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Dele Alli header helps Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United in opening game

12 August, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Tottenham’s World Cup stars in good condition – Mauricio Pochettino

But Tottenham lifted the gloom with a gritty victory at St James' Park thanks to first half headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.

The Colombian's header down was met at the far post by Vertonghen under pressure from Paul Dummett and the ball ricocheted down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted that the ball had crossed the line.

The novelty of Kane's run without a goal in the Premier League season's opening month stretching to 14 matches will not concern Pochettino greatly.

Three points, and for Newcastle the potentiail to boost its chances to survive come season's end.

Their glee did not last long, however, with Alli arriving at the back post to head in Serge Aurier's deep cross for what proved to be the victor.

11' - GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham: Well that didn't take long, Newcastle are level! Sanchez also posed a genuine threat at the other end from Eriksen's corners.

DF Ben Davies, 7 - A curiously quiet game from one of the few players to have the benefit of a summer break.

The Spurs open their season with a win, sitting at the top of the table with Manchester United.

MF Eric Dier, 6 - In control for the first 45 minutes but seemed to tire badly in the second half, when he was caught out of position on several occasions.

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Still, Spurs could not have asked for more here.

Davinson Sanchez (7/10): Grew into the game following an bad start. Whipped in some unsafe crosses from dead-ball situations but was otherwise easily contained.

The Magpies have only lost one of their last eight at home.

And speaking about Harry Kane, the Argentine was quick to rush to the defence of his star man after he appeared to go missing for spells of the game.

"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player".

The Newcastle fans will be relatively encouraged by the performance however and will know that against more-modest opposition the points will come.

Son Heung-Min (NA): Made his 100th appearance for the club after coming on for Dele Alli with just ten minutes remaining on the clock.

Pochettino handed a debut to academy graduate Luke Amos, bringing him on for the "tired" Dier.

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