Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Dele Alli scores victor for visitors

Annette Crawford
August 15, 2018

Remarkably, the prolific England captain has never found the back of the net in the top flight in August, a run which now stretches to 14 games, although his club boss is certain it will only be a matter of time before Kane shakes off his World Cup fatigue to set his tally ticking over once again.

For Spurs, Eric Dier was booked and struggled to get a foothold in the game, and though Harry Kane was forced extremely deep, the Golden Boot victor battled hard.

Spurs had nine players involved in the final stages of this summer's tournament in Russian Federation - more than any other club - and they only returned to pre-season training on Monday.

Vertonghen told Spurs TV: "I haven't scored in the Premier League for a while, so I was happy to score". "We made some mistakes and you have to give credit to the other team".

Dier played a pivotal role in the win at St James' Park, sealed by early goals via headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.

In a contest where most of the football was played in the final third at both ends, it was Alli's defensive work that impressed, as well as his clever finish.

But Pochettino said: "Score or not score, I don't have doubts about this".

"And I think that was a great job from the club to keep the best player and keep the manager". "But what happens with Harry is that he can not score three goals in every game".

"We have a very good squad, we have very good players and it is not easy to add players that improve that", Pochettino said.

Benítez was looking to take as many positives as he could from a disapointing defeat where many thought the Magpies created enough clear cut chances to get something from the game.

The team from London had a large number of players at the World Cup in Russian Federation, meaning they were entitled to return back to club duty later.

"If some individuals' goals or targets are the priority for them then, sure, they are not going to help the team and, sure, that is why they are going to be out of the pitch and the squad".

However, any concerns about a lack of fresh faces were quickly alleviated in an end-to-end opening at a sun-kissed St James' Park.

Kenedy's heavy 51st-minute touch allowed Hugo Lloris to preserve Spurs' lead before opposite number Dubravka showed lightning reactions to deny ex-Newcastle man Moussa Sissoko.

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