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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

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-09-11

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.

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Wilfried Zaha blows a kiss after opening the scoring from the penalty spot in Crystal Palace's 3-0 victory over Tottenham
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Palace were thoroughly deserving winners as they ended Tottenham's 100 per cent start to the Premier League season
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After Zaha opened the scoring, new signing Odsonne Edouard (right) opened his account within 27 seconds of coming on
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Edouard (right) was signed from Celtic to supply Palace with more goals and he made a brilliant start with a double here
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Edouard celebrates in front of jubilant supporters in the Holmesdale End as Crystal Palace rounded off an impressive win
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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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Zaha kept his composure to convert from the penalty spot after Tottenham's Ben Davies was penalised for handball in the box
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The match turned on its head after Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga (on floor) lunged in on Palace's Jordan Ayew 
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Referee Jon Moss shows a second yellow card and a red to Tanganga as Ayew lies on the floor following a bad tackle
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It came a few minutes after both Zaha and Tanganga saw yellow cards for this confrontation with the Spurs defender unable to keep his head after the incident 

Expert view from former Premier League referee Chris Foy: 'Spot on with penalty and sending off'

'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.

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Palace's Conor Gallagher rues his luck after a missed opportunity but the midfielder was a driving force all afternoon
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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris comes out to punch the ball clear under pressure as Palace swing in a corner kick

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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Tottenham, already missing key personnel, suffered an early blow when defender Eric Dier hobbled out of the contest
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Harry Kane struggled to get a sniff all afternoon as Palace controlled the contest to win their first match of the season

RE-LIVE ALL THE ACTION AS IT UNFOLDED WITH ADAM SHERGOLD BELOW

12:03

The new (and returning) boys hoping to make an instant impact in the Premier League this weekend

The Premier League is set to return this weekend and with it comes a host of new, and some not so new, faces.

It is the first weekend of action since the summer transfer window slammed shut on August 31, and fans will be excited at the prospect of seeing deadline-day signings in action.

Saul Niguez's move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea grabbed the headlines and Blues supporters will be eager to get their first glimpse of the Spain international on Saturday evening, while Arsenal and Tottenham also have acquisitions to show off.

Then of course there is the small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo's Old Trafford return.

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It is the first weekend of action since the summer transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday 31 August, and fans will be excited at the prospect of seeing deadline-day signings in action.

11:51

Tanguy Ndombele 'is ready to fight for his place at Spurs' after Nuno Espirito Santo questioned his attitude

Tanguy Ndombele is keen to fight for his place at Tottenham and is hoping to make his first appearance of the season within the next week, according to reports.

The 24-year-old looked set to leave Spurs in the summer transfer window after being left out of all their pre-season matches as well as all five of the Premier League leaders' competitive fixtures in August.

His omission has come with boss Nuno Espirito Santo questioning the Frenchman's attitude late last month, telling him to fix up and that his best form must 'come from himself'.

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Tanguy Ndombele 'ready to fight for his place at Tottenham'

The 24-year-old looked set to leave Spurs in the transfer window after being left out of all their pre-season matches as well as all five of the club's competitive fixtures in August.

11:43

Opta big match stats

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.

Tottenham have only failed to score in one of their 12 Premier League away games against Crystal Palace (W7 D3 L2), doing so in a 3-0 defeat in January 2005. Spurs have netted exactly once in each of their last five league games at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are set to become the first side to start a top-flight campaign with four consecutive London derbies. However, the Eagles are winless in their last 11 such games in the Premier League (D6 L5).

Tottenham have started a league campaign with three wins and three clean sheets for the first time in their history. Only four teams have ever begun a top-flight campaign with four wins and no goals conceded - Aston Villa in 1900-01, Ipswich Town in 1974-75, Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester City in 2015-16.

Crystal Palace have managed fewer shots (20) and fewer shots on target (5) than any other team in the Premier League this season. However, the Eagles did score with both of their efforts on target last time out against West Ham.

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).

11:40

Watch out, Spurs... it's HIM again! Patrick Vieira bullied Tottenham for years with Arsenal... and with off-field problems dogging the Premier League leaders, he will aim to wound his old rivals once again as Palace boss

Tottenham fans could be forgiven for having had daily glances at the Premier League table over the two weeks of the international break.

After a summer of unrest, when they feared they'd lose their star man Harry Kane to Manchester City, Nuno Espirito Santo's side find themselves top of the table as the only team to have emerged from the opening three matches with maximum points.

However, the sheer presence of the opposition manager at Selhurst Park in Saturday's early kick-off will bring back horrible memories for the travelling support.

Patrick Vieira may still be cutting his teeth as a manager but his record in England as a player for Arsenal was phenomenal - particularly against their most heated rivals, Spurs.

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Patrick Vieira may still be cutting his teeth as a manager with Crystal Palace but his record in England as a player for Arsenal was phenomenal - particularly against their main rivals, Tottenham.

11:27

The small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo's return, Rafa Benitez's shot to take Everton TOP, Saul leading the debuts and Arsenal's hunt for a goal: 10 reasons we CAN'T WAIT for the Premier League's restart

The first international break of the season had plenty of drama. Health officials invading pitches, Cristiano Ronaldo breaking records, Gareth Bale saving Wales again and a bit of a scrap in Warsaw.

But it's now time for the Premier League to return - and there's plenty to get excited about. Tottenham are leading the way at the top of the table while five teams are tied on seven points after the opening three games of the season.

With some exciting fixtures coming our way and new faces in town, Sportsmail takes a look at 10 reasons why we can't wait for the Premier League to return.

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With some exciting fixtures coming our way this weekend and new faces in town, Sportsmail takes a look at 10 reasons why we can't wait for the Premier League to return. .

11:23

This weekend’s fixtures in the Premier League

TODAY

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (12.30pm)

Arsenal vs Norwich City (3pm)

Brentford vs Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm)

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)

TOMORROW

Leeds United vs Liverpool (4.30pm)

MONDAY

Everton vs Burnley (8pm)

11:20

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.

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