Nightmare start for Newcastle after Captain Shelvey red card

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Dele Alli and Ben Davies were both on target at St James' Park as Spurs took advantage of a moment of madness from home skipper Jonjo Shelvey.

The combative midfielder was trying to get the ball back quickly, Alli moved it away and Shelvey reacted by treading on Alli's ankle. "Last season, we talked a lot about that, how we need to behave and improve and learn". He is so calm, is so courageous and I think then he scored, a great goal and I'm very happy.

Spurs have never lost a game in which Alli has scored, and they made this game secure in the 69th minute when a handsome passing move intitiated by Mousa Dembele, then facilitated by Alli and Kane, ended with Ben Davies stroking the ball into the Newcastle net from close range.

Newcastle winger Christian Atsu said after the match that Shelvey has apologised to his team-mates for his red card. With the ball in the middle sometimes you can't see, with or without the ball in another way.


"I've been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool".

"It was a game where we had to keep our cool, we didn't want to get too heated up and get brought into what they wanted us to do, which was make it more of a physical game and a battle than a game of football".

"We have been talking about that for a while". I'm very happy and very pleased. It belongs in the past and we will be working hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. The England global is yet to score a Premier League goal in the month of August since his Spurs debut.

Shelvey became the first Newcastle player since Shearer, funnily enough, to be sent off on the opening day of a new Premier League season for the club.

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