Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Alli leads Tottenham past Newcastle

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 14:17

Tottenham started brightly and took the lead when goal-line technology ruled that Vertonghen's header had just crossed the line, only for Newcastle to draw level nearly immediately.

England star Alli's winning header - the third of the game - sealed the victory early in the first half after Joselu had responded to Jan Vertonghen's opening effort.

Newcastle: Dubravka 7, Yedlin 7, Clark 7, Lascelles 6, Dummett 6, Diame 6, Shelvey 8, Ritchie 7, Perez 6, Kenedy 6, Joselu 6.

Spurs threatened to add another on the break late on but Newcastle were also creating chances. I feel so proud, I think the three points were so important for us.

It's a long season and we have got to improve but it was a positive start.

"No one voted to make one of Britain finest exports - the Premier League - less competitive".

Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are all hoping to make their debuts but deadline day arrival Federico Fernandez won't be involved just yet.

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I haven't won the Premier League, I haven't won the Champions League, I haven't won the Euros so there are more to win. They were not playing their strongest team, and it is right at the start of the season.

Pochettino's belief is strengthened by Tottenham's success in persuading a number of key players, including England striker Harry Kane - the World Cup golden boot victor - to sign new contracts.

Labour MP and Spurs fan David Lammy, a champion of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said that Premier League clubs were "being forced to pay a colossal Brexit tax in this transfer window thanks to the pound's slump".

Spurs regained control after conceding, however, and the Magpies struggled to get the ball into the feet of their attacking players, with Mohamed Diame particularly sloppy on the ball.

"If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together". You know me. It's not because they were at the World Cup that they are going to play in the team.

For Spurs, Eric Dier was booked and struggled to get a foothold in the game, and though Harry Kane was forced extremely deep, the Golden Boot victor battled hard.

The gong could have also been awarded to Jan Vertonghen, but it was apt that England midfielder Alli scored the victor after a busy summer.

In fact, he made the most number of defensive actions than any other player in the game with five tackles, three interceptions and ten clearances.