Spurs too hot for ten-man Palace

Brian Jeeves

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur continued to build momentum under the guidance of Antonio Conte, highlighted further as ten-man Crystal Palace were swept aside in N17.

During an explosive five minute spell, Harry Kane profited from Emerson Royal’s toil to hand Spurs the lead from close range. Then Lucas Moura doubled the Lilywhites advantage after starting and finishing a move involving Kane and the busy Royal.

Palace was already in the ropes and their afternoon deteriorated further when Wilfried Zaha clashed with Davinson Sanchez and was given his marching orders after picking up a second booking from referee, Jonathan Moss.

Heung-Min Son added a third midway through the second half after Lucas had recycled. The result extended Conte’s unbeatenPremier League sequence to six matches since taking the reins in N17. Nevertheless, the Italian was quick to play down similarities to the effect he had after initially arriving at Chelsea: “No, I think it’s different. I don’t like to compare different situations,” he explained. 

“Also, because there’s too big a difference with my experience in the past. Also, because I remember very well I started the season and when you start the season you have the possibility to work with your players and also make decisions about your players.

“This is different. For sure we have to continue to improve, to exploit the confidence that is going to improve us.

“We know very well, I know very well, we have a big job to do. It’s good to get three points, to score three goals with your three strikers.

“It’s good to keep another clean sheet. We know very well we have to work very hard to improve the situation. As always I like to tell. We had to load and run.”

Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action on Tuesday, December 28 when they take on Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium (3pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Sanchez, Dier, Tanganga, Royal, Skipp, Hojbjerg (Ndombele 79′), Reguilon, Lucas, Son (Bryan 76′), Kane (Bergwijn 64′ Subs not used: Gollini, Doherty, Rodon, Davies, Winks, Dele

Crystal Palace: Butland, Ward (Capt), Tomkins, Andersen, Mitchell (Ferguson 82′), Gallagher (Schlupp 76′), Kouyate, Hughes, Ayew, Edouard (Mateta 63′), Zaha Subs not used: Matthews, Guehi, Kelly, Riedewald

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Assistants: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood

Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

VAR: Mike Dean

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Brian Jeeves

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