Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1 – Nine game winless run for Eagles as Foyth settles derby

BY MATT WOOSNAM

Crystal Palace’s run of Premier League games without victory extended to nine after Juan Foyth’s second half goal earned Tottenham all three points at Selhurst Park.

 

The defender headed home after 66 minutes after Mamadou Sakho had blocked Harry Kane’s header, and it was enough to win the game despite plenty of Palace pressure.

 

Palace could have taken the lead with quarter of an hour played when Milivojevic’s corner was headed wide by James Tomkins, before Townsend latched onto a long ball and burst into the area, but could only fire the wrong side of the post whilst under pressure.

 

As the visitors began to get themselves into the game a little more, Harry Kane picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and struck a fierce effort towards Wayne Hennessey but the Welsh keeper was able to palm it behind for a corner with half an hour on the clock. It was Tottenham’s first real chance of the match.

 

Shortly before half-time, James McArthur was called into action to pressure Lucas Moura into guiding a dangerous Serge Aurier cross over the bar.

The opening 45 minutes were much better from Palace, who defended well and created several openings, but as has been the story this season, they had nobody with the ability to take them.

 

The Eagles came out the better side in the second half and Tomkins was a threat in the air again, but he failed to convert their best chance when he headed wide from Milivojevic’s cross following a corner.

 

But it was Spurs who took the lead. Foyth was quickest to react to nod home from close range following a corner where Kane’s header had caused confusion.

Jeffrey Schlupp fired at Hugo Lloris late on but the Frenchman was comfortably able to palm away. Substitute Alexander Sorloth was also denied by the goalkeeper’s feet when he got in down the left and took aim from a narrow angle.

As much as the Eagles tried, they were unable to beat Lloris, and full-time came to leave them goalless from open play at home this season.

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