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Dele Alli: Tottenham 'had to keep cool' to beat Newcastle

Dele Alli: Tottenham 'had to keep cool' to beat Newcastle
From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Dele Alli says Tottenham knew they would have to keep their cool against a Newcastle team trying to drag them into "a battle" during their opening game of the Premier League season.

Alli scored Spurs' opener but was also at the centre of the action as Newcastle were reduced to 10 men when Jonjo Shelvey stood on him, but he praised the Newcastle captain after the match.

"It's one of those things but he's a great player and I am sure he's going to be disappointed," he told Sky Sports. "I have been caught out a couple of times for my temper but it's something I like to keep to my game.

"It was a game where we had to keep our cool, we did not want to get too heated up and get brought into what they wanted us to do, which was make it more of a physical game and a battle than a game of football.

"It was important that we just kept the ball moving, I do not think there was any need to react today. I was happy with the performance and the win."

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.

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