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Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur. Premier League.

St James' Park, NewcastleAttendance52,077.

Newcastle United 0

  • J Shelvey (sent off 48th minute)

Tottenham Hotspur 2

  • D Alli (61st minute)
  • B Davies (70th minute)

Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham: Dele Alli, Ben Davies on target as Jonjo Shelvey sees red

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Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham

Tottenham opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win at Newcastle as the Magpies' top-flight return was sullied by Jonjo Shelvey's red card.

Rafa Benitez's side had delivered a disciplined first-half display until Shelvey lost his soon after the restart, treading on Dele Alli's ankle in front of the referee to leave a side that had already lost two players to injuries facing an even sterner task.

Newcastle-Spurs talking points
Newcastle-Spurs talking points

We pick out five talking points from the game at St James' Park.

Alli made Shelvey's team-mates pay, meeting a Christian Eriksen cross at the back post in the 61st minute, and Ben Davies slotted a second soon after (70) as last year's runners-up shrugged off scrutiny of their transfer business to start with three points on the first Nissan Super Sunday of the season.

Team news

Defenders Javier Manquillo and Florian Lejeune made their Newcastle debuts, while Dwight Gayle was passed fit after a recent hamstring injury. Kieran Trippier's injury meant a Tottenham start for Kyle Walker-Peters, while Moussa Sissoko got the nod from the off.

Newcastle had started brightly in the Tyneside sunshine, old boy Moussa Sissoko enthusiastically booed, but Dwight Gayle caught an early half-volley with shin rather than boot and saw a penalty appeal rendered academic by an offside flag.

Paul Dummett had hobbled off with a hamstring injury just eight minutes in and Benitez was forced into a further defensive reshuffle when Harry Kane scythed down debutant Florian Lejeune, Chancel Mbemba sent on in his place.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Elliot (7), Clark (6), Dummett (n/a), Manquillo (6), Lejeune (5), Shelvey (3), Ritchie (6), Hayden (6), Gayle (7), Perez (7), Atsu (7)
Subs used: Lascelles (7), Mbemba (6), Merino (5).
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Walker-Peters (8), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7), Dier (7), Dembele (7), Sissoko (7), Eriksen (8), Alli (7), Kane (7)
Subs used: Son (7), Wanyama (n/a), Winks (n/a).
Man of the match: Kyle Walker-Peters

Eriksen watched a snapshot spin wide of the post and saw a curling effort comfortably claimed but an organised Newcastle side largely nullified Spurs' threat and carried their own on the counter, Christian Atsu a regular source of spark down the left.

Benitez would have been buoyed at the break but he was fuming just two minutes after the restart when Shelvey was shown a straight red, treading witlessly on Alli's ankle in front of the referee after the Spurs player had provocatively prodded the ball from his grasp.

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Andre Marriner shows a red card to Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United
Image: Andre Marriner shows a red card to Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United

The game lurched into life, Kane scenting his 100th Tottenham goal only to be denied by Rob Elliot at point-blank range, but, to the chagrin of St James' Park, it was Alli who made the breakthrough, meeting Eriksen's clipped ball on the stretch at the far post.

Spurs were now in control and Alli was involved in a neat second just nine minutes later, his flick eventually falling to Davies to slot into the far corner.

Mauricio Pochettino's side might have had a third but Kane, set free by Heung-min Son's through-ball, clattered a post, his wait for a Spurs milestone - and a first Premier League goal in August - stretching on.

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Man of the match - Kyle Walker-Peters

Despite Pochettino claiming he was not yet ready to start a Premier League game for Tottenham, Walker-Peters replaced injured Kieran Trippier in the right-back spot and proved a hit.

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A solid first-half defensive display was followed by a second half in which his attacking abilities came to the fore, the England U20 World Cup delivering a flurry of crosses into the box. Kyle Walker has gone but in Walker-Peters, Pochettino may have found another gem.

The stats

Dele Alli has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2017; among English players, only Harry Kane (21) has scored more.

Jonjo Shelvey was the first Newcastle player to be sent off on the opening day of a Premier League season at St. James' Park since Alan Shearer in 1999.

Christian Eriksen created both of Tottenham's goals
Image: Christian Eriksen created both of Tottenham's goals

Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Christian Eriksen has assisted more Premier League goals than any other player (30).

This was Rafael Benitez's first home Premier League defeat against Spurs, having won five and drawing three of his previous eight matches on home soil against them.

The pundit - Alan Pardew

Christian Atsu of Newcastle United attempts to get past Mousa Dembele
Image: Christian Atsu attempts to get past Mousa Dembele

"What irritates me is it isn't a stamp like he's going to hurt him, it is a petulant stamp. That is the sort of thing that you have to ask him about in training on Monday - 'What are you doing? Why are you doing it? You are the captain of the football team and you have to set an example not just for your team-mates but for everyone watching around the world'. That's the responsibly the has to understand in that role."

The managers

Rafa Benitez: "(Shelvey) made a mistake. Hopefully he will learn from that. He knows he has made a mistake and he has apologised but it changes nothing now.

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says his captain Jonjo Shelvey has apologised for his red card during their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at St James' Park

"Still I would like to see if this is a more dangerous situation than the tackle from behind to Lejeune. What is worse, what is a red card? But it's no excuses because we made a mistake and that's it."

Mauricio Pochettino: "Maybe it was a little bit a situation you can smell. He (Alli) was a little bit of a target. He tried to play football and to score goals and with that action, you agree it's a sending off."

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says his side's 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park was fully deserved and he is confident there will be new signings soon

What next?

Newcastle head to fellow newcomers Huddersfield next weekend, while Tottenham make their Premier League debut at Wembley, champions Chelsea the visitors. Both games are live on Super Sunday.

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