Scrappy Spurs open with away win in Newcastle

Scrappy Spurs open with away win in Newcastle

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Nine of Spurs' players reached the final four in Russian Federation and only returned to training on Monday - just five days before the opening fixture at St James' Park.

This was a exhausted performance from the World Cup Golden Boot victor.

Diame was afforded room in the box to clatter a left-footed shot against the upright, while Alli should have done better at the other end when picked out by another delightful Eriksen ball. "All together, we must put in the right mentality, the experience that we shared in the last few seasons".

The England international's contribution sealed a 2-1 win at St James' Park, with all the goals coming inside the opening 18 minutes as Joselu cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener before Alli struck.

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Playing Tottenham Hotspur is always a tough challenge and when Newcastle went a goal down early on, I must admit I feared the worst.

"I'm a happy man with goal-line technology definitely", he said. I think score or not score I don't have doubts about this. Sometimes those ones are harder to miss, but at the same time, if you take your eye off the ball, you can head it over. "They've got unbelievable fans, it's an atmosphere that's not too nice to play in but we know the job we have to do".

Toby Alderweireld was reportedly a target of Manchester United, although no approach was made, and Danny Rose has been linked with a loan move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Schalke. But we are in the competition, and if the young ones like Luke Amos deserve to be on the bench and maybe play, they are going to play.

"I told them yesterday for me it's like we start from zero", Spurs manager Pochettino said.

"Everyone is dedicated to Tottenham".

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