Alli On Shelvey Incident

Breeding ground Harry Kane of Tottenham Spur is one of many English players who currently represent the England national team

Breeding ground Harry Kane of Tottenham Spur is one of many English players who currently represent the England national teamGETTY

Alli scored Spurs' opener but was also at the centre of the action as Newcastle were reduced to 10 men when Jonjo Shelvey stood on him, but he praised the Newcastle captain after the match. He's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed.

Tottenham team to play Newcastle United: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Ali, Kane. We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game.

"We knew it was going to be a physical game".

Pochettino, however, admitted his side had found it hard to break Rafael Benitez's men up until that point: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep".

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

"It was important that we just kept the ball moving, I don't think there was any need to react today". "It was hard to play - the pitch was so dry and the way in how they play, so deep with counter attacks". He's so calm, so fearless.

With the scores locked at 0-0 at the time of the red card, Spurs took full advantage of the numerical superiority and goals from Alli and Ben Davies secured all three points. I've had a few talks with the gaffer in the past [about his temperament].

The Magpies are back in the Premier League after one season in the Championship and Rafa Benitez can look to emulate what Huddersfield did yesterday by recording a victory over a London based team.

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