Chris Waddle has been giving his opinion on Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2.
The Sunderland fan thinks Newcastle started well but then after 10 minutes Tottenham controlled the remainder of the game.
They might have had the bulk of possession but even some Spurs fans have conceded that the Magpies made the first half pretty even, especially in terms of getting into dangerous areas.
Chris Waddle thinks that in the opening 45 minutes Tottenham ‘played quite slowly’ but much of that was surely down to Newcastle pressurising.
Who knows what would have happened without Shelvey’s ‘silly red card’ but at least the former Newcastle and Spurs player concedes that NUFC kept both Harry Kane and Dele Alli quiet, until the visitors had their man advantage,
Chris Waddle talking to the official Spurs site:
“Newcastle came out of the blocks quickly, which is exactly what you’d expect in front of the St James’ crowd.
“It was their first day back in the Premier League, a big game and they had a good 10 minutes when the match started.
“Tottenham settled and completely controlled the match.
“I thought they played quite slowly at times, Harry Kane and Dele were kept quiet, but they were patient and in the second half they got their reward.
“Jonjo Shelvey helped them by getting a silly red card and once the first goal went in you just couldn’t see anything but a Tottenham win.
“Against Newcastle, it was always going to be about creating that one good chance and taking it. Dele Alli did that, great pass from Christian Eriksen and once Spurs went 1-0 up you thought ‘okay, that’s game over’.
“There will be tougher games but overall, they’ve got the result they wanted and they will be travelling home with a great start in the Premier League.
“It was a hard game to judge because Newcastle sat back and said ‘come and beat us’ and there will be a lot of teams who do that now against Tottenham, and they will have to be patient.
“Now it’s Chelsea next week and that will be a great game, a fantastic occasion at Wembley.”