Spurs 0-1 Palace
Crystal Palace advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1995 in what was a first victory at White Hart Lane since 1997. Martin Kelly, only playing because of Pape Souare’s injury time red card in the Eagles’ Premier League fixture against Watford last weekend, scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time – his first goal in five years.
In an entertaining affair, the hosts had the better of the first half and could have been ahead inside four minutes. A corner kick was flashed across goal and, with Nabil Bentaleb obstructing Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal, Dele Alli met the ball at the back post but his header could not find a way past Yohan Cabaye on the line. Some Spurs players called for handball and the ball did strike the Frenchman’s arm but they were in front of his torso and the ball came from just two yards away and the award of a spot kick would have been harsh. Later at the other end, Jordon Mutch smashed a volley into Bentaleb’s arm from just two yards away. Again, it hit his arm but the award of a penalty would have been unfair – although an award would have been pay back for a penalty that Spurs were awarded at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 2013/14 season.
Son, Alli and Harry Kane were causing Palace problems with their movement and after Son had gone on a mazy run the ball broke for Alli in the area and his effort deflected off Joe Ledley, onto the far post, across the goal-line and onto the other post where Joel Ward was able to clear. Just the kind of luck that has deserted the visitors up until that point in 2016.
Whilst Spurs dominated possession, Alan Pardew’s men carried a threat on the break and a long punt up-field from Hennessey almost yielded an opening goal of the game. The hosts’ back line committed the cardinal sin of letting the ball bounce and Kyle Walker, in an attempt to either find Michel Vorm or touch, looped a header toward his own goal and only a great turn of pace couple with cat like agility enabled the keeper to prevent an own goal.
Harry Kane hit the target from thirty yards with a free kick, but Hennessey was equal to the effort low down to his right and Emmanuel Adebayor went close to scoring against his former Club when challenging for a header close to the goal only for the defender to just clear.
"Zaha perfectly delayed the pass and found the full back in full stride and the former Liverpool man boomed his effort into the top corner at the near post."
With the game seemingly heading for a scoreless break, Wilfried Zaha picked the ball up in-field and run at the heart of the Tottenham defence. Danny Rose came inside to help out and failed to notice the marauding run of Kelly on the overlap. Zaha perfectly delayed the pass and found the full back in full stride and the former Liverpool man boomed his effort into the top corner at the near post.
Spurs now had to chase the game and Palace sat five yards deeper in order to hit on the counter attack with pace and were unlucky on several occasions not to score a killer second. At the other end, Kane produced an excellent stop from Hennessey, Alli put a low ball across the face of the six yard box and somehow Kane and Josh Onomah failed to put the ball into the gaping goal and then Alli hit a volley of his own just wide from range.
With fourteen minutes remaining Yannick Bolasie made his long awaited return from injury and could have been on the scoresheet almost immediately. Wickham picked up the ball wide right and showed exceptional pace to beat Kevin Wimmer and he then cut inside and breezed past Eric Dier. Up until this point he had done everything right but then he elected to shoot instead of sliding the ball to the unmarked Bolasie arriving at the back post. The shot was blocked and the hosts remained in the game.
The two would combine three minutes from time. Bolasie galloped away down the right and no one could match the pace in his fresh legs. His ball across the face was converted by Wickham but the number twenty-one and gone a shade too early with his run and was caught offside. It would not prove costly, however, as a leggy Spurs could not muster up another chance meaning that the 5,022 Palace fans would head back across the river with a Quarter Final against Reading to look forward to.
Dele Alli – England Disaster Waiting to Happen
Not content with kneeing Yohan Cabaye in the back of the head at Selhurst Park, he pushed him in the back and tripped him over at the same time when the ball was already out of play. Yet the referee and linesman let him get away with it. Later on he goes in late on Connor Wickham. Nothing doing. Kick after kick on Palace players went unpunished from the former MK Dons prodigy – just great for his learning curve.
Mark my words. England vs Italy (or someone of the sort) in the European Championship Quarter Final. He will kick someone and the referee will not give a shit that he is the next great hope and out will come the red card and out will go England of the tournament.
Teach him the lesson now, before it is too late for the Three Lions.
Just get up you twat.
The Famous Alan Mullery
Someone at Spurs clearly did not do their research. At half time they invited two former FA Cup winners on to the field. I cannot even tell you who the second one was because as soon as Alan Mullery was announced, the away end was booing and singing songs about the “Famous” Alan Mullery until he departed the field.
I can imagine the conversation:
“Let’s get Alan Mullery down. He used to manage Palace. The away fans will love it.”
5,000 people booing and talking about having a party when he dies was probably the polar opposite to what they expected to happen.
Michael Bridge, “Sky Sports HQ journalist and writer of the Official Tottenham Hotspur Annuals. Premier League to Non-League” according to his Twitter profile, took to Twitter to ask FYP what the booing was all about:
John Cross of the Mirror was live tweeting the interview:
A goal on the stroke of half time and then Mullery to hurl abuse at! What a perfect half time.
Man of the Match: Wilfried Zaha
He was kicked for the entire ninety minutes and received, yet again, no protection from the referee. Old Wilf would have kicked off and risked a red card every time a foul on him was not called. Instead, the more mature Wilf brushed himself off and carried on and this eventually resulted in a stunning assist, once again putting Danny Rose on his backside in the process.
Up Next: West Brom
Not quite Alan Mullery but we will be meeting with another unfavoured former manager in Tony Pulis. West Brom are in free fall in the Premier League and with this win in our sails, here is hoping that we can get back on track in the league and turn over his Baggies.