‘We need to stay together’: Pochettino proud as Tottenham make a stand

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino

Paul Merson is tipping Newcastle United to hold Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw in their Premier League opener this weekend.

The Colombian's header down was met at the far post by Vertonghen under pressure from Paul Dummett and the ball ricocheted down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted that the ball had crossed the line.

All the goals came inside the opening 18 minutes as Joselu cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener before Alli struck to start Tottenham's season with a win.

Spurs threatened to add another on the break late on but Newcastle were also creating chances.

But a return of just two points from their opening three home games meant Tottenham were playing catch-up virtually from the off.

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Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings. Virat Kohli was involved in an almighty mix-up that led to Cheteshwar Pujara being run out as India were skittled for 107.

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For Spurs, World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris started in goal, joined in the line-up by Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and England captain Harry Kane.

Yet Newcastle responded right away as Joselu finished Matt Ritchie's cross superbly to send St James' Park wild.

He must have been exhausted from a summer of football but scored the opener - his first Premier League goal for five seasons - and made a crucial block to prevent Salomon Rondon equalising.

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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Newcastle brought on Rondon with half an hour remaining, and he almost grabbed a point in the closing stages, seeing his effort deflect off Vertonghen and onto the bar. You know me. It's not because they were at the World Cup that they are going to play in the team.

Spurs fans have not quite reached that stage with their owners even if some could hardly believe no new players arrived in the summer.

The gong could have also been awarded to Jan Vertonghen, but it was apt that England midfielder Alli scored the victor after a busy summer. "All the squad and all the players will have the possibility to play", he said.

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