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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2007, 17:56 GMT
Tottenham 2-3 Newcastle
By Jonathan Stevenson

Kieron Dyer celebrates with Obafemi Martins after his lightning strike
Kieron Dyer celebrates with Obafemi Martins after his lightning strike
Obafemi Martins scored a stunning goal as he inspired Newcastle to come from behind and win impressively at Spurs.

He hit a thunderbolt of a 20-yard shot with his left foot to make it 2-2 and then brilliantly played in midfielder Nicky Butt to slot home the winner.

Spurs had taken the lead after a host of Shay Given saves, Jermain Defoe converting Steed Malbranque's pass.

Paul Huntington equalised by rifling in and Dimitar Berbatov volleyed home for Spurs before Martins and Butt struck.

It was harsh on Spurs, who had had the better of most of the game, but they were unlucky to find Given in such fine form.

At the start Newcastle were having to hang on as Tottenham piled forward.

Given brilliantly denied Defoe, who ran clean through and then after Defoe blasted another shot over, Berbatov shot straight at the keeper.


After Given saved again from Malbranque, Spurs finally went ahead. Malbranque sped into the box down the left and clipped in Defoe - in a suspiciously offside-looking position - to convert from close range.

But the goal woke Newcastle out of their slumber and from their first attack, they levelled matters.

James Milner curled over a free-kick and after Huntington's first header was blocked, he lashed in the rebound through the legs of Paul Robinson.

As the half-time whistle blew, suddenly it all kicked off.

Given was furious with Berbatov for continually raising his leg when he was trying to take a goal kick, before Pascal Chimbonda and Butt were involved in a scuffle in the centre-circle.

Butt, who was a doubt for the game after suffering from flu all week, was booked for his shove, while Chimbonda was fortunate to get away with a yellow card for appearing to slap him in the face.

Nine minutes after the break, Chimbonda played a massive part in Spurs retaking the lead.

The melee at half-time led to bookings for Chimbonda and Butt
The melee at half-time led to bookings for Chimbonda and Butt

He made a superb run down the right to meet Malbranque's clever pass and after Teemu Tainio's shot was blocked by Nolberto Solano, Berbatov volleyed into the floor and into the net.

Just like in the early stages, Spurs began to dominate proceedings as they sought the goal that would kill off the game.

But as the hosts seemed to have the match in their grasp, two breathtaking strikes in the space of 94 seconds turned the game on its head.

First, Martins scored a goal that will live long in the memory. He played a one-two and ran at Michael Dawson on the left edge of the box, suddenly unleashing the most outrageous left-foot screamer that flew into the top corner.

Spurs were stunned, but Martins was not finished. Moments later he played a gorgeous through-ball for Butt to superbly angle a shot across Robinson and into the net.

Defoe still had time to smash a shot against the post from 18 yards but Newcastle held on for a remarkable victory.

  • Tottenham manager Martin Jol:
    "All credit to Newcastle, to come here and get three goals is a good effort and we must praise them for it.

    "If you can't score you have to keep your shape but we didn't do that. If you concede three goals at home you must say that is bad defending.

    "We should have got more out of this game, it is incredible how we don't have more out of it, we're all gutted."

  • Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder:
    "The young players were absolutely tremendous and I'm very proud of my team. The dressing room is a great place to be at the moment.

    "Spurs don't lose too often here and the manner in which we achieved it means we leave here with great spirits.

    "I'm impressed by the way the lads have got on with things and pulled off a result like this, despite our problems."

    Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Lee, Dawson, Davenport (Ghaly 88), Lennon, Huddlestone, Tainio (Zokora 79), Malbranque (Keane 75), Defoe, Berbatov.
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Gardner.

    Booked: Chimbonda.

    Goals: Defoe 14, Berbatov 54.

    Newcastle: Given, Ramage, Taylor, Huntington, Pattison, Solano, Butt, Milner, Dyer, Martins, Sibierski.
    Subs Not Used: Harper, Edgar, O'Brien, Carroll, Troisi.

    Booked: Ramage, Solano, Butt, Huntington.

    Goals: Huntington 16, Martins 72, Butt 73.

    Att: 35,942.

    Ref: S Bennett (Kent).

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