Shola Ameobi came off the bench to score as Newcastle maintained their unbeaten start to the season by drawing with Tottenham.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring from the spot after Steven Taylor was judged to have brought down Emmanuel Adebayor.

Demba Ba equalised for Newcastle from close range before substitute Jermain Defoe fired in low to put Spurs ahead.

Newcastle owners deserve credit - Pardew

But Ameobi won a point for Newcastle when he struck in from the angle.

It was an outstanding strike by the substitute who was played in by a cute flick from Ryan Taylor.

The equaliser came four minutes from normal time although both the home side and the visitors could have take away all three points in a frenetic final five minutes.

Defoe twice had a chance to score, but his first shot was brilliantly blocked by Taylor before the follow-up was palmed away by Tim Krul.

And in stoppage time, Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini had a chance to become a hero but he fired wide after turning inside the six-yard area.

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The finale was in stark contrast to a rather subdued first half during which Newcastle were content to contain the visitors.

The home side's disciplined approach was working a treat until five minutes before half-time, when they made an error.

Cabaye had the ball poked from his possession by Jake Livermore and Adebayor ran on to the loose ball before he was clipped by Taylor in the area.

Referee Lee Probert looked at his linesman for guidance before pointing to the spot.

The Magpies ditched their conservative tactics after the break and three minutes into the half they were level.

Argentine Gutierrez left Luka Modric sleeping on the left and got down to the by-line before dinking the ball into the area which was slid in by Ba for his fifth goal in three games.

Harry Redknapp regrets missed chances

However, Spurs, free from their chains, were now also able to play their game.

Adebayor was twice unlucky not to put his side back in front, first screwing a shot an inch wide before Krul cleared just as the Togo striker was about to shoot.

However, a minute later they finally scored the second when Defoe spun in a flash to drill a low strike past the Dutch goalkeeper.

Alan Pardew's men were now 22 minutes from losing their unbeaten record.

Both Cheik Tiote and Ryan Taylor went close when their long-range strikes were saved by Brad Friedel but the American stopper had no chance of saving Ameobi's rocket.

The home-grown striker picked up quick ball from Cabaye and rifled his effort low and hard into the bottom left corner of the Tottenham goal.

The Magpies remain in fourth while Spurs stay sixth in the Premier League table.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"In the second half we created a lot of pressure. Both teams wanted to try and win and that provided great entertainment

"Our reaction to going behind was great. It shows the spirit and character of our group. We have players on the bench who can come on and change the game.

"I'm proud of the players and proud of the staff and pleased for the owners who have taken a lot of criticism. Things take time."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:

"When you are 2-1 up in the 86th minute you are looking for three points.

"This is a tough place to come but we felt comfortable at 2-1 and in a position to finish them off. We thought we could nick another goal.

"We started with Rafa but he looked a bit leggy and Jermaine came on full of beans and grabbed a goal. Both played their part and both scored a goal."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle

  • 26 Krul
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 05 Simpson (Santon - 77' )
  • 16 R Taylor
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 24 Tiote Booked
  • 25 Obertan
  • 19 Ba (Ben Arfa - 71' )
  • 20 Best (Sh Ameobi - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Elliot
  • 03 Santon
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 23 Sh Ameobi

Tottenham

  • 24 Friedel
  • 03 Bale
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 26 King (Bassong - 30' )
  • 28 Walker
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto
  • 08 Parker Booked
  • 11 Van der Vaart (Defoe - 63' )
  • 14 Modric Booked
  • 29 Livermore
  • 10 Adebayor (Pavlyuchenko - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 19 Bassong
  • 25 Rose
  • 31 Townsend
  • 09 Pavlyuchenko
  • 17 Giovani
  • 18 Defoe
Ref: Probert
Att: 46,420

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

7 8

Corners

5 2

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:08

Shot by Jonas Gutierrez. Save made by Brad Friedel.

90:00 +4:05

Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:18

Centre by Shola Ameobi, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:21

Jonas Gutierrez has a drilled shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.

90:00 +1:00

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Taylor. Fabricio Coloccini produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +1:00 Booking

Booking The referee books Luka Modric for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:57

Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:08

The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez.

