Tottenham player ratings at Palace: Sanchez and Dier dominate

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park

Tottenham player ratings at Palace: Sanchez and Dier dominate

In the end, only Harry Kane's scruffy goal in the 88th minute allowed Tottenham to leave Selhurst Park with all three points.

Kane's very bad second half miss was completely out of character and it looked as though it was going to epitomise a disappointing day.

A misjudged clearance from defender Patrick van Aanholt allowed the ball to fall into the path of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who took a shot first time forcing Wayne Hennessey to make a crucial save. Despite being a defence-oriented player, he has smashed 7 goals already in the top flight this season. It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four.

Palace are now missing 12 first team players through injuries and that has been very evident in their recent performances.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson also defended the England global, saying that Alli's previous reputation was driving fans to label him as a cheat.

The hosts will be without the services of a number of key players, with the manager confirming that as many as 12 of his first-teamers are out with injury.

Spurs next face Rochdale in the FA Cup at Wembley on Wednesday in a fifth-round replay while Crystal Palace face Manchester United at home next Monday in the league.

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- Only Darren Anderton (67) has provided more assists for Spurs in the Premier League than Christian Eriksen (45), who is now joint-second for the club alongside Aaron Lennon.

After the match, Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his star striker. Many good communications. It was a tough game, up against Benteke, different players like Townsend, and we kept a clean sheet.

Thanks to their respective situations, the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Lucas Moura will have their fitness assessed ahead of the game to determine their availability.

Missing two clear opportunities on goal, it looked like it was going to be one of those days for the visitors where they would not capitalise on their 76% possession. Spurs labored. They missed guilt-edged chances.

But Hodgson's side grew in confidence and began to cut out the mistakes as the first half progressed.

MF Victor Wanyama, 7 - Given a rare outing in his preferred position of defensive midfielder with Dier moving into the back four. Crystal Palace welcome a Tottenham side that is flying high in the Premier League, knowing full well that they themselves can ill afford any slip ups at the moment.

The Spanish goalkeeper has agreed a deal to move to Selhurst Park in the summer, moving on a free transfer from La Liga outfit Getafe.

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