We were happy with the performance of the lads on Saturday, but not with the result and a fair result would have been a 2-2 draw.
But it didn’t turn out that way, and we’re not going to grumble.
We can but it’s not worth the effort, and in other games, we can even win games like this as the new players get into the team and we have more experience playing together.
Tottenham were delighted with the win – manager and players alike – in what was a very tough second half for them.
England star Dele Alli who Newcastle missed out on three years last January when he was at MK Dons, was full of praise for Newcastle – both the fans and the team.
Dele Alli – substituted in the second half
This is what Dele said as reported in the local Chronicle today:
“It’s very important for the rest of the season to build momentum from the start.”
“To start the season as well as you can is very important and the first game is crucial to get momentum going.”
“It’s a very tough place to come, their fans are brilliant for them, they keep going until the end.”
“They’ve got a great team with a lot of threats all over the pitch. You have to stay switched on and we’re happy we got the three points.”
“We’re very ambitious, every player. We want to achieve things. We want to keep improving as a team and individually as well.”
“We want to help the team go as far as we can, so we want to be playing. It’s down to the manager to make a decision on who he picks.”
“But thankfully we got the three points against Newcastle.”
When Alli says “they keep going until the end” he is describing a Rafa Benitez side.
And with some of the five new signings from this summer (not counting Dubravka and Kenedy) going to become first team starters soon, we are upbeat about the season.
Dele headed in the winner in grand style after 18 minutes, but after that, we took it to the Spurs side and almost got the point.
The display augers well for the future, but we need to pick up the points of course.