Hugo Lloris plays down outstanding save against Crystal Palace

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

The France international made a stunning stop in the London derby, and he was happy to lead Spurs to three points following a Europa League match.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been speaking to the Spurs website about a key moment in the club's win over Crystal Palace, as well as the significance of the victory.

The France international played an important part in securing the result to earn Tottenham's first three points in the league at White Hart Lane this season, producing a stunning fingertip save down to his right to deflect Bakary Sako's snapshot onto the post and away.

Just minutes later Heung-Min Son would score the winner after superb work from both Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, but ever the modest individual, Lloris refused to accept too much personal credit for his wonderful stop.

"It was an important moment, but it was a team performance," the 28-year-old told the Spurs website. "Everyone made the game easier, we were all involved, all focused, and all concentrating.

"I should have caught it," the goalkeeper joked. "It's football, I always try to do my best for the team, to help the team get points."

Lloris also emphasised that it was important for Spurs to get the win after a European match, having struggled to secure three points in the matches that game immediately after Europa League games last season.

"Last season we struggled a bit when we played after European competition games, and today we started so well, with a good spirit and aggressiveness, and we were strong until the end of the game," he said.

"Today we could have been a bit worried (after losing points last season after European games) but I thought the guys did so well."

Of Tottenham's eight Europa League matches last season, they only managed to win three of the games following a Thursday night fixture, losing four including the League Cup final, so it is no surprise to see how much the players understand the importance of rectifying that problem.

Spurs have tightened up at the back this season, and the club at their world class goalkeeper secured their third consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League against Palace, with just Manchester City having a stronger defence in the early stages of the league campaign.

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