A solitary goal from Son Heung-Min was enough for an uninspired Tottenham to earn a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.
- Tottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0
- Gazzaniga starts in goal
- Son makes the difference
After a goalless first half Spurs took the lead just past the hour mark with a lovely effort from Son Heung-Min.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2017
Palace gave at least as good as they got in the opening 20 minutes, with Wilfried Zaha going on a couple of inquisitive runs that needed to be clamped down on by Eric Dier, after Mamadou Sakho spurned their first real chance: pulling out of a header just before colliding with third-choice Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
The 31st minute saw Danny Rose place his header well wide of the post when he managed to get on the end of a deep cross from Serge Aurier, and he could also have headed back across goal.
A few minutes later and Kane had a half-chance after some great play down the left from Rose saw the left-back get a cross in that was half-cleared into the path of Kane. The striker was lining up the volley when he realised that he didn’t have time, with a defender closing in, and instead tried to loop in a header, which hit the roof of the net.
Soon afterwards Scott Dann came close with a header that was destined for the bottom corner until Gazzaniga dived to tip it out of play.
A couple of minutes into the second half and Andros Townsend tested Gazzaniga with a fizzing shot across goal that had to be tipped away before sneaking into the far corner.
Zaha then missed the best chance of the afternoon to open the scoring after a loose pass from Serge Aurier set off a Palace counterattack. Zaha was able to go round the young Argentinian goalkeeper and had the goal gaping before him, but scuffed his shot wide of the far post.
The deadlock was finally broken by Son Heung-Min 34 minutes after Rose was unable to convert when teed up by Kane. The ball fell to the South Korean on the edge of the box, and the South Korean picked out the top corner with a delicious first-time strike from just outside the box.
Soon after Palace went behind Zaha had another opportunity on the break, but was inaccurate on what may have been either a pass or shot that went out for a goalkeeper, marking yet another breakaway in which the Ivorian winger fluffed his lines.
Son could have had a second in the 81st minute when a quick change of possession put him through down the left, but the No.7 dragged his shot wide of the near post.