Tottenham player ratings from Crystal Palace win: Defoe stands out as Soldado struggles again

It was a case of the young and old impressing for Spurs, who emerged victorious despite a terrible first half performance

Tottenham huffed and puffed to a narrow win over Crystal Palace, performing abysmally in a opening period that saw Palace miss a penalty and look by far the better team.

Coming out for the second half with much more impetus, Spurs finally got the goals that would seal three points, Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe, who will move to the MLS next month, netting. 

Below are player ratings for Tottenham from the game:

Hugo Lloris 6.5/10 - Made one decent save from a bouncing Cameron Jerome volley, but was also guilty of a poor throw out that went straight to a Palace player. Threw a hand up for a fine late save to deny Marouane Chamakh.

Kyle Walker 5/10 - Having been one of Tottenham's best players recently, Walker was really poor today, passing poorly, being caught out of position and even being shaken off the ball easily by his winger. Yannick Bolasie's physical style had the right-back all over the place, and Walker came off with a calf problem at the start of the second half.

Danny Rose 5.5/10 - Struggled from the off, giving the ball away frequently and looking clueless whenever he broke down the left in the first half. Much improved after the break, at least as an attacking option. 

Michael Dawson 5.5/10 - For such an experienced player to be incapable of marshalling his defence was hugely surprising. Time after time Palace threatened the Tottenham goal early on for the first 45. Second half was better, and the Spurs captain did some good defensive work to ensure a clean sheet.

Vlad Chiriches 5.5/10 - Was losing Cameron Jerome every time in the first 30 minutes, unable to cope with his pace and power. Also much better after the break, but it's clear he is never going to be the most reliable of defenders - one week he is outstanding, the next he is taking ridiculous risks.

Moussa Dembele 6/10 - Looked OK early on but committed an awful challenge for the Palace penalty. But he improved and was also one of the better players

Nabil Bentaleb 6.5/10 - Made some good early interceptions and was willing to shoot from range, with one spectacular effort hitting the inside of the post and bouncing along the goal line.

Aaron Lennon 6.5/10 - Was the only player that posed any threat at all in the first period, occasionally threatening down the right with his pace and directness. Set up Defoe's second goal with a smart pass, but generally would have been disappointed with his level of crossing, though in part this was down to his teammates failing to make dangerous runs. 

Christian Eriksen 6.5/10 - Struggled to get in the game initially but at least that meant he wasn't guilty of the same simple mistakes as his teammates. The second half saw him score an outstanding volley from an Adebayor flick on as Tottenham finally woke up, and from then on the Dane enjoyed a more lively game. Taken off for Chadli for the last quarter of an hour.

Emmanuel Adebayor 6/10 - Marginally better than his strike partner, in the sense that he was more involved in attacking play. Looked short of his recent impressive form but woke up a little after the break, and won the header that led to Eriksen's goal. Other than that, was poor in the air.

Roberto Soldado 5/10 - Not enough movement from Soldado, with the Spaniard standing still and not working hard enough when Spurs had the ball in midfield. Guilty of some abysmal one touch passing as he failed to link up play. Withdrawn for Defoe just before the hour, and it is hard to see how he is going to improve for Spurs.


Kyle Naughton 48' 6.5/10 - A much improved option at right-back, cutting out risky defending and doing the simple things effectively. Booked for a high challenge.

Jermain Defoe 58' 7/10 - The departing striker, Spurs' record European goalscorer, was given half-an-hour to find his first league goal of the season, replacing the disappointing Soldado. Immediately looked more interested and more of a threat, and scored a great goal after showing quick feet to open up a shooting chance.

Nacer Chadli 76' 6/10 - Was on for just a minute or two before crashing into the advertising boards and damaging his fingers. Came back on after treatment but had little effect on the game.

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