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Timeline
(D. Sanchez) J. Vertonghen        8'
11'     Joselu (M. Ritchie)
(S. Aurier) D. Alli        18'
(Roughing) E. Dier        42'
58'     Joselu (Roughing)
59'     S. Rondon (Joselu)
(Holding) H. Kane        68'
(Lucas) M. Dembele        68'
69'     C. Atsu (M. Ritchie)
(D. Alli) Son Heung-Min        80'
81'     Y. Muto (A. Perez)
(E. Dier) L. Amos        88'
90+4'     M. Diame (Roughing)

Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United deserved a draw'

Benitez: 'Newcastle deserved a draw'
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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez insists that his side deserved "at least a draw" from their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that his side deserved "at least a draw" from their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs took all three points in the North-East after Dele Alli's headed winner 18 minutes into the game capped off a lively start in which defender Jan Vertonghen had put the visitors ahead before Joselu's equaliser.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Benitez said that his side had chances in the second half to find another equaliser and praised his players for their commitment in the tie.

"We deserved at least a draw, we were fighting until the end and had chances in the second-half. You could feel fans had the belief we could do something," the Spaniard said.

"There were a lot of positives to see the team fighting. We made some mistakes and you have to give credit to the other team. We reacted well and never gave up."

Newcastle face Cardiff City in their next top-flight game.

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Rafael Benitez in charge of Newcastle United on May 13, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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