The bizarre moment Newcastle stars and Eddie Howe found out Spurs game was going to pens

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe admitted he did not realise that the friendly game with Tottenham Hotspur was heading for a penalty shoot out.

The Magpies boss quipped that he found out with about 10 minutes to go that the game was likely to be decided by spot-kicks, and with an inexperienced team left on the field, it was down to five youngsters to step up and do the business.

Howe said after the game in Melbourne: "I don't think some of the players actually knew there was a penalty shoot out! That's very impressive. I only found out with 10 minutes to go. But I think sometimes that can help and the youngsters did really well and Mark Gillespie made a great save that won us the game."

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Indeed, when an announcement went around the MCG that the game was destined for penalties, there was a mixture of surprised reactions and excitement. But Howe said it added to the occasion in Australia.

Newcastle chief Howe said: "It's been different. The journey here was something else, I would not say I'd want to do it again. Especially playing a game so quickly after landing. The players did well to perform the way they did after that.

"But every opportunity is something different and it gives us something to learn from and grow. We have really enjoyed being here. Everybody treated us really well in this stadium. To play here at this iconic stadium is something. A great venue."