Mauricio Pochettino has reflected on his side’s opening win over Newcastle United.

The Spurs boss admitted that Newcastle having had to play with 10 men for half the game ‘helped a little’ but this ignores the fact that Tottenham had looked very short of ideas on how to break Newcastle down before the one man advantage.

Arguably, the home side had had as many decent attacking situations as the visitors up until Shelvey’s stupidity, although neither side had really threatened the goal many times.

Rafa Benitez will find it ironic for Mauricio Pochettino to claim it would have been ‘fair’ if Harry Kane had scored instead of hitting the post, indicating a three goal win would have been a ‘fairer’ reflection of the game.

The United boss lost Dummett on seven minutes to injury and then Rafa wondered after the game how Harry Kane stayed on the pitch after his cowardly tackle from behind on Florian Lejeune, left the French defender having to be subbed after only 34 minutes. Kane only given a yellow when it could/should have been red.

With Rafa Benitez having to put up with the Mike Ashley nonsense before and after the match aside from even dealing with matters on the pitch, to lose two players to injury and then Shelvey to do what he did, ‘fair’ doesn’t even come close.

Mauricio Pochettino:

“We knew how they play, so narrow and deep.

“It was not easy to find the space and create chances. It’s important to improve. In a stadium that doesn’t have good memories for us, it was important to win. It was a clear red card.

“If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair.

“It’s a massive three points for us and we change emotions here – if you remember, one year ago, a little more, we were really upset here (when losing 5-1 in May 2016).

“Well, we changed that in a very difficult stadium. It’s important to start with three points.

“It was all under control. The pitch was so dry, so to move the ball around quickly was difficult.

“We played better in the second half. It’s true the sending off helped a little but okay, we’re happy and now we move on and prepare for a massive game against Chelsea next week.”

“Today was difficult for him (Deli Alli) but he’s always able to score and change the game. He was so important this afternoon.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2


Tottenham: Alli 61 Davies 7o (Newcastle – Shelvey sent off 48)

Possession was Tottenham 73% Newcastle 27%

Total shots were  Tottenham 18 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Tottenham  6 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Tottenham 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Lejeune (Mbemba 34), Clark, Dummett (Lascelles 7), Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Perez, Gayle (Merino 76)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Murphy, Mitrovic

Crowd: 52,077

(To read the match ratings go HERE)

(To read what Rafa Benitez said after the match go HERE)

(To read the instant Newcastle United fan/writer reaction to today’s match go HERE)

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  • Paul Patterson

    Why can’t managers be a bit more honest and just say ‘We didn’t play well, we were poor and until Shelvey got sent off, it was probably going to end a draw’. Arrogant twerp.

    • Leazes Ender

      Premiership managers know that if you stop Shelvey then you have essentially stopped United…. they did a good job on him.

      United without Shelvey and it doesn’t tick…. I can’t understand these attacks on him by Ryder Gibson Shearer….. Who are you going to replace him with….

      …There’s no replacement in this squad, and it does look like a well prepared squad….

      …..for a return to the Championship.

      • Paul Patterson

        Well yesterday he stopped himself without the oppositions help. So any criticism that goes his way after yesterday is entirely justified . .

        • Leazes Ender

          Deli Ali wound him up and the fool responded….. he cost us a point, and the ban will cost us more.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            So he did cost us a result?

    • Jezza

      Why can’t fans be a bit more honest and admit that yesterday’s match clearly showed how woefully short of quality and ill equipped this Newcastle team are to survive in the Premiership.

      • Paul Patterson

        Can’t argue, but we were on course for a draw yesterday.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Be realistic though they have just missed out on the title the past 2 seasons. What do you expect? We could have gotten a draw or stole it on the break the longer it went on 0-0. Shelvey was a fool.

        Mind Alli is a complete petulant brat on the field with every decision he doesnt get off the referee and then thinking hes the big man going up against people because hes on a football pitch with protection. He needs to learn to be humble instead. Throwing the ball away from someone he should have gotten a yellow and Kane should have been sent off for an absolutely horrific challenge that I hope hasnt take our new lad out for long as he played well. Be just our luck.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Well now its clear that Poch cant assess whats in front of him in that Spurs werent good enough until we went down to 10 and that Kane should have been sent off.

