Newcastle fans give Twitter verdict on Yoshinori Muto's debut vs Tottenham

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Premier League 2018-19

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Premier League 2018-19

Mauricio Pochettino hailed a "fantastic" effort from his Tottenham players after they battled to a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

But for a Moussa Sissoko chance in the 56th minute, blocked by a superb reflex save by Dubravka, Mauricio Pochettino's side struggled to create chances in the second half.

The Colombian's header down was met at the far post by Vertonghen under pressure from Paul Dummett and the ball ricocheted down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted that the ball had crossed the line.

Newcastle, whose lack of striking options was one of the themes of their 2017-18, responded nearly immediately through Joselu, who found space between the Tottenham center-backs to head Matt Ritchie's excellent cross past Hugo Lloris.

"It's a long season and we've got to improve".

And former Arsenal star Merson is backing both of the teams to share the spoils in an uninteresting goalless draw in the Premier League opener.

Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon have all been left on the substitutes' bench for the fixture in the North-East. It sounds insane but we defended well with the ball.

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Alli's goal marked the second season in a row in which the midfielder has scored in the opening game.

Newcastle's Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon almost enjoyed a dream debut after coming off the substitutes' bench but his late effort was deflected onto the crossbar after a desperate block from Vertonghen.

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

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Not to be outdone at the other end, Lloris stood up well to block Ayoze Perez's shot.

One for the future in Luke Amos, perhaps; the 21-year-old made his Premier League debut, coming on for the final few minutes.

He took up a position on the left of midfield, regularly helping Ben Davies, and gained possession nine times for Spurs, more than any of his team-mates.

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