Alli and Davies scored one each to give Tottenham Hotspurs a 2 – 1 victory over Newcastle united at the St. James Park Stadium.
After a goalless first half, seventeen minutes into the second half, Harry Kane passed the ball to Christian Eriksen to the right side of the pitch who crossed the ball to find Alli. The English attacking midfielder with a left foot shot into the bottom corner past Elliot.
Ben Davies with his right foot from very close range put the ball into the net to double Spurs’ lead eight minutes later.
The Magpies lost one player to red card and Alli felt Jonjo Shelvey’s will be disappointed. He also noted that there was no need to react. Speaking to sky sports, this is what he had to say;
“We knew it was going to be a physical game. It’s not an easy place to come. It happens sometimes. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed. It was important we stayed professional. I don’t want to talk about it too much. I’ve had a few talks with the gaffer in the past [about his temperament]. I’ve been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react today.”
According to teammate Atsu, Shalvey was sorry for the red card. When interviewed by sky sports these were Atsu’s word;
“It became more difficult when the red card came. That’s football. Mistakes do happen. He’ll learn from his mistakes. He’s upset with himself. He thinks he let the team down. We are really behind him. We believe he will come back stronger. He apologized to everyone.”
Surprisingly and honestly Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez accepted his player deserved the red card.
“The sending off changed everything. He made a mistake. Hopefully he will learn from it. He has apologized but that changes nothing now.” Said Benitez.
Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino wished Harry Kane scored. In his own words this is what he said;
“We knew how they play, so narrow and deep. It was difficult to move the ball quickly. We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game. 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 fairer.”
The victory puts ambitious spurs fourth on the table with 3 points. Alli’s side will return to play their next English Premier League game next Saturday against Chelsea at the White Hart Lane.