Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

Braces from Harry Kane and Gareth Bale help Spurs to all three points against Crystal Palace.

Tottenham make it three wins in as many games, as they push closer to the Champions League places.

The home side were looking to complete their week with another win, following two successful games against Burnley and Fulham.

Jose Mourinho named a slightly different side to his previous game, with three changes being made.

Sergio Reguilon returned to the defence replacing Ben Davies.

And Harry Winks and Lucas Moura started ahead of Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli.

For Crystal Palace, they made only one change from their goalless draw to Manchester United, with Dutch midfielder Jairo Riedewald replacing James McCarthy.

As well as this, Wilfried Zaha returned to the squad, starting on the bench, following a hamstring injury.

The away side began the game with Eberechi Eze, but Spurs were quick to gain a foothold of possession and it seemed the game was going to have a common theme.

Mourinhoโ€™s men had the first opportunity inside the first 10 minutes, with Gareth Bale showing off his fancy footwork before finding Heung-Min Son at the back post.

Fortunately for Palace though, Son headed straight into the arms of Vicente Guaita โ€“ who had a man of the match performance the last time these two sides met.

Chances were scarce early on the match and it took over 25 minutes for anything major to happen.

Lucas Moura was on his toes and dispossessed Luka Milivojevic just outside of his own area.

The ball fell to Harry Kane, who only had to look up to find Bale all alone at the back-post.

Kane drilled the ball across the face of goal to the Welshman, who tapped the ball in comfortably to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Despite being a goal up and having momentum in the game, Spurs sat back after that, and Roy Hodgsonโ€™s side finally grew into the match.

As they began to threaten the back line deep into the half, the ball was switched to the left flank.

Redeeming himself from his prior mistake, Milivojevic whipped in a fantastic cross to the leaping head of Christian Benteke, who superbly nodded it into the right corner.

A perfectly timed response for the team in blue and red and there was only one minute of the half to play.

Tottenham were left to pay the price for inviting pressure, and it looked as if the second half was going to be a struggle.

To make matters worse, Hodgson decided on introducing star man, Zaha into the second half.

But Spurs had other ideas.

The North London club came flying out the traps and attacked the Palace backline.

Within four minutes, they had regained the lead.

Sergio Reguilon delivered a cross to the far post, which was met by the head of Harry Kane.

Similarly to the first half, the same combination worked again.

Kane headed back across the goal to Bale, who beat Kouyate to the ball and nodded it high into the goal.

And they did not stop there.

Moments after the restart, they attacked down the right.

Full back Matt Doherty received the ball on the edge of the box and played it back towards Kane.

This time, the England captain went for goal himself, and unleashed a fantastic curling effort into the top left corner.

Guaita stood no chance, and Spurs had shunned any thoughts of a comeback for the away side within minutes of the second half.

Once the game began to settle again, the Eagles had their share of possession, trying to find Zaha to create some chances.

The Ivorian international came close with 20 minutes to play and could have given Tottenham a nervy end to the game.

But his left footed effort from the edge of the area rolled onto the post, before hitting Lloris on the chest, fortunately not rebounding back into the net.

This small scare pushed Mourinhoโ€™s men forward once again, and they delivered their final blow.

Substitute Erik Lamela delivered a lovely, chipped ball to Heung-Min Son over the head of Joel Ward.

Son immediately with his first touch volleyed a pass across goal to Harry Kane, who like Bale in the first half, was free at the back post to tap home with his head.

Two goals and two assists for Kane, and the duo of himself and Son had made history.

Breaking the 26-year record set by Blackburn Roversโ€™ Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, for combining for the most Premier League goals.

The new record set at 14 goal combinations, with 11 games of the season left to play.

Spurs prevailed after the late first half blow and dominated the second half.

Their next game is in the Europa League on Thursday, as they play Dinamo Zagreb in the Round of 16 first leg.

Before travelling across North London to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the North London Derby, just three days later.

They now sit 6th in the table, just two points away from 4th placed Chelsea.

Opponents Crystal Palace are now 13th, with their next fixture being West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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