Newcastle United maintained their unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign after Shola Ameobi came off the bench to rescue a point against Tottenham at St James' Park.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was forced into an early change when club captain Ledley King pulled up with an injury, giving opportunity to former Magpies defender Sebastien Bassong to feature against his old club.

Rafael Van der Vaart opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half time, after Steven Taylor mistimed a tackle, bringing down the advancing Emmanuel Adebayor in the box.


Tottenham went into the break with the advantage, but Alan Pardew's side wasted no time in reducing the deficit when Demba Ba continued his impressive goalscoring form, as he turned in from close range.

Second half substitute Jermain Defoe restored Spurs' lead, creating something out of nothing with a neat turn on the edge of the box and firing low past an outstretched Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

With the home crowd growing restless, Newcastle turned up the pressure and the introduction of Ameobi proved to be a stroke of genius, as the 30-year-old striker found space on the edge of the box after being slipped in by Ryan Taylor, leaving him to hammer home a drilled shot across Brad Friedel to ensure a share of the spoils.

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