Palace 0-1 Spurs: Eriksen saves the day
- Sakho stretchered off
- Eriksen rescues title hope
- Spurs four back of Chelsea
Palace made them work for it.
Tottenham Hotspur didn’t exactly sends chills down the spine of Chelsea with its performance, but Spurs found a way past tricky and in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday at Selhurst Park.
Christian Eriksen’s pretty goal sealed the three points for Spurs, who have five matches to chase down four points from the Blues.
Palace sits 12th, seven points clear of 18th place Swansea City.
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Two in-forms started with confidence, Harry Kane lashing wide of the frame for Spurs and Wilfried Zaha driving Palace on the right wing.
Another in-form Eagles attacker, Christian Benteke, did well to create space and hit a low shot that forced Hugo Lloris to ground.
Victor Wanyama was on yellow when he slid to intercept Andros Townsend, taking the Englishman to the turf. Jon Moss gave Wanyama a harsh warning, but did not produce the red card.
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Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min were called upon soon after the break to liven up Spurs attack.
The substitution that stood to shake up the match was Palace center back Mamadou Sakho, who was hurt with about 40 minutes to play.
Eriksen stung a shot across goal for the eventual winner, a rare moment of class from a three-match day that didn’t quite fit the standard of the Premier League.