Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli

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Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace in the FA Cup yesterday.

Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he felt Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli put in a good performance against Crystal Palace, even though they tried to provoke him throughout the match.

Alli has shown an aggressive streak since breaking through at White Hart Lane, and he arguably crossed the line when Spurs took on Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday.

The England international was caught up in an off the ball incident against the Italian side, and Pochettino feels that opposition sides are now trying to wind the attacking midfielder up.

However, the Argentine boss insists that Alli did well not to react against Palace - even though he was unable to inspire Spurs to victory.

"Dele [Alli] played well even though opponents tried to provoke him but there is nothing to complain about," he said. "We had good chances to win [against Palace].

"Against Fiorentina we ran seven kilometres more. [And] our effort was bigger than Crystal Palace's, but it is about winning or not."

Tottenham had most of the chances during their match against Palace, but they were unable to break down Alan Pardew’s side.

Spurs were uncharacteristically wasteful throughout the match, and they were punished when Martin Kelly scored the winner for he Eagles.

Tottenham’s hopes of winning the treble are now over, with their next match coming against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Palace, meanwhile, have drawn Reading in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with the match set to be played in March.

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