Mauricio Pochettino praised Alli’s maturity after the midfielder was on the receiving end of some tough tackling from Newcastle, including a lunge from Matt Ritchie that earned him a yellow card, and was booed by Newcastle fans when he was substituted with 10 minutes remaining.
Rafa Benitez’s side had managed to keep Spurs during a tight first-half at St James Park and came out for the second half hoping to cause an upset against the team that finished second last season.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed his intrigue over the decision not to send Harry Kane off in their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham. It was hard to move the ball quickly. It was hard to find the space in the first half to penetrate, to create chances.
“To be fair, I was happy with the effort of the players and there were a lot of positives, but still if you want to win games, we can not lose our focus for just one minute”. It’s important to improve.
“We know that we are in the Premier League and we have to do everything really well if we want to win games”.
The referee had no other option than to issue a clear red card to the England global.
Pochettino also clarified his earlier comments which appeared to suggest debutant right-back Kyle Walker-Peters was not ready, simply explaining that it was unrealistic to expect the 20-year-old to play every game.
Pochettino said: “He was calm – that’s important”.