Young­ster Foyth goes from zero to hero with win­ner for Spurs

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● Tot­ten­ham ground out an­other Premier League away win to move to within two points of lead­ers Manch­ester City as Juan Foyth’s first se­nior goal se­cured a 1-0 vic­tory at Crys­tal Palace.

Once more Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s men were not at their best and needed a great late save from Hugo Lloris to claim all three points as a tor­ren­tial down­pour af­fected con­di­tions at Sel­hurst Park.

How­ever, a run of five straight league wins on the road means Spurs move level with Chelsea and Liver­pool and four points clear of lo­cal ri­vals Arsenal, all of whom are in ac­tion to­day.

At the end of a gru­elling run of five games in 12 days, Po­chet­tino made six changes from the side that bat­tled back from a goal down against PSV Eind­hoven in mid­week to keep their hopes of reach­ing the Cham­pi­ons League last 16 alive.

Palace were also miss­ing star man Wil­fried Zaha due to a ham­string in­jury.

Spurs were dealt an in­jury blow when Kieran Trip­pier limped off mid­way through the first half and is now a doubt for Eng­land’s up­com­ing matches with the US and Croa­tia.

Po­chet­tino’s men looked tired out by their con­gested fix­ture list in the heavy con­di­tions as they took nearly 30 min­utes to threaten.

Harry Kane pounced on a slack touch by Palace cap­tain Luka Milivo­je­vic and fired goal­wards from 25m to force Wayne Hen­nessey to turn the ball be­hind.

Lucas Moura then got in Dele Alli’s way as the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional looked set to meet Serge Aurier’s invit­ing cross from the right.

Shorn of Zaha’s pace on the break, Palace looked most likely to score via a set-piece and James Tomkins headed wide when un­marked at the back post from Milivo­je­vic’s cor­ner just af­ter the break.

Yet it was Palace’s own in­abil­ity to de­fend a sim­ple cor­ner that saw them lose for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Ar­gen­tine cen­tre­back Foyth had con­ceded two penal­ties on his Premier League de­but last week­end at Wolves.

But the 20-year-old will have hap­pier mem­o­ries of his sec­ond start as he grate­fully headed home from close range.

Palace did at least en­sure a fran­tic fi­nale as Jef­frey Schlupp’s shot from just out­side the box forced Lloris into his first se­ri­ous save. The French No 1 has been much-crit­i­cised for high-pro­file mis­takes in the Cham­pi­ons League in re­cent weeks, but he made amends with a bril­liant stop from Alexan­der Sor­loth as the game en­tered stop­page time to shut Palace out.

Other results and scor­ers: Cardiff 2 (Pater­son 28, Bamba 90) Brighton 1 (Dunk 6); Hud­der­s­field 1 (Pritchard 6) West Ham 1 (An­der­son 74); Leicester 0 Burnley 0; Newcastle 2 (Rondon 7, 39) Bournemouth 1 (Lerma 45+5); Southamp­ton 1 (Gab­bia­dini 20) Watford 1 (Hole­bas 82). —

Juan Foyth

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