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Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 4/26/17

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C. Eriksen (78)
Selhurst Park


Spurs close the gap back to four points on leaders Chelsea thanks to Christian Eriksen’s long-range goal 12 minutes from time. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were far from their best but Palace failed to create any meaningful chances at the other end, and Eriksen’s strike proved to be enough to secure an eighth straight Premier League win. That’s all from us for today folks, thanks for joining us and we hope you can join us again soon.
Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
W. Zaha
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
90' + 7' Zaha is now shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away in frustration after Spurs were awarded a free-kick.
K. Trippier
D. Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 6' Spurs are going to make their third and final substitution as they look to see out the remaining minutes of this game with Kieran Trippier replacing Alli.
90' + 5' Eriksen and Sissoko take a corner short and keep it in the corner before the latter wins another one. Spurs have very little intention of taking this ball anywhere other than the corner here.
90' + 3' Puncheon spreads the ball wide to Zaha just inside the Spurs half and the winger knocks the ball past Walker and very nearly gets around him, but the right-back does well to get his foot on the ball and prevent Zaha breaking away towards goal.
90' + 1' There will be seven minutes of added time at the end of this game following that injury to Sakho earlier in the half.
90' Mauricio Pochettino is deep in conversation with his assistant as Eriksen casually rolls the ball backwards towards his defence who knock the ball around amongst themselves with very little intention of going forward.
88' Palace are really struggling to get on the ball at the moment which is making it extremely hard for them to get Campbell into the game in the final third, and Spurs are not committing too many men forward having got that goal which is making it even harder for them.
86' CLOSE!! Alderweireld does come close to getting Spurs’ second goal as he shoots left-footed on the turn from 15 yards out, but he drags his low shot wide of the right-hand post with Hennessey unmoved.
84' Despite having taken the lead Spurs still look the far more dangerous of the two sides as cries of ‘we’ve got Alli’ ring out around Selhurst Park from the Spurs fans.
82' Kane goes close once again for Spurs as he dances his way past Kelly and through a crowded penalty area to the edge of the six yard box, but Milivojevic sticks a toe in at a crucial time to divert the ball out for a corner, which subsequently comes to nothing.
F. Campbell
C. Benteke
Crystal Palace
81' A third and final change for Palace now with Fraizer Campbell coming on to replace Benteke, giving Palace a different sort of option up front.
L. Milivojević
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
79' Milivojevic goes into the book for blocking Alli after he had knocked the ball past him.
H. Kane
Tottenham Hotspur
78' Kane did extremely well to hold the ball up once again before rolling a simple pass into Eriksen to his right.
C. Eriksen
Tottenham Hotspur
78' GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!! Eriksen gives Spurs the lead!! Kane does well to hold the ball up before rolling the ball into Eriksen 30 yards out from goal, and the Danish midfielder takes a couple of strides forwards before drilling the ball into the bottom left-hand corner past the despairing dive of Hennessey.
77' Davies stands up a cross towards the far post from the left-hand corner of the box after a good tackle on Son by Townsend, and although Kane gets up well to win the header six yards out from goal, he can’t generate enough power to beat Hennessey.
76' Palace may look relatively well organised at the back, but they have no real outlet whenever they do win the ball back at the minute with Benteke looking extremely isolated up front, meaning the ball is coming straight back at them almost immediately most of the time.
74' A half-chance for Spurs once again as Eriksen whips in a corner from the right-hand side after good work from Kane to win it off Kelly, but Dier can only glance his header wide of the near post, although he was well in front of the near post so he would have done well to beat Hennessey had he got the header on target anyway.
72' Alli brings the ball out of the sky with a lovely touch close to the left-hand touchline before driving infield and laying the ball off to Son, but Son’s attempted back heel back to Alli is just behind the midfielder and Palace regain possession.
70' Sam Allardyce is deep in conversation with the fourth official who appears to be getting questioned by both managers. Allardyce will know that Spurs have started to take control of this game in the last few minutes but he will also be relatively pleased with the way his side have dealt with that.
68' Walker rolls the ball into Kane and continues his run forward into the Palace penalty area, but Kane ignores him and tries to cut inside onto his left foot and go for goal himself, but he’s crowded out by several Palace defenders and the chance passes for Spurs.
J. Ward
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
66' Ward pulls back Son and becomes the latest player to go into referee Jonathon Moss’s book, despite trying to convince him that it was his first foul.
65' Close! Spurs go close once again as Son and Alli work the ball quickly across the top of the penalty box to Walker who shifts the ball onto his right foot before firing the ball just wide of the right-hand post, although the right-back did have Eriksen unmarked outside him and the Dane is not too happy with Walker for not passing it.
Y. Cabaye
J. McArthur
Crystal Palace
64' Another change now for Palace with Yohan Cabaye coming on to replace McArthur in the middle of midfield.
62' Spurs have just lifted their intensity in the last few minutes and Alli tests Hennessey once again with a well-struck effort from the edge of the penalty box after controlling a strong pass into his feet from Eriksen, but the Palace goalkeeper gets down well to his left to gather in the shot.
