New season, same old story for Harry Kane, Tottenham and Newcastle



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. The St. James' Park will be the hosting ground as Spurs will be hoping to claim all three points against Newcastle United. His header was met at the far post by Vertonghen and the ball bounced down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted by goal-line technology that it had crossed the line.

Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli handed Spurs an opening day win at St Jame's Park.

Tottenham had the majority of possession in the first half but couldn't force a two-goal cushion, with defender Sanchez coming closest from a glancing header wide from an Eriksen corner.

Joselu pulled a goal back for Newcastle just three minutes later as he headed home Ritchie's pinpoint cross from the right flank to equalise for the home side in a breathless start to the clash.

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.

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The Magpies should have been level six minutes into the half when Joselu picked out Kenedy in acres of space, but the Brazilian's first touch let him down.

The Newcastle fans will be relatively encouraged by the performance however and will know that against more-modest opposition the points will come.

According to Pochettino, Brexit has added another 30 per cent on to the cost of building their state-of-the-art new stadium, which will host it's first official game next month.

Pochettino handed a debut to academy graduate Luke Amos, bringing him on for the "tired" Dier.

In a contest where most of the football was played in the final third at both ends, it was Alli's defensive work that impressed, as well as his clever finish.

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