Malbranque pushed down the Spurs left but Defoe was beyond the last
defender as he sidefooted the ball past Shay Given. 0-1
Milner's free-kick found Paul Huntington at the far post and when his
header hit Sibierski, the defender hammered a goalbound shot low and hard
and it went in via 'keeper Paul Robinson's boot. No doubt about the scorer
though, who indulged in a spot of sarcastic ear
tugging as we trotted past the Spurs fans. 1-1
Half time: Spurs 1 Newcastle 1
Spurs regained the lead when Solano superbly blocked a
Tainio shot, only for Berbatov to net the rebound despite scuffing his
effort into the turf. 1-2
Another contender for goal of the season, as Dyer's pass to Obafemi
the striker advance to the left edge of the area before letting loose with
an unbelievable strike into the top corner - timed by Sky at 84mph. TV
replays emphasized the sheer power of the effort, with both feet off the
ground at the point of impact.
In our twisted world the goal bore a strong similarity to one Andy Cole
scored against Chelsea at the Leazes end in 1994. 2-2
73mins Scarcely had the away corner celebrations died down than the daftness
recommenced as some neat play culminated in a perfectly-weighted pass from
Martins and an equally precise low finish from Nicky Butt, stretching to
slide the ball beyond Robinson from the right side of the six yard
The scorer produced an original celebration, running a few paces
backwards in slow motion before being engulfed in a pile-on of team mates.
Full time: Spurs 2 Newcastle 3
Glenn Roeder said:
"The beauty of this game is that everyone can express an opinion-
and in my opinion Shay is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the
Premiership; he's right up there with Petr Cech."
On the half time incident:
"They (the Newcastle players) knew what happened. They'd
already made their mind up that what had happened would pull them together
tighter and that we'd come out with the result.
"I had to make a few points
tactically but, in terms of sending them out motivated, that was done for us by
what happened at half-time.
"The temperature was raised,
that's all I'd say. Our players don't want to make anything of it but certainly
the incident galvanised the players to go out and play and fight like they did
in the second half.
"Only someone of Nicky Butt's
character would have started the game.
"The boys on the bench were not
well known, apart from Steve Harper who was basically child-minding for an hour
and a half.
"The manner in which we did it,
considering the adversity we've had, was thoroughly deserved and everyone played
Goalscorer Paul Huntington
"Centre-back is an
important position and I know I wasn't good enough at Birmingham.
manager told me in the changing room that I responded well which is what I was
looking to do.
was a relief for me because I have been waiting a while. To pull the shirt on is
a dream, to be honest, but to score and help the team win is special.
wasn't just the goal - it was the team's all-round play on the day.
was a great feeling and good to get it out of the way. My colleague David Edgar
got his two weeks ago against Manchester United and now I am pleased to join him. The ball just broke
me to and I hit it as hard as I could.
am getting used to first-team life, I just want to stay in the team. Celestine
Babayaro is out so I have a chance at left-back.
isn't an easy place to come and win and now we have done the double over them,
which is great. To come away with three points is a great feeling."
Martin Jol grunted:
"We didn't play badly and their staff told us they couldn't believe
their luck that they had won.
"You have to give them credit
because, if you score three goals at White Hart Lane, normally you win games.
In the first 20 minutes, we outplayed them and we had chances.
"All credit to them, but it
wasn't deserved. I feel we possibly played out best game this year.
"I can't fault them. In the
Keegan era, we would have won 6-3.
"We are not as strong as last
year collectively, I can't recall conceding three goals.
"We had at least 20 attempts
on goal, so it was about Shay Given as well. It was a combination of things -
being unlucky and Shay Given."
Cockerels - Premiership years
2006/07: Won 3-2
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05 Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2
We've now won our last three games against Spurs, scoring three
goals in the process each time - 3-1 at SJP in December 2006 and
the same score on Tyneside last April.
Paul Huntington netted
his first senior goal for the club, becoming the third different
defender to score in successive games in 2007, after Edgar's effort
against Man U and Taylor's toe-poke against Birmingham. Howay Rammy,
Obafemi Martins struck his eighth Premiership goal of the
season and counting his two in the Intertoto Cup has now reached
double figures. Only two of those ten have coming in the opening 45
minutes of a game.
All five of our subs today were former (or current) Newcastle juniors:
Second competitive outing for the second kit and our first victory
after the Bolton reverse.
SkySports man of the match Obafemi Martins gave his bottle
of bubbly on camera to the player who presented him with it - Nicky Butt -
claiming he was
a more worthy
We completed our first double of the season and registered our third
away success of the season and second in London (West Ham &
Blackburn being the other successes).
Of our 263 Premiership away games we've now won 72, drawn 78
and lost 113. Of those 72, 21 have come in London.
Away successes in the Premiership:
West Ham 5
Crystal Palace 3
Sheff Wed 3
Man City 1
Nottingham F 1
West Brom 1
With seven away games remaining, only
Craven Cottage and The Valley have seen us collect a maximum return in
the Premiership. Wins at the other five (JJB, Bramall Lane, Fratton
Park, Madejski and Vicarage Road) would see them added to the above
Having won the corresponding home game less
than a month ago against a distinctly off-colour Spurs side, we weren't alone in
having a sneaking feeling that the boot would be firmly on the other foot for
this return match.
