Tottenham to begin Premier League campaign in new 'Neptune Green' kit

Toby Alderweireld

That goalless August albatross is still around his neck and he will have to use the next few games to play himself into form.

At St James Park yesterday, despite the ongoing shenanigans behind the scenes, the Newcastle United support got behind their team. After coming on for Joselu in the 59th minute, Salomon Rondon was full of energy and attracted the attention of Tottenham's defenders. 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.

With momentum on their side and a full-house roaring them on, Benitez's side looked set to build from a position of strength.

DF Jan Vertonghen, 8 - Spurs' man of the match started this season where he finished last: On top of his game. The likes of Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Alli only returned to training on Monday, prompting questions if they would be fit enough to perform at their highest levels. Lucas Moura often looked like a strike partner for Harry Kane with Christian Eriksen and Alli floating between the centre of the field and the left.

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Yedlin (6), Clark (6), Lascelles (6), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (6), Perez (6), Kenedy (5), Joselu (6). Eriksen's corner delivery is met by Sanchez who flicks it on to Vertonghen at the back post.

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Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their campaign on a positive note as they edged past Newcastle United 2:1. Newcastle's defence is carved open once more.

DF Davinson Sanchez, 7 - A lapse of concentration allowed Joselu a free header for Newcastle to equalise but, that apart, the Colombian global was solid and always quick to spot danger. Dubravka to the rescue! Oh my, almost a debut goal for Rondon!

Spurs regained their lead in a topsy-turvy opening, as Aurier's unsafe cross from deep on the right was nodded back across goal and into the corner by Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win at St James' Park on the opening day of last season.

It proved another frustrating afternoon for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who left Newcastle still waiting for a Premier League goal in August after 14 attempts without success.

Indeed, there was some luck to be ridden when Kenedy messed up a tantalising Joselu through ball and when Rondon's deflected shot came back off the crossbar.

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