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18 August 2013
• Selhurst Park, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 23285
Thanks for joining me today, but there is more action on the way. Get on over to the Chelsea-Hull live text commentary for the rest of today's Premier League football, with kick-off at 16:00 hours.
90' + 3'
There is Mark Clattenburg's fulltime whistle and Tottenham get the three points thanks to a narrow 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. They were generally the better side and offered more going forward than Palace, but the hosts showed plenty to be optimistic about in the second half.
90' + 2'
Palace are still pressing for a result with just a few seconds left. Spurs just look to get the ball and slow play down for the final moments.
Yellow CardMile Jedinak
Jedinak puts a downer on what has been a good display by him as he picks up a yellow card for a needless foul out wide on the halfway line.
Phillips does well to make the most of a long ball played to the back post. He heads it back into the danger area for Dikgacoi, but his powerful half volley is saved by Lloris. The midfielder gets a second chance from an acute angle, but Lloris saves again.
Villas-Boas' men really should have a two goal lead. Defoe charges through three defenders and gets just inside the area but puts a shot wide. Big miss.
Lovely move by Spurs as Paulinho flicks the ball to his left and into the area for Chadli. The left-back plays a low cross into the area, but Sigurdsson can't get a shot on target as Gabbidon gets in the way.
Spurs go straight down the other end. Jermain Defoe finds himself all alone and surrounded by three, but instead of heading for goal he makes his way to the corner flag to waste time.
Lloris flaps at the Palace corner but he makes amends as he keeps Jedinak's volley out from a tight angle.
Chamakh brings the ball down on the edge of the area before knocking it out wide for Ward. The full-back wins a corner off Rose.
Good movement by Phillips. The former Sunderland man controls a loose ball just inside the Spurs half, runs at the defence and shoots wide from range.
Chadli, who has been a little quiet today, does attack Palace as he cuts inside and on to his right foot, but his 25-yard effort fizzes a few inches past Speroni's right-hand post.
The hosts immediately spring a counterattack. Phillips pokes a lofted pass over the Tottenham defence for Gayle to chase. Their record signing reaches the ball but the equally rapid Rose catches up, knocks the ball away and gets a free kick.
Spurs are now sitting just outside Palace's area. A cross is partially cleared as far as Paulinho who hits a shot into the ground and Dikgacoi heads it clear.
Moxey wins a throw-in in advanced position, but he has to play it backwards and Spurs end up stealing possession as Dikgacoi gives the ball away.
Ian Holloway's side are certainly giving this ago now. They are seeing plenty of the ball in Spurs' half and have started to create chances.
Good effort by Chadli as he twists and turns his way past Jedinak near the corner. He cuts back inside and shoots with his first foot, but it goes harmlessly past the far post.
Palace threaten again as Dikgacoi chips a pass over the Spurs defence for Phillips, but the 40-year-old's first touch goes behind him and Lloris comes out to make the tackle.
Palace go straight down the other end and almost get a good chance of their own as Chamakh skips past two challenges and then pokes the ball through for Gayle, but it is just a little too heavy and Lloris collects.
Great move by Spurs as Lennon plays a through ball for Soldado. The forward breaks away from Delaney and then squares the ball for Sigurdsson, but the midfielder misses the target from 15 yards.
Triple change for Palace as Williams, Phillips and Chamakh come on. Garvan, Dobbie and Wilbraham all leave the pitch.
Capoue's first involvement in a Spurs jersey sees him attack the Palace penalty area, but he shoots well over from 25 yards.
We could be about to see two players at the opposite ends of their careers as youngster Jonny Williams and veteran Kevin Phillips prepare to come on for Palace.
The match is currently going through something of a scrappy spell, but it has arguably been Palace's most involved part of the match until now. They are putting some moves together, but creating little.
Great play by Moxey as he knocks the ball between Walker's legs and bursts forward down the wing, but he decides to cross from deep rather than continue his run. His delivery is aimed towards Wilbraham, but the attacker had no chance of bringing that down.
Palace are now trying to string some passes together, with Jedinak working as the tempo setter. Unfortunately for him, his final ball over Rose towards the advancing Ward is cut out.
Dembele has his afternoon come to an end as his is replaced by Etienne Capoue who makes his Spurs debut.
The hosts win a corner out of very little on the left side. Garvan whips it in but Spurs clear with ease.
Wilbraham is played throught the centre and although Vertonghen and Lloris almost get into a bit of a mess, the Palace forward is not able to capitalise.
Rose does well down the left as he cuts inside Ward and looks to get to the byline, but Jedinak comes across well and cuts it out. The Palace captain also wins a free kick.
Spurs getting forward down the left. Sigurdsson tries to hold off Ward and spin around him, but the defender comes out on top on this occasion.
Palace have it all to do now. They have not looked like scoring through the entire match and now they must find at least one goal from somewhere. Will Holloway have to look to his bench?
Penalty GoalRoberto Soldado
GOAL!! Tottenham take the lead at Selhurst Park. Soldado steps up and places the penalty to his left as Speroni dives the other way. Debut goal for the Spaniard.
But the referee spots this one! Lennon gets down the right and crosses, but Moxey stops the delivery with his hand leaving Clattenburg with no choice but to give the penalty.
Penalty shout for Spurs as Lennon passes the ball into the area for Soldado and he is bundled over, but the referee gives nothing.
