Ben Davies finishes off lovely Tottenham team move against Newcastle

Posted August 14, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was left delighted by the reaction from Dele Alli following an incident that saw Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent-off.

As Dele Alli took his leave, his work done, howls of derision and worse rained down from the home crowd.

A tepid contest devoid of goalmouth action in the opening half sprung to life after Shelvey was dismissed for a petulant stomp on Alli, who pulled all the strings for last season's Premier League runners-up.

After the match, Alli said that he was aware of Shelvey's temperament, and he chose not to react to the situation.

"But we lost the game".

"It was a game where we had to keep our cool, we didn't want to get too heated up and get brought into what they wanted us to do, which was make it more of a physical game and a battle than a game of football. But it's no excuses because we made a mistake and that's it".

"It's one of those things but he's a great player and I'm sure he's going to be disappointed", he told Sky Sports. "We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but 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 caught out a couple of times for my temper but it's something I like to keep to my game". There was no need to react today.

Rafa Benitez says Jonjo Shelvey apologised to his team-mates for his sending off.

Newcastle United team to play Tottenham: Elliot, Clark, Dummett, Manquillo, Lejeune, Shelvey, Ritchie, Hayden, Gayle, Perez, Atsu. He's upset with himself. I think this season, they do have a team. We believe he will come back stronger.