Crystal Palace managed to take advantage of Spurs who looked fatigue from the onset as the current league leaders suffered a heavy 3-0 loss away at Selhurst Park. The man of the match is none but the home side’s key man, Wilfried Zaha. Although he was involved in a brief row with Japhet Tanganga, which led to both players seeing yellow, he was able to open the scoring through a penalty and provided an assist for the second goal. His contribution was not only from the goal but he led the attack from the left flank, and was mostly supported by Conor Gallagher in the midfield. However, Zaha was not exactly the only one who shone here. Palace’s new signing, Odsonne Edouard also shared the spotlight with the Ivorian man, he netted twice after coming on from the bench, what a way to introduce yourself to the joyful palace fans.
The game itself was one-sided as Patrick Viera’s side were the more dominant side. They had been knocking on the doors with half chances before breaking the deadlock. Spurs’ trouble actually began when Eric Dier had to be replaced on the 12th minute due to an injury. Nuno Santo’s earlier plan to employ 3-4-1-2 formation was eventually off the table. Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Co were lackluster, their form against City was not present in today’s loss to their London rivals. When things couldn’t’ get better for Spurs, Japhet Tanganga’s second yellow card added to Tottenham’s problems. Conceding three will be a concern for Nuno, on the other hand, Palace’s first win of the season should boost their confidence for their next game.
Lets check out Zaha’s MOTM-worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 82.5
Goal contribution: 1 Goal 1 Assist
Shots (on target): 4 (1)
Crosses (accurate crosses): 2 (1)
Key Passes: 3
Aerial duels won: 1