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Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Alan Pardew celebrates
  • Palace end a run of eight league games without a win
  • Alan Pardew's men out of bottom three
  • Spurs lose for second time in 10 league games

Alan Pardew's first Premier League game in charge of Crystal Palace ended in a thrilling victory as they came from behind to beat London rivals Tottenham.

A superb low strike from Harry Kane, the striker's 18th goal of the season, gave the visitors the lead.

Palace - who missed a great first-half chance through Glenn Murray - levelled through Dwight Gayle's penalty after Benjamin Stambouli felled Joe Ledley.

And Jason Puncheon grabbed a late winner with a low left-footed strike.

Pardew says Palace are 'unshackled'

Puncheon's goal added to an already frenzied atmosphere as the sound of renewed optimism, justified as the hosts displayed endeavour and fight under new management, rang around Selhurst Park.

In the build-up to his first game in charge at Selhurst Park, Pardew said having the backing of 99% of the stadium was a "great feeling" and the former Palace player, not accustomed to such admiration from the stands during his four years in charge of Newcastle, punched the air and saluted the crowd as the ground erupted at full-time.

For the Crystal Palace faithful, it was their time to also enjoy an unfamiliar feeling, that of victory - their first win in nine league games which lifted them out of the bottom three to 15th.

Tottenham, who had the majority of possession, were unable to replicate the form which earned them a spectacular 5-3 victory over Chelsea in their last Premier League outing and the defeat is a setback to Mauricio Pochettino's hopes of a third-place finish.

The north Londoners were the more creative and assured of the two teams until Palace levelled to spark a dogged fightback, which ended Spurs' seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Christian Eriksen lacked composure, half-volleying wide from six yards in the first half, but fortunately for the visitors, in Kane they have a striker who possesses coolness in abundance in front of goal.

Penalty was turning point - Pochettino

The Englishman shuffled for space near the edge of the box and confidently struck into the bottom left corner for his sixth league goal in as many games.

Palace, playing on the counter-attack, lacked such ruthlessness, with James McArthur heading over the crossbar from close range and Murray wasting a fine chance when put through by McArthur before the break.

But the south Londoners were positive after falling behind, with their best chance falling to Gayle, whose stabbed effort was aimed straight at goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, before the forward made amends from the spot.

Referee Anthony Taylor deemed that Stambouli's sliding tackle had caught Ledley and Gayle scored a superb momentum-changing penalty.

Buoyed, and with vociferous support on their side, Palace played the latter stages with confidence, and a weaving run by Wilfried Zaha ended with Puncheon's winner.

Tottenham had a penalty appeal turned down for a Ledley challenge on Kane, before the full-time whistle sparked jubilant scenes.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "I don't want to speak about the referee. I think it is a very difficult job, but it is true the penalty decision changed the atmosphere.

"Maybe after we suffered a little bit, Crystal Palace believed they can come to get the three points.

"A lot of long balls came in and I think that in this challenge they wanted it more than us. We are disappointed with the result and we lost a good opportunity to stay with the top four."

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Palace, has received support from the fans
Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored seven in eight in all competitions for Tottenham
Dwight Gayle
Spurs have given away six penalties - two more than any other side in the Premier League
Alan Pardew celebrates
Pardew has won more points from losing positions than any other manager in the league this season


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6DannBooked at 45mins
  • 27Delaney
  • 34Kelly
  • 28Ledley
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 77mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 25BannanBooked at 37minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16GayleSubstituted forCampbellat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17MurraySubstituted forZahaat 74'minutes


  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Hangeland
  • 8Guédioura
  • 10Campbell
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Thomas


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 21FazioBooked at 90mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 25StambouliBooked at 55minsSubstituted forSoldadoat 75'minutes
  • 19Dembélé
  • 17TownsendBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCapoueat 69'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22Chadli
  • 18Kane


  • 4Kaboul
  • 7Lennon
  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 29Capoue
  • 33Davies
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamTottenham
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

  5. Post update

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Julian Speroni tries a through ball, but Jason Puncheon is caught offside.

  8. Booking

    Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

  10. Post update

    Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Booking

    Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

As It Stood

2Man City21145245202547
3Man Utd20107334201437
7West Ham219663225733
13Aston Villa215791123-1222
14West Brom2156102029-921
15Crystal Palace214892231-920
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