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Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham: Kane steals win with late header

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It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

A dramatic late header from Harry Kane snatched the points for Tottenham in a scrappy game at Selhurst Park.

Spurs had won their previous five meetings with Palace, but struggled to break down the home side, despite some nervy defending. A miscommunication almost let Ben Davies in on goal, then a mis-kick gifted the ball to Harry Kane in the six-yard box, but Wayne Hennessey managed to tip his point blank effort over the bar.

Tottenham had a few sloppy moments of their own without the Belgians in defense. Eric Dier’s wayward pass presented the ball to former teammate Andros Townsend, but the ensuing shot was blocked.

Spurs thought they had a penalty after Timothy Fosu-Mensah brought down Kane in the box. Kevin Friend pointed to the spot, but the linesman already had his flag up for offside.

The second half was more of the same, with Spurs bossing possession but not able to take advantage. Christian Eriksen, who didn’t have his best game, flicked a lovely ball over Kane’s defender, but the usually prolific striker couldn’t sort his feet out, uncharacteristically slotting his shot wide with the goal gaping.

Hennessey managed to palm away a powerful cross-shot from Serge Aurier and just got his fingertips to a Ben Davies shot that appeared to be creeping into the bottom corner.

Spurs must have felt it wasn’t going to happen after Aurier got the ball stuck under his feet with a wide open goal gaping from four yards out.

But that man Harry Kane came to Tottenham’s rescue again, climbing highest at a corner to power a header into the net to secure all three points.

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  • That wasn’t Eriksen’s best game, but we won so who cares
  • Aurier had a hat-trick of foul throws, which pretty perfectly summed up his performance
  • What more is there to say about Harry Kane? That’s his 150th career goal and his 24th league goal of the season
  • That goal also puts him back on top of the Golden Boot race
  • That’s six straight wins over Palace, including three in a row at Selhurst Park for the first time in our history
  • The win takes us up into 4th for the time being, two points ahead of Chelsea and one behind Manchester United. Those two are playing right now at Old Trafford