F/T: Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1

FULL TIME. Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1.

What a miss. A ball from Assou-Ekotto comes across after a touch from Coloccini and Bale stabs the ball with his right-foot well over the bar.

Ameobi is unhappy with Spurs' supposed time wasting and earns a yellow card for dissent.

Remarkable action occuring now as Spurs break from the corner, with both Bale and Livermore denied by last-ditch challenges, before up the other end, Bale makes the challenge on Tiote to win back the ball, with the winger then fouled as a result.

Nearly some incredible late drama, as Ameobi is played in by Marveaux, with Lloris smothering the striker magnificently to force his shot wide of goal.

Walker's free-kick is aimed up towards Dempsey, and the forward does well to meet the delivery, but he can only aim his effort wide.

Dembele heads off after a tough few minutes for the midfielder, with Livermore arriving in his place.

Santon tests Walker, but the Spurs full-back bests his counterpart, preventing a delivery being made, as Bale then wins back possession from Tiote.

Seven minutes injury time are added on after that earlier Gouffran injury.

Once again, Dembele is on the wrong end of a Cabaye challenge, and this time that will be a yellow card for the Newcastle midfielder.

Tiote and Cabaye combine to inadvertantly floor Dembele, who takes a hefty challenge as Spurs win a free-kick to ease a few more seconds of attempted Newcastle attacks.

Santon leads the counter attack for Newcastle, but is charged down by a host of bodies, before Bale is set away by Parker, with only a tremendous save by Krul denying the magician his hat-trick.

Adebayor is cut down by Cabaye, with both players seeing the lighter side of the colliison, before Gutierrez is replaced by Shola Ameobi.

Marveaux crosses in, but Caulker is positioned ahead of Cisse to meet it, as Newcastle press urgently for an equaliser now, controlling most of the possession for the time being.

Cabaye tries to help the ball on to Marveaux, but is unsuccessful, before Cisse loses possession and hacks through Parker trying to retrieve it.

Perch is taken off, and Tiote is welcomed back into the Newcastle team.

Huge let-off for Newcastle, as Krul comes for the ball and completely misses it, with Caulker's effort directed wide from close range.

As Tiote gets warmed up, it appears changes are imminent for Spurs, as Santon is forced into conceding another corner under pressure from Walker.

It's brilliance from Bale once more, who beats Coloccini to the loose ball, before storming through on goal, aiming a low drive under the feet of Krul to put Spurs back in the lead. A wonderful goal from a man at the peak of his powers right now.


Eventually, Dembele is pulled back for lunging into Perch, who takes a knock in the process, and a free-kick is awarded to the Magpies.

Cabaye tests his luck with a drive from range, that fails to dip as it approaches goal and ends up with the fans behind goal.

Bale's effort across goals take a crucial interception from Taylor, with Krul beaten as the ball swung across the Newcastle goalkeeper.

Naughton heads off, with Assou-Ekotto the man taking his place.

Can either side produce a winner? Tottenham are 13/8 to claim all three points now with Newcastle 9/2, while Adebayor and Bale are both 8/1 to score next.

Dawson heads clear, and Spurs break shortly after with Bale, but upon whipping the ball in towards Adebayor it's the mountainous presence of Coloccini that steers away the danger once more.

Cisse is tripped under Naughton near the byline, and Newcastle have a free-kick which Taylor and Coloccini have travelled up for.

Walker progressed down the right, and Adebayor is nearly in immediate action but a deflection takes the sting off the ball and ends up in Krul's arms.

It's Holtby who is replaced for Spurs, with Adebayor taking his place.

Bale receives treatment, while Adebayor prepares to make his entrance into the fray at White Hart Lane.

Cabaye feeds in Debuchy, but his ball into the danger area is dealt with by Dawson as Spurs look to counter in turn, with Bale taking a crunching tackle from Perch.

Walker's corner is claimed confidently in the air by Krul, but that was a much-needed passage from Spurs, who look a little livelier in their attempts to break Newcastle down.

Dempsey controls Bale's corner superbly, but Coloccini reacts accordingly and steps in to concede a corner.

Having typed that, Spurs come close as Coloccini's tackle on Lennon only lets Bale in, whose attempted flick on to Holtby is crucially cut out by Taylor.

Spurs are struggling to carve out any kind of path through to goal here, with even Bale looking a tad flat as a succession of throw-ins occur.

Lovely stuff from Spurs, with Lennon played in by Dempsey, before Coloccini positions his body in the way to prevent the winger finding a team-mate in the penalty area.

Parker launches a poor ball up towards Lennon, but the winger politely applauds the effort regardless, but a throw-in sees Spurs regain possession.

Gouffran departs on a stretcher and fellow Frenchman Marveaux makes his way on to the field.

