Spurs vs Palace: A review of the clubs' October clash

As Spurs take on Palace for the second time this season, let's look at what went down last time out.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Tottenham got the job done last time out against the Eagles with some second half drama in a match that stood scoreless for 52 minutes of play.

It was in the 53rd minute at Selhurst Park when James Maddison rattled a shot directly in front of Joel Ward who, in an effort to clear the ball, rocketed it right into his own net. The Palace captain looked dazed and confused as Ange's boys ran to the corner to celebrate.

Then, just 13 minutes later, after a perfectly timed Brennan Johnson substitution for a struggling Richarlison on the left-wing, Spurs brought another one home with a clinical finish from Son Heung-min right in front of the keeper.

The momentum was with the team in Lilywhite from that point on, or at least, until Palace came up with an answer in the fourth minute of extra time as Jordan Ayew knocked a looping shot over the outstretched arms of Guglielmo Vicario.

Ayew's late stunner came with subsequent criticism against Pedro Porro, the defender who was supposed to be marking the winger and who completely underestimated the height of the incoming cross.

Nevertheless, Ange's boys saw the match through, clinching a 2-1 win that saw the team rise five points clear to the coveted top spot in the Premier League table.

That victory, however, was the last in Tottenham's undefeated run. Spurs would go on to lose to Chelsea, Wolves, and Aston Villa in the following games.

Now, the squad have battled back and look poised to take on their newest string of opponents. With captain Son Heung-min back from international duty, and the return of crucial players like James Maddison and Micky van de Ven from the formerly extensive injury list, the team is close to firing on all cylinders.

Recent reports indicating the losses of Richarlison and Ryan Sessegnon to more long-term injuries will be a tough blow, as will the expected absences of Pedro Porro and perhaps Destiny Udogie.

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Nevertheless, the team has continued to learn from Ange and adapt to his attack-oriented style of play in the 17 matches they've competed in across all competitions since the Palace game. Supporters will be eager to see how the squad gets on after their two weeks of inaction, as well, as they welcome Oliver Glasner's side to North London.