Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their 2017-18 Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at the St. James Park on Sunday.
Newcastle, who were promoted to the topflight – as winners of the Championship last season -, had their captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off about 3 minutes into the second half.
Jonjo was given a straight red for standing on Dele Alli, and that changed the game.
Alli then fired Tottenham ahead with a close-range finish on the hour mark, before Ben Davies finished off a neat move for his side’s’ second goal of the season.
In stoppage time, England striker, Harry Kane, scored a goal from close range but it was ruled out for offside. Of which Spurs Manager, Mauricio Pochettino had this to say:
“If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair.
“It was not easy to find the space and create chances. It’s important to improve. In a stadium that doesn’t have good memories for us, it was important to win.
“We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game.”
Newcastle, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 season, will play away to Huddersfield Town who are also newly promoted.
And Tottenham will host champions Chelsea in their next game on August 20.
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