Always liked that Dele Alli…”Newcastle have got unbelievable fans, an atmosphere that is not too nice to play in”
Newcastle United were widely reported to have Dele Alli lined up back in 2015, only for Mike Ashley to not want to pay the price tag to MK Dons for the then 18 year old and Tottenham stole in to pay £6m for him.
So Newcastle fans only get the ‘pleasure’ of seeing him when Tottenham are in Toon.
Last season he won the match for Spurs at St James Park, getting Jonjo Shelvey sent off and scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 win.
This time Dele Alli scored the winner to give Tottenham their 2-1 opening day victory.
Newcastle fans have never been that keen on the England man and yesterday it was no different, no giving him any credit for being part of England’s efforts in Russia.
He was given stick during the game and then roundly booed when subbed with 10 minutes to go.
However, Dele Alli doesn’t give any grief back to those Newcastle fans, indeed it is quite the opposite…
“It’s very important and everybody knows the first game is a big one.
“It’s a long season and we have got to improve.
“It was very tough.
“Newcastle is a difficult place to come…
“Newcastle have got unbelievable fans, it is an atmosphere that is not too nice to play in but we knew the job we had to do.”
As for the other goalscorer, Jan Vertonghen was very happy that the goal-line technology was working, and also admitted Spurs had carried the luck.
“They had a couple of good chances and also hit the bar and post in the second half.
“At the end of the day, we kept the ball well.
“It sounds crazy but we defended well with the ball.
“Sometimes we were a bit lucky but it is a very good start for us.
“I’m a happy man with the goal-line technology definitely, hopefully I can score a couple more.
“So many goals I have ‘scored’ have been taken away from me.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2
Newcastle: Joselu 11
Tottenham: Vertonghen 8, Alli 18
Possession was Tottenham 60% Newcastle 40%
Total shots were Tottenham 15 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Tottenham 5 Newcastle 2
Corners were Tottenham 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 69), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Joselu (Rondon 59)
Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Ki
Crowd: 51,749 (3,000 Tottenham)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Spurs defeat HERE)
(You can read the match ratings for NUFC players HERE)
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