Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Dogged Spurs grind out win at Crystal Palace

Dogged Spurs grind out win at Crystal Palace

They have lost nearly all their big games and have been nowhere near their seductive best, yet they are still in the Champions League, just about, and a win today would take them to within two points of the leaders Manchester City.

That run of form is simply not good enough, leaving the South London outfit 14th in the table and just two points above the dropzone, and an EFL Cup exit at the hands of second-tier side Middlesbrough last Wednesday did not help matters.

Defender Juan Foyth scored his first goal for Tottenham to give Spurs a hard-fought away win at Crystal Palace.

Juan Foyth banished the memory of his nightmare Premier League debut to score Tottenham Hotspur's only goal in a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Despite Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, and Jan Vertonghen also missing significant spells this season, Tottenham are off to their best-ever Premier League start, which has seen them take 24 out of a possible 33 points.

Some of the club's more unheralded players have really impressed and if Pochettino can get the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane back to their best, the rest of the top six need to watch out.

Crystal Palace possible XI: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Meyer, Zaha, Townsend. It's play, play, then move there and train in a different way and play again.

Usyk tells Bellew: A little less conversation, a little more action
I was about 95 per cent sure I was going to retire, and I think he is too, so it will get you through the camp better, said Froch. So as unbeatable as Usyk looks physically, if anyone is going to beat him it's going to be Bellew.

Even if he does not play, Spurs have no power to keep him.

Palace almost went ahead shortly after the halftime break as James Tomkins, who was un-marked, headed wide at the far post.

Tottenham (8-3-0) enters the match now fourth in the league standings.

Alexander Sorloth squandered a big chance to level matters for Palace in the 89th minute after the striker failed to beat Lloris from close range, as Spurs hung on to claim victory.

The defeat means Palace, who have had a punishing run of fixtures, are experiencing their worst home start to a season for 21 years, with only goal difference keeping them out of the drop zone.

Foyth endured a hard Premier League debut last time out against Wolves, conceding two penalties in Spurs' 3-2 win.

Tottenham have scored seven headed goals, the most in the division.

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