H. Kane
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
60' The referee shows a yellow card to Kane for a foul on Puncheon close to halfway as the Palace midfielder looked to spread the ball wide to the right-hand side.
58' CHANCE!!! The best chance of the game so far falls to Alli as Walker whips in a delightful cross from the right-hand side towards Alli at the back post, but Kelly just gets a faint touch on the ball before it reaches the England midfielder and he can only guide the ball across the face of goal and out for a goal kick from five yards out.
D. Delaney
M. Sakho
Crystal Palace
57' The Selhurst Park crowd stands to applaud the centre-back as he’s carried off the field of play, and Delaney does indeed come on to replace him.
56' Sakho is lifted onto the stretcher with his leg in a brace and Damien Delaney looks as though he’s getting stripped and ready to come on in his place.
54' Huge concern for Palace now as Sakho is down receiving treatment and he looks in some discomfort as the stretcher is called for. This does not look too good for the on-loan Liverpool defender.
53' Alli picks the ball up 25 yards out and decides to have a go for goal himself, but he drags the shot well wide of the left-hand post, drawing ironic cheers from the home fans.
52' Zaha wins yet another free-kick for Palace, this time following a foul by Sissoko. The winger is continuing to cause Spurs problems as he did for the majority of the first half and Mauricio Pochettino looks a little concerned as he patrols the edge of his technical area.
50' Kelly very nearly gifts an opportunity to Spurs as he fails to clear Davies’s corner six yards out from goal, but fortunately for the centre-back there are no Spurs players anywhere near the ball and Palace clear the ball to safety.
48' It looks as though Son and Sissoko are playing on either flank for Spurs who have now switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation with Alli playing just in behind Kane.
K. Walker
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
47' Walker is shown a yellow card for pushing Zaha to ground after the winger had shown exceptional feet to get away from several Spurs players.
46' Kick-off! Townsend gets the second half underway for Palace.
M. Sissoko
V. Wanyama
Tottenham Hotspur
46' Moussa Sissoko also come on in place of Wanyama.
Son Heung-Min
M. Dembélé
Tottenham Hotspur
46' Spurs are making a double change at the start of this second half, the first of which is Heung-Min Son replacing Dembele.
Sam Allardyce will be keen for his side to continue to get the ball into wide areas in the second half, with Zaha and Townsend having looked a threat throughout, while Spurs, who have already changed formation once, will want to get more support up alongside Kane who has looked pretty isolated for large parts of the first half.
Neither side have really got going in what has been a pretty lacklustre first half in truth, but Palace have been the better side without creating any clear cut chances while Spurs have failed to give Hennessey any problems in the Palace goal.
Half-time: Palace 0-0 Spurs
45' Alli now goes to ground midway through the Palace half but doesn’t get a free-kick and Palace break forward quickly before Townsend crosses towards Benteke from the right-hand side, but Alderweireld heads the ball behind for a corner, before Walker boots the ball out of the stadium in frustration.
43' Spurs once again work the ball out to the right-hand side where Dembele looks to get down the outside of the Palace defence, but Zaha tracks back extremely well to make a good tackle before being hauled to ground by the Belgian midfielder, who receives a final warning from Jonathon Moss following several fouls throughout this first half.
41' Wanyama spreads the ball wide to Walker who appears to have space to drive into down the right-hand touchline, but instead he chooses to roll the ball back towards Dier and the momentum of the attack is lost. Spurs really haven’t got going yet.
39' Zaha wins a free-kick close to the byline on the left-hand side having been bundled to ground by Dembele and Townsend whips a good ball in which reaches Sakho from the free-kick, but the Frenchman is crowded out and Spurs are able to clear. Palace soon win the ball back though and Townsend once again gets on the ball 25 yards out from goal and has space to shoot, but he’s just off balance as he fires his effort towards goal and ends up slicing it comfortably over the bar.
37' Palace are enjoying a good little spell in this game now with Townsend and Zaha looking particularly dangerous in wide areas, and Spurs are struggling to get the ball into Kane who is looking a little isolated.
35' Townsend is now playing on the right-hand side and the winger cuts infield onto his left foot before skipping past Wanyama who brings him down with a poorly timed sliding challenge. The midfielder has already been booked but referee Moss decides not to show him a second yellow card and instead issues him with just a warning. He can perhaps count himself a little lucky to still be on the field though.
33' Zaha picks the ball up close to the left-hand touchline and drills and outstanding low cross across the top of the Spurs penalty box and into the path of McArthur, but the midfielder in unable to bring the ball under control in order to get a shot away.
31' Spurs are starting to get a foothold in this game now as Davies wins a corner off Ward down the left-hand side, but McArthur is just about able to clear the ball from the corner, although the whistle goes for a Palace free-kick for a foul on the midfielder by Alli.
