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13 August 2017

Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2: Dele Alli sets Spurs on road to victory after he was stamped on by Jonjo Shelvey in red card shame

TOTTENHAM handed ten man Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez a harsh lesson on their return to the Premier League.

Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies gave Mauricio Pochettino a comfortable win at St James’ Park, more than eradicating the memory of their 5-1 thrashing when Newcastle said farewell to the top flight two years ago.

Dele Alli steals behind the Newcastle defence to open the scoring for Tottenham
Dele Alli steals behind the Newcastle defence to open the scoring for Tottenham
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Ben Davies arrived unmarked to fire the ball past Rob Elliot to double the Tottenham lead
Ben Davies arrived unmarked to fire the ball past Rob Elliot to double the Tottenham lead
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Jonjo Shelvey treads on the ankle of Dele Alli as the Newcastle captain completely loses his mind
Jonjo Shelvey treads on the ankle of Dele Alli as the Newcastle captain completely loses his mind
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It was the ease of Spurs’ victory which will concern Newcastle boss Benitez who saw midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent off for a mindless stamp on Alli after he had already been forced to replace two injured defenders before half-time.

Shelvey, who was Benitez’s last signing for Liverpool seven years ago and a major contributor in Newcastle’s promotion last season, clearly stood on Alli’s leg deliberately after an innocuous foul three minutes into the second-half.

The former Swansea midfielder now faces a three-match which the stretched Newcastle squad can ill afford.

Benitez will also be awaiting news of defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune who were both forced off injured in the opening 34 minutes.

Wales left-back Dummett looks likely to be out for weeks after he pulled his hamstring in the seventh minute while Lejeune was injured in a nasty challenge from Harry Kane which earned the Spurs captain a caution.

Even before the two substitutions, Newcastle were on the back foot and they spent long periods chasing Spurs shadows before going behind.

 

Moussa Dembele gets a hand in the face from Christian Atsu
Moussa Dembele gets a hand in the face from Christian Atsu
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Newcastle were hit by the loss of defender Paul Dummett after just four minutes with a hamstring strain
Newcastle were hit by the loss of defender Paul Dummett after just four minutes with a hamstring strain
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Kyle Walker-Peters gets tangled up with Dwight Gayle but referee Andre Marriner waved away appeals for a penalty
Kyle Walker-Peters gets tangled up with Dwight Gayle but referee Andre Marriner waved away appeals for a penalty
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The visitors clinched three points with two well-worked goals and Alli broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when he tapped home Christian Eriksen’s perfect delivery in front of goal.

Full-back Ben Davies completed another four-man sweeping move when he slotted past Rob Elliot nine minutes later.

Spurs could easily have matched the five they conceded in May 2016 but Elliot made two superb saves to deny Eriksen and Kane, who also hit the post late on.

 

Harry Kane launches into a rash challenge on Newcastle's debut making defender Florian Lejeune
Harry Kane launches into a rash challenge on Newcastle’s debut making defender Florian Lejeune
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Harry Kane is booked by Andre Marriner for his foul on Lejeune
Harry Kane is booked by Andre Marriner for his foul on Lejeune
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Florian Lejeune saw his debut in the Premier League cut short by injury after he was fouled by Harry Kane
Florian Lejeune saw his debut in the Premier League cut short by injury after he was fouled by Harry Kane
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The defeat was a reality check for Benitez and Newcastle supporters, who at least entertained themselves with the pantomime booing of former player Moussa Sissoko who was substituted after an unimpressive return to Tyneside.

Newcastle travel to fellow newly-promoted Huddersfield next Sunday while Spurs face Chelsea in their first Premier League home game at Wembley.

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  • It had been 15 months since Newcastle’s last Premier League match – a 5-1 victory over Tottenham.
  • The previous three Premier League games at St James’ Park between these two sides had seen 14 goals scored.
  • Tottenham’s trip to Tyneside was the seventh successive Premier League season they played their opening game away from home.


  • Moussa Sissoko was a surprise name in the Spurs starting line-up after his struggles last season and Toon fans gave him a rough ride, jeering him throughout as they vented their dismay at him quitting the club last summer.
  • Newcastle suffered a nightmare opening 35 minutes as they lost two starting defenders – Paul Demmett and debut-making Florian Lejeune – to injuries.
  • Jonjo Shelvey, captaining Newcastle for the day, was shown a straight red card three minutes into the second half for a stupid stamp on Dele Alli – the third sending off of his career.


Andre Marriner sends Jonjo Shelvey off after he stupid stamp on Dele Alli
Andre Marriner sends Jonjo Shelvey off after he stupid stamp on Dele Alli
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  • Until today, Newcastle had only been beaten once at home in 2017 – when they slipped up against Fulham in March.
  • Defeat means Newcastle have won only one opening match across their last ten league seasons, but that came against Spurs; 2-1 in 2012
  • Harry Kane is one goal away from a century for Spurs in all competitions – but he is still yet to score a Premier League goal in August.
  • None of the last ten winners of the Championship have won their first match in the Premier League
    after promotion.
  • Dele Alli wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring for Spurs
    Dele Alli wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring for Spurs
  • Ben Davies was the unlikely goalscorer as Spurs went two-up against Newcastle

Ben Davies was the unlikely goalscorer as Spurs went two-up against Newcastle

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TEAMS

Newcastle: Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Dummet (Lascelles (6), Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Gayle

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Kane

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