Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace: Conte’s momentum builds as Kane, Lucas and son knock out Eagles at 10 with Zaha sent off
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Heung-min Son shattered the stubborn resistance of 10 Palace players in the second half with a third goal with 15 minutes remaining to make it another top-tier victory for Conte.
Palace has twice tried to postpone Sunday’s game due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the camp which saw manager Patrick Vieira missing from the canoe and assistant Osian Roberts taking charge instead.
However, their requests were turned down by the Premier League and Palace actually made just one change from the side which drew with Southampton on December 15 as Joachim Andersen replaced Marc Guehi in defense. , although they are still without several players and have only named a seven bench of powerful substitutes.
Tottenham, meanwhile, made three changes to the squad that knocked out rivals West Ham from the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in midweek, Emerson Royal, Japhet Tanganga and Heung-min His replacement Matt Doherty, Ben Davies. and Steven Bergwijn.
Given the uncertainties behind their preparation and Vieira’s absence, Palace made an impressive start to N17 proceedings, although all of their hard work was undone just after the half hour mark when Emerson took out compatriot Lucas with a beautiful long balloon and the bottom of the latter. The pass was expertly swept away by Harry Kane, who had barely been involved in the game until then.
The effort was only England captain Kane’s third in the Premier League all season and he equaled Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler with his ninth goal overall on Boxing Day.
Palace quickly fell into a deeper hole as Man of the Match Lucas went from supplier to scorer, beating the static Andersen with a close range header beyond Jack Butland – once again substituting in the goal of Palace without Vicente Guaita – after initially gaining possession for Tottenham at the top of the pitch and hanging on to Emerson’s one-time cross.
A disastrous five minutes for the shocked Eagles were ended when Zaha – already on a reservation for cutting Davinson Sanchez from behind – got into a fight with Emerson, then pushed the former Barcelona full-back to the ground unnecessarily, attracting a second yellow card from referee Jon Moss.
Palace’s 10 men actually defended steadfastly after the break despite being shorthanded, although Tottenham did not fight for the odds.
After failing to set up Oliver Skipp’s impressive volley reduction from signing moments earlier, Son was right on Lucas’ low cross in the 74th minute to seal a totally one-sided victory. .
Tottenham are now unbeaten in six league appearances as Conte’s rebirth continues ahead of trips to Southampton and Watford.
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