It very much looks like the end of Gouffran's game here, who is receiving oxygen on the ground as Alan Pardew prepares to bring on a substitute.

Close-up camera shots show Gouffran has a trickle of blood on his leg, and the stretcher is now on for the Newcastle striker.

Gouffran is down in some discomfort, holding his ankle after a seemingly inoccuous coming together with Walker.

Dembele rejects the chance to feed in Bale down the left, laying the ball off to Dempsey whose long-range shot is well handled by Krul.

The corner ends up falling to Taylor on the edge of the penalty area, and despite losing the bal initially, the defender does extremely well to force a shot on target.

Corner to Newcastle, as Debuchy's delivery to the back post cannons off Caulker when Cabaye was lying in wait.

Parker and Dempsey combine, but as the ball drops to Holtby, his swivel and shot sees Coloccini's legs take the string out the shot and Krul gathers.

Parker is penalised for a tug on Gutierrez, and one man that will be relieved is Debuchy who had already charged forward in the hope of a Newcastle attack.

Lennon finds Walker on the overlap, but as the delivery comes in from the right-back, a deflection off Santon carries the ball out of Holtby's path and straight into Krul's.

Bale sprays the ball across the pitch to Lennon, who advances towards goal with his cut back cleared behind by Coloccini.

Newcastle game the action restarted.

Wolverhampton Baggies fan Dave Lawrence writes: "Is this guy (Bale) arguably the best player in the UK right now? Tore us to pieces last week and he's doing it again today. Fantastic to watch."

Bale's stunning free-kick gave Spurs the lead, but a deflected Gouffran strike ensures the score is level going into the break. Send those second half views into jack.woodfield@bskyb.com

HALF TIME. Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1.

One minute of added time to be played.

Dempsey is having a fairly agonising game so far, and his latest attempt to find the net from 25 yards ends up with a scuiffed shot that travels across goal.

Gouffran is manhandled by Dembele, but as Sissoko continues play, Cabaye can't make the most of the counter attack as his sprayed ball across the field catches Cisse out of position.

Holtby's through ball to Lennon was top drawer, but Lennon couldn't control the pass and Santon is allowed to slip in and make the interception, conceding a corner.

Dempsey's frustrated dive takes a deflection for a corner, but Walker's delivery rolls through to Santon who hacks the ball away.

Pretty good chance for the Magpies, as Gutierrez's delivery is taken on the chest by Cabaye, but such is the pace of the knock down that it allows Lloris to rush out and make the save.

Bale's dive cuts out Sissoko's ball finding Gutierrez, with Dempsey then picked out by Naughton before the offside flag catches the forward out.

Neither Taylor nor Coloccini make the leap for Cabaye's corner and the ball rolls out for a goal-kick as both centre-backs look perplexed at the other.

Santon delivers from the left, with Walker's diving header preventing it reaching a team-mate, before Cabaye's thunderous effort is carried behind for a corner by Dawson.

Newcastle look to probe in Spurs' half, but Gutierrez can't find Gouffran down the right and a succession of throw-ins occur.

Sissoko believes he is fouled by Parker when trying to unleash Gouffran, but no free-kick is given, despite the midfielder's protestations.

Bale's energetic run forward ends with a cut back across the penalty box, but neither Parker or Dembele can connect with an effort as Taylor makes the interception.

The corner takes everyone by surprise, particularly Lennon, who allows the ball to completely run past him and go out for a Newcastle goal-kick.

Holtby's delivery finds Bale at the far post, with his attempted volley colliding with Debuchy as the hosts win a corner, to be taken by Walker.

Newcastle seem far more urgent in the final third now, hussling Spurs' defense and preventing them moving forward for the time being as Lloris gets a couple of touches.

An awkward bounce nearly allows Gouffran in behind Walker, but the right back is in a fortunate enough position to ensure the ball is not presented into the striker's path.

Spurs come close to an instant reply through Bale, but Taylor's block ensures that the winger's effort doesn't force a save from Krul.

Excellent response from the Magpies, with Sissoko played in near the byline, before a cut back to Gouffran sees his shot cannon into Dawson, which leaves Lloris no chance of making the save. 1-1 and game on again.


Patient play from Spurs, before Parker's drilled ball down the line is met by a superb sliding challenge from Cabaye, as Lennon awaited in space.

Admirable persistence from Spurs sees Newcastle's attack limited, before Gouffran takes on Walker, finding Cabaye, whose effort is charged down by Caulker.

The chances are coming for both teams now, as Lennon picks out Holtby on the edge of the box, who lets rip with a powerful effort that fails to test Krul.

Great chance for Cisse, who gets on the end of Cabaye's cross, heading wide from 15 yards in a chance he'll know he should have done better with.

