Newcastle Off To A Flyer
Going into the match Alan Pardew had to face Injury doubts over Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheikh Tiote, Pappiss Cisse and Demba Ba, but all of them started in the season opener, only club captain Fabricio Coloccini missing the match due to injury.
Tottenham started off the first half looking the better team after creating a few chances through the pace of Bale and Lennon down the flanks which looked like it could give Newcastle problems all afternoon, It didn’t look good for Danny Simpson when he got an early yellow card after a cynical tackle on Bale.
Spurs had all the chances in the first half, Bale hit the Bar with a powerful header at the back post and Defoe also hit the post with a near post effort. Newcastles best chance of the half was a deflected effort from Demba Ba from out the area which hit Pappiss Cisse in the box and the ball beat Brad Friedel but just rolled wide.
The second half exploded into life 10 minutes in after Danny Simpson’s ball into the box was poorly cleared by Kyle Walker at the back post and the ball was controlled in the box by Demba Ba who curled the ball around Friedel and into the far corner of his goal.
Almost instantly there was controversy after Alan Pardew pushed the linesman in the back after he thought that his side should have got a throw in, the referee was notified about Pardew’s actions and sent him to the stands, Pardew accepted his punishment in a very apologetic manner and apologised to the referee, linesman and the fourth official before taking his seat in the stands for the remainder of the game.
With about 20 minutes to play new boy Vurnon Anita was introduced to the loud St James Park crowd after replacing Yohan Cabaye who had an average game.
Defoe had a good chance to equalise for the visitors after he made a good run and latched onto a great through ball which resulted in Defoe’s low strike at goal being stopped by Magpies keeper Tim Krul and when it looked like the save was going to result in a corner for Spurs, Steven Taylor got down on his stomach and headed the ball which allowed Krul to pick the ball up and stop the corner, the fans made it clear to Taylor they appreciated his efforts.
The crowd weren’t quite so happy as a ball into the box from Aaron Lennon was met by a Defoe header which was stopped by Krul but Defoe scuffed the rebound into the near post and it was all square again.
Less than 4 minutes later Newcastle had a corner and the best player on the day Hatem Ben Arfa went over to take it, he played a short one-two off the corner with Tiote and came up against Lennon and Van der Vaart just outside the area, he opted to go straight through the middle of the pair and was brought down in the area and rewarded with a penalty.
Ben Arfa stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Friedel the wrong way drilling the ball into the bottom corner giving the Magpies a deserved win.
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