Tottenham improved in the second half against a hard-working, determined Palace side which before the interval had troubled Spurs greatly. They had given Spurs no time on the ball but attacked with pace and were a constant threat. Had it not been for the missed penalty early in the game, Palace would have had a deserved interval lead.
After half-time Spurs played with much greater purpose and didn’t allow Palace to dictate the pace or tempo of the game, getting to the ball quicker and forcing Palace to defend putting them under pressure by getting the ball into their area. The goals from Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe were well taken and eased the pressure on the players allowing them to play with greater freedom. In the end it was a deserved win for Spurs after a few nervy moments in the first half.Who Stood Out?
Nabil Bentaleb gave a very confident performance and was probably the only Spurs player to really perform in the first half. He was unlucky not to score in his first Premier League start with his shot from distance beating the goalkeeper but rebounding off the inside of the post and going across the face of the goal and out on the other side for a goal kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor showed up better in the second half with a greater work rate and coming deeper looking for the ball and it was his flicked header on the edge of the box which set up Eriksen for the vital opening goal.
Jermain Defoe looked lively in scoring his first league goal of the season and his 143rd for Tottenham in all competitions.
When Aaron Lennon was on the ball in the second half he was threat and set up Defoe’s goal as well as delivering dangerous crosses into the penalty area. It was his 41st Premier League ‘assist’ for Spurs, only Darren Anderton and Teddy Sheringham have created more.
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