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Tottenham Hotspur v Watford FC – Premier League
Erik Lamela by Tottenham Hotspur FC

After the shambles of the Newcastle defeat, there was cautious optimism about facing a difficult fixture against a Crystal Palace side riding high in the Premier League, following a good start to the season. 

Spurs had been rightly accused of sluggish performances at home against Aston Villa and Newcastle and right from kick-off, it was clear that the team was not going to make those mistakes again. 

The players were quick of thought and foot, swarmed the Palace defence with renewed intensity and provided the clinical finishing that was clearly missing before. 

By the 30th minute, Spurs were three goals to the good with a brace from the effervescent Son Heung-Min and an own goal brought about through a Serge Aurier cross. 

In fact, Aurier provided the spark along that right flank that was sorely absent when Kyle Walker-Peters or Davinson Sanchez (!) filled the role. With two assists, Aurier staked his claim to be #1 right-back choice and his defensive work was solid as well. 

Just before half-time, Spurs secured the victory when Erik Lamela finished a brilliant Harry Kane cross with aplomb. Definitely the best first half performance from Spurs this season and certainly since the demolition of Bournemouth at Wembley at the tail end of 2018. 

The second half found the teams somewhat going through the motions, Spurs dropped the intensity as expected and Palace had their moments to get at least a consolation goal but Hugo Lloris kept his first clean sheet of the season.

A great result to start a run of seven games in three weeks. Much needed boost to team morale ahead of the Champions League tie in Greece against Olympiacos. 



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