Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min secured a 1-0 win for his side over London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday with his first English Premier League goal, helping his side record a first home league win this season.
Spurs made five changes from their midweek UEFA Europa League victory over Qarabag, but just one change from their 1-0 league win at Sunderland last weekend, with winger Erik Lamela replacing injured midfielder Ryan Mason.Embed from Getty Images
For Alan Pardew’s Eagles, Damien Delaney replaced Scot Dann in central defence.
Despite being on the front foot for most of the first half at White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs struggled to create clear-cut chances against a well-organised Palace defence.Embed from Getty Images
The visitors came close to scoring in the first half when midfielder Yohan Cabaye beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but rebounded off the post with an angled shot.
The 65th minute then saw the Selhurst Park side strike the woodwork again, with Lloris brilliantly pushing winger Bakary Sako’s strong effort onto the upright.Embed from Getty Images
Three minutes later, Lamela found substitute midfielder Christian Eriksen after winning the ball at the edge of his area.
Eriksen, making his first appearance after having been sidelined for more than a month with a knee injury, released Son, whose shot went past Alex McCarthy between the sticks at his near post and in, scoring his first goal in the Premier League.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Nacer Chadli (Christian Eriksen 68′), Son Heung-Min (Clinton N’Jie 79′), Erik Lamela (Tom Carroll 87′), Harry Kane
Unused substitues: Michel Vorm, Federico Fazio, Andros Townsend, Kieran Trippier
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Alex McCarthy, Pape Souare, Damien Delaney, Brede Hangeland, Martin Kelly, James McArthur (Jordon Mutch 76′), Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako (Patrick Bamford 84′), Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha (Frazier Campbell 46′), Yannick Bolasie
Unused substitutes: Adrian Mariappa, Lee Chung-Yong, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley