Nuno Espírito Santo’s 100% Premier League record has gone, as new Crystal Palace boss, and Arsenal-legend, Patrick Viera, guided the Eagles to a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Spurs.
A slow start ensued at Selhurst Park, with a nasty looking injury to Eric Dier doing little to help either side settle into this London derby. Cutting edge in the final third was letting Spurs down, with no issue getting high up the pitch, the final killer pass proving to be troublesome, with several miscues which would otherwise have opened up fantastic chances. Somewhat against the run of play, Crystal Palace almost snatched a HT lead through Conor Gallagher, but the Chelsea loanee’s effort was superbly saved by Hugo Lloris.
Lucas Moura was Spurs’ main threat going forward, and in the absence of Son Heung-min, extra responsibility was placed on his shoulders and the Brazilian nearly forced the issue shortly after the break, but his effort was tame with no way of beating Vicente Guaita. The pendulum swung in the favour of the ‘Eagles’ on the hour mark, when two quick-fire yellow cards for Japhet Tanganga, 4 minutes 48 seconds to be exact, saw the youngster receive his marking orders and handed the initiative to Patrick Vieira’s side, who were seeking their first victory of the season.
Spurs were the only side in Europe’s top five divisions not to have conceded a goal before today, but that record was soon to be snatched away from them. Ben Davies was adjudged to have handled Gallagher’s cross in the box, presenting Eagles talisman Wilfried Zaha with a chance from 12-yards, which he duly converted, sending Lloris the wrong way.
As far as dream debuts go, scoring a brace, first with your first touch and then again in stoppage-time at your new home would be the perfect start, which is exactly what Odsonne Edouard did after entering the fray as a late substitute. His first was fired low past a despairing Lloris and then with the final kick of the game, he took one touch to control and his second to thunder a strike past a hapless Lloris who could do no more than watch, to seal the win and his side’s first win of the season. Meanwhile for Spurs, the loss ended Nuno Espírito Santo’s 100% Premier League record as Tottenham boss and dented their early season optimism.