Spurs 2 Crystal Palace 0 – Match report

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

A clean sheet, two scrappy goals and nit much quality football. A night to file and forget on a normal evening, but this was no normal evening.

Pre-kick off the local community choir belted out songs from the centre circle before a glorious version of Glory Glory Hallelujah ended with fireworks bursting from the rafters. All the while the players stood waiting, with their backs to the band and singers, presumably waiting impatiently for their turn to take the stage.

The game was part of the occasion, the only unscripted part of course. As the songs rolled down from the absolutely magnificent looking stands, Son, Rose and Kane pushed to get the opener but everything was hurried and being snatched at, the longer we went without a breakthrough, the more the tension built. We needed a win not just to complete the party, but also to stop the rot. Our best chance of getting top four is to win all our remaining home games, we couldn’t afford to falter and bestunitedstatescasinos.com are backing Spurs to finish in the Champions League places.

Son’s breakthrough came after halftime and after one of many attempts by him to find a patch of space large enough to shoot from. The Palace defenders tactic of not giving him enough room to pick his nose let alone test the keeper had worked well but on this occasion our Korean hero wrote his name into history by squeezing a shot off and just inside the post, with the help of the scrabbling Milivojevic.

We relaxed and threatened to score again (with Kane missing the most straightforward opportunity) before things became scrappy and Palace started to look more dangerous than they had been to that point, which wouldn’t have been difficult as their plan was always to frustrate and hope something went their way, probably involving referee Marriner and Zaha going weak at the knees.

Our team had a strong look of make do and mend with Dele and Rose the two obvious round pegs forced in to square holes. With twenty minutes left Harry Winks became the first sub to come on at the new ground. He replaced Rose who had put in a good effort on the left flank. Son moved out wide and Dele further forward from the base of the midfield meaning that something approaching normality was resumed.

Eriksen wrapped up the game after 80 minutes, picking up the scraps after Kane looked like he’d possibly been fouled whilst trying to pick his way into the six yard box. Lloris made a smart save from someone but otherwise, that was that and many online casinos in newzealand had tipped Tottenham to keep a clean sheet.

It was a relief to get the three points and also to christen the new ground with a win and send everyone home waving their flags happily.

Sissoko was probably the pick of a not particularly outstanding display. Man City in the Moneybags League up next.


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