Match Report: Newcastle vs Spurs
Tottenham kick off their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory over the Magpies! The atmosphere was bustling at St. James’s Park as the 2017/18 Premier League season began with the blow of a whistle. Newcastle looked lively during the opening 10 minutes as Dwight Gayle had an early effort on goal. The first half was well contested by both sides; both teams were passing well and threatened their opponents.
However, the match changed tempo during the second half after Jonjo Shelvey was issued a red card by Andre Marriner only two minutes after the break. In plain view of the referee, Shelvey seemed to have lost his cool and trod on the ankle of English midfielder Dele Alli. It was Alli who had the last laugh and punished 10-men Newcastle on the 61st-minute mark. After delightful link-up play with Harry Kane, Eriksen drifted a splendidly weighted ball towards Alli at the back post, who outstretched his left leg to meet the cross on the volley and poke it past Elliot.
Spurs now controlled the flow of play, which resulted in a second goal just nine minutes later. Dele Alli back-heeled the ball into the path of Kane, who instantly squared it to Eriksen. The Dane then ran the ball into the penalty area, only for Ben Davies to swing a boot and double the lead. Later on, Kane rattled the post after connecting with Heung-Min Son’s inviting through ball, but could only watch on his shot was cleared to safety.
Newcastle vs Spurs Attendance
St. James’s Park: 52,077
Starting Line-ups: Spurs v Newcastle
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Newcastle: Elliot, Manquillo, Lejeune, Clark, Dummett, Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchir, Ayoze Perez, Atsu, Gayle
“A Massive three points for us, I’m happy, I’m happy to start the season with three points. Alli was a little bit of a target. He tried to play football and to score goals and with that action, you agree it’s a sending off”
Man of the Match
Spurs newbie Kyle Walker-Peters, who was substituted on for Kieran Trippier made a massive impact as soon as he came on to the pitch. Walker-Peters showed his attacking mindset, causing problems in the Newcastle box with a serious of dangerous crosses.
What’s Next for Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs will play their first home game at their temporary home of Wembley Stadium next week against Chelsea