Victor Wanyama scored a late winner for Tottenham as they recorded a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in a fiercely contested London derby at White Hart Lane.
- Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Goalless at the break
- Janssen impresses in attack
- Wanyama finds late winner
Both sides had an even share of chances and possession in the first half but it took an hour for the game to finally open up as second-half substitutions from Mauricio Pochettino and Alan Pardew altered the complexion of the game.
However, Tottenham left it late as their new Kenyan midfielder, Victor Wanyama, scored a late winner, deflecting a Harry Kane header past Wayne Hennessey in the Eagles goal.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 20, 2016
In an entertaining first half that ended goalless, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen all found Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in fine form.
Palace looked assured in possession, but failed to find the net or a shot on target in the opening stanza – the Eagles have now gone nine games without a goal in the opening half.
After the hour mark, the tempo of the game started to pick up as the pace of both teams on the counter opened the game up – winger Andros Townsend had the first of many chances and he nearly teed up Yohan Cabaye, but the technically gifted France midfielder scooped his shot wide.
In response, Spurs boss Maurico Pochettino decided to bring Dele Alli on for Christian Eriksen and it looked to have gained the home side the ascendency, when the England international took a few minutes to unleash a ferocious strike just over the Palace bar from a good 20-odd yards out.
The impetus of Ali brought the White Hart Lane faithful alive and seconds later they were in dreamland as Wanyama was on hand to deflect a Kane header past Hennessey after a great corner-kick routine.