Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

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Review by Joshua Roux de Buisson (Twitter: @JRouxDeBuisson)

It was a chilly afternoon in South London, as Selhurst Park welcomed London rivals Tottenham. On the back of our defeat away to Manchester City, today was seen as the perfect opportunity to avenge our recent dip in form and take three points away from Spurs. Our lack of gold was also cause for concern, but this is something Pardew and the team are fully aware of. SE25 was bouncing by the time 3pm came, and Palace were up for it!

Indeed it was Palace who took the lead in the 30th minute courtesy of a Vertonghen own goal. Wilfred Zaha created some space on the right wing and crossed, for Vertonghen to turn the ball into his own net and give the Eagles the lead. Palace were then pegged back in the 63rd minute by the England International Harry Kane, who powerfully headed the ball past a helpless Wayne Hennessy.

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In the 84th minute came Tottenham’s second goal, and it was a goal to savour. Their 19 year old prodigy, in Dele Alli, was the scorer as he received the ball in the air, took a touch to take it over Mile Jedinak and then volley it first time into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. A special goal in front of a stunned crowd at Selhurst.

Palace were testing Hugo Lloris after the second Spurs goal, and asking some serious questions of the Tottenham defence in search of the equaliser, and some may say it was Lloris who saved all three points for Tottenham as Palace could not find that all important goal.

And it was Spurs who scored next, in the depths of injury time, as Nacer Chadli struck a beautiful finish to see Palace off and round off a disappointing day for the Eagles. For an extremely disheartening day, which sees Palace winless in 6, some positives can be taken. The pressure that Palace put the opposing keeper under, the performance of Cabaye amongst others should be noted, and taken forward in to the next game.

Having a brief look at the post-match statistics, Tottenham were dominant in terms of possession, having 64%. They also boast 24 shots, to Palace’s 11 and also had far more corners. These stats show that it was indeed a dominant performance by Spurs, and Palace should take comfort in the fight that was shown.

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Post-match, Manager Alan Pardew said after the game “Wilfried Zaha was a problem for them and on another day we could’ve won this game. We haven’t done much wrong, but they have great individual talent and they won it with a couple of special moments.”

It’s FA Cup action next for Palace as Selhurst Park plays host to Stoke City in the Fourth Round. 

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