Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham: Odsonne Edouard scores SECONDS after coming on and nets another goal in added time as Patrick Vieira gets his first win against 10-man Spurs after Japhet Tanganga's red card
He always did enjoy giving Tottenham a good kicking, Patrick Vieira. And this was a good kicking. The sort of kicking that wrecked a perfect run for one club, got the music going for another, and threw up a few questions for both.
For Crystal Palace and Vieira, they centre on what speeds might be reached now they have shed the weight of not winning any of his first three games in charge.
That they did so in this manner was quite something. They grabbed nothing; they took everything. That applies to when they clattered three past the 10 men of Spurs in the latter stages, but it ought to be recognised they were also the better side when this was 0-0 and 11 on 11. Even in those scrappy 58 minutes of parity, 60 per cent of the ball belonged to Palace.
Of course, the red card shortly before the hour helped them turn possession into points, and for that Nuno Espirito Santo will likely have a chat of some intensity with Japhet Tanganga, whose foggy wisdom led him to sandwich a scuffle with Wilfried Zaha with two stupid challenges in the space of three minutes.
His dismissal left Spurs in a hole for more than half an hour and Zaha capitalised with a penalty before Odsonne Edouard scored with his first touch for the club. His second goal followed in stoppage time.
A perfect debut for him after his move from Celtic, and a perfect day for Vieira, who faced Spurs 19 times in boots and won 10 for the loss of just two.
His first in trainers went really rather well, a victory built on the balance of a tight defence and the strengths of some very good attackers.
'I'm really pleased,' he said.
'It was a dream start for him (Edouard). For him to come on and score those two goals is really good for him because it will give him the belief and confidence to do well for the team. I'm really happy for him and for the team.'
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'The officials got all of the big calls correct at Selhurst Park. Japhet Tanganga and Wilfried Zaha were both rightly booked for confronting one another.
'Tanganga had pushed Zaha to the ground moments before but it was part of the same incident and didn’t warrant a sanction of its own.
'The Spurs defender brought down Jordan Ayew with a reckless challenge shortly afterwards and deserved the second booking, reducing Spurs to 10 men.
'For the penalty, Ben Davies had clearly lifted his arm away from the side of his body, and was correctly flagged for handball by assistant referee Marc Perry.'
Now for the Tottenham questions. Nuno was hardly in the mood for talking, saying he didn't see the sending off, but he saw enough of the wider performance to be worried.
Across the game, they had 38 per cent possession and two shots, neither of which was memorable. Within that mess, Harry Kane didn't get close to a chance and Tottenham didn't get close to a fourth win in four.
They have excelled in the opening weeks of this season by maximising their output from few chances, but the lack of creativity was a nagging issue and here it caught them. They were hindered by absences, but this was woeful performance on deeper levels.
Nuno said: 'It is a big concern, we had enough quality and talent to play better. We didn't do it, credit to Palace they were aggressive and they didn't allow too much time on the ball.
'We lost duels and many, many situations that I think we should do much better. Much improvement is required.'
He didn't have a huge amount more to say on the back of a difficult week that left him without a number of players for this game.
Namely he was missing his three red-list wanderers - Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Giovani Lo Celso – and there was also fitness issues around Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn.
Harry Winks and Lucas Moura came into the side and Emerson Royal, the right back signed from Barcelona, was given his debut with Tanganga nudged inland to centre back.
Of all that, the absence of Sanchez from the unit that kept three clean sheets in the previous three games was the biggest worry, and as it happened his central partner, Eric Dier, was struck down 12 minutes into this one. He suffered a heavy knock in a challenge with Jordan Ayew.
That was a bad sign, and likewise the early involvements of Royal. His first assignment was Wilfried Zaha, so no easy gig there, but he was regularly caught in possession or beaten outright on the run.
After a dull first half, the game ignited 10 minutes into the second when Zaha and Tanganga squared off. It started with Tanganga fouling Zaha and in return Zaha swiped back - both escaped with yellows.
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita 6.5; Ward 6.5, Andersen 6.5, Guehi 6, Mitchell 7; Gallagher 7, Kouyate 6.5 (Milivojevic 67, 6), McArthur 7; Zaha 8, Benteke 6.5 (Edouard 82), Ayew 7 (Olise 87)
Subs not used: Butland, Tomkins, Olise, Hughes, Clyne, Kelly, Riedewald
Booked: Zaha, Gallagher
Boss: Patrick Vieira 7.5
Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris 6; Royal 4.5, Tanganga 4, Dier 6 (Rodon 12, 7), Reguilon 6; Hojbjerg 6.5, Skipp 6.5, Winks 6 (Davies 60, 6); Moura 6.5, Kane 5, Alli 6
Subs not used: Gollini, Doherty, Gil, Ndombele, Scarlett, Omole, Markanday
Booked: Tanganga, Moura
Sent off: Tanganga
Boss: Nuno Espirito Santo 5.5
Referee: Jonathan Moss 5.5
If that was fortunate, then it was followed by an act of pure idiocy, as Tanganga lunged off his feet almost immediately into a challenge with Ayew. A second yellow was shown and he was done. Soon Spurs were too.
A Ben Davies handball was rightly penalised, allowing Zaha to convert from the spot for 1-0, and a pair of close-range finishes from Edouard after entering as a substitute made for an exceptional debut.
Vieira punched the air after each of those three goals, and Tottenham dropped at his feet once again.
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Crystal Palace are winless in their last 12 Premier League meetings with Spurs (D2 L10) since a 2-1 win in January 2015. The Eagles have scored just four goals in this run, failing to find the net on eight occasions.
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Tottenham are looking to win five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018 under Mauricio Pochettino. However, Spurs have lost three of their last five Premier League London derbies (W2), as many as they had in their previous 16 such games in the competition (W6 D7).
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Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm)
Manchester United vs Newcastle United (3pm)
Southampton vs West Ham United (3pm)
Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (3pm)
Chelsea vs Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Leeds United vs Liverpool (4.30pm)
Everton vs Burnley (8pm)
The Premier League is back in business!
Welcome back! After the two-week interruption of the internationals, the Premier League returns this weekend and it’s back with the bang of a London derby.
South London meets North London this lunchtime as Crystal Palace host early pace-setters Tottenham at Selhurst Park.
It’s been the perfect start for Nuno Espirito Santo at the Lane with three wins from their opening trio of matches seeing them top the fledgling Premier League table.
But it’s been a more reserved opening for Patrick Vieira, the new Palace manager, with two draws and a defeat from their opening three games.
They were soundly beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on the opening weekend but have since drawn with Brentford and, more notably, West Ham to sit mid-table.
What awaits us today? Stay tuned to find out. The game kick-off at 12.30 and we will have all the team news for you shortly.