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Tottenham 0–0 Crystal Palace: Excellent Eagles should have had all three points


CRYSTAL Palace produced a fine display at White Hart Lane to come away with a point this afternoon, but it should have been three.

Neil Warnock's side were fantastic in north London, with Yannick Bolasie in particular in sublime form in the first half.

Palace really should have won it in reality, frustrating Spurs time and time again on their own patch.

Chrstian Eriksen hit the side-netting after seven minutes after beating Martin Kelly on the left, before James McArthur sliced a volley wide of the target following a Palace corner.

Mile Jedinak had a great chance to open the scoring with a free-kick on the edge of box, and after his first effort was blocked by the Spurs wall, he had another go but it was easy for Hugo Lloris to save.

Palace were on top at this point and forced a number of corners in quick succession, with Scott Dann going extremely close, only to see the ball come off Tottenham's Ryan Mason and inches past the far post.

Yannick Bolasie, who has been in fantastic form recently, was again the main source of creativity, and approaching the midway point of the first half, the winger produced a ridiculous piece of skill to beat two markers down by the corner.

And then he found an unmarked Joe Ledley inside the box, who shot first time inches over the crossbar.

Palace's pressure continued and they went close again, this time Dann heading towards the bottom corner only to see Lloris pull off a remarkable save.

Spurs fired a warning sign when Eriksen curled a free-kick over the Eagles wall but Julian Speroni got across well to palm away. And then Roberto Soldado headed over from a left-wing cross.

The hosts crept back into the contest with several minutes to go until the half-time break, but it was Neil Warnock's side who were close to getting on the scoresheet again when Zaha beat two Spurs players superbly before curling just wide of the far post.

Into the second half and as you'd expect from the home side, they came out the brighter.

But Palace remained resolute with a view to their first half performance. Zaha saw a cross beaten away by Lloris following a corner, and Bolasie continued to look a threat on the break.

The natives were getting restless towards the hour-mark, and they brought Brazilian midfielder Paulinho on, while Palace replaced Zaha with Jason Puncheon.

The winger nearly put his side ahead when Chamakh played the ball back to him, before cutting it back on to his left foot and saw a shot deflect just over.

With 11 minutes remaining, Palace were desperately unlucky not to open the scoring when Puncheon rattled the underside of the bar from close range.

Spurs initially cleared but the ball was played back into their box for Puncheon, who buried his shot into the bottom corner only to see the assistant referee's flag go up.

The visitors' pressure didn't stop there, however, as Bolasie forced a good save from Lloris with a first-time shot in the box, before Ledley blasted narrowly over moments later.

Palace continued to look good on the counter, but just couldn't find a way past the Spurs goalkeeper.

Two minutes were added on, and any late Spurs goal would have been undeserved. Thankfully there wasn't and Palace came away with a well-deserved point.

However, it really should have been three. An excellent performance.

Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, McArthur, Zaha (Puncheon 65), Chamakh.

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Delaney, Bannan, Thomas, Gayle, Campbell.

Referee: Lee Mason

By Mark Ritson at White Hart Lane

Tottenham 0–0 Crystal Palace: Excellent Eagles should have had all three points

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