Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Rachel Hardy
August 14, 2017

Jonjo Shelvey has been widely criticised on social media for his brainless stamp on Dele Alli which saw him sent off in Newcastle's defeat by Tottenham.

Alli - admonished by Pochettino for losing his temper in previous seasons - kept his cool when trodden on by Jonjo Shelvey, an offence that earned the Newcastle captain a 48th-minute red card. "Last season, we talked a lot about that, how we need to behave and improve and learn". He's so mature now to accept all that happens on the pitch.

After a first half in which he had been the visitors' most threatening attacker, drifting infield from the left flank to take up risky positions between the lines, the Dane delivered a sumptuous cross to allow Alli to open the scoring just after the hour-mark.

The referee had no other option than to issue a clear red card to the England global.

"All I'll say is the rules are the rules and we made a mistake".

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"We didn't want to get too heated up and get pulled into what they wanted us to and make it more of a physical battle than a game of football".

"We have been talking about that for a while". Kane and Eriksen, whose influence on the game was growing, played a set of passes back and forth before the ball came to Alli in the box and he hit it into the ground to see it squirm past Rob Elliot.

One player who did make his Premier League debut was Kyle Walker-Peters and Pochettino was impressed by the youngster drafted in for the injured Kieran Trippier.

Having returned to the Premier League, this result may prove to be the catalyst that finally gets owner Mike Ashley to provide Rafa Benitez with the funds to improve his squad.

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