Alli fires Spurs to 2-0 win over New­cas­tle

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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.

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