LOIC Remy’s goal gave Newcastle United a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon - but the real match-winner was goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Remy struck early in the game after a spell of pressure from Alan Pardew’s side.
But it was one-way traffic from then on, and Krul pulled off a series of superb saves to deny Soldado and Paulinho among others at White Hart Lane.
And Newcastle doggedly held on to their slender advantage to make it two wins out of two - and move up to ninth in the Premier League table.
Pardew named an unchanged team - he left fit-again captain Fabricio Coloccini among the substitutes - and United set about their hosts early in the game.
Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches did well to divert a 10th-minute shot from Remy out for a corner, and Mathieu Debuchy had another effort.
Newcastle momved the ball confidently and intelligently, and their pressure told in the 13th minute when Yoan Gouffran won possession and set Remy free with a well-timed pass forward.
Remy rounded goalkeeper Brad Friedel and rolled the ball into the empty net in front of United’s 2,400-strong support.
The goal was his seventh of the season.
But from that moment on, it was all Spurs.
Jan Vertonghen put a low, 30-yard free kick narrowly wide of Newcastle’s goal, and Tim Krul denied Soldado - who flicked on a Christian Eriksen set piece - what looked to be a certain goal with a stunning save.
Krul also tipped away a curling effort from Paulinho as the half-time break approached.
There was no let up for Krul early in the second half. Tottenham broke upfield after Davide Santon carelessly gave away possession, and the goalkeeper stopped a Soldado shot with his left foot.
Krul also got to a deflected Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick in the 52nd minute, and the ball was eventually hacked clear by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Spurs, finally, havd found a fluency and rhythm going forward. But they’d also found Krul in unbeatable form.
Pardew sent on Vurnon Anita in the 59th minute.
Anita - who replaced Shola Ameobi - was under instructions to help United wrestle control of the midfield back from Tottenham.
But Newcastle couldn’t get back on the front foot, and Krul got a hand to an Andros Townsend shot in the 64th minute.
And United’s players ran themselves into the ground as they blocked and harried the home side, who pressed forward again and again in search of an equaliser.
Somehow, they held on to claim their first win at the stadium since 2008.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Chiriches (Kaboul, 46); Paulinho, Dembele (Sandro, 46), Eriksen, Sigurdsson (Defoe, 68), Townsend, Soldado. Subs not used: Gomes, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran (Obertan, 84); Shola Ameobi (Anita, 59), Remy (Cisse, 73). Subs not: Elliot, Coloccini, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa.
Goals: Remy 13
Bookings: Debuchy 52, Sissoko 60, Dawson 89
Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)