Premier League Statistics: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 5th November 2017
- Venue – Wembley Stadium
- Attendance – 65,270
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Bookings – Schlupp, Townsend
- Goals – Son (64)
- Star Eagle – Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho (7.1)
A very good performance which ended in another loss as the Eagles faced another goalkeeper in terrific form. Roy Hodgson has certainly had an effect on this squad of players, making them organised and hard to beat but this was a tough loss when Palace certainly deserved something better than that particularly after having the better chances throughout the game. We can however take solace in the performance ahead of a run of games that will be critical to our hopes of survival.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 Julian Speroni (5.6) – Had very little to do during his latest appearance on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium which said everything about how the game went.
2 Joel Ward (7.0) – Solid display following a few questionable ones of late. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (5.9) on 76 minutes in an effort to try and get something from the game but the Mali international found it hard to make an impact.
12 Mamadou Sakho (7.1) – Found himself in advanced positions on two separate occasions and perhaps should have scored with both but was a brick wall at the back.
6 Scott Dann (7.1) – Alongside Sakho in the heart of the defence they formed a real barrier that Spurs found difficult to get through all afternoon. Header from a corner looked destined for the back of the net but the goalkeeper had other ideas.
24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6.5) – Struggled a little up against the often advanced Danny Rose but not well supported by Loftus-Cheek in front of him.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.7) – Struggled to find his range with his passing but was tough in the tackle to break up the oppositions advances. Had a chance with a far post header at goal but could not convert.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.5) – Quiet first half but came to the fore in the second when he visibly got involved more and tried to create something for the team going forward.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6.6) – Celebrating his call up to the full England squad but struggled out wide which is not his true position, but his height was a welcome advantage defending corners.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.7) – Worked hard throughout and battled to get forward as much as possible. Put Zaha through on goal on one occasion with a terrific pass.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.6) – Lively as ever but will be kicking himself for missing an open goal after doing the hard work rounding the goalkeeper.
10 Andros Townsend (6.3) – Poor first half but worked harder in the second and was much more of a threat. Had one terrific chance saved when he looked certain to score.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 5 James Tomkins, 18 James McArthur, 23 Pape Souare, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Reidewald.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“We knew they would dominate possession with the quality they have but we worked hard to restrict them and they did not have many shots to worry us. We had quite a few moments of our own at the other end so it was a bitter blow to lose. We caused them a good deal of problems: Zaha’s chance and others we could have scored. When you don’t take your chances, you run the risk of them scoring at the other end and that’s what happened. I am pleased with how we went about our business. I can’t ask much more of what the players are giving.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It was a tough game for us after Wednesday. Palace were compact, narrow and played on the counter-attack. We had possession, but not many chances. They were fresh after one week to prepare for the game. We had a few problems after the Madrid game and that is why I am so happy with the victory.” – Mauricio Pochettino courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Jan Vertongen (8.2) while Scott Dann and Andros Townsend (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Serge Aurier (5) and Wilfried Zaha (3) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.92 – 6.55
- Total shots: 12 – 11
- Shots on target: 2 – 3
- Possession: 68.3% – 31.7%
- Pass success: 85% – 68%
- Dribbles: 6 – 8
- Aerials won: 12 – 12
- Tackles: 17 – 18
- Corners: 10 – 9
- Dispossessed: 13 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with just four points from eleven games behind Swansea City in 19th on eight points and West Ham United in 18th on nine points.
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- 18/11/2017 Everton (h)
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- 28/11/2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)