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Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

"Then he scored - a great goal - and I am very pleased".

"We made a mistake, but I think maybe someone has to analyse these things to see what's more unsafe".

Asked if he felt let down, Benitez said: "It's not me, it's everyone".

Pochettino, however, admitted his side had found it hard to break Rafael Benitez's men up until that point: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep. We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but I don't want to talk about it too much".

It did not take too long for the visitors to make the required breakthrough, as Eriksen picked out Alli with a memorable ball in behind the defence, leaving the playmaker to break free and prod beyond Elliot. It was hard to find the space in the first half to penetrate, to create chances. Now we have to move forward and think about solutions. Playing against ten men always helps a bit and helps you feel comfortable on the pitch. That was important. Remember last season we talked a lot about that. He's so calm, so fearless.

Kyle Walker-Peters, the 20-year-old right-back who impressed on his Premier League debut, added: "I found out yesterday in training before we did tactics and shape work". A few of the boys tried to tease me about it.

The Magpies are back in the Premier League after one season in the Championship and Rafa Benitez can look to emulate what Huddersfield did yesterday by recording a victory over a London based team.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.