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Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Crystal Palace

By Jamie StricklandBBC Sport
Ryan Mason and Marouane Chamakh
Palace have failed to win in four London derbies this season
  • Puncheon hits bar for impressive Palace
  • First clean sheet in nine for visitors
  • Dominant Palace force 12 corners to Spurs' two

Crystal Palace can count themselves unlucky not to take three points from their trip to Tottenham as the hosts held on for a draw at White Hart Lane.

Jason Puncheon hit the bar with the pick of numerous Palace chances.

Hugo Lloris fantastic - Neil Warnock

Wide men Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha were also impressive but the breakthrough proved elusive.

Roberto Soldado spurned the best of Tottenham's chances but the hosts have now failed to win in five of their eight league matches at home this term.

Both sides suffered defeats in midweek, Spurs dismantled by Chelsea and Palace going down at home to Aston Villa.

With both eager to recover it was the hosts who fired the first warning shot as Ryan Mason's searching ball picked out Christian Eriksen, who cut inside Martin Kelly and dragged an effort wide of the near post.

Palace, seeking a first win at White Hart Lane since 1997, lined up with five in midfield behind lone striker Marouane Chamakh.

But with the direct Bolasie and Zaha running the channels with pace and invention, Neil Warnock's side were a constant threat.

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris needed to be at his best for Spurs as Palace racked up 16 shots on the Frenchman's goal

The visitors were on the front foot for much of the first half and a sequence of corner kicks almost culminated with Mason heading into his own net, while Bolasie's wonderful trickery to escape two markers when penned in the corner almost ended with the opener from Joe Ledley, who blazed over.

Soldado, who scored the winner against Everton last weekend only to find himself on the bench against Chelsea, also cleared the bar with a presentable chance.

Spurs lacked freshness - Pochettino

Zaha was denied only by Jan Vertonghen's last-ditch challenge and Scott Dann forced a good save from Hugo Lloris as Palace continued to press.

Gradually Spurs came into the contest, however, and twice saw Soldado go close before the interval.

Harry Kane, coveted by Palace boss Neil Warnock during the summer, was having a quiet game with all the chances instead failing to Soldado, who again fired off target in the 63rd minute.

Palace remained the side most likely to get the win though, and 11 minutes from the end their best chance came and went as the ball broke to substitute Puncheon after a corner but his fierce shot rattled the crossbar.

Bolasie brought a good save from Lloris and Ledley fired over in what time remained as ragged Spurs held on.

Palace manager Neil Warnock: "I'm lost for words. I can't understand how we've not won. The way we played, we deserved the points. The lads played some good stuff and it took a great goalkeeping performance to stop us getting the three points.

"We played some good stuff, created havoc at times and always looked a threat. I don't know how many times I put my head in my hands today as I thought we'd scored that many. Wilfried and Bolaise were brilliant, but my man of the man was Chamakh - he covered every blade of grass."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino: "It wasn't an easy game, Palace played well. We are not very fresh because it was the third game in six days and it's difficult to manage.

"Maybe this game is one where we need to get the three points, but in the end I think the result was fair. We have a lack of freshness but we tried, we tried to win the game."

Jason Puncheon
Puncheon impressed off the bench for Palace, hitting the bar and seeing this effort ruled out for offside
Yannick Bolasie and Eric Dier
Yannick Bolasie was a constant menace to the Spurs defence with his direct running
Wilfried Zaha, Jan Veronghen
Wilfried Zaha was similarly threatening down the opposite flank
Neil Warnock and Mauricio Pochettino
Neil Warnock's Palace had lost all three London derbies this season before visiting Spurs



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21Fazio
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 38MasonSubstituted forPaulinhoat 66'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forChadliat 45'minutes
  • 18Kane
  • 23EriksenBooked at 88mins
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forLennonat 83'minutes


  • 3Rose
  • 4Kaboul
  • 7Lennon
  • 8Paulinho
  • 13Vorm
  • 22Chadli
  • 25Stambouli

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 4Hangeland
  • 2Ward
  • 15Jedinak
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forPuncheonat 66'minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 28Ledley
  • 7Bolasie
  • 29Chamakh


  • 10Campbell
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Thomas
  • 16Gayle
  • 25Bannan
  • 27Delaney
  • 42Puncheon
Lee Mason

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

  6. Post update

    James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

  9. Booking

    Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Joel Ward tries a through ball, but Marouane Chamakh is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Federico Fazio with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon replaces Roberto Soldado.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur).

As It Stood

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4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
13Aston Villa14446818-1016
15Crystal Palace153571823-514
16West Brom153571420-614
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