Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Asked if he felt let down, Benitez said: "It's not me, it's everyone". We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game.

Newcastle's Shelvey was sent off early in the second half at St James' Park for stepping on Alli's ankle while the England playmaker was lying on the pitch.

"But we lost the game". "I've been caught out a couple of times with my temper". There was no need to react today. "They didn't make it easy for us and it's a hard place to come".

"It was important that we stayed professional and just did what we knew we had to do".

"It was a game where we had to keep our cool, we didn't want to get too heated up and get brought into what they wanted us to do, which was make it more of a physical game and a battle than a game of football".

It's one of those things but he's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed.

Nine minutes later, Eriksen ran into the area but was beaten to the ball by Davies, who tucked a close-range finish under goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

With Dier potentially operating at the back, this would allow Harry Winks to start the game alongside Mousa Dembele in the boiler room.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez revealed former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey had apologised to his team-mates for the rush of blood that cost his newly promoted team their chance of a shock win.

What I would say is [Shelvey] made a mistake.

"Hopefully he will learn from it".

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