Hatem Ben Arfa stroked home a late winner from the penalty spot as Alan Pardew's Newcastle rode their luck to get their new Barclays Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
The Frenchman sent Brad Friedel the wrong way in the 80th minute having been hauled down by Rafael van der Vaart, restoring the Magpies' slender advantage after Spurs had pulled back to level four minutes earlier.
It was a low-key encounter until Demba Ba fired his first goal since February to put the home side ahead in the 55th minute, before before Jermain Defoe prodded a 76th minute equaliser at the second attempt.
- Brad Friedel
- Hatem Ben Arfa
- Alan Pardew
- Rafael van der Vaart
- Barclays Premier League