Kane tackle was worse than Shelvey red, insists Benitez

Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League

Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League

It was the kind of incident that has often provoked a furious response from Alli and landed him in trouble in the past. He knows he has made a mistake and he apologised in the dressing room.

The combative midfielder was trying to get the ball back quickly, Alli moved it away and Shelvey reacted by treading on Alli's ankle. "I've been caught out a couple of times for my temper but it's something I like to keep to my game".

However, it must be pointed out that Spurs have been in fine form over the past two seasons and it will take a lot for them not to be at least challenging for a top four place. "It happens sometimes", Alli said of his clash with Shelvey.

"We have been talking about that for a while". A few of the boys tried to tease me about it. "Then he scored - a great goal - and I am very pleased". There was no need to react today. In a stadium that doesn't have good memories for us, it was important to win.

Fittingly, it was Alli who opened the scoring with a clinical finish from Christian Eriksen's sublime pass before Ben Davies wrapped up the points.

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Conor McGregor says Floyd Mayweather is "scared" in the build-up to their multi-million dollar fight on 26 August in Las Vegas. He said: "I mean, he's that guy that's at the end of his career, I get the feeling he feels the boxing game has betrayed him".

Captain Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie are also in the opening XI.

Rafa Benitez says Jonjo Shelvey apologised to his team-mates for his sending off.

Let's see how today's game will go for Newcastle, as manager Benitez still thinks his team is lacking some quality players to survive in the Premier League.

"Hopefully he [Shelvey] will learn from that".

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