Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham


The Lilywhites started their season in the best possible fashion as they secured an away win whilst keeping a clean sheet, in a tricky start away at Selhurst Park. It was Tottenham v Palace + Clattenburg on occasions, with the ref seeming to take a particular dislike to Gylfi Sigurdsson, but mustn’t moan! 3 points are in the bag and there were a lot of positives to take from the visit to Croydon.

Hugo Lloris – 8 – The Frenchman had an extremely solid afternoon, making a great save from Dikgacoi and rushing out of his goal to thwart Palace numerous times. A clean sheet was just desserts for a great performance.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Walker looked assured at the back and a threat going forward, linking up with Lennon well and contributing to the winning of the penalty.

Michael Dawson – 6 – As always, Daws showed immense leadership and passion as he led Tottenham to victory, 1 year after turning down a move to QPR to fight for his place, although at times his lack of pace showed him up and Lloris had to protect him.

Jan Vertonghen – 7 – Movement was limited by the injury he is evidently carrying but still proved a formidable wall to pass and was solid throughout.

Danny Rose – 7 – Effective offensively and was reasonably secure at the back, although I still think AVB should be looking to bring in a left-back before the window closes in a couple of weeks.

Paulinho – 8 – Was awarded man of the match by Niall Quinn – which says something, considering Quinn’s tangible hatred of Spurs for the whole game – for a tidy performance, looking to get on the ball and make things happen, as well as contributing defensively.

Mousa Dembele – 7 – A solid performance from the Belgian, shuffling the ball around in midfield and spreading the play to Lennon and Chadli regularly.

Aaron Lennon – 6 – The pace, the energy and the understanding is there, but his final ball was often awry. Covered well defensively and demonstrated a good partnership with Walker on the right flank.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6 – Toiled and toiled to create something but ultimately the Iceman struggled slightly in the role just off Soldado. Had a couple of decent opportunities but neither troubled Speroni as much as they should.

Nacer Chadli – 7 – The summer signing from FC Twente demonstrated willingness and skill, and when he cut in off the left flank he looked dangerous with a couple of probing long shots.

Roberto Soldado – 7 – Suffered from a lack of service which will only improve as he plays matches with the midfield and the understanding grows, but took his penalty excellently and that proved to be the difference on the day.


Etienne Capoue – 8 – The Frenchman, who only joined the club on Thursday, came off the bench and proved that he is not just here as a deputy to Sandro, completing 6 successful interceptions in 30 minutes and helping Tottenham counterattack when Palace overcommitted.

Jermain Defoe – 6 – Did well in holding the ball up and providing an outlet in the dying minutes, but should have scored when he put a 1-on-1 against Speroni agonisingly wide of the post.

Younes Kaboul – 6 – Great to see him back in action.


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  1. After watching this game i thought that there was a lot to excite our four new signings I thought had quite good games and will get better after a few more mins on pitch. Lloris had one or two good saves but not a lot to do which is a good sign. Lennon agree got himself in positions but last ball was a little off. Defo came on as sub and should off sealed it but missed which is reminiscent of last season. Rose played well I thought. Good to see Kaboul back. Walker did enough. So a fairly solid performance against a resilient palace side. 3 points next Swansea at home. Lets keep growing and will might start saying Gareth Who… if we can continue growing.


  2. Strange to have no feeling of despair or worry when we made our substitutions. Strange to see Defoe coming in without needing to score to get a point or three. Strange to have no fear when Dembele was taken off. Strange to have such a strong squad. I am beginning to love strange things ! COYS !

  3. Think a 7 for Walker and Rose a bit generous. At times Walker and Lennon looked as though they'd never played together before….and are Palace a seriously quick side or are our 2 CBs slower than we thought? Dawes and Verts also looked shaky under the high balls Palace were pumping into the box – the blueprint for how to play Spurs this year…Lennon needs to get his head up at the bi-line and cut back to the 6 yard box for Soldado/Siggy, not the near post all the time. Chadli was impressive, as was Paulinho and Capoue when he came on. Was a concern how easily Palace broke through up the middle at times though….but considering the new players and combinations, with a tough away fixture, not a bad first up game.

