 October 2011

Match Report: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

Shola Ameobi scored an 86th minute equaliser to give Newcastle a 2-2 draw with Spurs in an end-to-end encounter at St James’ Park. The 30-year-old striker has been pushed out of Alan Pardew’s starting eleven by the partnership of Leon Best and Demba Ba but he was on hand late on to ensure the spoils were shared on Tyneside. Rafael Van Der Vaart opened the scoring for Tottenham four minutes before half-time when he converted a spot-kick won by Emmanuel Adebayor. But Newcastle were level just three minutes after half-time when Demba Ba was able to bundle home Jonas Guiterrez’s cross, although Brad Friedel could have done better to keep the effort out. Jermain Defoe looked like he had given Harry Redknapp’s men all three points after 68 minutes when he gather Scott Parker’s pass and rifled a left-footed strike past Tim Krul. But it was Ameobi who had the last word when he was able smash the ball into the back of the net after some sloppy play from the Spurs backline. Thanks to that late strike Newcastle remain fourth and are still unbeaten this season while Tottenham stay sixth with a game in hand.

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