Tottenham Hotspur extend lead win over Crystal Palace
In a thrilling encounter at Selhurst Park, Tottenham Hotspur, under the guidance of their manager Ange Postecoglou, continued their dream start to the Premier League season with a 1-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Record-breaking start for Spurs
The Spurs, who started the match at the pinnacle of the table with an impressive 23 points from 9 games, have now extended their lead to a 5-point gap over title contenders Manchester City and Arsenal, at least for a few hours. This victory also solidified Postecoglou's record as the manager with the best start in Premier League history.
The first half of the match saw both teams battling for dominance, with chances created at both ends. However, it was in the 53rd minute when the deadlock was broken, albeit in an unfortunate manner for the hosts. James Maddison, in a bid to create an opportunity for the Spurs, whipped in a dangerous cross that was inadvertently turned into his own net by Crystal Palace's James Ward. The own goal gave Tottenham a crucial lead.
The visitors doubled their advantage in the 66th minute, showcasing their attacking prowess. A beautifully orchestrated move involving multiple players culminated with Son Heung-Min finding the back of the net, assisted by Brennan Johnson. Son's goal was a testament to Tottenham's fluid attacking play this season, which has been a hallmark of Postecoglou's management.
Late drama at Selhurst Park
Just when it seemed Tottenham would walk away with a comfortable victory, Crystal Palace struck back in injury time. Jordan Ayew, with an assist from Joachim Andersen, managed to pull one back for the Eagles. The goal was initially shrouded in controversy, as VAR checked for a possible handball in the build-up. However, after a thorough review, the officials couldn't conclusively determine a handball, allowing the goal to stand.
Postecoglou, in his post-match interview, praised his team's resilience and determination. "It's never easy coming to Selhurst Park, and today was no exception. I'm proud of the boys for holding on and getting the result," he remarked.
As the Premier League season progresses, all eyes will be on Tottenham Hotspur to see if they can maintain their blistering form and if Postecoglou can lead them to Premier League glory.