Tottenham are back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Tottenham were made to work for a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace this afternoon, eventually overcoming Roy Hodgson’s side with a Son Heung-min winner.
The South Korean’s fine finish in the second half settled the contest at Wembley, putting Spurs level on points with title rivals Manchester United, who travel to Chelsea later today.
Man of the match
With no one particularly standing out with any great moments of play, the accolades should perhaps go to the top work done by Tottenham’s Eric Dier today.
Playing as part of a back three, the England international made a great saving tackle to keep Palace out, and brought the ball out from the back with great quality at every opportunity.
While Dier is not everyone’s cup of tea, he has that Michael Carrick-like ability to keep his team ticking by keeping things simple, with much of his best contributions often going unnoticed.
In a tight game against a determined Palace side, Dier more than played his part in an important win for Tottenham.
Moment of the match
In a game that won’t go down as one of the great feasts of football, it’s probably this superb attempt at a foul by Andros Townsend.
Not content to just go in with a crunching two-footer or body-slam his opponent over, he deserves an award for an innovative wedgie on Moussa Sissoko.
— Mike Apopleptic Sell (@mike_sell) November 5, 2017
We like to give plaudits to the likes of Ronaldinho for playing like he’s a kid in the playground, and this is basically the same. Sort of.
Stat of the match
Kudos to Son Heung-min, whose winning goal was his 20th in the Premier League, and thereby making him the all-time leading Asian goalscorer in the history of the competition.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 5, 2017
Tottenham: Gazzaniga 7, Dier 8, Vertonghen 7, Sanchez 7, Winks 6, Sissoko 6, Eriksen 6, Aurier 7, Rose 6, Heung-min 7, Kane 6 / Subs: Dembele 6, Llorente 5
Crystal Palace: Speroni 6, Dann 6, Sakho 7, Ward 6, Schlupp 5, Fosu-Mensah 6, Milivojevic 6, Cabaye 5, Loftus-Cheek 6, Townsend 6, Zaha 6 / Subs: Sako 5
Not exactly beaming joy from Tottenham fans, but also recognition of a job well done in the kind of victory that arguably shows the true mark of champions…
Spurs win 1 – 0, everyone says it was not convincing but a good win, if it was @ManUtd the whole UK press would say we were poor
— Badi (@Seyibee) November 5, 2017
Lot of players injured or rested and my god it showed today but “old spurs” would not have come away with 3 points #Progression
— ? Hoggy ? (@TheHoggy) November 5, 2017
Kudos to Poch. He is transforming Spurs into real winners. Today, they won ugly!!
— 1013CGAR (@Nyuka_Kal) November 5, 2017
Big win for Spurs. Kind of games you just have to get through and they did. https://t.co/k01INi3j71
— Aditya Jain (@adialdo) November 5, 2017