Lively start by Palace. Jedinak's attempt pass out to the left finds its way through thanks to a deflection off Walker. Moxey crosses from deep, but it is too far in front of Wilbraham.
The hosts restart the action at Selhurst Park.
The teams are back out for the second half? Can either side break the deadlock? We shall find out!
45' + 3'
And that was the final action of the first half. Crystal Palace take a 0-0 scoreline into the break after 45 minutes mostly consisting of defending, while Spurs are likely to be disappointed about their service to Soldado.
45' + 2'
Good cross from Lennon as he sends the ball to the far post, but Chadli can only head over from a tight angle thanks to pressure from Ward.
45' + 1'
Getting the ball has not been Spurs' problem so far, but when they get it forward the central areas are too crowded and their deliveries from out wide have mostly been poor.
Three minutes of stoppage time have been awarded by the officials. Can Palace hold on until the break?
Rose feels he was fouled as he gets past Gabbidon near the byline and then goes down under the pressure of Ward, but the referee waves play on.
We have a pause in play now. Gayle received a knock, but he is back up and running again.
Good chance for Tottenham. They look their most dangerous down the right and again Lennon crosses from a good position. His low delivery finds Soldado who flicks the ball goalwards, but Speroni gets in the way.
Spurs get players flooding forward again and Walker crosses into the area for Soldado, but Ward heads it out. Walker should have played the ball forward to Lennon.
Unsurprisingly nothing comes of Spurs' resulting corner, but they do steal possession back very quickly, keeping Palace penned into their area.
Great save by Speroni! Lennon cuts in from the right, passes to Soldado in a central area and the Spaniard lays off the ball to Sigurdsson who shoots, but Palace's Argentine stopper tips it over the bar.
The hosts are not finding it increasingly difficult to get out of their own half. Spurs are pushing forward from the back much more than they were, making it harder for Palace to find space.
Palace have let Lennon in behind their defence too often so far and Walker finds his England teammate again. This time Lennon gets past his marker and crosses, but it is headed out by Ward.
Sigurdsson again takes the corner, but as before nothing comes of it and Palace clear their lines.
Chadli is involved again for Spurs on the left wing. The Belgian cuts inside on to his right foot and lets fly from range, but his effort is deflected for a corner.
The delivery from Jedinak is very good and Wilbraham meets it with a strong header, but Hugo Lloris catches it from a central position.
Rose commits two fouls in quick succession and referee Mark Clattenburg penalises him for the second. Jedinak steps up to take the free kick from about 30 yards from Spurs' goal.
Spurs are still generally controlling this contest, but doing very little with their superiority. Their final ball, whether from open play or set-pieces has been very poor.
The delivery from Sigurdsson goes far too deep to be of any use to Spurs and Palace clear their lines.
Walker picks out the run of Lennon in behind the Palace defence, but once again the winger's delivery into the area is deflected behind for a corner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson whips the ball in and Soldado moves towards the front post to flick it on, but his effort goes well over. In truth it was a poor delivery.
Chadli does well to draw a foul from Gabbidon just to the left of Palace's penalty area. Spurs get plenty of men forward for what is a very good opportunity.
Good spell of possession for Palaca as they pass the ball around the encamped Spurs. Dikgacoi and Dobbie try to keep the tempo of the move up, but in the end Jedinak tries an extravagent pass behind Rose and simply puts the ball out for a goal kick.
We have a pause in play now as Joel Ward seeks medical treatment. The defender clashed with Soldado in the air and took a knock for his troubles. He appears to be well enough to continue, however.
Spurs look relatively comfortable so far, but they are struggling to break the Palace backline down. There have not been any clear-cut chances for either side thus far, although Andre Villas-Boas' men have threatened down the right.
The Palace defenders sit off the advancing Moussa Dembele prompting the Belgian to try his luck from range, but his shot zips just over the bar.
Gayle threatens again down the left and this time he beats Walker as he cuts inside the England internationl before shaping to cross, but back comes Paulinho to halt the attack.
After a brief period of Spurs possession, Palace win the ball back and are then awarded a free kick as Paulinho trips Mile Jedinak 30 yards from the hosts' goal.
Paulinho and Lennon combine well on the right. The winger bursts past a defender and looks to cut a low cross back, but again his effort is intercepted.
Spurs also find a passage down the left wing. Danny Rose is given too much space by Danny Gabbidon and crosses, but Roberto Soldado's glancing header goes well over Julian Speroni's goal.
Palace have their first attack down the left as Dwight Gayle looks to get beyond Walker, but his eventual cross towards Aaron Wilbraham is poor.
Spurs win a throw-in in an advanced position on the right flank. Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon link up well on the edge of the area, but the full-back's attempted cross is blocked.
Composed start by the visitors. They have hardly let go of the ball since starting the match as they confidently knock it around at the back.
We're off at Selhurst Park! Tottenham get the action started.
Palace will be without striker Glen Murray and Yannick Bolasie today, with both sitting out injured. Spurs also have some troubles of their own as Gareth Bale misses out with a foot injury, but they have received a boost as Jan Vertonghen is fit to start.
And the Tottenham team is: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Dembele, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Paulinho; Soldado.SUBS: Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Capoue, Townsend, Carroll, Defoe
The Palace team is: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Garvan, Dikagcoi, Jedinak; Dobbie, Wilbraham, Gayle. SUBS: Alexander, Marange, O'Keefe, Campana, Williams, Phillips, Chamakh
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