Halftime: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 1

Ian Walton

Gareth Bale's superb free kick was equaled by Yoan Gouffran's solid finish, and now the two sides are even at the break.

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur head into the break even at 1-1 in an entertaining match that has featured plenty of back and forth action. Spurs got on the board first when Gareth Bale slotted a free kick in the bottom left right corner in the fifth minute. A lot of the talk in our Live Thread was about James Perch failing to jump on the wall, but that's really sort of unfair to Bale, who hit the ball perfectly, causing it to dip just past Tim Krul's reach.

The early portion of the half was dominated by Tottenham, but as the half wore on, the efforts of Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, and Yoan Gouffran up front began to pay dividends as the Toon found more space to work in midfield. It was Gouffran who finished off the goal for Newcastle, a real team effort that also benefited from some strong work by Jonas Gutierrez.

Newcastle must now slay their second half demons if they are to stay in this one and earn some points. They were able to do so last week against Chelsea, but if they collapse again today that will be seen as an anomaly. Perhaps a Cheik Tiote for Perch substitution could give NUFC the confidence they need in front of goal to withstand what will surely be a second-half onslaught.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Coming Home Newcastle

You must be a member of Coming Home Newcastle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Coming Home Newcastle. You should read them.

Join Coming Home Newcastle

You must be a member of Coming Home Newcastle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Coming Home Newcastle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker