Match Report: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane left it late against Crystal Palace but headed in the only goal of the game in the 88th minute to take Spurs into the top four.
Spurs started the game well. After a foul on Dele Alli in the 8th minute, Christian Eriksen crossed a free kick into the far post, managing to find a surging Ben Davies. Davies drilled the free-kick across goal but it was swept up easily by the Palace defence. Later, after some terrible defending from Palace, Kane had a one-on-one with Hennessey – with the Welshman coming out on top. Palace bit back on the half-hour mark and found some space down the right flank; Andros Townsend cut inside to find himself with a shot on goal, but he was denied by Lloris.
A great chance came for Kane in the 54th minute after a wild string of Spurs passes in the Palace box. Alli sent a ball wide to Aurier, who lofted a pass into Eriksen on the edge of the box. Eriksen, with great skill and vision, volleyed the ball, with the outside of his boot, across the box to find Kane lurking by the back post. Kane really should have hit the target but drilled the ball wide.
Palace had a claim for a penalty on the 63rd minute as Sanchez and Aurier applied pressure on Sorloth until the Palace striker fell to the ground. Later replays show that the ref made a cracking decision as Aurier clearly struck the ball cleanly before Sorloth lost control.
Spurs had peppered the goal of Hennessey during the last 10 minutes of the match, with the Welshman making fine saves to deny both Kane and Davies as the game drew to a close. Serge Aurier had a golden chance – and the word golden is almost an understatement in this circumstance – to put Spurs 1-0 up in the 84th minute. Ben Davies drilled a ball across the goal, finding Aurier, who was three yards out with nothing but an open net facing him, only for the fullback to step on the ball and squander the chance. Nevertheless, Spurs got their goal in the 88th -minute of the match. Eriksen had looped a ball into the back post, and the ever-reliable Harry Kane headed it over the keeper and dipped it into the left-hand side of the goal. Spurs left Selhurst Park with all three points, despite a valiant performance from the Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Attendance
Selhurst Park: 25,287
Starting Line-ups: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Townsend, Benteke, Sørloth
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane