Spurs make winning start as Shelvey sees red
Second-half goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies seal comfortable away win after home side were reduced to 10 men
13 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0,
SPURS 2 (Alli 61, Davies 70)
SPURS got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a solid 2-0 victory away at Newcastle United – and debut boy Kyle Walker-Peters, slotting in at right-back, showed fans that it’s not always about big money, close-season signings improving the squad.
The youngster came in for the injured Keiran Trippier, whose performances at the end of last season gave Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino the confidence to sanction the sale of first-choice full-back Kyle Walker – and he looked a natural fit.
Speaking after the game, won by second-half goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies, the youngster said: “I found out I was playing yesterday in training before we worked on tactics and shape. I was a bit nervy – but nerves are good. The boys tried to tease me about it.”
Pochettino added he felt his players were deserved winners and a straight red card for Newcastle’s JonJo Shelvey for a stamp on Alli simply helped them on their way.
“We had control and were helped by the red card,” he said.
“But we deserved to win. If Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been more fair.”
Newcastle started brightly, roared on by their usual passionate supporters, but Spurs held firm and by the midway point of the first half had begun to crank up the pressure.
They won a series of corners and always looked more likely to find the composure to break the first-half deadlock, with Christian Eriksen looking particularly keen for the new season to get going.
Shelvey’s red card, on 48, prompted a siege as Spurs smelt blood.
The opener came on 59 when Eriksen flipped a cute ball into the box for the on-running Alli to poke home, and then, with 20 minutes left, Davies slipped an effort past the Magpies’ goalkeeper Rob Elliot to make things safe.
Kane nearly made it three in the dying minutes when he struck a post, and then saw a goal disallowed for offside.
It was, in the end, a simple enough start.
Now for Chelsea at Wembley next week.
SPURS: Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies, Walker-Peters, Dier, Dembele (Winks, 90), Sissoko (Son, 58), Eriksen, Kane, Dele (Wanyama, 82).