Pochettino pleads for patience with ‘stunning’ new stadium

Pochettino pleads for patience with ‘stunning’ new stadium

Zaha was ruled out with injury shortly before kick-off, and it is now more than two years since Palace won in the league without him, a run of 12 successive defeats.

"The medical staff is going to assess and then the medical staff of England is going to assess whether he will be involved or not".

Highlights from Tottenham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Spurs were dealt an injury blow when Kieran Trippier limped off midway through the first half with a groin injury, but Pochettino is hopeful he could still be fit for England's upcoming internationals with the US and Croatia. And Tottenham are nowhere near hitting their stride, nowhere close to how they can play.

A minor hamstring injury had meant the hosts, who last won in the league without their influential forward at Sunderland in September 2016 and have struggled for goals all season, starting Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew in an unfamiliar front two.

"This type of game is crucial in the battle for the top four", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "The three points are massive".

"Stunning. You expect you are going to find a nice stadium, but when I saw the stadium I was like "wow", he said.

Some injured Leicester players, including England defender Harry Maguire, led a march of fans from the city centre to the stadium ahead of the match.

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WORST PLAYER - In what was a fine defensive display from Tottenham, Victor Wanyama had a fairly quiet game.

Kane has faced questions about his form and fitness this season, amid suggestions he was looking jaded after the World Cup, but after winning the Golden Boot in Russian Federation, he has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Spurs this term, and Pochettino believes the changeable perception and coverage of Kane is a cultural phenomenon.

For Palace, though, it is a worrying result with Cardiff and Newcastle winning. But Eddie Howe's men couldn't find a leveller in the second half as Newcastle claimed a second win in a row.

Huddersfield are a point behind Cardiff, in second-bottom, thanks to a 1-1 draw with West Ham, Felipe Anderson denying the home side all three points with the equaliser 16 minutes from time.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 66th minute.

However, Brighton then had Dale Stephens sent off for a lunge at Greg Cunningham in the 34th minute.

He was very strong in defence, dealing with everything which came his way, and ultimately made the difference in the game at the other end.