Pochettino puffs his chest after opening win vs. 10-man Magpies

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t convinced the score line tells the story of his side’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday at St. James Park.

Scoreless at half, the match changed when Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey stamped down on the ankle of Dele Alli.

[ RECAP: Newcastle 0-2 Spurs ]

Dele would go on to score minutes later against the 10-man Magpies, and Ben Davies made it 2-0 within 10 minutes. Harry Kane cranked the goal post late, and Pochettino seems aggrieved the score line wasn’t bigger for his side.

From the BBC:

“It was not easy to find the space and create chances. It’s important to improve. In a stadium that doesn’t have good memories for us, it was important to win. It was a clear red card.

“If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair.”

A scissor tackle from Kane felled Florian Lejeune and sent the Newcastle center back to the locker room. Kane stayed on with a yellow card, and the Magpies were quite angry with the play.

Regardless, Spurs deserved every bit of the win once the Shelvey stamp snapped them out of a funk that threatened a scoreless draw.