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JUAN FOYTH atoned for his Premier League debut disaster with the goal that piled on the misery for Crystal Palace.
The young Argentinian handed Wolves both goals in Tottenham’s 3-2 victory at Molineux last weekend, conceding two penalties in his first top-flight fixture.
So clumsy were both that boss Mauricio Pochettino would have been forgiven for leaving him out this weekend after bringing in Davinson Sanchez in the midweek Champions League.
He kept faith with his compatriot, however, and was repaid handsomely as his header compounded Palace’s miserable home record this campaign.
This made it six games with no wins and, alarmingly, no goals from open play.
And few among the home fans would have expected any different as they filed in to Selhurst Park to find Wilfried Zaha had not made the matchday squad.
Zaha sustained a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat by Chelsea last Sunday and, while Roy Hodgson had hoped he would recover in time, it wasn’t to be. Spurs boss Pochettino, meanwhile, made six changes to the side which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Tuesday.
That meant a first Premier League start of the campaign for Victor Wanyama, who settled into defensive midfield alongside Moussa Sissoko.
The visitors started the game well but Palace settled and for a good period in the first half they looked the more likely to score. Cheikhou Kouyate launched himself acrobatically at James McArthur’s header back across the box but Lucas Moura cleared the danger.
Andros Townsend got in round the back of Foyth to latch on to Mamadou Sakho’s ball over the top but, from a tight angle, he drilled his effort into the nearside netting of Wayne Hennessey’s goal.
Foyth appeared to have the jitters again when he tried to pass a ball back to keeper Hugo Lloris but instead played it straight out for a corner with the keeper in an all together different postcode.
Credit to Foyth, some players would have gone into their shell at that, but there he was just a couple of minutes later demanding the ball again.
Spurs were on the back foot but for all Palace’s good work, as you’d perhaps expect from a side struggling for goals, Lloris was never troubled.
Sissoko danced away from two or three challenges at the other end before a good run ended with a shot which was blocked at close range.
Then Ben Davies did well to get to the byline and a fine, full-blodied cross deserved better from Dele Alli.
The England midfielder had much more time and space than he realised and ought to have at least forced a save, but instead his effort was harmlessly wide.
It was Spurs’s turn to enjoy the lion’s share of
■BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: Erik Lamela is treated in the second half ■ HANDBAGS: Dele Alli and Jordan Ayew have a difference of opinions ■ SILENCER: Juan Foyth nets the winning goal to stun Selhurst Park
SMASHER: Barrie McKay