MOTD highlights of today’s game at St James’ Park.
Though it looked like Tottenham were getting the better of us in the first half, it was Demba Ba who opened the scoring around 10 minutes after the break with a superb diagonal finish. However mini assassin, Jermaine Defoe, pulled things back for the visitors after 76 minutes, only for Hatem Ben Arfa to put us back in front after 80 minutes, winning and scoring a penalty for the Magpies in what was a very dramatic second half which also saw the Silver Supremo sent to the stands after pushing the fourth official.
We also got to see Little Vurn for the first time too in one of the Silver Supremo’s standard 70th minute substitutions. The starting Ben Arfa was probably the man of the match though.
I will try to post a video of the whole game later if one becomes available.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim_Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 71), Jonas Gutierrez (C), Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 85), Papiss Cisse,
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel (G), Kyle Walker, Williams Gallas (c), Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Jake Livermore, Sandro (Harry Kane 86), Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Rafael van der Vaart 68), Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Carlo Cudicini (G), Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart, Harry Kane.
Goals: Demba Ba (54), Jermaine Defoe (76), Hatem Ben Arfa (Pen 80).
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Yellow Cards: Danny Simpson (14), Jake Livermore (16), Sandro (19), Yohan Cabaye (45+2).
Red Cards: None.