Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Odsonne Edouard secured Patrick Vieira’s first Premier League victory as Crystal Palace boss in what turned out to be a fiery London derby at Selhurst Park as 10-man Spurs were condemned to a 3-0 drubbing.
There was no sense of luck in the home side’s victory, they were by far the better team as Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit looked toothless and disorganised. The renaissance that has gone underway in south London over the last few months is in full swing now under former Arsenal legend Vieira and he has his side playing progressive football which has been almost unknown to Palace supporters in recent years.
The transfer business that the club made in the summer window was highly praised and the new faces, as well as key figures from the old guard were integral to this impressive victory.
The new defensive partnership of Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen were well-drilled and they were so organised that Harry Kane had an uncharacteristically quiet afternoon. Conor Gallagher, the Chelsea loanee, turned in another fine display and ran the show in the heart of midfield, and it was his cross that won Palace’s penalty for the first.
Most impressive was deadline day signing Edouard, who minutes after coming onto the pitch for his debut, found the bottom corner to seal the victory and introduce himself to his new fans, before sensationally scoring his second in the dying seconds to cap off an excellent performance for the hosts.
The entire team were all on form and they made it a tough afternoon for Spurs, who were sub-par for the entire afternoon, and there will be reasons for Nuno to be concerned. He is already plagued with absentees in his squad, and his side looked lost without Son Heung-Min, while defenders Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero were unavailable. Right-back Japhet Tanganga had to shift into centre-back for the game and he had a torrid time of it as he was sent off with a double booking that came in no more than four minutes.
He picks up a second yellow card minutes after picking up his first following a foul and altercation with Wilfried Zaha down the wing...
The men in white shirts looked lost for 90 minutes and they did not deserve anything from the match. Nuno will have a lot to work on in the coming days ahead of the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League fixture against Rennes.
Nuno was given more injury problems when Eric Dier was forced to come off due to a knock he picked up in a clash with Jordan Ayew. Joe Rodon came on in his place.
The first-half took a while to spark into life but it was Palace who looked the more threatening when it did. They managed to create a few half chances before the break, with Zaha and Gallagher providing the creative links in midfield.
The latter had a great chance late in the half after he found some space on the edge of Spurs’ box with no one picking him up, but he blazed his effort over the bar. The young midfielder then had another great chance moments later after some brilliant play by Zaha but Hugo Lloris was able to keep his close-range effort out.
Spurs came out in the second-half with some bite as they looked to gain more of a foothold on the game. Lucas Moura danced his way into a shooting position early but his effort was gathered by Vicente Guaita. Up the other end Palace continued to build the momentum they built in the first-half and Gallagher had a fierce volley blocked for a corner.
The game was also sparked into life after Zaha was shoved off the ball by Japhet Tanganga, who was unhappy at the hosts' continuing play with Moura down in the opposition half. It got heated between the pair and both received a booking. Tanganga then got his marching orders moments later, picking up his second yellow for a late challenge on Ayew.
The dream debut for Odsonne Edouard who scores moments after entering the field of the play! 🙌
It opened the floodgates for Palace then, Ben Davies’ handball earned them the penalty for the first which was converted by Zaha, Palace’s 500th goal in the Premier League, before substitute Edouard grabbed a brace to pile on the misery for Spurs, undoing their hard work from the first three matches.
In what was a sensational performance, Vieira’s side have shown enough that they can give it a really good go this season.