88:46 Substitution

Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Emmanuel Adebayor.

88:17

Long distance effort from Cheik Tiote misses to the left of the goal.

87:43

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Ryan Taylor gets a block in. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

87:19

Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

85:35

Assist by Yohan Cabaye.

85:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Shola Ameobi - Newcastle 2 - 2 Tottenham Shola Ameobi finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham.

83:18

Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

82:25

Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

81:15

Cheik Tiote fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Brad Friedel.

80:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.

80:21

Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

79:45

Gabriel Obertan sends in a cross, save made by Brad Friedel.

79:03

Kyle Walker takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the goal.

78:07

Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.

78:07 Booking

Booking Caution for Cheik Tiote.

77:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Cheik Tiote.

76:24 Substitution

Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Davide Santon coming on for Danny Simpson.

75:14

Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.

74:30

Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

74:30 Booking

Booking The referee books Scott Parker for unsporting behaviour.

74:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Shola Ameobi.

73:01

Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

72:27

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.

72:17

Luka Modric delivers the ball, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.

71:18

Unfair challenge on Jake Livermore by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Shola Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Leon Best.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Demba Ba goes off and Hatem Ben Arfa comes on.

70:08

Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

67:13

The assist for the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.

67:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermain Defoe - Newcastle 1 - 2 Tottenham A goal is scored by Jermain Defoe from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham.

66:15

Luka Modric fouled by Ryan Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.

62:48 Substitution

Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart.

57:34

Gabriel Obertan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.

57:15

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

56:55

Gareth Bale produces a cross, Ryan Taylor manages to make a clearance.

55:46

Kyle Walker challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye. Gabriel Obertan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

53:21

Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Gareth Bale.

53:01

Sebastien Bassong challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.

52:53

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.

51:49

Effort from close in by Emmanuel Adebayor goes wide left of the target.

50:53

Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.

49:30

Centre by Gareth Bale.

48:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Jake Livermore. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.

47:04

Assist by Jonas Gutierrez.

47:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Demba Ba - Newcastle 1 - 1 Tottenham Demba Ba fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham.

47:02

Centre by Jonas Gutierrez,

46:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

45:09

The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

42:09

Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Ryan Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kyle Walker.

41:01

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Yohan Cabaye, Header from close range by Demba Ba clears the bar.

39:50

Emmanuel Adebayor provided the assist for the goal.

39:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Rafael Van der Vaart - Newcastle 0 - 1 Tottenham Rafael Van der Vaart scores a power penalty. Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham.

38:37

Steven Taylor concedes a Penalty for a foul on Emmanuel Adebayor.

36:38

Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

36:05

Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.

35:02

Unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.

34:07

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye played to the near post, clearance made by Luka Modric.

33:18

Shot by Yohan Cabaye from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

31:33

Jonas Gutierrez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

29:38 Substitution

Substitution Ledley King leaves the field to be replaced by Sebastien Bassong.

26:27

Demba Ba is caught offside. Younes Kaboul takes the indirect free kick.

25:06

Steven Taylor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

24:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Obertan by Jake Livermore. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.

23:54

Scott Parker fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.

23:29

The ball is swung over by Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

23:19

A cross is delivered by Yohan Cabaye, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

22:48

The ball is crossed by Yohan Cabaye, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

22:07

Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Rafael Van der Vaart manages to make a clearance.

21:59

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.

18:50

Leon Best is caught offside. Scott Parker takes the indirect free kick.

17:39

A cross is delivered by Leon Best, clearance by Younes Kaboul.

13:05

The ball is sent over by Luka Modric, save made by Tim Krul.

12:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Cheik Tiote. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

11:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Taylor by Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, comfortable save by Brad Friedel.

9:47

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Jake Livermore takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

9:33

Drilled right-footed shot by Scott Parker. Blocked by Cheik Tiote.

8:54

Luka Modric sends in a cross, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

8:42

The ball is swung over by Rafael Van der Vaart, Yohan Cabaye manages to make a clearance.

8:17

Corner taken short by Rafael Van der Vaart.

7:45

Foul by Cheik Tiote on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

7:10

Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.

5:15

The offside flag is raised against Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.

4:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.

1:54

Foul by Ryan Taylor on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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