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Tottenham edge past gutsy Newcastle

Tottenham edge past gutsy Newcastle

Tottenham came in for plenty of criticism on transfer deadline day, when they became the first Premier League team in the history of the summer window not to buy or sell a single player.

That low-key approach has frustrated Tottenham fans, but Alli lifted the gloom with a clinical header to seal at the points at St James' Park.

Kane has only recently returned from his summer break after helping England to the World Cup semi-finals, but the club captain - along with Three Lions teammates Eric Dier and Dele Alli - are all named in Mauricio Pochettino's starting lineup. "The World Cup can have a positive effect", he said. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

Yet, while Mike Ashley was nearly as reluctant to invest as counterpart Joe Lewis - and the owner faced huge protests before kick-off outside Sports Direct - Newcastle did make one astute signing in the form of Kenedy. Welcome to the new season. You wait for ages for the great jamboree to return and, when it does, there are no new players at the start, Harry Kane fails to score in August for the 14th time and Newcastle United supporters voice their opposition to the corrosive ownership of Mike Ashley.

Spurs took an early lead as Vertonghen nodded home at the back post, with the goal awarded via goal-line technology.

Matt Ritchie cut back on to his left foot and curled in a cross which the striker met unopposed to glance a header past Hugo Lloris.

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However, he redeemed himself slightly in this match - and boss Rafa Benitez must start him in their next game against Cardiff to unleash his firepower.

But thanks to more questionable defending, their parity lasted just seven minutes.

However, Spurs once again went in front as Dele Alli scored the third header of the match to put the north London club 2-1 in front in the 18th minute.

An increasingly open second period surprisingly failed to produce further addition to the score, as both goalkeepers excelled.

Alli passed up a chance to extend his side's lead when he bundled Kane's mishit shot straight to Dubravka.

Newcastle's Slovakian keeper provided an even better stop to keep out a well-struck effort from Moussa Sissoko.