Christian Atsu features in Newcastle's opening day defeat to Tottenham


Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park on Saturday, with Spurs battling to victory with several of their stars playing after just a few days of preseason training following the World Cup. This was an early game previous year, and Spurs got a couple of late goals, but I feel they'll find it hard due to the World Cup.

But only captain Hugo Lloris got past that stage as France lifted the trophy - and the goalkeeper can sense his teammates' latest disappointment during the summer has only fuelled their desire for success.

Diame was afforded room in the box to clatter a left-footed shot against the upright, while Alli should have done better at the other end when picked out by another delightful Eriksen ball.

The World Cup Golden Boot victor has now gone 14 games spanning 988 minutes without scoring in the opening month of the campaign, though on this occasion, it mattered little.

"I was lucky to get a touch and it didn't go in the goal".

It concluded a frantic opening to the match, where Joselu's 11th-minute header cancelled out a Jan Vertonghen effort that was shown to be nine millimetres over the line by the Goal Decision System.

"It's a position I like to get in", Alli said. Sometimes those ones are harder to miss, but at the same time, if you take your eye off the ball, you can head it over.

Tottenham, the first team to not sign anyone since the summer transfer window was in 2003, put that chatter to rest - at least temporarily - with the victory against a club whose manager publicly bemoaned a lack of additions. We know that Tottenham Hotspur have a plethora of quality, that Newcastle's collective will fight for every inch, ...

Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura have been handed starting roles in the final third, but there is no place for Danny Rose, who continues to be linked with a move away from the North London outfit.