"Of course I am not going to complain, it is only we need to take this, be clever and learn and all work together again this week".
Spurs regained their lead in a topsy-turvy opening, as Aurier's risky cross from deep on the right was nodded back across goal and into the corner by Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win at St James' Park on the opening day of last season.
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Substitute Rondon nearly snatched a point five minutes from time when his shot hit Vertonghen and looped over Lloris, only for the ball to come back off the crossbar. "I was really happy to be back with the [Tottenham] team and it's a good feeling, especially after the win".
This was evident when he told BBC Newcastle that "they know we can not waste energy and we need all this feel-good factor during the games".
Five of the players who started the game on Saturday also lined-up against Spurs on the opening day of last season.
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However, just 149 seconds later, the hosts restored parity through Joselu.
It was three headed goals in 18 minutes when Serge Aurier picked out Alli at the far post from deep on the right flank.
But Kenedy spurned a glorious opportunity with a poor first touch, Mohamed Diame thrashed a shot against the post and Rondon, on as a substitute, hit the crossbar with a deflected shot.
He had a balanced view on the whole game as he said: "We deserved at least a draw, we were fighting until the end and had chances in the second-half".
Spurs were starting the season away from home for the eighth consecutive campaign.
"You could feel fans had the belief we could do something".
Still, there's no question Newcastle look like a better team twelve months down the line.