The match against Spurs was one that saw us extend our unbeaten run in the Premier League.
In my eyes I thought we were unlucky not to gain all three points in the final few minutes as we were on top of Harry Redknapp’s side, but I guess you can’t have everything!
We fought back twice for the match eventually to end two all. When we went a goal down in the first half the team could have easily caved in but straight after the start of the second half we equalised. Personally I think Alan Pardew said some inspired words to the team to convey that they were not out of the game.
During the first half both teams tried to play a very defensive game, there weren’t that many chances on goal but I certainly felt that the Toon were on top. Several of our players grew into the first half and we played some lovely football.
Whatever Pardew said at half-time to the lads certainly did the trick. Three minutes after the second-half restarted Newcastle found themselves level with a really well worked goal with a cross coming from Jonas Gutierrez allowing Demba Ba to latch onto the end of it. It was a fantastic piece of football and I felt we deserved to get ourselves back on level terms.
However the momentum that we had been piling on Spurs was lost when Jermain Defoe produced a sublime finish to give Tottenham the lead. His goal came from nowhere and knocked the wind out of our sails. In response to this Pardew brought on Hatem Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi into the fray.
Now I wasn’t sure at the time whether Ameobi was the right person to bring on but he certainly proved that he was when he produced an absolutely stunning finish for us to once again draw level. As the game neared it’s conclusion, the way we were playing certainly showed that we were going for all three points and I thought we may have just edged it in the dying moments.
A draw was a fair result between both sides but throughout the game Newcastle overshadowed everything Spurs did. Ryan Taylor dealt very well with the threat of Gareth Bale so much so that he ended up switching to the left-flank as he had no joy down the right-hand side. Yes there were mistakes that led to both goals but what was evident was that twice we came back from a goal down. We could have easily caved in and allowed Spurs to add more to their tally.
The fact that we showed the resilience to plough on and even things up is a tremendous demonstration of the way that Alan Pardew and his players operate. It’s this kind of spirit and determination that will help us throughout the season. Pardew wasn’t afraid to use his substitutes either, he clearly understood that we needed to make a difference if we were going to gain some points from the fixture.
The spirit and togetherness that the team showed against Tottenham is a clear indication that they won’t give up when the chips are down, which will come in handy later on in the season when we do eventually lose a game.
Hats off to everyone for not only dealing with the loss of last seasons team spirit, but also for seemingly improving upon it!