After defender’s redemption
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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