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The pundit - Chris Waddle on Spurs 'always in control' at Newcastle

Posted on 14 August 2017  - 17:20

Continuing our series talking to pundits on media duty at our matches and a Club legend for starters as we kicked-off our Premier League campaign at Newcastle - the one and only Chris Waddle was on duty for BBC Radio Five Live at St James’ Park and was happy to give his thoughts after our 2-0 win.

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Chris Waddle

chris_waddle250x300 - Began career at Newcastle in 1980, then 174 games, 42 goals for Spurs, 1985-89
- Moved to Marseille in 1989, won three French titles and reached European Cup (Champions League) Final
- Returned to England and helped Sheffield Wednesday to FA/League Cup Finals in 1993
- Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year 1992-93
- 62 caps for England, member of team that reached 1990 World Cup semi-final
- Also played or coached Falkirk, Bradford City, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay and Chesterfield
- Regular pundit on BBC Radio Five Live

Spurs ‘always in control’

Chris: “Newcastle came out of the blocks quickly, which is exactly what you’d expect in front of the St James’ crowd. It was their first day back in the Premier League, a big game and they had a good 10 minutes when the match started. Tottenham settled and completely controlled it. I thought they played quite slowly at times, Harry Kane and Dele were kept quiet, but they were patient and in the second half they got their reward. Jonjo Shelvey helped them by getting a silly red card and once the first goal went in you just couldn’t see anything but a Tottenham win.”

Below: Dele opens the scoring

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'At 1-0, it was game over'

Chris: “Against Newcastle, it was always going to be about creating that one good chance and taking it. Dele Alli did that, great pass from Christian Eriksen and once Spurs went 1-0 up you thought ‘okay, that’s game over’. There will be tougher games but overall, they’ve got the result they wanted and they will be travelling home with a great start in the Premier League.”

Patience the key

Chris: “It was a hard game to judge because Newcastle sat back and said ‘come and beat us’ and there will be a lot of teams who do that now against Tottenham, and they will have to be patient. Now it’s Chelsea next week and that will be a great game, a fantastic occasion at Wembley.”