It was a chance to exorcise a few demons from our last visit to Tyneside and a 5-1 defeat at the end of the 2015-16 season.
This was a different story. Already in control in terms of possession and chances (8-1 in shots at half-time), Jonjo Shelvey’s straight red card for a stamp on Dele Alli saw the home side down to 10 men just three minutes into the second half.
We took even further control (ending in 73% possession) and with Newcastle pulling everyone behind the ball, it was just a case of carving out that golden chance and taking it. Christian Eriksen did just that for Dele on 61 minutes and the young midfielder did what he does best, timing his run to perfection to slot home.
Ben Davies made it two goals in two Premier League games (after going his first 53 for us without one) with the second on 70 minutes and we were home and dry. Harry Kane struck the woodwork late on as he chases 100 goals for the Club and Kyle Walker-Peters completed a dream debut by being named Man of the Match.
“It’s a massive three points for us and we change emotions here - if you remember, one year ago, a little more, we were really upset here,” said Mauricio.
“Well, we changed that in a very difficult stadium. It’s important to start with three points.”
Thoughts on the game
Mauricio: “It was all under control. The pitch was so dry, so to move the ball around quickly was difficult. They also played deep and looked to play on the counter-attack and it’s so difficult to find a way to penetrate that and create chances. We played better in the second half. It’s true the sending off helped a little but okay, we’re happy and now we move on and prepare for a massive game against Chelsea next week.”
On Dele finding the goal for us
Mauricio: “Today was difficult for him but he’s always able to score and change the game. He was so important this afternoon.
On Kyle Walker-Peters’ debut
Mauricio: “He was fantastic. He was nominated Man of the Match – a better debut is impossible!”