Defoe replaced the Dutch ace before netting superbly.
â€śJermain scored a great goal and at that moment I thought we were going to win the game. Newcastle scored a good equaliser, and that was a pity," Van der Vaart told the Spurs website.
â€śIt was a good opportunity to win and get above Newcastle, but in the end perhaps it was a fair result.
â€śThe next league game is Blackburn and weâ€™ll be looking to get the three points again.â€ť
As for his penalty, Van der Vaart added: â€śThere is always pressure when you take a penalty and Iâ€™m glad it went in because the goalkeeper is a Dutchman and he knows me well. I was happy to see it go in.â€ť