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'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, ...