Newcastle notes: The Andy Carroll move that Steve Bruce loved and possible shock call-up

Newcastle United made history in the capital with the latest ever first shot on target in a Premier League game by any side.

But that wasn’t half the story as the Magpies somehow snared a point for a team that will be pushing for a top four place in the Premier League this term.

With the stopwatches on 96:20, Callum Wilson calmly stepped up to net the equaliser after a VAR-awarded penalty kick.

Wilson beat Hugo Lloris with a fine penalty on a day in which he barely had the ball.

The ultra-defensive tactics meant Wilson was starved of service and the striker had just 15 touches at the top end of the field.

However, when you pay £20million for a natural goalscorer you are paying for somebody who can hold his nerve when it matters.

Tottenham fans still did their best to put Wilson off

The game was played behind closed doors once again for Newcastle and at times there was an eerie feel to things at the 2019-opened stadium.

Yet that didn’t stop supporters turning up at the ground to get a slice of match day feeling on Seven Sisters Road.

It looked like Spurs had done enough to earn all three points but when Peter Bankes awarded the penalty whistling and jeering could be heard from outside the ground.

Not that it counted for anything as Wilson smashed home the equaliser.

The Steve Bruce call that could have made all the difference

Having found themselves defending a Spurs corner, Newcastle were suddenly turned back round for the penalty.

In an instant sub Andy Carroll grabbed the ball as he looked for his first goal on his return to the club.

But Bruce demanded that it went to the designated taker in Wilson.

Spurs 1-1 Newcastle reaction

After the game Bruce reflected: “I can’t remember last time Andy scored one.

“Callum is the penalty taker. It is great the way Andy stepped forward and showed courage but the way Callum has been taking them it had to be him.”

Had Carroll’s desperation to score resulted in a late miss it would have been a crying shame.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Karl Darlow has international managers keeping a very close eye on him

Ryan Giggs has tried to call up Karl Darlow on a number of occasions since becoming Wales boss.

Darlow is eligible to play for the Dragons due to his grandad Ken Leek playing for his country in the 1960s.

Northampton-born Darlow though is keen to keep his options open.

He became the first English goalkeeper in three years to make 11 saves in a Premier League game.

It is believed that Gareth Southgate was quickly alerted to Darlow’s heroics at Spurs.

Darlow isn’t the first Toon stopper to pick up man of the match in this fixture

Another notable stat after the game was the fact that Darlow’s 11 saves were the most made in a Premier League game since Tim Krul’s super show in 2013.

That day Krul also managed the clean sheet at 14 saves to set a Premier League record.

But Darlow’s display laid the foundations for a point against a Spurs side that featured England star Harry Kane – who was denied five times by the Toon keeper.

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