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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United. Perez seals victory for Newcastle in injury time.

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter.

    Newcastle United climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

    Back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Spurs saw Newcastle move up to 15th in the league and help take a step in the right direction in the fight to prevent another season fighting relegation.

    Eric Dier opened the scoring for Tottenham with a header from a corner in the first half, before Steve McClaren brought Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic on in the second half.

    The manager’s faith was rewarded by the two strikers, as Mitrovic first equalised for Newcastle by helping the ball across the line after Chancel Mbemba headed an effort towards goal, before Perez won it in injury time.

    There was also a stand out performance from goalkeeper Rob Elliot who made eight saves to deny Tottenham throughout the game.

    Elliot had to be alert early on to prevent a low Harry Kane effort from nestling in the bottom corner of the Newcastle goal.

    Then at the other end, the visitors had a great chance to open the scoring when Siem de Jong made space for himself and fired at goal, only for strike partner Papiss Cisse to inadvertently block the Dutchman’s effort.

    Spurs then started to take control of the game and Dele Alli in particular was proving to be a big problem for the Newcastle defence and the midfielder could have won a penalty midway through the first half.

    Poor communication between Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini allowed the England man the chance to chase the ball, before going to ground in the box following some pressure from the Magpies goalkeeper.

    Referee Roger East waved away Tottenham appeals however, which seemed to be the right call from the official.

    Spurs went on to create chance after chance but they were up against a goalkeeper who was determined not to be beaten in Rob Elliot.

    First the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper produced a stunning save to deny Erik Lamela from curling a fine effort into the top corner, before reacting well to deny the Argentinean again moments later.  

    Tottenham’s pressure eventually paid off however, as they finally beat the in-form shot-stopper to open the scoring.

    Eric Dier was able to escape Coloccini’s poor marking and head Christian Erikson’s corner towards goal and Elliot was incredibly unlucky, as he got a hand to the ball, only to lift it over Vurnon Anita who was waiting to clear the chance off the line.

    Spurs continued their relentless assault on the Newcastle goal and the hosts should have doubled their lead when a deflected Erikson effort fell kindly into the path of Danny Rose.

    But the fullback opted to drive a low cross towards the back post instead of having an attempt on goal himself and Kane was unable to get there in time to finish the chance before the break.

    Despite Tottenham’s dominance in the first half, Newcastle were still very much in the game and showed enough in the opening 45 minutes to suggest Spur’s lead was anything but safe.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s side had been guilty of giving up points from leading positions a few times already this season and it was up to Steve McClaren and his players to punish the London club in the second half.

    They almost did just that as both teams returned to the pitch for the second half, when Cisse ran into the area from the left with plenty of space around him.

    Unfortunately for Newcastle, the Senegalese striker’s effort went narrowly wide of the far post.

    Other than that Cisse effort and a weak headed attempt from the forward moments later, it was a fairly quiet start to the second half for both sides.

    McClaren added some fresh legs to the game in hope of finding the equaliser, as De Jong and Cisse were replaced by Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

    The changes proved to be a good call from the Newcastle head coach, as Mitrovic levelled the scores.

    Jack Colback delivered a corner to Coloccini at the back post who headed the ball towards Chancel Mbemba.

    The Congolese defender’s headed effort was deflected towards Mitrovic who helped the ball across the line to gift Newcastle the goal.

    From then on, the away side pushed forward and looked the side most likely to score again and it was the Magpies’ Serbian striker who looked the most dangerous.

    First Sissoko burst down the right wing and tried to pick out Mitrovic in the centre but the low cross was cut out by Toby Alderweireld.

    Then the French midfielder had a second attempt to find his teammate moments later but the forward’s boot was mere inches away from connecting with the ball from the right.

    As Mitrovic pounded the ground in anger at missing what looked to be Newcastle’s last chance to find the winning goal, up stepped Perez in added time.

    Gini Wijnaldum floated a ball up towards Mitrovic, who headed the ball into the path of his Spanish striker partner.

    A shot on goal looked impossible for Perez, who had two Tottenham defenders around him and would have to fire at a tight angle.

    But the forward did just that and the Newcastle man’s fine effort was rewarded with the goal which would give his side back-to-back wins.

    Up next for Newcastle is a vital game against another side in the depths of a relegation battle, as Aston Villa make the trip St James’ Park, while Spurs travel to Southampton.

    Player Ratings


    Rob Elliot: 9

    Daryl Janmaat: 7

    Fabricio Coloccini: 7

    Chancel Mbemba: 7

    Paul Dummett: 7

    Vurnon Anita: 7

    Jack Colback: 7

    Gini Wijnaldum: 8

    Moussa Sissoko: 7

    Siem de Jong: 6

    Papiss Cisse: 6

    Subs: Perez: 8, Mitrovic: 8, Gouffran: 6

    Tottenham: Lloris: 6, Walker: 6, Alderweireld: 7, Vertonghen: 6, Rose: 6, Carroll: 6, Dier: 7, Alli: 7, Lamela: 7, Eriksen: 7, Kane: 6

    Subs: Son: 6, Chadli: 6
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