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Two quick Toon goals lead to 3-2 defeat of Tottenham


Everton's Andy Johnson, left, outjumps the Reading defense to score during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England, on Sunday.


Newcastle scored two goals in less than two minutes on Sunday to come from behind and beat Tottenham 3-2 in the English Premier League.

Trailing 2-1 at White Hart Lane, Obafemi Martins scored with a powerful left-foot shot in the 72nd minute. He then set up Nicky Butt for the winner about 90 seconds later.

The victory lifted Newcastle into 11th place in the standings while Tottenham slipped to eighth.

In Sunday's other game, Everton and Reading drew 1-1.

Tottenham twice had the lead at home and should have been up by two goals even before Jermain Defoe scored in the 14th minute.

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given blocked a shot from Steed Malbranque and then kept out a close range header from Defoe. Only seconds later, Malbranque raced down the left and slid the ball into the middle where Defoe, who appeared to be offside, turned the ball home.

The Magpies leveled within two minutes when James Milner sent over a free kick from the right and Paul Huntington's first header struck teammate Antoine Sibierski. The ball came back to the young defender, who scored with a low, angled shot.

The Spurs made it 2-1 in the 54th when Pascal Chimbonda crossed from the right. After Teemu Tainio's shot had been blocked, the ball came to Dimitar Berbatov, who drove the ball home from 16m.

But Newcastle leveled in the 72nd when Martins swapped passes with Kieron Dyer and drove a powerful left-foot drive high inside the near post.

A minute later, the Nigerian provided the final pass for Butt to sweep the ball past Robinson from 12m.

Defoe hit the Newcastle post with five minutes to go but the Magpies held on to move further away from the relegation zone.

"To come from behind and win at White Hart Lane is very, very difficult," Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder said. "Spurs don't lose too often here under Martin Jol."

The Spurs manager was amazed that his team lost the game after creating so many chances.

"It's incredible. We were looking for the third and fourth goal and that didn't happen," Jol said. "I think we had 17 or 18 attempts on goal and we've got eight, nine clear chances and, if you don't score enough goals you can lose games. But all credit to them, if you to score three goals at White Hart Lane you do something well."

Everton 1, Reading 1

Andy Johnson scored an 81st-minute equalizer for Everton against Reading after teammate Joleon Lescott netted an own-goal at Goodison Park.

The visitors went ahead in the 28th minute when Stephen Hunt headed a free kick from Nickey Shorey that was blocked by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard's legs. But the ball struck Lescott and rebounded inside the post.

When Royals goalkeeper Mar-cus Hahnemann left his goal line for the third time in a game, Joseph Yobo passed the ball into the area and Johnson leaped high to head it into an empty net with the US goalkeeper stranded.

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