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Nightmare start for Newcastle after Captain Shelvey red card

Nightmare start for Newcastle after Captain Shelvey red card

His impending suspension and injuries to defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune made it a bad afternoon for manager Rafael Benitez and watching owner Mike Ashley.

Harry Kane struck the post in injury time as Newcastle fell apart late on.

However, injuries to both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune, as well as the utterly stupid red card shown to Jonjo Shelvey made the Magpies' task an nearly impossible one and Tottenham duly ran out winners.

Eriksen worked Rob Elliot four minutes before half-time with a dipping, 25-yard drive the goalkeeper saw all the way and was able to hold.

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Not what you want when you've just been promoted to the Premier League. - Dele Alli has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2017; among English players, only Harry Kane (21) has scored more. Great stuff and Spurs are on their way to an opening day win.

The referee had no other option than to issue a clear red card to the England worldwide. 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.

With the hosts sitting deep and attempting to maintain their shape, Spurs dominated possession as Christian Eriksen, seemingly in perpetual motion, orchestrated proceedings with the help of Mousa Dembele, Alli and pantomime villain Moussa Sissoko, who was booed at every touch on his return to St James' Park.