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The visitors regained the lead but were unable to find the third goal that would have given breathing space as they exhausted.

It was the first time that a top flight club have not brought in a new signing in the summer transfer window since it was introduced in 2003, and Tottenham fans were left feeling shocked and frustrated. It was not always pretty but sometimes results have to be ground out.

"I told them yesterday for me it's like we start from zero", Spurs manager Pochettino said.

The World Cup Golden Boot victor has now gone 14 games spanning 988 minutes without scoring in the opening month of the campaign, though on this occasion, it mattered little.

Pochettino has allayed injury concerns but says he will be sharing minutes around to keep everyone as fresh as possible and give all of his squad members opportunities to fight for places.

"Newcastle showed a lot of energy and had quality".

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Right before the 20th minute, Dele Alli put the visitors back in front with another header, this time on a cross from Serge Aurier.

However, Tottenham were also quick to pile up the pressure on a Newcastle side that looked fairly unstable defensively.

The Denmark worldwide delivered the resulting corner for defender Davinson Sanchez to attack. Sanchez also posed a genuine threat at the other end from Eriksen's corners.

Interestingly, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal lost in Newcastle last season during Newcastle's home run. That goalless August albatross is still around his neck and he will have to use the next few games to play himself into form.

Eric Dier (6.5/10): Had a mixed game by his standards as the Newcastle midfielders often harried him on the ball.

Still, Spurs could not have asked for more here.

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MF Lucas Moura, 6 - After a wonderful preseason, much was expected.

Davinson Sanchez (7/10): Grew into the game following an very bad start.

MF Christian Eriksen, 6 - Struggled to impose himself on the game, with his contribution limited to flickering cameos. The ball crossed the line by 9mm. Was always alert and lost his marker to head home Spurs' victor.

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The Newcastle fans will be relatively encouraged by the performance however and will know that against more-modest opposition the points will come. Despite the rumours of a move during the transfer window, he looks committed to the cause.

Son Heung-Min (NA): Made his 100th appearance for the club after coming on for Dele Alli with just ten minutes remaining on the clock.

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