Tottenham got their first home win of the season as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to summer signing Son Heung-min in what was in truth a rather disappointing match.
Son’s goal, his third in two games after his two midweek in the Europa League, came halfway through the second half after a good breakaway by Spurs. Erik Lamela found Christian Eriksen who in turn played it through to Son in space out on the left who decided to be selfish and take a shot sending it through the legs of Alex McCarthy at the near post. The keeper should have done better.
It was not the first error by McCarthy nor the first time that Son could have scored. In the first minute of the second half Son closed down what looked to be a lost cause as McCarthy went to clear a fairly routine back pass, Son managed to get a block on it and the ball fell just a few yards wide of the goal.
Spurs also had a goal rightly disallowed for offside around the hour mark and that man Son was involved again. McCarthy was able to save Son’s shot but not keep a hold of it and Ben Davies was able to follow it up and head it in, unfortunately Harry Kane was in an offside position, interfering with the Palace defence preventing them from being able to clear the ball.
Palace’s best chance of the match came at the end of the first half when Yohan Cabaye hit the post with a shot using the outside of his boot that had plenty of swerve on it.
It was a poor match but Spurs probably did enough to deserve their win.
With Spurs having played on Thursday night in the Europa League while they have had a week off to rest this was a good chance for Palace to pick up the three points but they were disappointing. They lacked the intensity that they have displayed in the past, they didn’t use their pace to try and hurt Tottenham on the counter, and they lacked an kind of cutting edge.
Still it’s a good three points for Spurs and Son looks like he will become a great player for them.