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Talking Points: Newcastle United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2

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Gascoigne. (Sorry)
Gascoigne. (Sorry)

Newcastle drew Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 at St James' Park on Sunday, stretching their unbeaten streak to open the season to 8 games.  The point also ensures that the Magpies stay in fourth place for at least one more week, though the table is starting to compress behind them just a bit.  Let's discuss some of the major developments from this result after the jump.

  • Demba Ba and Leon Best were substituted at the same time for Hatem Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi.  What do you think about Pardew having two separate packages (4-4-2 vs. 4-4-1) that he can switch up as the situation dictates?  Maybe a good idea in theory, but there's a lot of volatility and risk involved here.
  • Davide Santon for Danny Simpson on the right sure seemed like a permanent change.  Are you comfortable with that?
  • Steven Taylor's penalty was inexcusable, but he's been solid all year long.  Surely we aren't so reactionary as to suggest he needs to sit, are we?
  • Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye - great midfield partnership, or the greatest midfield partnership?
  • That was a handball, right?
  • Finally, are you satisfied with the result?