Lennon's strike rescued a point for Spurs that the visitors just about deserved
By Sam Lyon
Newcastle were denied victory by an injury-time goal for the second game running as Aaron Lennon struck to rescue a point for Tottenham.
Having thrown away a win at Sunderland last week, Newcastle will rue their inability to defend a lead after Lennon's shot crept in.
A superb finish from Fabricio Coloccini had earlier given the Magpies the lead.
And Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best all went close for the home side, but were unable to convert.
The draw ended a run of four straight league defeats at St James' Park for Tottenham stretching back to 2004 and just about keeps their Premier League title hopes alive.
For the hosts, however, it will be considered a case of another two points dropped on the back of their gut-wrenching draw at the Stadium of Light last Sunday, even though the point moved the Magpies up to seventh in the table.
Pardew admits Newcastle got carried away
In the week that Tottenham hope will have helped them take a big step towards a move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, this match at St James' Park - one of 12 English grounds with a larger capacity than White Hart Lane - provided a timely insight into what delights a bumper home crowd might provide for the Londoners in a new stadium.
But there was not a huge amount of goalmouth action on show in the first half to cheer the 51,010 in attendance.
Despite a nervy start from debutant Steven Pienaar and the early loss of Gareth Bale with what looked the recurrence of a back injury, Tottenham enjoyed plenty of possession.
Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric, in particular, were a constant thorn in Newcastle's side, while Lennon and Jermain Defoe were lively - if a little lacking in end product - in the visitors' attack.
But it was Newcastle, disciplined and hard-working as ever under Alan Pardew, who forged the better openings early on.
Ameobi twice lashed high and wide from inside the area, while Best forced the hosts' clearest effort of the half when he outmuscled Sebastien Bassong to get on the end of Jose Enrique's deep cross, only to see his effort bounce up on to the underside of the bar.
By contrast, it was not until the 45th minute that Tottenham forced Steve Harper into any meaningful action, the Magpies keeper reacting well to beat Defoe's shot away after a delightful flick from Van der Vaart had set the Spurs striker free inside the box.
The second half, however, brought chances aplenty - kick-started by Coloccini's goal.
The Argentine, having earlier made an excellent block to deny Pienaar a debut goal from eight yards out, broke the deadlock on the hour, chesting Danny Guthrie's pass down in the box and firing into the far corner.
It was a fine way for the defender to mark his 100th Newcastle game, though Spurs keeper Carlo Cudicini - in because of a shoulder injury to Heurelho Gomes - could have done better having got a left hand to it.
Late goal fully deserved - Redknapp
And it could have been worse for Tottenham as Newcastle forced a series of openings with the visitors chasing an equaliser.
First substitute Lovenkrands was denied by a smart Cudicini save one-on-one after being set through by Joey Barton, and then Ameobi's excellent left-foot curler was palmed around the post.
Ameobi also headed wide when completely unmarked from a Barton corner before substitute Nile Ranger almost capped a great run into the box with a neat finish late on, his shot slipping past the far post.
For their part, Tottenham always looked a threat, despite lacking their usual fluency going forward.
If it was not Harper keeping them at bay, it was the woodwork. Lennon's firm shot was kept out low at his near post by the keeper and Modric then rattled the bar from 20 yards.
But just as it looked like Tottenham would come away with nothing, Lennon received Defoe's lay-off, cut in from the left, and struck a low shot inside the post from 20 yards to send the visiting fans into raptures.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on the contribution of goalscorer Fabricio Coloccini: "I thought he was the stand-out player in the game, personally. He was brilliant in the back four today.
"He made a tackle on Defoe in the first five minutes of the second half where he detached himself from the player he was marking and stopped a goal.
"Then he went up the other end and once he had chested it and brought it inside, he is so proficient technically, I fancied him to get a good hit, which he did.
"It was a great, great goal, I am so pleased for him. He is a really likeable character."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "When you are losing 1-0 that late in the game, it's a point gained. You are obviously delighted in the end to get something out of the game.
"But credit to Newcastle, they are a dangerous side.
"They are playing well and on the counter attack, they were always a threat, always a danger."
90:00+4:04 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:48 Alan Hutton delivers the ball, save by Steve Harper.
90:00+3:17 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
90:00+2:35 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
90:00+2:15 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon.
90:00+0:23 The assist for the goal came from Jermain Defoe.
90:00+0:23 GOAL - Aaron Lennon:Newcastle 1 - 1 Tottenham Aaron Lennon gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle
89:54 Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
88:56 Nile Ranger produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
87:29 Foul by Niko Kranjcar on James Perch, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
87:29 Substitution Nile Ranger on for Shola Ameobi.
87:16 Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
85:55 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
85:29 Shola Ameobi produces a cross, Joey Barton has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the
82:31 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Niko Kranjcar coming on for Steven Pienaar.
82:03 Joey Barton produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in. Kevin Nolan has an effort
at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
81:09 The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
80:03 Foul by Alan Hutton on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from
left channel, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
78:47 The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson.
77:31 Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
75:43 Shot by Luka Modric. Save by Steve Harper.
75:21 The ball is sent over by Steven Pienaar.
74:19 William Gallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from left
wing, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
73:42 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with James Perch coming on for Danny Guthrie.
72:05 Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Foul by Shola Ameobi on Michael Dawson, free kick awarded. Carlo
Cudicini takes the free kick.
71:48 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
71:11 Steven Pienaar challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the
free kick right-footed from left channel, Rafael Van der Vaart makes a clearance.
70:09 Substitution Jermaine Jenas leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
69:36 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. William Gallas takes the free kick.
69:01 The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton, save by Steve Harper.
68:17 Effort from 12 yards by Peter Lovenkrands. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
64:50 Aaron Lennon has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Steve Harper. Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made
by Danny Guthrie.
64:50 Substitution Leon Best goes off and Peter Lovenkrands comes on.
64:05 The ball is swung over by Jermaine Jenas.
62:00 Alan Hutton fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
60:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
60:04 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
59:34 Shola Ameobi challenges William Gallas unfairly and gives away a free kick. William Gallas takes the free kick.
58:14 The assist for the goal came from Danny Guthrie.
58:14 GOAL - Fabricio Coloccini:Newcastle 1 - 0 Tottenham Fabricio Coloccini fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0
57:39 Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
55:56 Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
55:00 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a short corner.
53:59 The ball is sent over by Steven Pienaar.
53:07 Effort from outside the penalty area by Jermaine Jenas goes wide left of the goal.
52:45 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
50:35 Sanchez Jose Enrique gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
Correction - 50:14 The ball is swung over by Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
50:14 The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
Correction - 49:01 Rafael Van der Vaart produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
49:01 Rafael Van der Vaart takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
47:56 Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, Headed effort on goal by Leon Best from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the
47:35 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
46:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Rafael Van der Vaart. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:18 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+0:55 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
42:25 Jermaine Jenas fouled by Danny Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
40:24 Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
39:35 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
39:03 A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
36:05 Shot on goal by Steven Pienaar from just inside the area goes over the target.
32:47 Shola Ameobi challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
32:37 Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball.
Correction - 31:34 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leon Best. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
31:34 Leon Best is caught offside. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
29:33 Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
28:54 The ball is delivered by Steven Pienaar, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Correction - 27:50 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Leon Best takes a shot.
27:50 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Shot from close range by Leon Best hits the post.
26:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Joey Barton. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
23:43 Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Jenas takes the direct free kick.
22:43 Effort on goal by Shola Ameobi from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
22:16 Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance made by William Gallas.
17:29 Centre by Sebastien Bassong, Danny Simpson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart played
to the near post, Leon Best manages to make a clearance.
16:36 Shola Ameobi crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.
15:04 Shola Ameobi takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
14:33 Effort from 20 yards by Rafael Van der Vaart. Steve Harper makes a save.
12:15 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.
11:32 Drilled left-footed shot by Jermain Defoe. Blocked by Steve Harper. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rafael Van der
Vaart from the right by-line.
10:36 Shot by Leon Best. William Gallas gets a block in. Carlo Cudicini fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Carlo
Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
10:36 Substitution Sebastien Bassong on for Gareth Bale.
9:32 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
3:20 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
2:26 Effort from inside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the target.
0:27 The ball is swung over by Steven Pienaar, save made by Steve Harper.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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