Nine minutes later, Eriksen ran into the area but was beaten to the ball by Davies, who tucked a close-range finish under goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
It will be a pleasing result for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has fielded hard questions following Tottenham's absence of movement in the transfer market and the explosive comments from Danny Rose in which the left-back hit out at the way the club has been operating.
"The Harry Kane tackle was worse than this one". Injuries forced Pochettino to plug a couple holes however.
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Let's see how today's game will go for Newcastle, as manager Benitez still thinks his team is lacking some quality players to survive in the Premier League. Great stuff and Spurs are on their way to an opening day win.
And to nobody's surprise - except Shelvey's - Mariner brandished a straight red card.
With the hosts sitting deep and attempting to maintain their shape, Spurs dominated possession as Christian Eriksen, seemingly in perpetual motion, orchestrated proceedings with the help of Mousa Dembele, Alli and pantomime villain Moussa Sissoko, who was booed at every touch on his return to St James' Park. - Florian Lejeune became the 200th French player to feature in the Premier League and also the 27th to represent Newcastle, more than any other side in the competition's history.