Super sub Duff wins it for Toon
TOON super sub Damien Duff won the day for Newcastle United against Spurs after netting a dramatic winner against the Londoners.
The Irishman struck right at the end of the contest with Tottenham to keep Joe Kinnear's promising run going at St James's Park.
Oba Martins failed to shake off his groin trouble meaning there was a start for Shola Ameobi who partnered skipper Michael Owen in attack.
Spurs had the first pop at goal in this crunch clash but Aaron Lennon's good work down the right eventually resulted in the England winger fizzing a shot wide of the target.
United won a corner on six minutes and after Guthrie has swirled the ball in Coloccini headed back across goal before Sebastien Bassong wildly sliced it at goal and Spurs cleared the danger.
Lennon made another bursting run down the right on 11 minutes and after Jose Enrique had chopped him down ref Andre Marriner instantly flashed his yellow card for the first time in the afternoon.
However, it was Toon winger N'Zogbia who had fans on their feet moments later after United had cleared the set-piece.
Shay Given's long punt was latched upon by N'Zogbia who outpaced the Tottenham defence to make a clear run at goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto tugged the Frenchman back for what looked like a spot-kick and even though Marriner waved away protests N'Zogbia regained his balance before lashing it past Heurelho Gomes to snatch the lead.
Mid-way through the half Nicky Butt had the chance to double the lead yet after receiving a ball over the he scuffed his effort at Gallowgate.
On 27 minutes N'Zogbia made another probing run down the left before firing in a powerful shot that stung the hands of Gomes but Spurs again cleared the danger.
And the visitors were level two minutes later after a midfield mix-up.
Guthrie had attempted to play the ball through the centre circle.
But Ameobi's touch let him down and Michael Dawson dinked over a great ball for one time Newcastle transfer target Luka Modric who beat the offside trap before coolly slotting home past Given.
The goal resulted in Butt and Guthrie exchanging strong words after Newcastle let their lead slip.
Then to rub salt into the wounds Ameobi was subbed for Mark Viduka after the striker pulled his hamstring.
A good move six minutes later saw Guthrie thread the ball to N'Zogbia who whipped in a fine cross for Owen but the skipper headed just over.
Both sides lacked both quality and invention in the first 15 minutes of the second half with even half chances limited as the game reached the hour mark.
Marriner had his yellow card out again on 62 minutes after Tom Huddlestone collapsed in heap after Given's challenge with the Spurs midfielder performing a theatrical dive at Gallowgate.
Huddlestone belted a shot over on 67 minutes after Lennon had laid the ball off.
With 19 minutes remaining United produced a great chance for Owen after N'Zogbia had crossed from the left to allow Viduka to hold the ball up.
Yet Owen lashed it over the top of the bar and Tottenham survived a close shave.
With five minutes left Spurs could have grabbed the lead after Lennon crossed from the byline but nobody could get on the end of it for the visitors.
United then introduced Damien Duff in the dying stages with Enrique coming off, N'Zogbia dropped to left-back with the Irishman in his familiar attacking role.
And with his first touch he scored in the last minute of regulation time it was Duff who proved to be United's super sub.
Duff played it to Viduka before carrying on his run and receiving the ball back from the Aussie via a neat backheel before he calmly rolled it low under Gomes to grab his second of the season.
UNITED: Given, Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique (87), Jonas, Guthrie, Butt, N'Zogbia, Ameobi (Viduka 30), Owen
SPURS: Gomes, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Pavlychenko (Pavlyuchenko 65), Modric, Dawson, Corluka, King, Assou-Ekotto
Ref: Andre Marriner