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PREMIER LEAGUE: Late leveller preserves Newcastle's unbeaten start to season

Newcastle twice came from behind to salvage a point at home in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham. The Toon are now unbeaten in eleven Premier League games whilst visitor's Tottenham have failed to win at St James' Park for six games.

A superb game in the North East in which both side's played their part ended all square as Newcastle proved their resilience by earning a deserved draw.

A first half looked as if it would end with a Newcastle goal as they dominated proceedings until just before the break Steven Taylor clearly brought down Emmanuel Adebayor, and Rafael Van der Vaart powered home the penalty.

But the Magpies quickly levelled after half-time as a fine run and cross from Jonas Gutierrez was finished by Demba Ba from close range.

But Tottenham, looking for a fifth straight win, responded as Scott Parker found substitute Jermain Defoe who finished brilliantly.

And it was Newcastle substitute Shola Ameobi who took advantage of some slack Spurs marking to restore parity with four minutes remaining.

Newcastle finished the stronger as they went all out for a winner but the visitor's held firm for an entertaining draw.

Referee: Lee Probert

Venue: St James' Park

Attendance: 46,420

Newcastle scorers: Ba 48, Ameobi 86 Tottenham scorers: Van der Vaart (pen) 40, Defoe 68

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