|DATE||Saturday 23rd January 2016|
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|PREDICTION||Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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Saturday 23rd January 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (0)
Kick off 15:00
|Veronghen (o.g.) 29m 14s||
Kane 62m 35s
Alli 83m 23s
Chadli 90+4m 04s
McArthur (foul on Son) 61
Jedinak (handbags with Kane) 90+3m
Trippier (foul on Puncheon) 79
Kane (handbags with Jedinak) 90+3m
|Crowd : 28,467||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. M. Mularkey; Mr. S. Long|
|Fourth Official : James Linington||-|
|- kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|Crystal Palace :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Mile JEDINAK 79 )
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Alan Pardew||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Having seen Crystal Palace score for the first time in four matches, the home fans waved their flags (although were without happy clappers), but they were definitely at half mast by the end, as Spurs ran out 3-1 winners, thanks to some magic up front and a safe pair of hands at the back. The woodwork also had a good game for both sides in an end to end London derby which didn't fail to live up to the passion expected from such a match.
With the FA Cup tie team much changed for this match, Spurs were back to full strength, but with Son keeping his place with Lamela dropping to the bench. Palace fielded their strongest available XI, with a lack of goals trying to be resolved by including Wickham up front supported by Zaha.
Tottenham started well and had a couple of good chances. Trippier's cross had to be tipped over by Wayne Hennessey, Kane got free on the right and from a tight angle drove a low ball top the near post, which the keeper blocked for a corner. From the corner, Eriksen found Alderweireld's head and he flashed a header wide of the goal when he made good ground to get to the ball first.
Palace were almost gifted an opportunity when Lloris played the ball straight to Zaha, but his cross that was destined for Delaney was cut out by Toby. A five man Spurs passing move saw Eriksen lift the ball over the defence to provide Alli with a chance for a trademark volley, but he couldn't get a good contact on the ball and Son had a couple of shots from outside the box that went wide. Then, against the run of play Palace took the lead. Cabaye started a move and took a return pass from Zaha, but Vertonghen picked the ball off him. In trying to play it out, his pass to Eriksen escaped the midfielder and it was played wide to Zaha, whose low ball in was intercepted by Vertonghen at the near post, but his outstretched leg could only divert it past Lloris. It was an unfortunate incident, but one which should not have had the home team in front, with the chances Spurs had created.
Responding to the goal, Tottenham pushed on towards the Palace goal and Alderweireld drove a shot across goal, with Kane almost getting on the end of it, before Alli brought a save out of Hennessey. Dembele tried his luck and the ball nicked off a defender to go for a corner. When Zaha got an out ball, he turned Danny Rose inside out and was greedy in trying to beat Lloris at his near post, with options available inside him that saw his team-mates irate when he drove his effort over the bar. Rose then popped up at the other end to meet Eriksen's finely delivered cross from the right and his fierce volley from close range was saved by Hennesey, who had little other option, as it was straight at him, but he did well to hold onto the ball.
As the half came to a close, Kane put a ball across goal, without a Spurs player on hand to finish it, but it was touched out for a corner and later Alderweireld went forward again and curled a shot at goal that faded past the post and off for a goal kick.
The break saw much discussion about why Spurs had not been able to gain a lead against a Palace side so goal-shy. The home fans were full of themselves and the Holmesdale kids were singing and waving their flags like the fleet was in town. Having a good away recod, Tottenham would now have to show how that had been achieved.
The second half started with Trippier floating a cross in from the right and Dann clearing as the ball just went over Kane's head, but from the corner, the ball was cleared to Alli on the edge on the D, but his volley ballooned over the bar. Spurs went close soon after when Eriksen drifted towards the right of centre and from 22 yards out, fired a shot at goal which dipped at the last minute, missing the top corner by a foot with Hennessey static. Harry Kane forced the keeper to a save, with a diving header to meet Dier's perfect cross, but it lacked power to beat the Palace goalie.
Chadli's entrance in place of Eric Dier saw a formation change, which freed Dembele. He started a move that saw the ball move through Alli, Eriksen and Kane for the strike rot have a shot that sent Hennessey full length to save, but Harry was offside. A rugby tackle by McArthur on Son gave Spurs a free-kick nearly 30 yards out and Eriksen tried his luck, hitting it low to the keeper's left, but he got behind it and held it at the second attempt. Hennessey had no chance in the 63rd minute, when Rose's low cross in hit Chadli and he lifted a cross high to the near post. With Delaney looking favourite to get the ball, Kane ran in and got above the defender and power a header past the keeper who was rooted to his line. The equaliser had been coming, but Kane did well to attack the ball and put it away.
