Spurs just need Juan
Tottenham in tatters due to injuries, but pulls into tie for second place
Tottenham defender Juan Foyth had an uncomfortable debut in the Premier League last weekend.
His second game in England’s top flight was much better.
The 20-year-old Argentine centre back scored a secondhalf goal to earn Spurs a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace that moved them level on points with second-place Chelsea and Liverpool in the standings.
A week ago, Foyth made his first appearance in the Premier League and gave away two penalties in Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“What a difference a week makes,” read a tweet from Tottenham after the match.
Signed from Estudiantes in the 2017 off-season, Foyth is getting a run in the first team only because of an injury crisis that has robbed Tottenham of nine of its 12 players who featured in the World Cup.
Centre back Davinson Sanchez injured his hamstring in the Champions League midweek and right back Kieran Trippier hobbled off injured in the first half against Palace.
“This type of game is crucial in the battle for the top four,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “This is one of the toughest stadiums to play in. The three points are massive.” Emotional tribute: Action on the field seemed very much an afterthought at King Power Stadium as Leicester honoured its late owner who was killed with four others in a helicopter crash two weeks ago.
The 0-0 draw with Burnley was the first game at the stadium since the tragic accident that killed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Oct. 27.
Some injured Leicester players, including England defend- er Harry Maguire, led a march of fans from the city centre to the stadium ahead of the match. Wins for struggles: On a day when only 11 goals were scored in six matches, there were crucial and confidence-boosting second wins of the season for struggling teams Newcastle and Cardiff.
Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone after beating Bournemouth 2-1at home, with on-loan Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon scoring two early goals.
Cardiff also won against Brighton 2-1, its winner coming in the 90th minute through Sol Bamba following a scramble in which the ball struck the goal frame twice before the centre back eventually scored.
Felipe Anderson’s goal earned West Ham a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, and Jose Holebas equalized with a deflected strike nine minutes from time to earn Watford a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Juan Foyth, centre, who was playing in only his second English Premier League game, scores in the Spurs’ 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.