Tottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0: Player ratings as Son Heung-min strikes

Tottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0: Player ratings as Son Heung-min's second-half goal hands Spurs victory at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Outstanding save to tip Sakho’s thunderous half-volley on to the post. Dealt with everything else as calmly as usual. Vital to Tottenham’s top-four aspirations. 7/10

Kyle Walker Got forward in support of front-men but then gave ball away when he did. Dispossessed Bolasie with ease on the rare occasions when the Palace winger ran at him. 6

Toby Alderweireld Attacked the ball well from set pieces. Relatively untroubled defensively but punted a few long balls forward to no one in particular when he had better options. 6

Jan Vertonghen Made some marauding runs forward with the ball and was a dynamic presence for the hosts. Spurs may have found a good partnership with him and his fellow Belgian Alderweireld at the heart of their defence. 7

Ben Davies Decent link-up play with Chadli down the left. Crosses tended to be floated rather than whipped in, much to Kane’s frustration. 5

Eric Dier Did what was required by his manager. Kept possession ticking over and shuttled the ball on to the more creative players as Spurs fought to break the visitors down. 6

Dele Alli Looks likes he could be a future star for the Lilywhites. Committed performance on his first league outing and unlucky not to get a goal to cap an excellent performance. 7

Son Heung-min Broke the deadlock on his Premier League debut with shot that went though the keeper’s legs. Showed good pace, chased down lost causes and generally buzzed around energetically. 8

Eric Lamela Flashes of genius but drifted in and out of the game as normal. Worked hard however and received a standing ovation when he was eventually replaced. Booked. 7

Nacer Chadli Had a couple of weak shots easily saved and didn’t really threaten the Palace goal in all honesty. Had little to do defensively so should have been more involved creatively. 5

Harry Kane Missed a rebound from an acute angle early on, before straying into an offside position which caused Davies’ header to be disallowed. Not one of his more memorable performances. 6

Substitutes:

Christian Eriksen Slotted straight in on to the team return from injury and set Heung-min free with a good ball for the South Korean striker to score. 7

Clinton N’Jie The Cameroon international was a steady presence but could have closed the ball down faster. 5

Tom Carroll Barely touched the ball. N/A

Crystal Palace

Alex McCarthy Will be disappointed with the goal which went through his legs. Made some decent stops but parried a couple of efforts back into dangerous areas. 5

Pape Souare Put in the cross from which Sakho hit the post. Caught out of position once or twice but was fairly reliable throughout. 6

Brede Hangeland Coped well with Kane’s movement. Stayed on his feet and put in the odd well-timed crunching tackle but failed to block the shot for the goal. 6

Damien Delaney Made some crucial headed clearances as Spurs turned the screw. Organised well at the back but couldn’t do much about the goal. 6

Martin Kelly Struggled with the pace of goalscorer Heung-min as he drifted out to the left. Booked. 5

Yohan Cabaye Hit the post with a crisp shot across Lloris. Played with panache when he was on the ball but struggled to make an impact in the second-half. 6

James McArthur Formed a solid double act with Cabaye at the base of Palace’s midfield. Subbed with 15 minutes to go as Pardew’s side chased an equaliser. 6

Wilfred Zaha Subbed at half-time after contributing little in attack or defence. 4

Jason Puncheon Anonymous performance throughout. Not sure what Pardew saw in his performance to keep him on the pitch. 4

Yannick Bolasie Generally wasteful and was booked for chopping down Walker. Failed to show the skill and trickery which had him linked with a move to Spurs in the summer. 5

Bakary Sakho The Eagles’ most dangerous player and a good outlet. His shot would have gone in were it not for a world-class save from Lloris which deflected it on to the post. 6

Substitutes:

Fraizer Campbell Was lucky not to be subbed off after being subbed on at half-time, such was the lack of impact he made on the game. 4

Jordan Mutch Workmanlike performance from the former Cardiff City midfielder. 5

Patrick Bamford Made a minimal contribution in the six minutes he played. N/A

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