Alli fires Spurs to 2-0 win over Newcastle
Jonjo Shelvey’s moment of petulance was punished by Dele Alli and Ben Davies as Tottenham opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over 10-man Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Newcastle kept Tottenham, who finished runners-up last term, at arm’s length during a lacklustre first half, but Shelvey trod on Alli’s ankle three minutes into the second period and was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner.
Rafael Benitez’s side, who had already lost Paul Dummett and debutant Florian Lejeune to injury, were unable to contain Spurs thereafter, with Alli making the breakthrough when he stretched to volley Christian Eriksen’s exquisite delivery into the back of the net.
Davies added second with Tottenham’s 20 minutes remaining, finishing a slick move with a composed finish beyond Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, Eriksen again the provider.
It will be a pleasing result for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has fielded difficult questions following Tottenham’s absence of movement in the transfer market and the explosive comments from Danny Rose in which the left-back hit out at the way the club has been operating.
Tottenham Hotspur strikers, Dele Alli (L) and Son shaking hands after beating Newcastle 2-0 in yesterday's EPL match.