Monday, August 9, 1999 Published at 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Shamed Shearer looks to make amends
Alan Shearer protests his innocence over his first career dismissal
Red-carded Newcastle captain Alan Shearer will be looking to redeem himself against an injury-ravaged Spurs tonight.
Newcastle conceded the only goal of the game three minutes after Shearer's dismissal and Gullitt blamed Rennie for his team's defeat.
While still protesting his innocence, Shearer will be looking to put the incident behind him tonight as Newcastle bounce back into action at White Hart Lane.
Spurs manager George Graham has problems of his own.
Tottenham also lost their opening Premiership fixture, West Ham's talented midfielder Frank Lampard scoring the only goal of a game which Spurs were forced to complete with only ten men as they ran out of substitutes.
Ramon Vega is still sidelined after an ankle operation, Chris Armstrong is recovering from a groin injury and new signing Willem Korsten was missing at Upton Park with an ankle problem.
Tottenham fans may also be concerned at the form of last year's Footballer of the Year David Ginola.
Ginola and midfielder Jose Dominguez were substituted at half-time on Saturday with the slightly odd explanation from Graham that "some players take more time to get match fit".
Ginola was a revelation last season under Graham and with Tim Sherwood looking fairly anonymous in midfield and Darren Anderton's mind on his contract stalemate, Spurs need him more than ever.
The countrymen played against each other in the French First Division when central defender Goma was at Auxerre and Ginola was at Paris St Germain.
Goma has also revealed that he rejected Spurs to sign for Newcastle during the summer.
Norwegian midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen did sign for Tottenham rather than stay on the bench at Liverpool - and he has made a promising start to his career at White Hart Lane.
The £3m Leonhardsen was one of Spurs' most impressive players on Saturday and set up their best chance of a goal, Sherwood missing a straight-forward header.
It may be only the second game of the season, but with Tottenham and Newcastle both without a point at second and third from the foot of the table, neither side can afford another consecutive defeat.