Result: Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Hatem Ben Arfa
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Newcastle beat Tottenham 2-1 in Andre Villas-Boas's first league game in charge of the London club.

Andre Villas-Boas's reign as Tottenham Hotspur manager has got off to a losing start as Newcastle United recorded a 2-1 win over his side this afternoon.

The hosts had the first sighting of goal when Papiss Cisse collected the ball on the edge of the area, only to send his shot just past the post.

Spurs began to take control of the match, and were unlucky not to take the lead when Jermain Defoe advanced into the penalty box and unleashed an effort that came back off the post.

Just four minutes later, Spurs were once again left bemoaning their luck as Aaron Lennon's cross found Gareth Bale, but the Welshman's header struck the bar.

The visitors began the second half the way they had finished the first, but it was Newcastle who took the lead against the run of play when Demba Ba fired a fine effort into the top corner.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was then sent to the stands after appearing to push the linesman for not awarding his side a throw-in, and Spurs took full advantage of the confusion.

Tim Krul made a fine save to deny substitute Rafael van der Vaart, only for the rebound to fall straight to Jermain Defoe, who was left with an easy tap-in.

The Magpies were soon back ahead, however, as Hatem Ben Arfa was brought down in the box before stepping up and firing his spot kick past Brad Friedel. Spurs pushed on for another equaliser but couldn't find a way through as Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners.

Gareth Bale
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