Jonjo Shelvey issues dressing room apology to his Newcastle team-mates

  • Jonjo Shelvey issues dressing room apology to his Newcastle team-mates

Jonjo Shelvey issues dressing room apology to his Newcastle team-mates

It was the kind of incident that has often provoked a furious response from Alli and landed him in trouble in the past.

"We didn't want to get too heated up and get pulled into what they wanted us to and make it more of a physical battle than a game of football".

Alli kicked the ball away as the Newcastle midfielder bent down to collect it. Shelvey then thread on Alli's ankle, the referee spotted it and sent him off. "They didn't make it easy for us and it's a hard place to come. It happens sometimes", Alli said of his clash with Shelvey. "We kept the ball moving, which was hard at times, but I don't want to talk about it too much".

"We made a mistake, but I think maybe someone has to analyse these things to see what's more risky".

"I'm sure Shelvey will be disappointed". There was no need to react today. A few of the boys tried to tease me about it. "It was important we stayed professional".

Fittingly, it was Alli who opened the scoring with a clinical finish from Christian Eriksen's sublime pass before Ben Davies wrapped up the points.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hands Premier League debutantes to two players, as he attempts to make a winning return to the top flight.

Asked if he felt let down, Benitez said: "It's not me, it's everyone".

With Dier potentially operating at the back, this would allow Harry Winks to start the game alongside Mousa Dembele in the boiler room.

"Hopefully he [Shelvey] will learn from that".