Jan Vertonghen is a convert to goal line technology after the triumph of Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen has been self-proclaimed technology converter of the goal line after the victory of Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen has self-proclaimed goal line technology converter after helping the Tottenham Premier League season get off to a perfect start.

The Belgian international led the Spurs to the lead in Newcastle on Saturday after running towards the minute play of fellow defender Davinson Sanchez, although referee Martin Atkinson needed the help of the goal-setting system to decide that the ball crossed the line with only 9 mm.

Vertonghen told the Spurs TV: "I have not scored in the Premier League for a while, so I was happy to score.

Jan Vertonghen has been self-proclaimed technology converter of the goal line after the victory of Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen has been self-proclaimed technology converter of the goal line after the victory of Tottenham

"Davinson had a great touch with the first header, and it could have been another later because from the other side, he had a first touch again, but I did not run again.

I did not expect it to be at the beginning. The goalkeeper made a great stop and I was happy with the technology. I'm not a big fan of technology in football, but now I do!

In the event, Vertonghen's contribution was not decisive at St James & # 39; Park when Joselu leveled in three minutes, and took Dele Alli's shot on the post to win a lively start at Tyneside.

Even then, the visitors needed a stroke of luck as Vertonghen blocked the late effort of Salomon Rondon and saw the crossbar rebound with Mohamed Diame who had already hit the post.

Vertonghen said: You're a little blind and you expect some contact, and I had it. I thought, "It's okay", and then everything could have been in slow motion.

"Hugo (Lloris) was standing in slow motion and then he hit the bar and it fell the right way for us, so in the end we had a bit of luck.

The Belgian international led the Spurs to the lead in Newcastle on Saturday afternoon

The Belgian international led the Spurs to the lead in Newcastle on Saturday afternoon

The Belgian international led the Spurs to the lead in Newcastle on Saturday afternoon

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"They had good opportunities, but we were sharp, we responded well and we kept the ball pretty good at the end."

The head of the Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino, was delighted with the way his stars returned to the challenge of launching the season with a victory after a minimal preparation with Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris, Alli and Harry Kane, all starting the game.

The Belgian said: "It was a brief preparation for some players, the guys who played in the World Cup and in the semifinals took good care of their bodies.

"They knew there was a possibility they had to play today and they were very professional in the summer and today."

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had to regret the defensive lapses that cost his team so much.

He said: "They have too many big boys, strong boys, who are good in the air, and the delivery was really good. Do you have [Christian] Eriksen kicking the ball, and then you have Sanchez or Alli or Kane or [Eric] Dier.

"They have a lot of big and strong guys, when you have money and you buy players, you buy quality and quality is not just technical ability, it's physicality, strength and they have all these things."

Ref. Martin Atkinson needed the help of Goal Decision System to dictate that the ball had crossed the line

Ref. Martin Atkinson needed the help of Goal Decision System to dictate that the ball had crossed the line

Ref. Martin Atkinson needed the help of Goal Decision System to dictate that the ball had crossed the line

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