Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has told The Telegraph that he felt Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were ‘very, very good’ on Saturday.
Palace made the short trip to North London on Saturday afternoon to take on Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and were hoping to repeat their recent away win over Manchester United.
However, Spurs were quickly on top as Alderweireld’s ball over the top picked out Son Heung-min, who cut inside and fired the opener.
Patrick van Aanholt put through his own goal to make it 2-0, before Aurier found Son at the back post to volley home a third goal for Spurs, and Harry Kane then set up Erik Lamela to make it 4-0 before the break.
Spurs will be delighted with such a convincing win, and with a clean sheet as centre back pairing Alderweireld and Vertonghen impressed once again.
The Belgian internationals know each other inside out, and it seems that their performance on Saturday caught the eye of Palace boss Hodgson – but not just for their defending.
Hodgson felt that the quality of their passing was ‘really outstanding’, with the pair able to pick out long passing to set up attacks, as seen with Son’s opener.
Hodgson noted that the pair were ‘very, very good’, but doesn’t feel they will get much credit for their passing given that they’re defenders.
“The two centre-backs, the quality of their passing was really outstanding, although they probably won’t get much credit for it as is the way with centre-backs,” said Hodgson. “But they were very, very good,” he added.