  4. My MOM was Vertoghen once again showed composure always makes the right decisions he needs to tell Daws to stop them long diagonal passes!!. Jan for captain.

    Impressed with Paulinho + Capoue, Chadli kept it simple but tracked back well to help Rose, Hugo solid again the only dissapointment i have is Defoe should of come on for Siggy would of been good to see the 2 forwards work together but good display all round really.

  5. there was a massive creative hole at the centre of the attacking 3rd of the pitch. it's a crucial play making position and i just dont think sigurdsson has the talent to play there. tbh, i dont see where he can play, he's too slow to be on the wings.. i just dont think he fits anywhere. holtby, bale and dembele could and should play that position – or we bring someone else in.

  6. Half decent performance but we certainly need more attacking options. Can't ask much more than 3 points away in a local London derby but can't help thinking about where the goals are going to come from if Bale does leave.
    Walker didn't impress me nor did Dempsey or Dembele.
    We need a proper midfield play maker and a right sided attacker. Soldano needs help up front and I think he'll be an excellent buy.
    Chadli looks good and Paulino will be supurb.


  7. walker 5. cannot agree with the high average mark. it was a shaky performace… Lloris, paulinho, Dembele, soldado, Daws, vert 7s…. the rest 6s with the Walker 5.

  8. Capoue looks a steal tbh. In fairness their left back moxey deserved motm. He was quality. Showed both our fullbacks up tbh. Except for the pen obviously lol.

  9. I think as long as we improve and step it up gradually we will be good . Capoule looks class . Lennon needs to do more and i feel Townsend needs to be given a real chance to replace him now . Possibly went into the game a bit too complacent and although Palace never looked in the game , once again we were treated to the usual sitting back inviting pressure and nervous last 10 minutes that normally have cost us late goals in the past.

  10. I will say what I always said: Defoe is the best if he comes as a sub.

    Positive performance, great to see our new signings playing so well (I’m totally stunned with Capoue’s performance. He trained only 2 days with the team and played so freaking well! Damn, Sandro should start worrying about getting his place in the first team back!), but it’s a real shame AVB didn’t give a chance to Townsend to come in off the bench. I begged for him to replace Lennon!

    All to all, if we manage to bring in another striker (I don’t think AVB considers Adebayor as a Spurs player anymore), another left back (Coentrao? With the money obtained from Bale sale he is more than affordable) , centre back (I still can’t get it why we have sold Caulker) and someone to replace Bale (God please, Lamela!) and I think we’re quite ready to challenge for honours. COYS!

  11. Crazy iceman was a nusence all game atleast an 8 and a brilliant strike that forced a save and walker was trying to be a left wing always forward and never covering the flanks to busy trying to buy border line calls to play defense worst player on the pitch today for me and chadli needs to realize he is part of a team not a on man show

  12. At the end of the day I have gotten so used to us not winning our opening game and playing really rubbish,that getting 3 points awa, in a London Derby and keeping a clean sheet to a pumped up newly promoted side WITHOUT Bale is all gravy! We WILL improve like we did last year only this year we can build on a win away and stay hopeful that bale will still play for us come September.I think we are in for big things.Our new boys were class and improved as the game wore on and Siggy was really unlucky TWICE.We know that boy can be class when he's on a roll.Walker looked good but once again like last season he can't help giving away divvy fouls which we saw lose us the points so many times last year.he NEEDS to sort it out RAPIDO!! Vertonghen was sweet Chadli got better the more he played and Capoue made me hard at times!! Rose was good going forwards and backwards but also likes giving away divvy free kicks.Nice to have Kaboom back.His positioning and quality in the air is something we've missed on occasion.Lennon is more than just going forward,the width he offers is vital and his defensive responsibility is sweet as a nut tho it would be nice to see him pull the ball back a bit more when he gets to the byline.I for one was very impressed with our opening day when consider what we have been used to for so bleeding long! COYS!

  13. I thought Danny Rose played a nice game, reminded me of Bale when he got his break after BAE went down. The new additions looked nice as well. I say we take Real's money if it's still on the table.



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