A fixture that rarely favours the Eagles proved to be the case once again as the hosts ran out winners with a score line that was harsh on Palace but it was thanks to two quick fire goals at the start of second half which effectively sealed the points.
7th March 2021
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 782 High Rd, Tottenham, London N17 0BX
Behind closed doors
REFEREE – Stuart Attwell
ASSISTANTS – Constantine Hatzidakis, Neil Davies, Andre Marriner (fourth official)
VAR – Darren England, Mark Scholes (assistant)
BOOKINGS – Jordan Ayew (29), Gary Cahill (35), Jairo Riedewald (48), Matt Doherty (90), Carlos Vinicius (90)
RED CARD – none
Gareth Bale (25, 49), Christian Benteke (46), Harry Kane (52, 76)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you were beaten by the better side. It is somewhat frustrating that after holding second placed United in midweek, the formation was tinkered for this game. Regardless, Palace created chances and scored a good equaliser but even the welcome introduction of Zaha at the break could not prevent the hosts from ending the Eagles unbeaten run.
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BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“Sometimes in the beautiful game you have to put your hands up and give credit to the quality of the opposition’s offensive display. Arguably Kane, Bale and Son form one of the best front threes in the league. Unfortunately, we met a fully fit and confident duo of Kane and Bale at exactly the wrong time. Only the first goal conceded was down to an individual error, the other goals had real quality about them especially Kane’s strike for the Spurs third goal.
The main positives from this evening were Benteke’s majestic header to equalise at the end of the first half and some valuable game time minutes for Zaha and Schlupp following spells out due to tricky injuries. Going forwards, we now have a full quota of attacking options for possibly the first time this season starting with the game against West Brom next weekend. One more win will almost certainly guarantee Premier League status for a ninth season ahead of the rumoured changes this summer.
Although individual cases can be made for Ayew, Benteke and Townsend, a potential starting eleven (4-2-3-1) against the Baggies:
Ward – Kouyate – Cahill – van Aanholt
Riedewald – Milivojevic
Zaha – Eze – Schlupp
Following the West Brom game, we then have a three week break to allow time for Mitchell, Clyne, McArthur and McCarthy to recover and increase our options available in defence and midfield. With an almost fully fit squad, there is no reason to prevent us finishing the season strongly with a 40 plus points total.
Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – Not a chance with either of the four goals and not tested otherwise.
2 JOEL WARD (6) – Was targeted for much of the game and did the best he could.
24 GARY CAHILL (6 – BOOKED!) – He will be disappointed by conceded headed goals but stood firm as much as possible.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Similarly to Cahill, found wanting for the headed goals but never seemed overrun oddly.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Backs to the wall at times but did managed to get into good positions going forward.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6 – CAPTAIN! ASSIST!) – It was his mistake for the opening goal but made amends with a nice assist for the equaliser.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Good first half but faded in the second as the game got away from Palace. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) on 65 minutes who showed his pace on more than one occasion.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6 – BOOKED!) – Back in the starting line up because of the injury McCarthy picked up against United in midweek but the Dutchman had a good game battling away in the middle of the park.
25 EBERECHI EZE (6) – Showed some nice touches in the first half particularly heading into the break where Palace found an equalizer but much have picked up a knock. Replaced by 11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) on 46 minutes and a welcome sight on his return from injury, managed one good effort which come back off the post.
9 JORDAN AYEW (6 – BOOKED!) – Good first half playing off Benteke but struggled to get as involved as much in the second half as he switched positions on the introduction of Zaha.
20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (8 – GOAL!) – As we have always said, put the ball up to the big man and he will finish well, and so it proved. Good all round game by defending from the front. Replaced by 14 JEAN-PHILIPPE MATETA (6) on 74 minutes who had one headed chance over the bar in the short spell he had on the pitch.
1 Jack Butland, 6 Scott Dann, 21 Connor Wickham, 23 Michy Batshuayi, 34 Martin Kelly, 38 Reece Hannam
1 Lloris, 2 Doherty, 6 Sanchez, 4 Alderweireld, 3 Reguilon, 8 Winks, 5 Hojbjerg, 9 Bale, 27 Lucas Moura, 7 Son Heung-Min, 10 Kane
SUBSTITUTES – 11 Lamela (for Bale on 70 mins), 12 Hart, 15 Dier, 17 Sissoko (for Winks on 70 mins), 20 Alli, 23 Bergwijn, 28 Ndombele, 33 Davies, 45 Vinicius (for Kane on 80 mins)
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON –“I’m not good at taking positives from a game when I have seen the team lose by that margin. I thought we were heavily punished by the quality of the goals and some of the quality of play in the final third. I think on another day we may not have been punished quite as harshly. And also with some of the play in the second half we might have added to the goal we scored, which was a good goal. I thought we came across a Tottenham team tonight that is in fine form. They had all their star players firing on all cylinders. As a result they overwhelmed us at times and won the game as a result of it.”
JOSE MOURINHO – “They were good goals. Kane’s first was magnificent. We played good football. It looks silly to say but I’m happy with the goal we conceded. My feeling in the 10 minutes of the first half was that if we finished 1-0 then maybe we would start the second half the same way. We lost a little bit of the hunger and desire to attack. We were too passive, we were in control. We made one mistake and conceded a goal. So I had a positive feeling when we conceded. In the second half we had to go with everything. Then it was the feeling that a one-goal difference is not enough, and then we made it 2-1 and went for 3-1 immediately after. It was a good week for us – three matches, nine points, no injuries and everyone is coming back.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Harry Kane (10.0) who also had the most shots (5). The most tackles were by Sergio Reguilon and Lucas Moura (5) while Reguilon, Gareth Bale, Erik Lamela, Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward (2) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.37 – 6.11
- Total shots: 12 – 5
- Shots on target: 5 – 1
- Possession: 64.1% – 35.9%
- Pass success: 88% – 76%
- Passes: 686 – 373
- Dribbles: 8 – 9
- Aerials won: 20 – 20
- Tackles: 26 – 18
- Fouls: 8 – 17
- Corners: 1 – 5
- Saves: 0 – 1
- Dispossessed: 7 – 18
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace were 13th in the Premier league with 34 points from 28 games, a point ahead of Southampton in 14th and a point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in 12th.
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