Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ben Davies, Dele Alli star in Tottenham's win against Newcastle

Ben Davies, Dele Alli star in Tottenham's win against Newcastle

"It was important that we just kept the ball moving, I don't think there was any need to react today". I've been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool.

Newcastle were playing the counter attack well, until Shelvey stamped on Alli right in front of the referee.

The second half came to life as Spurs took control of the game and neat interplay in midfield forced Jonjo Shelvey to go in hard on Dele Alli. "They didn't make it easy for us and it's a hard place to come".

"I've had a few talks with the gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] and a couple of people", Alli said.

"I'm sure Shelvey will be disappointed. We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but I don't want to talk about it too much".

Walker-Peters, a World Cup victor with England Under-20s over the summer, said: "Playing here, it's a fantastic stadium and most importantly we got the three points, got a good start in the league".

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Fittingly, it was Alli who opened the scoring with a clinical finish from Christian Eriksen's sublime pass before Ben Davies wrapped up the points.

Spurs started off slowly but looked assured and risky going forward after Shelvey's game-turning dismissal.

"The sending off changed everything".

Benitez added to Sky Sports: "What I would say is that he [Shelvey] made a mistake".

"Hopefully he will learn from it". He knows he has made a mistake and he apologised in the dressing room.

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