Nightmare start for Newcastle after Captain Shelvey red card

Benitez ‘We are not demanding crazy things

Benitez ‘We are not demanding crazy things

Tottenham capitalized on Jonjo Shelvey's senseless sending-off to beat Newcastle 2-0 in the Premier League, with Dele Alli and Ben Davies scoring in the final half-hour.

The Magpies captain stamped on Alli while he was on the ground, and with the match tied at 0-0, his subsequent exit helped turn the match into Spurs favour, which they eventually won 2-0. Newcastle went down to 10 men as Shelvey needlessly stepped on Dele Alli's ankle; the step was evidently intentional as Shelvey attempted to fetch the ball off the Tottenham man, having drawn the foul.

Cristian Eriksen took the game by the neck providing the two assits for the goals scored.

The referee had no other option than to issue a clear red card to the England worldwide. It belongs in the past and we will be working hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. "Sometimes when you're a player on the pitch it's not easy to have the control". Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez revealed former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey had apologised to his team-mates for the rush of blood that cost his newly promoted team their chance of a shock win. I've been caught out a couple of times for my temper but it's something I like to keep to my game.

"He knows that he had made a mistake, he apologised, but still we lost the game".

"We have been talking about that for a while".

His options have improved, though, with young right back Kyle Walker-Peters impressing on his first league start and South Korea forward Heung-min Son making a return to action after sustaining a broken arm in preseason.

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