Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

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.

However, injuries to both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune, as well as the utterly stupid red card shown to Jonjo Shelvey made the Magpies' task an nearly impossible one and Tottenham duly ran out winners.

Davies added Tottenham's second with 20 minutes remaining, finishing a slick move with a composed finish beyond Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, Eriksen again the provider.

In contrast, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino left Tyneside having seen a satisfactory performance from his men, who were eventually rewarded for their patience.

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle
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Gayle forced a near-post save from Hugo Lloris in the immediate aftermath, but opposite number Elliot had to make a fine 52nd-minute block to deny Harry Kane the opening goal. - Dele Alli has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2017; among English players, only Harry Kane (21) has scored more.

Newcastle's cause wasn't helped by losing defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune - the 200th French player to feature in a Premier League game - to injury in the first half.

It proved a relatively disappointing day for Newcastle United upon their return to the Premier League.

The first half didn't exactly go as smoothly as planned, but a Newcastle red card early in the second half opened things up nicely for Spurs.

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