Half-Time Report: Loic Remy gives Newcastle United lead

Loic Remy's 12th-minute goal gives Newcastle United a slender 1-0 half-time lead over Tottenham Hotspur.

Loic Remy's 12th-minute goal has given Newcastle United a slender 1-0 half-time lead at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The home side started the first half brightly and Roberto Soldado should have put them ahead from a corner in the ninth minute, but the Spaniard put his free header over the bar.

However, Newcastle were quick to respond and Brad Friedel had to push away Yohan Cabaye's driven corner and got down quickly again to thwart the Frenchman.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen and Davide Santon of Newcastle United battle for the ball at White Hart Lane on November 10, 2013© Getty Images

The Magpies took a 13th-minute lead when Yoan Gouffran slipped the ball through to Loic Remy, and the forward rounded Friedel before passing it into an empty net.

Spurs came close to equalising from a couple of free kicks around the half-hour mark, as Jan Vertonghen fired just wide before Soldado was thwarted by a fingertip save from Tim Krul.

Eriksen was the next Spurs player to go close, as his powerful effort was fumbled by Krul, but the Dutch goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen and Davide Santon of Newcastle United battle for the ball at White Hart Lane on November 10, 2013
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