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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace

3rd April 2019, 21:52 by Jack Ogalbe

Tottenham were far from spectacular on the opening night of their new stadium but still had enough to beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

On Spurs' big night, Ben Davies and Son Heung-min came into the starting line-up, while there were three alterations for Palace, with Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur and Martin Kelly brought in.

The home side started well, feeding off the electric atmosphere but clear cut chances were few and far between, and it was Jeffrey Schlupp who had the first opportunity, firing over when under pressure from Toby Alderweireld.

Christian Eriksen was busy for the home side but like his team-mates lacked his usual craft in front of goal with Vicente Guaita not unduly tested.

Into the second stanza and Spurs continued to struggle and perhaps fittingly for the match situation but not the occasion, it was a scruffy goal that opened the scoring.

Palace looked to play from the back but Luka Milivojevic lost the ball. It was worked to Son Heung-min and he danced across the area and as he shot, Milivojevic diverted his effort past the helpless Guaita and into the net.

The home team's tails were up now but their lack of cutting edge was a worry with Palace dangerous on the break, albeit without creating any real chances.

Finally, the game was put to bed on 80 minutes and it was Eriksen with the goal. Again it was a scruffy one, the ball being helped forward and after everyone seemed to stop after Harry Kane appeared to foul McArthur, Eriksen flashed home from close range.

While Spurs were far from their best, occasionally switching off in defence and failing to display their usual edge, Palace were a touch tame and the home side rightfully took the points as they moved back into third place in the Premier League.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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