Spurs are simmering but bigger tests are still to come

Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace – Reaction

So what was all the fuss about? Three successive Premier League victories have lifted the gloom in N17 and offered Tottenham Hotspur an olive branch towards a potential top-four finish.

True enough, there’s still plenty to do and Spurs – despite easing to a 4-1 victory – at times, particularly during the opening half, made hard work of an industrious, but ultimately uninspiring Crystal palace outfit.

Jose Mourinho’s post-match summary suggested as much: “I believe it was good – It was enthusiastic – Minute thirty-five to forty-six we lost a bit of control. We dropped lines, we gave them the ball and the chance to reach our box and to have a couple of crosses and corners,” he explained.

“Then for me, the goal was a bit of a consequence of that loss of control. The first half was not bad at all but the second half was really good.

The Lilywhites boss continued: “To start the second half the way we did after a late goal that normally has negative consequences in the team, a bit of frustration, a lack of confidence, a bad feeling, that didn’t happen.

“They showed good confidence, good ambition. 2-1, go for the third and quite enthusiastic I believe. In these moments, lots of matches, even with the scores in the Premier League we can feel some teams, also us, difficult, lots of matches, lots of minutes, lots of intensity so I believe that sometimes a little bit tired.

It’s always needed, a little bit of fresh legs like we did, with players who didn’t start the game two days ago. Easy to see that Winks, Lucas, Reggy – they were fresh.

“I think we did well. We deserved a good week and day off tomorrow and Thursday a crucial match, it’s knockout.

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Brian Jeeves

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