29' That switch appears to be working for Spurs as Walker and Eriksen exchange a neat one-two down the right-hand edge of the penalty box, but the latter’s initial shot is blocked and although the ball breaks straight back to him, he can only cross it straight into the arms of Hennessey.
28' It looks as though Spurs have switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation now with Dier moving up into midfield and Dembele pushing up into a more advanced midfield role alongside Alli and Eriksen.
V. Wanyama
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
26' Wanyama is shown the first yellow card of the game by referee Jonathon Moss for a late challenge on Luka Milivojevic.
25' Eriksen gets on the ball once again, this time on the right-hand side and he skips past Townsend with ease before crossing towards Kane at the near post, but the ball is too high for the England striker and Martin Kelly hacks the ball clear behind him.
23' Eriksen chases the ball deep into the corner before laying the ball off to Ben Davies to cross from the left-hand side, and while his cross is headed away by Sakho, the clearing header falls straight to Walker who fires a wayward first-time effort high over the bar from 15 yards out.
22' One or two signs of frustration perhaps starting to creep into Spurs’ game now as Toby Alderweireld plays an uncharacteristically poor long ball straight out for a goal kick with no Spurs players anywhere near it.
20' Now Sam Allardyce himself is throwing his arms in the air and shouting at his players at the edge of his technical area. The intensity of this game has certainly dropped in the last ten minutes after a bright opening from both sides.
18' Benteke gets up well to win another header from a Hennessey goal kick but this time he can only divert it out of play for a Spurs throw-in. The Spurs wing-backs look to be tucking in quite close to the back three at the minute making Tottenham’s defence extremely narrow.
16' Sammy Lee is frantically barking instructions to the Palace players from the dugout, but both him and Sam Allardyce will be relatively happy with the way the home side have started this game.
14' Save! Benteke gets up well to flick a header on to Townsend from a long Hennessey goal kick and the winger then gives the ball back to the Belgian who shoots towards goal from 18 yards out, but his low, right-footed effort is easy enough for Hugo Lloris who gets down to his right to hold onto the ball.
12' A half-chance for Palace now as the lively Zaha drills a low cross from the right-hand side into the feet of James McArthur who has space to turn 12 yards out from goal, but he’s unable to control the ball and ends up missing the ball completely as he attempts left-footed shot on the turn.
10' Neither side have really got going in this game as yet as Kane brings down Mamadou Sakho just inside the Palace half. The Spurs fans are making plenty of noise at the minute though.
8' A half-chance for Spurs as Kane brilliantly controls the ball as it drops over his shoulder on the edge of the Palace penalty area, but he just rushes his shot slightly and slices it high and wide of Wayne Hennessey’s goal.
6' Zaha once again looks to get down the outside of the Spurs penalty area but he’s well tackled by Jan Vertonghen who gets back to his feet to shepherd the ball out of play, after Joel Ward had regained possession for Palace and was looking to get to the byline to get a cross in.
4' Palace get their first chance to attack the Spurs penalty area as Wilfried Zaha tries to dance his way into the penalty area before standing a cross up towards Christian Benteke on the edge of the six yard box from the right-hand side, but he’s unable to find the Belgian striker and Spurs clear the ball away.
2' Spurs have made a really bright start to this game and they win a corner down the right-hand side following good link-up play between Harry Kane and Kyle Walker and the ball drops at Kane’s feet from Christian Eriksen’s corner, but Palace are able to get a block in allowing Jason Puncheon to clear.
1' Kick-off! Mousa Dembele gets the game underway for Spurs.
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch at Selhurst Park. Kick-off is not far away now.
Victor Wanyama scored the only goal of the game when the two sides met earlier in the season at White Hart Lane, however the last time the two met at Selhurst Park saw Dele Alli score an exceptional individual goal as Spurs ran out 3-1 winners.
Mauricio Pochettino also makes two changes to his Spurs starting line-up from that which started against Chelsea in the FA Cup, both coming in the wing-back positions as Kyle Walker and Ben Davies replace Kieran Trippier and Son Heung-min.
Sam Allardyce makes two changes from the side that beat Liverpool, with Mamadou Sakho replacing James Tomkins having been ineligible for that game against his parent club, while James McArthur comes into the middle of midfield in place of Yohan Cabaye.
Subs: Lopez, Trippier, Wimmer, Sissoko, N’koudou, Son, Janssen
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Subs: Speroni, van Aanholt, Delaney, Cabaye, Sako, Flamini, Campbell
Teams: Palace (4-5-1): Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp; Zaha, Milivojevic, McArthur, Puncheon, Townsend; Benteke
Their recent Premier League form has been outstanding having won their last seven games, however their confidence will have taken a huge blow last weekend when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea at the semi-final stage.
Chelsea’s win over Southampton yesterday means that Spurs are now seven points adrift of the league leaders in second place, and anything but a win today would put a huge dent in their title hopes.
The most recent of those wins was a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, with former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke scoring both goals for Sam Allardyce’s side.
Palace have been in impressive form of late, winning six of their last eight Premier League games to move up to 12th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
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