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Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle

By Ian Hughes

Newcastle celebrate during their victory at White Hart Lane
Newcastle celebrate during their victory at White Hart Lane

Newcastle fought back from a goal down to record back-to-back victories for the first time since December.

Habib Beye almost put Newcastle ahead when his shot hit the bar before Darren Bent's header put Spurs in front.

Newcastle equalised when Nicky Butt's scuffed shot found the corner, and after the break Geremi's free-kick put them ahead as they began to dominate.

After a Mark Viduka dummy Michael Owen curled home a shot, before Obafemi Martins scored with a fine solo goal.

The order of the day was always likely to be attack at White Hart Lane as both sides lined up with three strikers apiece.

However, when the first chance came, on only five minutes, it was not to one of the plethora of forwards on show, but to midfielder Beye.

After cutting in from the right the Senegal international over-ran the ball but got it back after an error from Jonathan Woodgate and lashed a fierce, rising drive against the bar.

It was a lucky escape and former Magpie Woodgate almost added delight to his relief moments later only for Steve Harper to superbly to push the defender's goalbound header away.


Spurs were now in the ascendancy, with Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov and Bent causing Newcastle plenty of problems.

And it was Bent, making a rare start, who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when he thumped in a header from Steed Malbranque's perfect left-wing cross.

In contrast, Newcastle's trio of Viduka, Owen and Martins barely managed a shot between them in the first half.

It took midfielder Butt to drag his side back into the match, when he swung his boot optimistically at the ball and his shot surprised everyone by finding the bottom left corner of the goal.

On the balance of play, Newcastle would have been very happy to have gone into half-time on level terms.

Straight after the restart, Joey Barton smashed a drive inches past the foot of the post as Newcastle set out to improve their position.

And on 52 minutes Newcastle stunned their hosts when they took the lead through a Geremi free-kick that left keeper Paul Robinson rooted to the spot.

If Robinson was at fault for the goal, he soon did his best to make up for it when he produced a fine stop to deny Viduka.

But he was powerless to prevent Owen scoring soon after, as a rampant Newcastle tore Spurs apart with a move that saw Viduka step over the ball and Owen curl in from 12 yards.

It could, and should have been 4-1 when Owen found himself clean through after Michael Dawson misjudged the bounce of the ball, but the England striker skied his effort.

However, Newcastle were not to be denied and Martins duly obliged when he left Teemu Tainio on his backside before slotting coolly past Robinson.

  • Tottenham coach Gus Poyet:
    "There were far too many mistakes out there. It is hard for me to talk right now, because I am trying to stay calm.

    "I think we should apologise to the fans. The season is not finished yet, but I'm not sure if our players know.

    "We will analyse this later and I will be looking for a big reaction."

  • Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan:
    "Nicky Butt's equaliser came at just right time for us but I felt we were playing well and dominating.

    "We had 11 players out there playing to their maximum, we did not have a weak link in our team.

    "We could have scored more, we hit the bar and the keeper made two world class saves. But we also defended well."

    Tottenham: Robinson, Hutton, Dawson, Woodgate, O'Hara, Huddlestone, Zokora (Tainio 69), Malbranque (Lennon 59), Keane (Taarabt 59), Berbatov, Bent.
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Chimbonda.

    Booked: O'Hara.

    Goals: Bent 26.

    Newcastle: Harper, Beye, Taylor, Faye, Jose Enrique, Barton, Butt, Geremi (Edgar 90), Owen (Carroll 85), Viduka (Smith 79), Martins.
    Subs Not Used: Forster, Duff.

    Goals: Butt 45, Geremi 52, Owen 65, Martins 83.

    Att: 36,067

    Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).

    BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Newcastle's Obafemi Martins 7.18 (on 90 minutes).

    Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

    Barclays Premier League Table
    01 February 2010 22:00
        P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 23 38 54
    2 Man Utd 24 36 53
    3 Arsenal 24 32 49
    4 Tottenham 24 20 42

    5 Liverpool 24 16 41

    6 Man City 22 14 41
    7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
    8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
    9 Everton 23 -1 32
    10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
    11 Fulham 23 -2 27
    12 Stoke 22 -7 26
    13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
    14 Wigan 22 -23 22
    15 West Ham 23 -9 21
    16 Bolton 22 -15 21
    17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

    18 Burnley 23 -23 20
    19 Hull 23 -26 20
    20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

    see also
    Premier League as it happened
    30 Mar 08 |  Premier League
    Sunday's football photos
    30 Mar 08 |  Football
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