Tottenham 3 – 0 C Palais

Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son were on track as Tottenham continued their resurgence under Antonio Conte with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, which had Wilfried Zaha sent off for two bookable offenses in the first half.

The Eagles had asked for the game to be postponed after manager Patrick Vieira and several players were isolated following a Covid outbreak, but the Premier League insisted they had not reached the necessary threshold , finally confirming that the match would take place a few hours before starting.

Spurs duly capitalized on the apparent disruption to Palace’s preparations, with Harry Kane scoring for a second straight Premier League game when he converted Lucas Moura’s low cross to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Moura himself doubled his lead two minutes later when he managed Emerson Royal’s cross from close range following another quick attack from Spurs.

The Crystal Palace afternoon then went from bad to worse as Zaha, who had previously been cautioned for a foul on Davinson Sanchez, received his marching orders for a hit to the same player while the assistant’s Vieira, Osian Roberts, watched from the technical area.

Tottenham’s dominance afterward was such that Conte was able to pull Kane out shortly after the hour mark with Tuesday’s trip to Southampton in mind, and Heung-Min Son wrapped up the win when he brought in another cross from Moura in the 74th minute.

The win takes Tottenham to fifth in the Premier League table and means they have taken 14 out of 18 possible points since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as manager. Palace, meanwhile, slipped to 12th place.

Player Ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Tanganga (7), Emerson (8), Skipp (7), Hojbjerg (7), Reguilon (7), Moura (9), Fils (8), Kane (8).

Subscribers: Bergwijn (6), Gil (6), Ndombele (6).

Crystal Palace: Butland (5), Ward (5), Andersen (5), Tomkins (5), Mitchell (7), Kouyate (6), Hughes (6), Gallagher (5), Ayew (5), Zaha (3), Edward (5).

Subscribers: Ferguson (6), Schlupp (6), Mateta (6).

Man of the match: Lucas Moura

How Spurs continued their strong run

Palace had spent the preparation for the match pushing for the postponement, but their starting lineup was not far from full and they started off brilliantly, dominating possession in the early stages and creating some half chances for Jordan. Ayew.

Soon, however, the hosts began to assert their superiority, with their first chance going to Oliver Skipp, who shot from the edge of the box after Japhet Tanganga’s effort was blocked.

Team news

  • Spurs boss Antonio Conte made two changes to the 2-1 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, as Heung-Min Son and Japhet Tanganga replaced Steven Bergwijn and Ben Davies.
  • Crystal Palace was deprived of its manager Patrick Vieira, who was isolating himself with Covid, while Christian Benteke, Eberechi Eze, Vicente Guaita, Luka Milivojevic and Michael Olise were also absent.

Spurs began to corner the visitors and should have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Son sent a pass to Sergio Reguilon through the legs of Joel Ward and the Spursman’s left-winger cross was led largely by the unmarked Moura at the near post. .

It didn’t take long for the Brazilian – chosen ahead of the resurrected Dele Alli – to make amends, however. His cross for Kane’s opener, after hanging onto Emerson’s deep ball, was perfectly weighted, and he wasn’t wrong with his second chance to head just two minutes and 16 seconds later. .

Wilfried Zaha reacts angrily to his expulsion against Spurs

Emerson was involved again, with the marauding right-back providing the cross for his compatriot, and Palace’s afternoon deteriorated further minutes later when Zaha needlessly lambasted Sanchez for his second yellow card.

The 29-year-old protested Jonathan Moss’ decision but had little reason to do so after letting his frustration get the better of him. He left the field having lost the ball almost twice as many times (10) as any other player on the field.

The second half was all about attack versus defense, with Conte even able to rest Kane, replacing him with Steven Bergwijn after sending a narrow effort.

Spurs kept pushing for a third goal and it arrived courtesy of Son, who led another dangerous cross from Moura past Palace keeper Jack Butland before he too was substituted.

Hueng-min Son celebrates with teammates after scoring Spurs' third
Hueng-min Son celebrates with teammates after scoring Spurs’ third goal

Conte’s men could have increased their lead, with Sanchez shooting their best chance to finish two minutes from time, but their job was already done by then.

A team that had won just two of their last seven Premier League games when Conte was appointed have now won five of seven under the guidance of their new head coach.

They are six points behind Arsenal, fourth, but with three games in hand against rivals north London. As Palace heals its wounds, Spurs fans have every right to be optimistic about the future.

Man of the match – Lucas Moura

Moura had only appeared nine minutes of Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool in their last Premier League game, but his goals in the Carabao Cup win over West Ham convinced Antonio Conte to pitch him and he duly rewarded the faith of his manager.

Lucas Moura of Tottenham scores the second goal (AP)
Lucas Moura of Tottenham scores the second goal (AP)

He was guilty of missing a glorious opportunity to put Spurs ahead in the middle of the first half, but that missed opportunity quickly became unnecessary. The Brazilian arranged Kane’s first game, scored the second himself, and then provided the cross for Son’s third.

Opta Statistics

  • Tottenham have scored in each of their last five Premier League games, scoring 12 goals in that series.
  • Lucas Moura has made three assists this season (two in this game). No Tottenham player has any more in the Premier League.
  • Heung-Min Son has scored in his last four Premier League games. Son has also scored eight goals this season, more than any other Spurs player in the Premier League.
  • Spurs are undefeated in their last six games in the Premier League, their last longer undefeated streak was from September 20, 2020 to December 13, 2020, a series of 11 games.

And after?

Both sides face quick turnarounds ahead of their next games, with Spurs heading to Southampton on Tuesday and Crystal Palace hosting Norwich on the same day. Kick-off of the two matches at 3 p.m.

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