Dele Alli, Ben Davies score as Tottenham beat Newcastle

Posted August 14, 2017

Pochettino, however, admitted his side had found it hard to break Rafael Benitez's men up until that point: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep".

A red card from Jonjo Shelvey massively swung the pendulum in Spurs' favour, as Newcastle spent the second half attempting to cling onto a precious point, to no avail.

However, he has been given the nod to start against his former club, on the right-hand side of a midfield triumvirate alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

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The Magpies were forced into early chances in a goalless first half with Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune coming off.

Rafa Benitez brought on Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba as replacements for the two defenders. The deadlock remained going into the break, with the teams matching each other in every department.

"That's football. Mistakes do happen".

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However, the game turned three minutes into the second half when Shelvey, having tried to grab the ball from a prone Alli to take a quick free kick in front of the Newcastle penalty area, chose to reward the England midfielder's efforts to hold onto the ball with a step on the ankle, directly in front of referee Andre Marriner.

BBC Sports reports that instead, Spurs could have added to their lead as Harry Kane, last season's Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, struck the post in injury time. The game was now clearly in their favour and it was a matter of time before they would open the scoring.

"You learn from great performances but you learn a lot more from games like that".

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Toon held Tottenham for the first 47 minutes but saw Dele and Ben Davies score after their skipper saw red.