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Football news: Juan Foyth heads winner as Tottenham defeat Crystal Palace

Foyth heads winner as Tottenham defeat Crystal Palace

10/11/2018 at 15:39Updated 10/11/2018 at 19:58

Premier League, Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Foyth 66')

Juan Foyth put his nightmare Premier League debut behind him as his goal secured a 1-0 win for Tottenham at Crystal Palace.

The 20-year-old endured a torrid evening in Spurs's 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, in which he conceded two second-half penalties.

But the young Argentinean defender reacted quickest to head in from close range after Palace failed to clear a Tottenham corner after 66 minutes.

It proved the only goal of the game as Mauricio Pochettino's side cemented their position in fourth place, moving on to 27 points - behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference.

Crystal Palace missed a glorious chance to snatch a draw after Hugo Lloris saved Alexander Sorloth's shot in stoppage time, but they remain in 16th as their wait for a first home Premier League win of the season was extended.

TALKING POINT

Spurs continue their impressive start. It wasn’t all that pretty, but Tottenham have now won five away games in a row in the league and this is their second-best start to a Premier League season. They found a way to win when not at their best and that’s so often said to be a hallmark of the best sides.

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.

PLAYER RATINGS

Crystal Palace: Hennessey 6, Wan-Bissaka 7, Tomkins 6, Sakho 7, Van Aanholt 5, Milivojevic 6, McArthur 5, Kouyate 6, Townsend 5, Meyer 4, Ayew 5. Subs: Kelly 6, Schlupp 7, Sorloth 4.

Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace battles for possession with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on November 10, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace battles for possession with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on November 10, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.Getty Images

Tottenham: Lloris 5, Trippier 6, Foyth 7, Alderweireld 7, Davies 7, Wanyama 7, Sissoko 6, Alli 5, Lamela 6, Lucas 7, Kane 5. Subs: Aurier 6, Son 6, Winks 5.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Lucas Moura (Tottenham). The Brazilian was lively and probably Spurs’ most creative player during his time on the pitch. While he missed a good chance in the first half, he made a goal-saving interjection in his own box and continued the form that has seen him be one of Tottenham’s best players this season.

KEY MOMENTS

13’ – GREAT INTERCEPTION. Townsend gets in behind the Tottenham defence and stands the ball up for McArthur, who heads square to what looks like a Kouyate tap-in, but Lucas arrives at the last minute to make a vital interception. Great work-rate from the Brazilian.

42’ – CHANCE! McArthur gives away possession near his own box and Spurs work the ball to Aurier, who puts in an inviting cross that Lucas, six yards out, puts over the bar.

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur saves the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on November 10, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur saves the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on November 10, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.Getty Images

54’ – CHANCE! Palace have a corner and Tomkins slips away from Alli to have a free header at the back post but then can't hit the target.

66’ – GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Foyth). Kane heads goalwards from a corner, it's blocked and loops up in the air and while the Palace players are all static it's Foyth who reacts quickest to nod home.

84’ – CHANCE! A deflected Van Aanholt cross falls to Townsend in the middle of the box but, after taking it down on his chest, he can't generate enough power on his shot and Lloris is able to catch it.

90+1’ – CHANCE! Palace are presented with an unbelievable chance as a deflected shot comes to Sorloth, eight yards out, and he blasts the ball straight into Lloris!

KEY STATS

Since the start of last season, Palace have lost all 12 Premier League games they’ve played without Wilfried Zaha.

Only in the 2011/12 season have Tottenham had more Premier League points after 12 games.

Palace are yet to score a goal from open play at home in the league this season.

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

Spurs have won the last seven league meetings between these two clubs.

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