Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace: Spurs' past and future combine to inspire victory

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Crystal Palace

  • 50" Christian Eriksen
  • 72" Jermain Defoe

Ref: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 36,102

White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Perhaps it is unfair to refer to Jermain Defoe as Tottenham's past, but given that he will soon be playing in the MLS for Toronto FC, it appears apt.  And yet until that day comes, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood can rely on the striker to do his absolute best for the team, just as he did this afternoon.

Tottenham took the lead against Crystal Palace courtesy of Christian Eriksen, whose form since returning from injury suggests he has a vital role to play in the second half of the season.  And Defoe came off the bench to wrap up the game with 18 minutes of normal-time to play.

The result means Spurs climb above Liverpool into fifth place in the Premier League, while Crystal Palace slip to the bottom of the table.

 

Statistics

Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace

Possession

68.4%
31.6%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Hugo Lloris
  • Vlad Chiriches
  • Kyle Walker
  • Michael Dawson
  • Danny Rose
  • Mousa Dembélé
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Nabil Bentaleb
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Emmanuel Adebayor
  • Roberto Soldado

Substitutes

  • Etienne Capoue
  • Nacer Chadli
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Kyle Naughton
  • Brad Friedel
  • Ezekiel Fryers
  • Lewis Holtby

Crystal Palace

  • Julian Speroni
  • Daniel Gabbidon
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Damien Delaney
  • Jonathan Parr
  • Mile Jedinak
  • Joel Ward
  • Jason Puncheon
  • Yannick Bolasie
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Marouane Chamakh

Substitutes

  • Adlène Guédioura
  • Stuart O'Keefe
  • Dean Moxey
  • Jonathan Williams
  • Dwight Gayle
  • Lewis Price
  • Barry Bannan

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