|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2-3||Newcastle United|
| J.Defoe 14 (offside),
| Huntington 16,
|Date: 13/01/2007 Venue: White Hart Lane Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 18/01/2007 by ?|
|Steve Bennett is a tosser. We haven’t won any of the 12 games prior to today in which he has refereed. He’s dropped humongous blunders that has cost us the game: even sent a Toon players off only to see his red card rescindered days later. So it certainly wasn’t a surprise when Defoe scored an offside goal to open the scoring. However his antics couldn’t spoil what turned out to be an amazing away performance.
We had to contend with a tidal wave of Spurs pressure straight from the kick off, and if they’d taken their chances the game would have been out of reach before the mid point of the first half. It was inevitable they would score and on 15mins Malbranque pushed down the Spurs left but Defoe was beyond the last defender as he sidefooted the ball past Given. ‘Offside’, we shouted. Goal given. Our response was immediate when barely a minute later James Milner's free-kick found Huntington at the far post and when his header hit Sibierski, the defender hammered a goalbound shot low and hard and it went in via 'keeper Paul Robinson's boot. No doubt about the scorer though, who indulged in a spot of sarcastic ear tugging as we trotted past the Spurs fans.
Spurs regained the lead early in the second half when Solano superbly blocked a Tainio shot, only for Berbatov to net the rebound despite scuffing his effort into the turf. Then came a another contender for goal of the season, as Dyer's pass to Martins saw the striker advance to the left edge of the area before letting loose with an unbelievable strike into the top corner - timed by Sky at 84mph. TV replays emphasized the sheer power of the effort, with both feet off the ground at the point of impact. Scarcely had the away corner celebrations died down when a minute later some neat play culminated in a perfectly-weighted pass from Martins and an equally precise low finish from Butt, stretching to slide the ball beyond Robinson from the right side of the six yard box. The scorer produced an original celebration, running a few paces backwards in slow motion before being engulfed in a ‘Sturdy-like’ pile-on of team mates.
The last time that we'd come back from being a goal down was at the mackems last April and this turnaround wasn't far behind that in the satisfaction stakes.
We've now won our last three games against Spurs, scoring three goals in the process each time - 3-1 at SJP in December 2006 and the same score on Tyneside last April.
Can we play them every week?