Af­ter de­fender’s redemp­tion

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

Hen­nessey 6, Wan-Bis­saka 6, Tomkins

7 (Kelly (60th) 6), Sakho 7, Xan Aan­holt 6, McArthur

6 (Sor­loth (70th) 6), Milivo­je­vic 6, Kouy­ate 6, Meyer

6 (Schlupp (67th) 6), Townsend 6, J Ayew 5. pos­ses­sion and Harry Kane’s 25-yard strike forced a de­cent save from Hen­nessey af­ter Luka Milivo­je­vic had lost pos­ses­sion.

Palace cre­ated the first open­ing af­ter the break with James Tomkins nod­ding wide at the far post from Milivo­je­vic’s cen­tre.

The big de­fender didn’t last much longer be­fore limp­ing off and soon af­ter his de­par­ture Palace found them­selves be­hind.

Kane met Erik Lamela’s cor­ner, which Milivo­je­vic blocked, and as the ball sat up nicely Foyth threw him­self at it to power home.

What a mo­ment it was for the de­fender, 20, and af­ter last week’s dis­play, no won­der he cel­e­brated with so much gusto.

What a blow it was for Palace as well and Hodg­son must have feared his side would struggle to get back into the game given they can’t buy a goal at home.

They cer­tainly had the chances, though, and were only de­nied by some fine goal­keep­ing by

Lloris 8, Trip­pier 6 (Aurier (24th) 6), Foyth 8, Alder­weireld 7, Davies 7, Sis­soko 7, Wanyama 6, Lamela 7 (Winks 83rd), Alli 6, Moura 7 (Son (71st) 6), Kane 6 Lloris. First he saved well from Jef­frey Schlupp’s long-range ef­fort and as the Palace star tum­bled on to Lamela, he caught the Ar­gen­tinian and opened up a nasty gash on his fore­head which led to the Spurs man’s sub­sti­tu­tion.

Townsend failed to get hold of an­other good late chance and when an­other Ea­gles sub­sti­tute, Alexan­der Sor­loth, forced an­other fine save out of Lloris, the home side knew that, once again, it wasn’t to be their day in south Lon­don.

Po­chet­tino said: “It was a very com­pet­i­tive game. It was an even game and it was tough.

“Be­fore the game we were talk­ing a lot about how dif­fi­cult it is to play here.

“I’m so pleased be­cause the team fought well un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.”

Hodg­son said: “The gap be­tween us and the top teams isn’t that big – we’ve shown that in the last few games.” Juan Foyth J Moss Man United (A), Nov 24 Chelsea (H), Nov 24

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