20 year-old Juan Foyth scored his first career goal to give Spurs a hard fought victory.
Foyth made up for his error stricken evening last week with a bullet header past the helpless Wayne Hennessey.
It’s now 21 points out of a possible 24 on the road for Tottenham and they had to dig in deep for the victory, with Hugo Lloris having another captain’s performance as Crystal Palace applied the pressure in the last 10 minutes.
Wilfried Zaha was revealed to not be in the squad as it was frustrating evening for the Eagles who are now languishing in 16th place.
On a wet evening, it was Palace that had the first noticeable chance in the 17th minute as Andros Townsend’s low driving effort hit the side netting. Spurs’ injury woes continued when Kieran Trippier went down, complaining about his groin.
Harry Kane picked up a loose ball on the 29th minute, around 20 yards out and rifled a stinging effort at goal which Wayne Hennessey did well to palm to safety.
A delightful delivery from Aurier was headed over the crossbar by Lucas Moura as the two teams went in goalless at the break.
As the second half started, within a few minutes, James Tomkins had the chance of the game as his header flew just a yard past the post.
The deadlock was broken in the 63rd minute as 20 year-old Foyth reacted quickest to nod a loose ball over the line after Palace failed to clear a Tottenham corner.
From that moment on it was all Crystal Palace and Jeffrey Schlupp’s shot from the edge of the area was sweetly struck but Lloris was equal to it and got a strong hand to the ball.
A golden opportunity presented itself in the 90th minute as Sorloth ran in one on one with the clock ticking away. A brilliant save from Lloris but Sorloth made it easy for him.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris – The World Cup winner was brave with his saves after a dodgy first half, when he flapped at a couple of crosses. Kept Tottenham in the game.
Right back: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Another good game for the young English defender who is having a breakthrough season so far.
Centre back: Juan Foyth – Was calm and composed on the ball and got the all important goal with an impressive bullet header. Man of the Match.
Centre back: Toby Alderweireld – Spurs have got the good old Toby back and he never once gave the ball away in what was an impressive performance.
Left Back: Ben Davies – Put some dangerous crosses in and has solidified himself as Spurs’ number one Left Back.
Central Midfielder: Moussa Sissoko – Made strong runs in the middle of the park and was pinging the ball about like he was David Beckham.
Central Midfielder: Luka Milivojevic – A leader in the middle of the park and his challenges were well timed and decisive.
Central Midfielder: Victor Wanyama – Did his job and protected the Spurs defence.
Right Winger: Erik Lamela – A quiet evening for the in form Argentinian. My sympathy goes out to Lamela as he left the pitch with a bloodied face after he took one to the head.
Striker: Harry Kane – Had a decent effort in the first half saved and did the running for the team. Will be disappointed to not have added to his goal tally.
Left Winger: Andros Townsend – Ran the game for the last 10 minutes and was dreadfully unlucky to not get a goal for his team.
A bad day at the office for: Jordan Ayew
Crystal Palace fans will not be happy with his decision to not contest Foyth for the goal. He simply stood there and watched Foyth head it in. Shambolic stuff! At the other end he was frustrated to not create anything of note. It was not a good day for the 27 year-old who came in for the absentee Wilfried Zaha.
Opinion: Tottenham dug in deep and the victory was arguably not deserved. From the very first minute, the conditions were awful and made it difficult for both teams to play. The lack of Wilfried Zaha certainly helped Spurs’ cause and Crystal Palace needed his extra quality in front of goal. Crystal Palace deserved a win today and the Whites had to rely on an impressive Hugo Lloris who once again was superb.
Juan Foyth could see this as a pivotal game in his young career and Pochettino will be happy that without Sanchez, his side were still able to keep a clean sheet. These are the wins that present Tottenham as genuine title contenders. Although they didn’t deserve it they still won and they’ve just gone into double figures for goal difference. A fantastic week for Mauricio Pochettino and he will hope that no more injuries occur during the international break.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Mcarthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Meyer; Ayew Townsend
Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Wanyama; Lucas, Alli, Lamela; Kane
Crystal Palace Substitutes: Guaita, Riedwald, Kelly (60), Schlupp (67), Ward, Puncheon, Sorloth (70)
Tottenham Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Aurier (24), Dier, Winks (83), Eriksen, Son (71), Llorente
Referee: John Moss