Gra­ham a real happy Pot­ter af­ter Bar­rie blast

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By LIZ BYRNES By Tom Hop­kin­son

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

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