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Newcastle United - Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League - 13 August 2017
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Spurs are off the mark in the Premier League with this comfortable 2-0 win over 10-man Newcastle. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies separates the sides.
The talking point? Jonjo Shelvey's senseless red card - at 0-0 - which has cost newly-promoted Newcastle dearly.
Kane finally has the ball in the net, but he's offside.
KANE HITS THE POST!
He times his run to perfection to meet Son's pass, but he's denied by the woodwork.
Three minutes added on.
- OffMousa DembéléTottenham Hotspur
- OnHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
Harry Winks is on for the last couple of minutes. He replaces Dembele.
So, a relatively comfortable afternoon for Tottenham, but who knows how it would have unfolded had Jonjo Shelvey not been sent off.
Spurs fail to clear from the corner and the ball falls kindly to Clark inside the penalty area, but he strikes his shot straight at Lloris who is able to hold on and smother the ball.
- Yellow cardBen DaviesTottenham Hotspur
Newcastle have an opportunity with a free-kick on the flank now, after Davies committed a foul which he was booked for.
They're two goals down and a man short, but Newcastle are determined to find a goal. Rafa has thrown men forward, but the concern is that they will be caught on the counter-attack.
The unmarked Hayden nods a ball to the back post, but Atsu can only find the side netting. It was a chance for Newcastle.
- OffDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
- OnVictor WanyamaTottenham Hotspur
Victor Wanyama replaces Spurs' goalscorer Alli for the remaining eight minutes or thereabouts.
Atsu - Newcastle's only sign of encouragement in this second-half - squeezes a cross into the Spurs penalty area, but the defence deals with it comfortably.
A rare foray forward from Newcastle as the lively Atsu skips past three or four challenges before driving a low shot from 20 yards. It's straight at Lloris though.
Dier lashes a right-footed effort at goal from 25 yards. The shot takes a deflection and goes narrowly over the bar. Spurs have a corner to follow.
Rafa Benitez makes his third and final sub: Henri Saivet replaces Gayle.
Jonjo Shelvey will be a popular man in the dressing room... NOT. Spurs stepped up in gear the moment he was sent off.
- GoalBen DaviesTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham.
A lovely team move involving Alli and Kane is almost finished by Eriksen, but Davies nips in to steal the goal from the Dane! Spurs are cruising to victory.
Walker-Peters wins yet another corner, but the resulting set-piece comes to nothing.
Pass, pass, pass. Tottenham enjoying their day on Tyneside now.
Walker-Peters has been thoroughly impressive this afternoon. He continues to excel at right-back, as he gets yet another dangerous cross into the Newcastle penalty area. Lascelles clears though.
It could be a long half-an-hour for 10-man Newcastle.
- GoalDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
GOAL - Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham.
And there's the opener - Dele Alli gets Spurs off the mark. The England international is picked out by Christian Eriksen's pin-point and he slides home to give his side a well-deserved lead.
It's been all one-way traffic since Shelvey's sending off, with Spurs in complete control.
Walker-Peters finds space to deliver a cross, but it's deflected by Clark and Newcastle survive. Then, Dier fires a ball across goal, but it's over-cooked and rolls out for a throw-in at the opposite side.
- OffMoussa SissokoTottenham Hotspur
- OnHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
Sissoko is booed off the pitch as he's replaced by Heung-Min Son. Spurs set to step up their search for an opener.
Newcastle fans aren't happy. Now, can they keep Spurs out with only 10 men?
Newcastle's skipper will now miss the games against Huddersfield, West Ham and Swansea.
Eriksen's pass deflects over the top of the Newcastle to find Kane, but he blasts it straight at Elliot from a matter of yards. It's a glorious opportunity for Spurs, but it's wasted.
Meanwhile, Matt Ritchie is booked.
Now, on that sending off - Shelvey fouls Alli and then appears to stand on his ankle, right in front of Andre Marriner. It was the RIGHT decision and totally senseless.
It's all happening at St James' now! The ball sits up perfectly for Gayle to have a shot but it's straight at Lloris who parries it behind for a corner.
- Red cardJonjo ShelveyNewcastle United
Shelvey is shown a straight red for a foul on Alli!
Sissoko feeds Davies on the left channel. The full-back drills the ball into the Newcastle penalty area, but Shelvey is back to fulfil his defensive duties.
- 2nd Half
The second-half kicks off.
Two players (Dummett and Lejeune) have already gone off injured for Newcastle...
Tottenham dominated possession in the first-half but there's a real lack of urgency. Christian Eriksen went closest to opening the scoring, but it was only a half-chance. Newcastle have done OK and look dangerous on the counter-attack.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham.
Three minutes of added time to be play at the end of the first-half.
Eriksen has team mates in support, but opts to shoot from all of 30 yards. It's the wrong decision as his daisy-cutter rolls comfortably into the arms of Elliot.
Tricky feet from Atsu as he dances his way past a couple of Spurs defenders, but Dembele is over to dispossess him.
Eriksen cuts back onto his right-foot and curls an effort from 25 yards at goal. It's comfortable enough for Elliot, however.
Appeals for a free-kick as Alli appears to be held back. However, play resumes and the ball is worked back to Davies. The Spurs full-back delivers a cross into the penalty area, but none of his team mates are in position to connect.
Mbemba tries to dribble his way out of trouble in the Newcastle half and eventually wins a free-kick.
ATTEMPTS: Newcastle 1-5 Spurs.
Andre Marriner spots a foul in the build-up to the resulting set-piece, and signals for a Newcastle free-kick inside their own penalty area.
Walker-Peters forces a corner for Spurs. The youngster is growing in confidence.
- OffFlorian LejeuneNewcastle United
- OnChancel MbembaNewcastle United
Yes, he's been taken off. Chancel Mbemba is Lejeune's replacement.