Walker's ambitious ball tests the legs of Lennon, but it carries far too much weight and finds only Krul, while moments later a Gouffran delivery is well caught by Lloris.

A frantic few seconds see Cisse floored by Parker, before Spurs break with Caulker, who in turn finds Holtby, with the forward's shot taking a touch off Coloccini which takes it out of play.

Gouffran's efforts near the byline see Caulker marshall the striker, before conceding a corner. Upon the delivery coming in, Coloccini prods the ball forward, but Walker is on hand to stab itaway.

Taylor is penalised for the use of an elbow on Dembele, giving Spurs a free-kick in the centre of the park.

Parker leads the triangle movement with Bale and Lennon, but he can't play in Dempsey as the ball rolls past the midfielder into Krul.

Sissoko keeps the ball in play from the corner, but Gutierrez is robbed by Lennon, but the winger can't find Holtby and the ball ends up with Krul.

Sissoko's expert diagonal ball finds Gouffran, and as Caulker comes across to cover, Newcastle are rewarded with a corner.

Good chance for Spurs to make it 2-0, but after Dembele's run was eventually halted, Holtby takes aim and fires a curling effort over the bar. Wonderful start so far from the hosts.

Lennon and Bale link up in the centre of the pitch, before Dempsey takes over, leading Santon a merry chase before Perch tracks back to concede a throw-in.

Perch seeks out Gouffran but Caulker comes across to clear Spurs' lines. Debuchy crosses in for Cisse moments later but Dawson is on hand to head away.

Replays show that had Perch jumped in the wall, the ball may have been blocked, but regardless it was a wonderful strike and Newcastle are already up against it at White Hart Lane.

What a goal from a man in supreme form. Bale's free-kick beats the wall, beats Krul and creeps in at the near post to give Tottenham a brilliant, early lead.


Dempsey skillfully turns past Coloccini, and a cynical challenge from the centre-back results in a Spurs free-kick 30 yards from goal.

Bale looks to link up with Naughton, but Debuchy gets himself in the way and earns Newcastle a corner, before the lively Parker wins back possession for his side.

Massive let off for Newcastle very early on, as Bale powers a terrific ball across the six-yard box, inches away from finding Dempsey as Coloccini boots to safety.

Spurs kick off and get the game underway.

The players have shaken hands and commenced various pre-match acts of stretching - we're not far away from kick-off now.

Liam Moran writes: "Being a die hard Sunderland fan, I will not only be rooting for spurs because I dislike Newcastle, but spurs are in fact my second team so I would be watching intently, if I was not attending the Arsenal game later on. Anyways, last season, Tottenham's defence was top notch. But the back 4 starting today seems somewhat weak. Caulker is a decent prospect but isn't anywhere near as good as Vertonghen. Dawson simply, doesn't have it anymore and Naughton is just not Spurs quality in my eyes (though AVB should still keep him and sell Danny Rose to us!). Not to mention, losing Modric and VDV and missing out on Joao Moutinho makes Spurs' midfield a lot weaker with the absence of Sandro for the rest of the season. They still have Lennon and Bale on the wing but Dempsey compared to Defoe or Adebayor spell trouble for Spurs. Newcastle, I hate to say are flying. There team looks stronger than ever and in my opinion, Sissoko is going to be signing of the season. Having said that, Papiss Cisse has failed to recapture his amazing form of the back end of last season and weak links in the team such as Jonas and Perch could cost them the game. I will say 1-1 draw because Tottenham's 11 might not be strong, but the home advantage and the fantastic fans will give them plenty encouragement. Bale and Gouffran to score."

Can Bale continue his free scoring form? The Welsh winger is price boosted to 11/2 with Sky Bet to open the scoring. Tottenham have been well back to win at 8/13, prompting Newcastle's price to drift to 4/1.

The man in the middle today is the one and only Phil Dowd.

Martyn Murray writes: "I will be watching this match with interest, as Newcastle are still down there. I reckon a 2-0 win for Spurs, and have also backed Spurs to win half time and full time."

Emmanuel Adebayor starts on the bench following his late return from the African Nations Cup. Lewis Holtby is handed his full debut while Kyle Naughton is chosen ahead of Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back. Newcastle stick with the same XI that beat Chelsea last weekend.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Holtby, Dempsey, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Adebayor.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Perch; Gutierrez, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Harper, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

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Good afternoon folks and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham's Premier League meeting with Newcastle at White Hart Lane. With victory today, Spurs can leapfrog Chelsea into third, albeit temporarily, while Alan Pardew's Magpies will hoping to use their stunning 3-2 triumph over Chelsea as a catalyst for an improved second half to the season.

Kick-off is at 1245.

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