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Son Heung-Min refuses to raise panic button after Spurs loss

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Son Heung-Min has called on his Spurs team-mates to remain positive and move on following a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

Son, who made his first appearance of the season after serving a three-match ban, couldn’t make an impact as Spurs fell to a first Premier League defeat for this season.

Newcastle record signing Joelinton took advantage of a Spurs defence napping to score a 27th-minute goal. He managed to control Christian Atsu’s through ball perfectly before firing it past Hugo Lloris.

Following the visitors’ goal, the hosts struggled to break down a resolute Newcastle defence. One of their best chances to score in the first-half came with Son, who saw Martin Dubravka block his volley before he sent another shot wide.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino attempted to shake things up in the second-half by introducing Christian Eriksen and Giovani lo Celso. However, the pair couldn’t make the desired effect in a lacklustre outing for Spurs.

“The goals were missing today. We had plenty of chances but we were not clinical enough,” said Son, according to BBC.

“It’s always hard against teams that play deep, it makes it more difficult. I think we had chances to score, we should have got something out of this game.

“We have only played three games, there is a long way to go. This was not the best result but we have to stay positive and go again.”

VAR again caused controversy by denying Spurs two potential penalty calls in the game. The first came when Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles seemingly impeded Harry Kane in the area before Fabian Schar took down Son.

“I had the ball and I didn’t see him, he came from behind,” said the South Korea star.

“It is the referee and VAR decisions which means it was probably not a penalty.”

Spurs will now take a trip to the Emirates Stadium for a north London derby against Arsenal next Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)