Tottenham new boy Steven Pienaar made his debut on the left wing. However, the away team also lost their wing wizard Gareth Bale to injury after only five minutes. It’s been reported that Bale has a recurring back injury and it is that which forced him off. Redknapp introduced former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong in his place.
The first half had both midfields engaging with commitment and therefore mistakes in equal measure. The goals however, came about in the second half. Fabricio Coloccini put Newcastle ahead with a sumptuous strike after 60 minutes with which he sent the home crowd into delirium. He received a looping cross from Danny Guthrie, chested it and hit it home. Alan Hutton was turned a bit too easily, but it was a stellar strike, especially from a defender.
Tottenham’s reply came through another wing wizard in the shape of Aaron Lennon. In the 91st minute, Peter Crouch knocked the ball into Jermain Defoe, who then laid it off to Lennon, who quickly turned inside Danny Simpson and steered the ball home.
Finally, the referee called a halt to the proceedings, with both teams having to make do with a point.