Lejeune appears to have hurt his ankle - and may have to be forced off. Remember, Newcastle have already made a substitution after Paul Dummett picked up an injury.
- Yellow cardHarry KaneTottenham Hotspur
Kane is the first player of the afternoon to be booked as he charges in on Lejeune. The Newcastle man now requires treatment.
The resulting set-piece comes to little.
A well-timed challenge from Walker-Peters on Atsu inside the penalty area and Newcastle have a corner. The youngster had to get that right, and he did.
Newcastle break with Atsu showing lightning speed to charge down the right. He delivers an inviting low cross, but none of his team mates are in support.
Eriksen is allowed space inside the area to have a shot. It goes through the legs of Lascelle, but wide of the bottom corner. That's as close as Spurs have come thus far.
Quick feet from Walker-Peters who then delivers a low cross into the home penalty area but Sissoko balloons his first-time effort well over the bar.
Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with how Walker-Peters has started the game. He's dealt well with everything thrown at him defensively, and is providing an option in attack.
Handbags between Alli and Lascelles. The referee gives both players a telling off.
Eriksen's delicious free-kick is delivered right into the heart of the Newcastle penalty area. Kane rises highest, but can't generate any power on his header and it's a comfortable stop for Elliot.
Spurs go direct to find Walker-Peters in an advanced position. However, he's fouled by Clarke and now the visitors have a free-kick in a wide area.
Possession: Newcastle 32% - Tottenham 68%.
Spurs are in possession, but little happening at the moment.
Newcastle continue to heap the pressure on the Spurs defence line as Atsu flicks the ball over a defender, but Walker-Peters reads the situation well and tidies up.
Newcastle win a free-kick which Shelvey takes quickly and finds Gayle who has made a clever run. The frontman is clipped inside the area, but the linesman already had his flag raised for offside.
Frustration from the home supporters as Andre Marriner signals for a Spurs corner. The replay shows the referee was correct, as it came off Atsu last. However, the resulting set-piece is poor, again.
The subsequent corner(s) come to little and Newcastle have a free-kick. It's been a rather low-key opening.
Alli is at full-stretch to send a teasing ball across the face of goal. But Lascelles does well to intervene, with Kane lurking behind. Tottenham have a corner now.
Sissoko is in possession for the first time this afternoon (it's only taken 11 minutes) and he's roundly booed by the home supporters.
Down at the other end, and Hugo Lloris is quick off his line to hack away the danger. He mis-kicks the clearance, but it falls kindly to Davies.
Dembele finds a pocket of space in behind Newcastle's midfield. He lets fly, but sees his effort blocked. Spurs yet to have a shot on goal.
- OffPaul DummettNewcastle United
- OnJamaal LascellesNewcastle United
Jamaal Lascelles takes the place of Dummett. It's deeply disappointing for the full-back, as he has lasted only six minutes into the new Premier League season.
Paul Dummett has pulled up, and it looks like it's his right hamstring. The Newcastle defender may be forced off here.
Gayle times his run to perfection to latch onto a lovely ball over the top of the Spurs defence. He snatches at his shot, however, and it's a let off for the visitors.
Now Gayle is clattered by Alderweireld, but there's no free-kick forthcoming and Spurs play on. The Newcastle front-man slowly gathers himself to his feet.
The hosts, backed by over 50,000 raucous supporters, have made a bright start, as Gayle tries to pick out Perez in space on the right channel but his pass is over-cooked. Spurs goal-kick.
A first glance of Kyle Walker-Peters as a long ball is sent down the right channel. He holds off the challenge of Perez well though, and wins the free-kick.
You suspect Newcastle will be targeting the right-hand side of the pitch in the early stages to test the new boy.
- 1st Half
There's only five minutes until kick-off and St James' Park is rocking. Premier League football is back on Tyneside!
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has just told Sky Sports that he would be happy if the club finished mid-table this season. Thoughts, Newcastle fans?
A fine afternoon on Tyneside.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on those Danny Rose's recent comments:
"Sometime as a player you are frustrated for different reasons. But the players are calm and the club is calm. I forgive him.
"It was his opinion and then he understood that maybe he needed to apologise to us, and that is very good for him and the club. For me it's not a big issue. Now we move on."
Rafa Benitez explains why he remains at Newcastle, despite the club's lack of ambition in the transfer market:
"When I decided to stay, it was because I wanted to go back to the Premier League with this massive club.
"Still the transfer window is open, and I think that we can bring maybe some players in, and we have to move some players out.
"I think that Pochettino is a great manager and they have the same team that was finishing second and third in the last two seasons, so they have a very good team."
Newcastle's last Premier League appearance in May 2016 was also against Tottenham. On that memorable day, the Toon were 5-1 winners, although they had already been condemned to relegation by that stage.
Meanwhile, Newcastle welcome Dwight Gayle back into their starting XI. The frontman sat out the Magpies’ last two pre-season friendlies – against VfL Wolfsburg and Hellas Verona – put has been passed fit to face Spurs.
Elsewhere, there is a Premier League debut for Florian Lejeune, with two other new signings – Javier Manquillo and Christian Atsu – also starting for United.
The biggest talking point of Spurs’ starting line-up is the inclusion of midfielder Moussa Sissoko who features against his former club. The Frenchman, who signed for £30m in 2016, plays alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in midfield. Elsewhere, Kyle Walker-Peters comes into the team at right-back, replacing the injured Kieran Trippier. Harry Kane leads the line and is still looking for his first league goal in August.
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While the majority of other Premier League clubs have been splashing the cash, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has had to settle with what he has, while Rafa Benitez has become increasingly frustrated as the Toon Army missed out on a number of key targets.
Though new faces may be scarce at St James', there should still be plenty to keep us entertained over the next couple of hours.