Spurs couldn’t have asked for much more from their first game in their new stadium. They put in a very professional performance against a stubborn Palace defence and were rewarded for their efforts with all three points.
With goals from both Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen, Spurs have gone back into third position in the Premier League and will hopefully now have their season back on track.
Despite some speculation surrounding their move the Spurs players didn’t seem to find their sparkling new surroundings to be a burden to their on-field performance. With both players and fans highlighting the feeling of home around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, their remaining four home games of the season could be vital to their battle for the top four.
After grabbing their first win in six Premier League games Spurs will see last night’s match as a turning point in their run in.
Here’s how we rated the Spurs players performance:
Hugo Lloris - 7
Lloris was only called into action a handful of times against Palace but he was confident and agile between the sticks.
Kieran Trippier - 7
After such an inconsistent season, Trippier’s last two performances have been much more like what we’re used to seeing from him. He kept Wilfred Zaha quiet all night and contributed going forward with his crosses.
Toby Alderweireld - 6
With very few attacking threats to deal with Alderweireld wasn’t of much use to Spurs last night. His long balls were not as accurate as usual so failed to contribute to Spurs going forward.
Jan Vertonghen - 7
Vertonghen was confident at the back and often made runs further into the midfield; allowing Alli and Eriksen to run into pockets of space.
Ben Davies - 7
Shifting from centre-back to wide positions for most of the game, Davies enjoyed some good link up with Danny Rose on the left flank.
Danny Rose - 8
Rose was yet again deployed as more of a left sided midfielder for Spurs and troubled Palace’s defence with a torrent of crosses into their box all game.
Moussa Sissoko - 7
Sissoko did well to regain possession and quickly break down any Palace counter attacks.
Dele Alli - 6
Alli was played in a much deeper role against Palace and you could see his frustration at points during the game. He wasn’t as effective as usual playing deeper and often looked to get forward when he could afford to.
Christian Eriksen - 8
Grabbing both a goal and an assist, Eriksen looked back to his best against Palace playing just behind Kane and Son. He always gave his teammates an option with his movement into pockets of space in amongst Palace’s defence.
Heung-Min Son - 7
Son was a nuisance all night with his energy and desire to run beyond Palace’s defence. Despite the generous deflection, his goal was well deserved.
Harry Kane - 6
Often dropping back into a No.10 role Kane will be disappointed in his performance. He saw fairly little of the ball and failed to hit the target after his best chance at goal.
(SUB) Harry Winks - 5
Coming on with 20 minutes to go, Winks dropped into midfield and allowed Alli to get forward behind the strikers.
(SUB) Lucas Moura - 6
Despite only coming on with under 10 minutes to play, Lucas almost put his stamp on the game with a powerful shot narrowly saved by Palace.
(SUB) Victor Wanyama - N/A
Entered the game in the final minutes.