Late Harry Kane header gives Tottenham Hotspur victory at Crysal Palace

by Steven Clarke February 26, 2018, 1:47
Late Harry Kane header gives Tottenham Hotspur victory at Crysal Palace

However, the England striker broke Palace's hearts by heading home the victor from close range after shaking off his marker Damien Delaney just two minutes from time.

Manchester United have slipped to third after Liverpool's win over West Ham yesterday, and Chelsea could move level on points with them with victory at Old Trafford.

And fans of the North London club were surprised to see the former Ajax man struggle.

But neither Spurs nor the Eagles could find the breakthrough before the interval, in which Palace's defence proved watertight. It was a clear penalty, but Kane was ruled to have come back from an offside position to receive the ball.

The second half was more of the same, with Spurs bossing possession but not able to take advantage.

With Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur side appearing likely to pass up the chance to move two points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, the forward rose to meet Christian Eriksen's corner for the 89th minute victor.

"It was hard today but we always knew we could score", he said.

Here, Football Insider looks at three things we learned about Spurs on Sunday.

On the other side of the coin, Tottenham also needs to win this game.

With two Premier League Golden Boots secured in as many years, the England worldwide is chasing down an impressive hat-trick this season.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli appears to go down during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Wan-Bissaaka becomes the first Palace academy graduate to start for the Eagles since their promotion to the Premier League in 2013. But that is not the biggest and most mouth-watering game for today.

Kane grabbed the victor in the 88th minute, heading in Erickson's cross two minutes from time.

Dele Alli's propensity for histrionics did not abate today and after the England global flopped to the ground in the penalty box in the first half, Kevin Friend rightly dismissed Alli's appeals.

Serge Aurier at least tested Hennessey with a driven effort on 59 minutes after being played in on the right by Eriksen and the Palace gloveman pulled off a superb one-handed save at full stretch to keep out Davies' shot on the turn 12 minutes later.

"We like to leave it late here every year, we're just really happy to get the goal".

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