Harry Kane’s tackle on Lejuene forced Benitez to take off the Frenchman.
The Toon midfielder was given his marching orders in the second half of the Premier League clash on Sunday after leaving one on Alli, causing widespread confusion over his weird decision.
Alli kicked the ball away as the Newcastle midfielder bent down to collect it. Shelvey then thread on Alli’s ankle, the referee spotted it and sent him off.
The game suddenly burst into life, with Gayle forcing Hugo Lloris into a save at his near post, but Newcastle’s positive response soon fizzled out.
Tottenham fans have hailed Kyle Walker-Peters after his solid display helped his side to a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
With 20 minutes left, Ben Davies was found by Eriksen with the Welshman scoring the second goal of the game.
Walker-Peters had never played for the Spurs senior squad before Sunday’s trip to Tyneside, but showed that he had the mental ability to be able to cope with the pressure of Premier League football as he formed part of the backline that kept an emphatic clean sheet.
Benitez recalled: “When Newcastle went down last time, they had some good players but they did not have a team”. More of that and goals are guaranteed. He was also red carded in a Championship match at Nottingham Forest in December 2016. – Florian Lejeune became the 200th French player to feature in the Premier League and also the 27th to represent Newcastle, more than any other side in the competition’s history.