Scrappy Spurs open with away win in Newcastle

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The match is on Saturday, 11 August with kick-off at 12.30pm at St James' Park.

All the goals came inside the opening 18 minutes as Joselu cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener before Alli struck to start Tottenham's season with a win.

But Pochettino stuck up for the England captain and World Cup Golden Boot victor when he said: 'For me, he is in his best form whether he scores or doesn't score. The club's last proper trophy was the League Cup in 2008.

The season kicked-off to the backdrop of a protest staged by hundreds of Newcastle fans outside the nearby branch of Mike Ashley's Sports Direct. Meanwhile his Magpies posted a net transfer profit of £20 million, despite the arrival of seven new signings, the most expensive of which, Japanese worldwide forward Yoshinori Muto, cost £9.5m from German side Mainz.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Brexit is part of the reason why his side did not sign a single player before the start of the season.

Newcastle, whose lack of striking options was one of the themes of their 2017-18, responded nearly immediately through Joselu, who found space between the Tottenham center-backs to head Matt Ritchie's excellent cross past Hugo Lloris. Rafa Benitez will make them hard to beat.

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Tottenham's second goal was simple in its construction and should have been comfortably dealt with.

Their glee did not last long, however, with Alli arriving at the back post to head in Serge Aurier's deep cross for what proved to be the victor.

An increasingly open second period surprisingly failed to produce further addition to the score, as both goalkeepers excelled. After coming on for Joselu in the 59th minute, Salomon Rondon was full of energy and attracted the attention of Tottenham's defenders.

Kenedy then found himself in acres of space one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, only to see his touch let him down, and Dubravka kept the score at 1-2 at the other end, producing a fine stop from Moussa Sissoko's close-range volley.

"So many goals I've scored have been taken away from me".

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