Alli has last laugh for Tot­ten­ham

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Dele Alli warned Premier League provo­ca­teurs he won’t be los­ing his cool this sea­son af­ter the Tot­ten­ham star kept his tem­per in check fol­low­ing New­cas­tle mid­fielder Jonjo Shelvey’s stamp.

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.

It was the kind of in­ci­dent that has of­ten pro­voked a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from Alli and landed him in trou­ble in the past.

But, hav­ing been told by Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino to keep his emo­tions un­der con­trol, this time Alli didn’t re­act to Shelvey’s foul.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a phys­i­cal game. It’s not an easy place to come. It hap­pens some­times,” Alli said of his clash with Shelvey.

“I’ve been pulled up for my tem­per be­fore but to­day we had to keep our cool. There was no need to re­act to­day. I don’t want to talk about it too much. I’ve had a few talks with the gaffer in the past.

“I’m sure Shelvey will be dis­ap­pointed. It was im­por­tant we stayed pro­fes­sional.”

Alli was re­warded for his com­po­sure as Shelvey was dis­missed, spark­ing Tot­ten­ham’s 2-0 vic­tory in their league opener.

Fit­tingly, it was Alli who opened the scor­ing with a clin­i­cal fin­ish from Chris­tian Erik­sen’s sub­lime pass be­fore Ben Davies wrapped up the points.

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

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Tot­ten­ham’s Dele Alli (left) cel­e­brates his goal against New­cas­tle United at St James’ Park yes­ter­day.

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