Defoe replaced the Dutch ace before netting superbly.
âJermain 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.
âIt was a good opportunity to win and get above Newcastle, but in the end perhaps it was a fair result.
âThe next league game is Blackburn and weâll be looking to get the three points again.â
As for his penalty, Van der Vaart added: âThere is always pressure when you take a penalty and Iâm glad it went in because the goalkeeper is a Dutchman and he knows me well. I was happy to see it go in.â