Harry Kane's Premier League Record In The Month Of August Is Shocking

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2018

"They had a couple of good chances and hit the post and bar in the second half", Vertonghen said when interviewed by Sky Sports after the match at St James' Park.

With the game only eight minutes old, Vertonghen, fresh from Belgium's third-placed World Cup finish, gave the visitors the lead when his header against the underside of the crossbar was adjudged to have crossed the line by goal-line technology.

First, Matt Ritchie's wicked ball was converted by the head of Joselu for 1-1 three minutes later, while Alli nodded in at the far post (18) from Serge Aurier's fine delivery. The match between the Magpies and Spurs was full of action for 90 minutes, but in the end it was Tottenham that secured three points with a 2-1 victory.

"It's a long season and we've got to improve". New signings Schar, Ki, Muto and Rondon all started on the bench.

But Tottenham lifted the gloom with a gritty victory at St James' Park thanks to first half headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli. It sounds insane but we defended well with the ball. "But what happens with Harry is that he can not score three goals in every game".

Tottenham had the majority of possession in the first half but couldn't force a two-goal cushion, with defender Sanchez coming closest from a glancing header wide from an Eriksen corner.

"At the end of the day, we kept the ball well".

The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute strike that turned out to be the victor, there was no further scoring with both goalkeepers, Slovak Martin Dubravka and Frenchman Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves.

Substitute Rondon nearly snatched a point five minutes from time when his shot hit Vertonghen and looped over Lloris, only for the ball to come back off the crossbar.

An outside shout for the World Cup, Jonjo Shelvey was again among Newcastle's brightest players, while Jamaal Lascelles was solid yet not outstanding.

When asked about his previous comments, Pochettino said the fact the club was able to keep stars like Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min while spending £1bn on a new stadium and redeveloping their training ground was "brave".

Rose, who was linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer, and Trippier are thought to have been allowed more time to fully recover and prepare for the new season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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