Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham player ratings: Spurs go five points clear at the top

Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham player ratings as Spurs moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to an excellent Second Half display at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace had shaded a drab first period, testing Guglielmo Vicario on a couple of occasions with the league leaders looking strangely out of sorts.

However Ange Postecoglou’s team burst into life in the second period with James Maddison and substitute Brennan Johnson the driving forces in an improved attacking display. Maddison forced an own goal from Joel Ward before Johnson teed up Son to put Spurs 2-0 up and in control.

There was nearly a sting in the tail though as Crystal Palace staged a late rally in a lengthy period of Second Half Stoppage Time, extended by a VAR review which determined that Jordan Ayew did not handle the ball before firing past Vicario. The hosts pressed for a leveller that didn’t come as Tottenham hung on for a 2-1 win.

Micky Van de Ven
Tottenham’s Micky Van de Ven and Crystal Palace’s Will Hughes battle for the ball. – Photo by Icon sport

Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Player Ratings

Match Timeline

7’ – Guglielmo Vicario makes his second save in the space of a minute, this one a fine stop low down to deny Odsonne Edouard.

53’ (GOAL) – Pedro Porro and Pape Matar Sarr combine on the right for Spurs and the ball breaks to James Maddison who fires the ball low into the danger area and Joel Ward can only divert it into his own goal.

66′ (GOAL) – Maddison finds a pocket of space on the left this time and releases the recently introduced Brennan Johnson who provides the perfect cutback to leave Son with a simple finish.

90+1′ – Nearly a third for Spurs as Johnson again finds Son in the box but this time his drive is well blocked by Marc Guehi.

90+4′ (GOAL) – Pedro Porro mistimes his jump which allows Jordan Ayew the chance to bring the ball down and unleash a fine strike past Vicario. After a lengthy VAR review for a possible handball by Ayew, the goal stands.

Star Player – Micky Van de Ven (Tottenham) – 8.60/10

Micky Van de Ven is looking like one of the signings of the summer in the Premier League and barely put a foot wrong on Friday night in South London.

The young defender used his pace, power and positioning to constantly deny Crystal Palace as the hosts tried to find space behind a mostly solid Spurs back-line. He finished the game with 4 successful clearances and a 100% tackle success rate.

Micky Van de Ven

Crystal Palace player ratings

Sam Johnstone 6/10 – Powerless to prevent either goal and not tested otherwise.

Tyrick Mitchell 6/10 – A conservative display with Mitchell rarely involved in the opposition half.

Marc Guehi 7/10 – Missed a good headed chance to level the scores but mostly solid at the back.

Joachim Andersen 7/10 – 7 clearances for his team, 3 more than any other player.

Joel Ward 5/10 – A bit unfortunate with the own goal, but probably should have dealt with the cross better.

Will Hughes 7/10 – His high quality set piece deliveries were often Palace’s most likely route to a goal.

Cheick Doucoure 7/10 – A couple of important interceptions for his team.

Jefferson Lerma 5/10 – Could have been more composed in possession.

Jeffrey Schlupp 4/10 – Completed just 2 passes during an hour on the pitch.

Odsonne Edouard 6/10 – Close to an early goal with a fierce low drive but faded after the break.

Jordan Ayew 7/10 – Some bright moments in the First Half but quiet after the break until a brilliant late strike.

Jesuran Rak-Sakyi (sub) 6/10 – One attempt on goal after his introduction.

Naouirou Ahamada (sub) N/A

Nathaniel Clyne (sub) N/A

Matheus Franca (sub) N/A

Jean-Philippe Mateta (sub) N/A

Jordan Ayew
Jordan Ayew and Richarlison battle for the ball. – Photo by Icon sport

Tottenham player ratings

Guglielmo Vicario 7/10 – An excellent early save to deny Edouard as Palace started well.

Pedro Porro 6/10 – Epitomised his team’s massive improvement after the break before a late error contributed to Ayew’s goal.

Cristian Romero 8/10 – An important interception in the First Half and a key headed clearance in another solid showing.

Micky Van de Ven 9/10 – Used his pace and power to thwart several Palace attacks in an excellent display.

Ben Davies 5/10 – Into the Spurs lineup in place of the injured Destiny Udogie but withdrawn at the break with a slight knock.

Yves Bissouma 6/10 – Dispossessed too easily early in Second Half to allow Palace a decent shooting chance.

Pape Matar Sarr 6/10 – Struggled to break up some bright Palace breaks in the First Half but involved in the Spurs opener.

Dejan Kulusevski 6/10 – Not at his most effective.

James Maddison 8/10 – Heavily involved in both goals as Spurs took control.

Richarlison 6/10 – Worked hard but didn’t really produce much in the final third before being withdrawn.

Son Heung-Min 7/10 – Relatively quiet before putting his team in control with the second goal.

Emerson Royal (sub) 7/10 – His introduction coincided with a better Spurs display as the hosts found less joy out wide.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (sub) 7/10 – Helped his team stamp more authority on the game after the break.

Brennan Johnson (sub) 8/10 – Made an instant impact with a fine break on the left which resulted in him setting up Son for Spurs’ second goal.

Bryan Gil (sub) N/A

Rodrigo Bentancur (sub) N/A

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham player ratings
James Maddison of Tottenham shields the ball from Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace. – Photo by Icon sport

Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Player Ratings – The Final Word

Tottenham’s dream start under Ange Postecoglou goes on. They are sitting pretty on 26 points from 10 games and can sit back and relax as the other teams near the top play this weekend. It’s another London derby next for them with Chelsea visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday 6th November.

For Crystal Palace, they’re still comfortable in mid-table with some favourable fixtures ahead with Burnley, Everton and Luton their opponents in November.

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