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Newcastle 0 - 2 Tottenham: Shelvey red card does for Magpies

Newcastle 0 - 2 Tottenham: Shelvey red card does for Magpies

His impending suspension and injuries to defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune made it a bad afternoon for manager Rafael Benitez and watching owner Mike Ashley.

However, injuries to both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune, as well as the utterly stupid red card shown to Jonjo Shelvey made the Magpies' task an nearly impossible one and Tottenham duly ran out winners.

The Dane shot across the face of goal with 27 minutes gone after Spurs had broken from a Newcastle corner, and he tested goalkeeper Rob Elliot with a dipping volley four minutes before the break.

"The Harry Kane tackle was worse than this one".

The combative midfielder was trying to get the ball back quickly, Alli moved it away and Shelvey reacted by treading on Alli's ankle.

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Stu Forster GettyImages

The game suddenly burst into life, with Gayle forcing Hugo Lloris into a save at his near post, but Newcastle's positive response soon fizzled out.

Moussa Sissoko was booed as his return to St James' Park ended with Son Heung-min taking his place before the hour mark, and Tottenham soon made their extra man count. "It's more risky. We lost one player from that", Benitez told BBC Sport.

The referee had no other option than to issue a clear red card to the England worldwide.

The brain-fade derailed Newcastle's momentum and any chance of pulling off an upset against last years Premier League runner-ups. - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Christian Eriksen has assisted more Premier League goals than any other player (30).

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