Saturday 20th August 2016


Spurs 1 Palace 0

Victor Wanyama’s first goal for Tottenham gave them all three points against Crystal Palace.The Kenyan midfielder headed home from a corner with eight minutes to go.Spurs had the better of the chances in a tight game with Vincent Janssen shooting wide after being played through by sub Dele Alli.

Palace’s best chance fell to Yohan Cabaye but the Frenchman blasted over from 12 yards. Alan Pardew’s side have now lost their opening two games.The Eagles announced the £27m signing of Liverpool striker Christian Benteke before the match but he signed too late to feature at White Hart Lane.

Although he should have capped it with a goal, Spurs striker Vincent Janssen can be pleased with his contribution in his first start for the club.The 22-year-old Dutchman earned his start after an impressive substitute appearance in the draw at Everton last week and continued where he had left off at Goodison Park with an industrious performance.

The £17m striker came close to opening his account for his new side but Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey did well to stop his shot on the rebound after Janssen had parried Harry Kane’s initial attempt.Janssen was playing at the head of the Tottenham attack with Kane playing behind, and the two showed a few glimpses that the partnership could work.

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The mobile Janssen gave experienced Palace skipper Scott Dann a very difficult afternoon and twice drew applause from the crowd for strong challenges when tracking back.

However, he will be disappointed not to have scored his first goal for the club after miscuing badly when Alli had played him in on goal.He took seven games to score his first goal for AZ Alkmaar last season – on this showing he will not have to wait that long this campaign.Palace have now scored just three times in their last eight Premier League games making it clear to see why they have smashed their club record transfer to sign Benteke.The 25-year-old Belgian might have endured a difficult season at Liverpool but has proven Premier League credentials, with 51 goals in 118 appearances.

Victor Wanyama was the match-winner on his White Hart Lane debut as he headed home a late goal to settle a tight and testing match against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

It was no more than we deserved though as we dominated possession and shots, eventually making that pay with our Kenyan midfielder’s 83rd minute goal.

Palace were indebted to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for a number of good saves to keep us out in the first half including a trio of stops on one occasion, while we continued to have the upper hand after the interval.
Harry Kane, Vincent Janssen and substitute Dele Alli all had chances to open the scoring, Janssen having the best when through on goal but putting his effort wide, while Yohan Cabaye had Palace’s best opportunity but he blazed over from 12 yards.
It looked like we were heading for a second successive draw when Wanyama popped up with the winner to give us our first three points of the season and we held on for the remaining minutes.

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