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Played
August 18, 2013 1:30 PM BST
Selhurst Park — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 23285‎
 
 
Roberto Soldado 50′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

Record signing Roberto Soldado scores from the penalty spot after Aaron Lennon's cross strikes the arm of Dean Moxey as Spurs take all the points at Selhurst Park

By Greg Stobart

  • Julian Speroni
    5
    1
    3.00

    Julian Speroni

    The Argentine made some fine fingertip saves - especially to deny Dembele and Sigurdsson - but could do nothing about Soldado's penalty.

  • Joel Ward
    5
    1
    3.00

    Joel Ward

    Generally solid display from the Palace right-back. Caught ball-watching on a couple of occasions, most notably at the end of the first-half when Chadli headed over the bar.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    6
    1
    2.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Positionally suspect and sloppy on the ball at times, but did his best to cope with Soldado's attacking movement.

  • Dean Moxey
    3
    5
    1.50

    Dean Moxey Flop of the Match

    A very difficult afternoon for the left-back. Constantly exposed as Lennon got in behind him and conceded the penalty with a clear handball.

  • Damien Delaney
    3
    1
    2.50

    Damien Delaney

    Handled the occasion well and was sharp on the turn as Soldado tried to make runs in behind the hosts' defence.

  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
    5
    2
    2.50

    Kagisho Dikgacoi

    Worked hard to close down Spurs in midfield but lacked quality on the rare occasions he had time in possession, other than one excellent pass for Phillips.

  • Owen Garvan
    3
    1
    2.00

    Owen Garvan

    Played some good long passes to stretch the play but on the whole was on the periphery of the game and forced to do most of his work defensively.

  • Mile Jedinak
    17
    3
    3.50

    Mile Jedinak

    Very impressive display from the Palace captain as he did the dirty work in central midfield. Broke up Tottenham attacks with his positioning and was tidy on the ball as he looked to start attacks.

  • Stephen Dobbie
    6
    1
    2.00

    Stephen Dobbie

    The Scot won a couple of headers but was virtually anonymous before being replaced after 65 minutes.

  • Dwight Gayle
    5
    1
    2.50

    Dwight Gayle

    Palace's big summer signing looked lively on the few occasions he was able to use his pace and stretch the Spurs defence. Terrible dive to try and win a free-kick in the first-half.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    5
    2
    2.00

    Aaron Wilbraham

    Made no impact as he failed to offer an outlet or get away from the Spurs centre-backs. Replaced by Chamakh with 25 minutes to play.

Substitutions

  • Jonathan Williams
    6
    2
    2.50

    Jonathan Williams

    Caught in possession when he first came on but certainly provided some composure on the ball for the home side.

  • Kevin Phillips
    4
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Phillips

    Palace's biggest threat after coming on as substitute. Used his experience to take up good positions but couldn't hit the target.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    12
    2
    2.00

    Marouane Chamakh

    The striker came on in the 65th minute but had little impact on the game.

  • Hugo Lloris
    29
    3
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    The France goalkeeper had little to do for much of the game but was lightning off his line and made some excellent saves in the second-half.

  • Kyle Walker
    16
    6
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Made some mistakes at the back but always a threat in attack as he played inventive passes to Lennon and looked to run at the Palace defence.

  • Danny Rose
    17
    4
    2.50

    Danny Rose

    Staked his claim to be Spurs' first-choice left-back this season with an efficient display. Rarely tested defensively and full of running up and down the touchline.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    23
    3
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    A surprise starter for the visitors but coped comfortably on his return from an ankle injury.

  • Michael Dawson
    15
    6
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    The Spurs captain was solid at the back but perhaps played too many ambitious long balls when in possession.

  • Aaron Lennon
    14
    15
    2.00

    Aaron Lennon

    The winger used his pace to get in to great positions but his final ball was often lacking. Still forced the penalty with a cross from the right.

  • Paulinho
    40
    6
    3.50

    Paulinho Top of the Match

    A vibrant and energetic display from the £17m summer signing. Particularly impressive when he looked to drive forward towards the Palace penalty area.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    20
    7
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Caused Palace problems with his class on the ball and clipped the bar with a powerful first-half shot. Seemed to be limping when substituted in the 57th minute.

  • Nacer Chadli
    20
    8
    2.50

    Nacer Chadli

    Another of the visitors' new signings, the Belgian looked a little off the pace early on but grew in confidence as the game went on. Certainly willing to shoot from positions in and around the Palace penalty area.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    19
    7
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Showed glimpses of his class in a central area having played mainly from the left last season. Almost scored with a vicious strike in the first-half but seemed to tire in the latter stages.

  • Roberto Soldado
    26
    6
    3.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Tottenham's record signing made the perfect start to life in the Premier League as he coolly slotted home the penalty to win his new team three points. Always on the move in the penalty area and forced Speroni into action in the first-half.

Substitutions

  • Etienne Capoue
    25
    4
    2.50

    Etienne Capoue

    Replaced Dembele in the 57th minute to make his Spurs debut and produced a solid, tidy performance in central midfield.

  • Jermain Defoe
    16
    6
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked sharp after replacing Soldado seven minutes from time. Had one fantastic opportunity to score but scuffed his shot wide.

Results
 
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