    Now makes sense why he assessed that Sissoko was a £30 million player and why Levy wont give him any money now.

    • Leazes Ender

      We were pinned with our backs to the wall… Rafa had ‘parked the bus’…. what do you mean Spurs weren’t good enough…. to break through a deep wall reduced us to long b4lls and Atsu bursting through.

      Away team tactics at home.

      * What sort of football website can’t cater for the use of the word B4lls? this is ridiculous.

      • Paul Patterson

        We were in the game until the sending off. I’d have taken a 0-0 result if you’d offered me it against near Champions last season.
        We didn’t look like scoring but Shelvey changed the game, end of.

        • Jezza

          By in the game, you mean a desperate backs to the wall situation to grind out a 0-0 draw at home and we couldn’t even do that in the end.

          • Paul Patterson

            Were were doing it until numpty got sent off.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            I agree it wasnt backs to the wall stuff. Spurs couldnt break us down. Under and Pardew/Macca we would have been 5 down half time and feeling sorry for ourselves. The lads kept it up all the way through. Even for Shelveys stupidity there was bright points.

          • Lofty

            If that ultimately gets us points home or away against the big six, i’ll take it. In my opinion, the only reason we didn’t achieve that yesterday was the sending off.

          • HarryHype59

            If it was a boxing match it would have been stopped!.

        • Leazes Ender

          We weren’t in the game, corners galore for Spuds it was one way traffic….. like the bloke who falls off the top of a Skyscraper and is heard passing the 30th floor…..’so far so good’.

          • Paul Patterson

            We were 0-0 man for heavens sake. Get a grip and open your eyes.

          • HarryHype59

            We were drawing but Spurs were in total control and camped in our half. Newcastle offered very little going forward and don’t have the ability to play an effective counter attacking game against a good defence like Spurs.

            It was attack V defence and was dull to watch from a Newcastle perspective. In truth we never looked like scoring.

      • Geordiegiants

        Absolutely krap this platform, the mag need to sort their sh’t out.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Disagree Leazes. They had to break us down they didnt. Our game plan will be on the break this year with all the pace. We had a few decent opportunities that when the cobwebs are removed we might have taken better advantage of.

        The longer that had of gone on the more Spurs would have gotten frustrated. You could see it in Alli and Kane challenges the frustrations, and Erikson restricted to pot shots from well outside the box. It was the gameplan. A gameplan against a team that finished 2nd and goes after the title.

        There was nothing negative about our football but doing what was necessary.

        Atsu ive tipped to have a big season and thought he was a bright spark yesterday.

        We would have taken 0-0 before the game.

        • Lofty

          Couldn’t agree more.

  • Toonarden

    What would have have been fair Poch. is your Poster Boy striker getting sent off for a filthy tackle on our new defender. Pratt.

    • Leazes Ender

      Have we bought a new defender called Pratt… excellent news.

      • Jezza

        A new signing? Ha ha, if only. It’s the club’s owner who’s the prat.

      • Toonarden

        You obviously don’t take notice of full stops.

  • spurstough

    Wow, you must be spitting feathers after those Poch comments, how dare he!! And what about that sissoko fella?!!

  • nevfur

    Did everyone not watch our games last season or forget already that’s the way Rafa plays. Solid, defensive, hit on the break. It will of course be far harder this season but arguably be more necessary especially against the top teams. Yesterday we were holding on (as per plan) frustrating Spurs, and first half but for a close offside would have had a penalty. Gayle also snatched first time at a good chance he normally would have controlled first so it’s feasible we could have been at least a goal up at half time and should have been playing against ten men.

    • Lofty

      I agree nevfur. The plan against any of the top six or eight sides will be to hang on and stay in the game. In effect we are in a mini league with the other ten or eleven team who try desperately to stay up every year. Those results, and not those against the big boys will define our season. We’ll see where we are after the next five games.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    It’s impressive how the doom and gloomers can draw such negativity from our side doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing for 45 minutes.