Spurs were sensing that they could go one better and Rose ran on to meet a cleared Trippier cross at the far post and was bundled over by Zaha. A free kick 25 yards out gave Eriksen another chance to take a shot, but he hit the wall. The game might have turned in the space of a couple of minutes when Hugo Lloris twice kept Spurs level. Firstly, a cross was cleared by Rose, but straight to Wilfried Zaha, who hit a first time shot that Lloris did brilliantly to dive across goal to his right to turn aside with his left hand and from the following corner, Hugo got down well to a low shot from Soare from outside the area and the ball was hacked away. Hugo was still alert to save from Delaney, who tried a shot from inside the box. At one of the corners, Wickham ran past Vertonghen and managed to elbow him in the face, but did Martin Atkinson see it ? What do you think ?
Spurs worked the ball well from back to front, but Eriksen's final ball to Trippier sold the full back a bit short and his cross was blocked for a throw. However, Puncheon broke left and cut inside Trippier, who brought him down for a booking. The free kick was swung to the far post, where Dann headed the ball against the bar and the ball dropped down. It produced a small scramble and Jedinak hit a shot that rattle the bar from close range and Spurs got the ball away. Despite coming that close, Tottenham went up the other end to score. And what a goal it was. Kane got away on the right and hit a raking cross to the other side of the penalty area to Christian Eriksen, who cushioned a header square to Dele Alli. Substitute Jedinak was in front of him, but the young Spurs midfield lifted the ball over the Palace man's head (a la Gascoigne for England v Scotland) and then spun to strike a volley that skidded off the turf to beat Hennessey to put Tottenham ahead. It was a technically excellent piece of play by Dele, who is fast becoming a cult hero among the Spurs faithful.
As Palace pushed forward Delaney's cross was met by substitute Frazier Campbell, but he put it into the ground and Lloris saved it and then Kane broke and had a shot blocked, but from a free-kick shortly after Alli struck another shot that cleared Hennessey as he ran out at his feet, but the ball bounced away off the face of the bar. Kane was adjudged to have fouled Zaha, but was then faced up by Jedinak and both players received a yellow card for a contretemps. Not that Spurs should have worried, as they picked the ball off Palace legally and easily to set up a break away and Bentaleb was freed to the left side and his rising shot was just tipped over by the keeper. While this was cleared, when the ball came back Palace's way from a short corner Chadli took possession on the left touchline and ran infield about 22 yards out. He breezed past Jedinak and then used Delaney as a screen to curl a shot past Hennessey and into the bottom left hand corner of the keeper's net. It was a stunning finish and one we would like to see Chadders repeat more often. It was nice to see Soare appreciate it with applause of his own !!
For the second week an opposition manager's substitution assisted Spurs in going on to grab three points. Jedinak came close to scoring and then showed a bit of aggression, but his defending was shocking and although not many could have dealt with Alli's inventiveness, he was lumbering as Chadli drifted past him to score the third. Any other week, it would have been the goal of the week, but Alli's overshadows most goals, let alone any other in this match. The Spurs management will be hoping that Jan Vertonghen's nightmare match will not be the last game he plays for a long while, as his deflection gave Palace the lead and then he turned his knee when Wickham elbowed the Belgian in the face at a corner. The FA must surely look at the Palace striker's actions.
Kane did brilliantly for his goal too, with a willingness to attack the ball while Delaney couldn't contend with a standing jump. And Harry's involvement in the Alli goal should not be underestimated, as it was like watching the days of Ardiles and Hoddle with the way Dele took it and the way it was set up for him. The side are obviously enjoying their football and while they again went in at half-time not being rewarded with a lead, but the second half performance apart from a five minute spell when Palace had some set pieces and went close five times, they controlled play pretty well. As Spurs have found in the past and Palace found today, and it has been said here many times before ... you have to take your chances.
With the confidence of the win behind them and a FA Cup tie next week, the side should go into the February programme in good spirit.
For all the success that
Crystal Palace have had their manager Alan Pardew has not learned
that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
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|What you thought|
|Benny The Ball||
Interesting that Pardew has such a "fiesty" relationship with Arsene
Wenger, when he has so much in common with him.
He chose to pick out one incident in the match when Alli collided with Cabaye, when the Palace midfielder was on the floor (which Cabaye made the most of) to detract from the quality of Dele's goal and the fact that his side had been comprehensively beaten at home. He also used Wenger-vision to avoid commenting on the elbow his centre-forward threw that laid Vertonghen out.
His management style is
always confrontational and while he had a good first half of the
season, things are starting to fall apart. Shame he can't see
|Other scores during this week :|
|Leicester City||3||Stoke City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||Aston Villa||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United||2||Manchester City||2||Saturday|
|6||West Ham United||23||9||9||5||36||28||36||+8|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||23||7||7||9||21||30||28||-9|
Position before match : 4th
Position after match : 4th
Position after the weekend : 4th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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