- DATE – 3rd April 2019
- VENUE – New White Hart Lane
- CROWD – 59,215
- OFFICIAL – Andre Marriner
- CARDS – Alli
- GOALS – Son (55), Eriksen (80)
- STAR EAGLE – James Tomkins (7.4)
It was always going to be a big ask on what was an important night for the hosts but we expected more of a performance than what Palace ended up turning in. After only testing the goalkeeper late on in the game and by that time two goals down, it was too little too late. As soon as the Eagles went a goal down, the game went quiet and it was almost waiting for Palace to do something to test Spurs. Once again, a question mark over the intent of the side on the night with late changes being made on what seemed a damage limitation exercise. Let us be honest, this was a game against a side in the last eight of the Champions League and fighting to finish in the top four for another crack at Europe’s elite competition, but are are within our rights to feel disappointed not to have tested them – at least is was not another 1-0 defeat to them! It is a novelty the feeling of relative safety at this early stage, so perhaps we should just enjoy the comfort and refresh the batteries ahead of a new season at the top table.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7.1) – Important saves throughout the game to keep the hosts at bay, preventing the scoreline from being far worse than it was.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.8) – Stood firm in the face of adversity in what seemed like an almost constant wave of pressure.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.4) – Superb game in the heart of the defence and a big reason why Palace held out for so long by doing everything possible to keep the backline together as a unit.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.5) – One brain fart of a clearance let Harry Kane in but looked composed alongside Tomkins for most of the evening but ultimately part of a defence that could not hold out all night without some reprieve.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.0) – Guilty of a number of poor passes, seems to have refressed this season in the left back role. Tried to get forward and had a couple of positive forrays up field, one of which ended up in real chance.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.0) – Overrun in the midfield throughout the evening, the Serb was helpless to stem the flow.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.3) – Continued where he left off in his substitute appearance at the weekend but could not make a similar impact.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.4) – Similar to McArthur, full of running in what was a wider position but struggled to have any influence.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.5) – Provided some much needed height in the midfield but often found himself protecting the back line which made it difficult to get forward and support any quick breaks. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (5.9) on 79 minutes who had little time to make a mark on the game, managed one stinging cross which almost led to a goal.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.0) – Largely anonymous which was mainly down to some underhand tactics once again and he let it get to him which is all the opposition want to see. Needs to learn quickly from that night down at Southampton as such treatment will not stop just because he does not like. It does not make it right but it is the reality.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6.2) – One good chance came his way but his effort went wide of the goal. Found it difficult to feed off of what were less than scraps in the lone role up front. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (5.9) on 81 minutes who had a glorious chance to score but headed wide from the edge of the six yard box – summed up the evening in its entirety.
Unused substitutes – 31 Wayne Hennessey, 2 Joel Ward, 6 Scott Dann, 7 Max Meyer, 14 Jordan Ayew
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “If we had kept it goalless or at 0-1 for longer then the last 15-20 minutes they would have had some concern about our attacking moves. We had a few chances so at a goal down, they would have been a bit worried but two goals up gave them some comfort. It has obviously been a great evening for them but we did not make it easy, we certainly played our part.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO: “It’s a special moment, a special night. I feel and believe it is the best stadium in the world. We knew the game was going to be difficult and tough. You don’t know how we’re going to react but, playing the way we played in the first half, we were going to score.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Eriksen (8.5) while the most shots were made by Harry Kane (7). The player with the most tackles was Ben Davies (6) while the most dribbles were from Son Heung-Min (4).
- Team rating: 7.13 – 6.39
- Total shots: 24 – 5
- Shots on target: 10 – 1
- Possession: 66% – 34%
- Pass success: 87% – 76%
- Dribbles: 16 – 8
- Aerials won: 19 – 12
- Tackles: 15 – 17
- Corners: 8 – 2
- Dispossessed: 11 – 4
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League after this loss with 36 points from 32 games, two behind Bournemouth in 12th and one ahead of Newcastle United in 14th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United (a)
- 14/04/2019 Manchester City (h)
- 21/04/2019 Arsenal (a)