And the early exchanges certainly seemed to back up this theory, with the home
side rampaging through our colander-like defence and a only thin green line
between the posts standing between us and a hammering.
But Hurricane Lillywhite blew itself out rather rapidly after Defoe's dubious
opener and Huntington's timely leveller from our first attack set the stage for
a contest which ultimately proved to be eventful and entertaining in equal
And at the end of it was a result to savour and a possibly pivotal acquisition
of three points on a weekend that saw profligacy from many sides in
the bottom half, meaning a four-place leap to the dizzy heights of
A season that has seen victory at West Ham and
a wholly unexpected point to mark our Emirates bow now has a further London
highlight in it, with hopefully more in store in our trips to Fulham and
Woolwich. We'll just forget about Stamford Bridge eh?
It's all a far cry from the 29 game winless run we endured between 1997 and 2001
that prompted countless "capital punishment" headlines.
The last time that we'd come back from being a goal down was at the mackems last
April and this turnaround wasn't far behind that in
the satisfaction stakes.
The pleasure derived from beating this lot home or away never recedes. Whether
it's the sycophancy of the press, the inflated sense of "heritage"
that their fans carry with them or just Micky Hazard's perm - we've simply never
liked the buggers.
Coming from behind here therefore was especially entertaining, if only to see
the crestfallen expressions of those seated adjacent to the away sections - and
the suited and booted toon -supporting blokes in one of the executive boxes
returning the stick they'd received earlier in the game.
However in the post-match glow of victory it was easy to forget that for much of this game we were ordinary in the extreme; Sibierski adding little and the
chief contribution of Martins being two daft attempts to win free kicks when he
could and should have stayed on his feet.
And in midfield Butt did look like a man who hadn't trained that week, Milner
couldn't keep the ball and Pattison seemed way out of his depth - although his
facial growth and cropped ginger barnet does rather put one in mind of Taffy
windbag John Hartson. His heading isn't as good though.
But lurking behind those disappointments was genuine character and once
goaded, some reserves of resolve and determination - one could almost believe we
have some team spirit.
That was epitomised by Butt's refusal to be sidelined by an illness that saw him
spend five days confined to bed and lose nine pounds in weight, yet complete ninety
minutes despite not being on song for much of it - and somehow find the energy
to crucially get into the opponent's box.
While other players made themselves unavailable in a lightning attack of
Bosphorous flu, Butt stood up (gingerly) and was counted. His stock continues to
rise in 2007.
While Roeder rightly pinpointed Given's saves and the half time Butt incident as
the cornerstones of our success, our own remixed interpretation incorporates
elements of both.
Having previously seen Berbatov escape unpunished for aiming kicks at him as he
cleared the ball , Given hared off his line through a crowd of retreating
players and from our vantage point "accidentally" collided with Chimbonda before
tumbling over - stirring things up nicely as it transpired.
That then saw the first flickers of a face-off between the sides, Chimbonda
interfering as Given confronted the referee, Butt and the Frenchman then
tangling after the latter swiped a gloved hand across the Newcastle midfielder's
Butt then shoved his opponent before Milner intervened, as the Spurs man did a
runner to the edge of the tunnel and Bennett yellow-carded our man.
TV viewers then saw Butt apparently lunge at Milner in the tunnel (although in
reality one toon man was stopping the other from mixing it with an opponent)
while it was soon confirmed that Chimbonda had been booked during the interval.
Within seconds of the restart the warring factions had tangled again, with the Spurs
man winning a free kick amid Butt protests.
However we showed little initial improvement despite being apparently fired up
by the earlier nonsense and it was to take a second Spurs goal to really
kick-start us into action.
The home team were genuinely stunned by Martin's equaliser and in shock when Butt
fired us ahead. By contrast, the away contingent were simultaneously euphoric and incredulous -
but certainly not speechless.
Jol reacted by making three changes in 15 minutes, but that seemed to do as much
to muddle his side as improve it, with defender Michael Dawson ending the game
as a makeshift striker.
Defoe did hit the post late on, which seemed to convince most of those present
in White Hart Lane that it just wasn't going to be the home side's day as we
held out in classic backs to the wall style.
So, a genuinely uplifting scoreline and a game that may turn out to be the
highpoint of the season. Sometimes things just work out, and all the crap that
one has to endure to get here is worthwhile.
Let's hope the players got a similar buzz ahead of what is a sequence of eminently
winnable games in league and cup - the Martins goal was certainly a well-timed
confidence booster after his penalty miss and
subsequent patchy showings since Goodison. Thankfully and unexpectedly the
defenders (and Dyer) have taken some of the goalscoring burden off the number
Whether this result provides sufficient diversion though from our failure to add
to the squad remains to be seen though - while it's a great achievement to win
here given the players available to Roeder, the result doesn't completely mask
the shortcomings of the previous three away displays at Bolton, Everton and
What price no new arrivals and a place in the Fifth Round FA Cup draw in a