Spurs just need Juan

Tot­ten­ham in tat­ters due to in­juries, but pulls into tie for se­cond place

Toronto Star - - MARKETPLACE - STEVE DOU­GLAS THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

IAN KINGTON AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

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.

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