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Published: 10:09 | 21/12/15

Magpies win as Reds secure point


Newcastle United secured a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League, while Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion produced a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

In north London, Spurs led at the interval thanks to Eric Dier’s near-post header from Christian Eriksen’s corner kick.

Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised for Newcastle, scrabbling home a second-half leveller, before fellow substitute Ayoze Perez netted from a tight angle at the death.

The defeat keeps Spurs fifth, with the Magpies climbing out of the relegation and up to 15th, above champions Chelsea.

Tottenham had signalled their attacking intent almost immediately at the Lane, as Harry Kane tested Rob Elliot with a first-minute strike, and the hosts persistently threatened the Toon goal during the early stages.

At the other end, though, Newcastle went very close, as a well-hit effort from Siem de Jong was inadvertently blocked away by teammate Papiss Cisse.

A little later, Cisse directed a difficult header from a Georginio Wijnaldum cross well wide of the target.

However, after Erik Lamela was twice denied by fine saves from Elliot, Spurs hit the front through Dier, whose header from Eriksen’s whipped delivery was taken beyond Vurnon Anita by the right hand of the Newcastle goalkeeper.

Spurs had a decent opportunity to double their lead prior to the break, as Eriksen's shot was deflected into the path of Rose, but the left-back’s blast found neither the net nor the sliding Kane at the far post.

Against the run of play early in the second half, Moussa Sissoko powered through the Spurs midfield and set up Cisse with an excellent chance to equalise, but the Senegalese striker dragged his attempt across goal and wide.

The creation of the opportunity buoyed Newcastle, and Steve McClaren’s men drew level with 16 minutes of normal time remaining, as Aleksandar Mitrovic poked home from inches out. Fabricio Coloccini had headed a free-kick to Chancel Mbemba, who nodded the ball at goal, where Lloris pushed the effort between the legs of Toby Alderweireld and to the waiting Mitrovic.

The visitors were rampant but failed to make the most of several highly promising attacking positions, with Spurs extremely stretched.

When Mitrovic failed to connect with a low Sissoko centre, Newcastle’s hopes of winning the clash appeared to have ended.

However, deep into injury time, Mitrovic headed Wijnaldum's looped pass on to Perez, who scored with a low half-volley that Lloris should have kept out.

On Merseyside, meanwhile, Liverpool took the lead when Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana combined for Jordan Henderson to sweep home a fine opener.

Craig Dawson ensured that clash was level at the break, volleying in the equaliser after Simon Mignolet failed to deal with Chris Brunt's delivery and Salomon Rondon kept the ball alive.

An offside flagged controversially denied Jonas Olsson a goal but the Swede went on to send the visitors ahead with 17 minutes of normal time remaining, rising well to head home a corner from Brunt.

However, substitute Divock Origi secured a point for the Reds with an effort six minutes into injury time, as he cut inside and aimed a strike that was deflected past Boaz Myhill.

The lengthy period of stoppage time had been brought about by what appeared to be a serious injury for Dejan Lovren. The Croatian, after colliding with Craig Gardner, was taken from the field whilst receiving oxygen and with his leg in a brace.

The Reds move about city rivals Everton to ninth place, with West Brom 13th.

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