Tottenham Hotspur stopper Brad Friedel was happy to claim a point despite twice losing a lead at Newcastle United.

Rafael Van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe put Spurs in-front on separate occasions, but strikes from Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi meant the Magpies didn't surrender all the points at St. James' Park.

Despite the nature of the result, 40-year-old Friedel believes not succumbing to defeat was the most important thing in the North East, and it's a result which will be looked upon positively at the end of the season.

“When you get into these games and perhaps you are not at your best it’s really important not to lose,” Friedel told the official Spurs website.

“You always want to keep a run of not losing going. Yes, we would have loved the three points and perhaps we should have killed off the game, but coming to Newcastle, it’s tough and we’ll take the point.

“Once we went 2-1 up we had plenty of chances to kill the game off and it looked like it might be one of those games where we might win three or four-one.


“In the end it turned into a basketball match, ‘you have a go, we’ll have a go’ and four or five minutes from the end they got their goal.”

After making his 273rd consecutive appearance, the keeper was quick to praise teammate Defoe, who came off the bench to have a positive impact on Harry Redknapp's side.

“We weren’t at our best in the first half but were still 1-0 up,” he said.

“I thought we played better in the second half even though they levelled up, and when JD came on he played really well. He gave us a spark and it was another great finish.”

Spurs remain sixth in the Barclays Premier League table, just three points behind Newcastle in fourth with a game-in-hand. Liverpool sit between the pair.

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