Dele Alli: 'Important for Tottenham Hotspur to stay professional'

Sheri Evans
August 14, 2017

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has explained what he thinks cost his side the game, after the Magpies suffered an opening day 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, according to local outlet the Newcastle Chronicle.

Spurs grabbed a 2-0 over Newcastle at St James' Park.

However, he has been given the nod to start against his former club, on the right-hand side of a midfield triumvirate alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

To make matters worse, Newcastle were already relegated and played the last 23 minutes with 10 men. For Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose, to pull on a white jersey there is to enter the field with anything but...

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With 20 minutes left, Ben Davies was found by Eriksen with the Welshman scoring the second goal of the game. Newcastle were playing the counter attack well, until Shelvey stamped on Alli right in front of the referee.

A straight red was proffered within seconds for what must be the most idiotic of the three reds that Shelvey has picked up during his career, and from this moment Spurs were fired up and Newcastle had to fight to save a draw.

The Citizens then padded their lead when Brighton's Lewis Dunk scored an own-goal just five minutes later. They were incredible last year supporting the team and they will be the same this year.

Rafa Benitez' side had a hard start in their campaign opener at St. James' Park after the Magpies were forced to make two defensive substitutions within the first half of the 2-0 loss to title contenders Spurs.

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