Player rating when Spurs beat 10-man Eagles


Tottenham extended their game on the second day to 15 matches with a 3-0 victory at home against Crystal Palace.

The visitors demanded that the match be postponed after a Covid-19 outburst in the squad, with manager Patrick Vieira among those who tested positive, but the Premier League refused and the match continued.

Despite Vieira’s absence, Palace created a decent opportunity for themselves within 60 seconds, with Jordan Ayew buzzing over from the edge of the Spurs box following a fine dismissal from Odsonne Edouard.

Conte’s men responded with their own attack directly at the other end, with Jack Butland going down low to push Son Heung-min’s curling attack behind him.

Spurs struggled to impose themselves but looked all the more likely to find the breakthrough. Oliver Skipp cut a shot high and wide while Lucas Moura’s gleaming nod from Sergio Reguilon’s post flashed over goal.

Eventually, Tottenham found the net through Harry Kane. Emerson Royal slipped into Lucas in the right channel, and he played a simple ball over for the England captain to score his second goal in as many Premier League excursions.

Spurs added a second a moment later, with Emerson’s high cross met by the head of Lucas, who somehow jumped out of the high midfielder Joachim Andersen to double the home team’s lead.

Palace’s situation went from bad to worse when talisman Wilfried Zaha received a second yellow card for pushing Davinson Sanchez to the floor before half time.

With a lack of immediate danger, Spurs were able to play the second half at pace. Shortly after the break, Kane took almost a second after hitting Son’s smart corner, but it went over.

Tottenham added a third after 74 minutes with Son getting a skillful touch on Luca’s dangerous cross, capturing Butland and putting the result beyond all lingering doubt.

Here are your player ratings …

Sanchez’s duels with Zaha proved crucial / Steve Bardens / GettyImages

Hugo Lloris (GK) – 6/10 – The birthday child had very little to do between the sticks. The kick was a bit off but it was forgivable.

Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 8/10 – Hurt Zaha to the point that he got the Ivorian expelled. Be otherwise cleaned on the ball and never bothered.

Eric Dier (CB) – 7/10 – Looked a bit scratched in the opening changes but settled down.

Japhet Tanganga (CB) – 6/10 – Spurs rightly missed what Ben Davies offers on the lower back in the left midfield role, but Tanganga was at least stable at the back.

Ships impressed again / Mike Hewitt / GettyImages

Emerson Royal (RWB) – 8/10 – Does not look very fast or strong, but Emerson handled Zaha well before his expulsion and looked more potent in the attack than in recent weeks.

Oliver Skipp (CM) – 8/10 – Cleaned and ready for the fight. Blown through the Palace midfield at times and broke up several attacks.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 7/10 – Was not very outstanding but he did not have to be.

Sergio Reguilon (LWB) – 6/10 – A threat that bombed down the wing, even though his end product was a bit off. Not because it was to Spurs’ detriment today.

Harry Kane opens the scoring! ?

You can not leave a striker of his caliber so much space in the box without being punished!

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 26, 2021

Lucas Moura (RW) – 10/10 – After an incredibly frustrating opening half hour, Lucas took his game up several steps to deliver a match-winning performance that shows why Conte restored him in the squad after missing a draw against Liverpool.

Harry Kane (CF) – 8/10 – Quiet in portions but was great at any time on the ball, whether it was to drop deep and spread play or deliver in front of goal. Now he has scored goals in all six matches he has played on the second day.

Son Heung-min (LW) – 8/10 – Spurs’ busiest striker during large parts of the game and got his reward with a goal eventually.

Steven Bergwijn (CF, 64 ‘for Kane) – 6/10

Bryan Gil (LW, 76 ‘for Son) – 6/10

Tanguy Ndombele (CM, 78 ‘for Hojbjerg) – 6/10

Tomkins was singing but that was about it / Steve Bardens / GettyImages

Jack Butland (GK) – 4/10 – Was close to keeping both goals away but was not really strong enough.

Joel Ward (RB) – 5/10 – At least Son and Reguilon slowed down, but that’s a small consolation.

Joachim Andersen (CB) – 2/10 – Lucas rose over Andersen as if he were Shaquille O’Neal pounding on Tom Cruise, even though he was several inches shorter than the Palace defender. Embarrassing.

James Tomkins (CB) – 4/10 – Well, at least he did not go down without explaining himself first.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 4/10 – As mentioned, Emerson is not that fast, but Mitchell did his best to make him look good.

Kouyate had a tough time / ADRIAN DENNIS / GettyImages

Cheikhou Kouyate (DM) – 4/10 – Started bright but faded and was run over when Spurs got their tails up.

Conor Gallagher (CM) – 6/10 – Fought hard and joined Edouard as a striker when Palace had 11 men.

Will Hughes (CM) – 3/10 – Considering the circulation of Skipp.

Zahas petulance betrayed team / Paul Harding / GettyImages

Jordan Ayew (RW) – 3/10 – Very inefficient even on stretches where Palace was at the top.

Odsonne Edouard (CF) – 3/10 – Isolated but looked practical when he got involved.

Wilfried Zaha (LW) – 1/10 – Did little in the short time he was on the pitch and his departure killed all weak Palace hopes of a comeback. Merry Christmas.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (CF, 63 ‘for Edouard) – 4/10

Jeff Schlupp (CM, 76 ‘for Gallagher) – 5/10

Nathan Ferguson (LB, 83 ‘for Mitchell) – N / A

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