Tottenham player ratings vs Crystal Palace: three players score 6.5/10 and one ‘special’ 8/10 in win
Tottenham produced a strong second-half performance to take all three points and go five clear of second-placed Manchester City who don't play until Sunday afternoon.
Palace captain Joel Ward deflected a way-ward James Maddison strike into his own net to give Spurs the lead before substitute Brennan Johnson announced his presence with his first assist for the club for Son Heung-min’s eighth goal of the season and the club’s seond on the night.
Before that, Tottenham had gone the entire first half without a shot on target in one of the most disappointing 45 minutes under Ange Postecoglou.
But as has often been the case since the Australian manager took over, he rectified the situation by taking off Ben Davies for Emerson Royal which instantly improved the passing and shape of the team.
Spaces began to spring up for Pape Matar Sarr who was involved in the first goal, this time it was his switch that caught the Palace backline off guard and gave Johnson the space to calve his assist for the Son goal.
Jordan Ayew then volleyed home a goal for the Eagles to set up a nervy end to the game, VAR had a long look at the goal after the ball appeared to hit his hand, but it concluded it was good enough to stand.
There was also the first minutes of the season for Rodrigo Bentacur who was introduced late on for his first taste of football since his knee injury back in February.
For large parts of the game, Tottenham looked comfortable but had to hang on to grind out what was their eighth win of the season.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2023 Christmas card was released on Saturday and royal fans are all saying the same thing about the photo, which features Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis…
We need to talk about Ukraine. While the world’s attention has been focused on the war between Israel and Hamas, grim tremors have been shaking that rich, black soil. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has failed – or, in Volodymyr Zelensky’s words, “did not achieve the desired results”.
The gulf between Israel and the US on one hand - and Arab states and much of the rest of the world on the other - couldn't really be greater. With the US diplomatic backing, and with more of its ammunition supplies being shipped to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that to achieve his goals of rescuing hostages - but more importantly, in reality, the destruction of Hamas - then a ceasefire is a non-starter. Despite their admirable work, in truth they won't get very far for the time being because neither of the protagonists - Hamas and Israel - seem awfully interested in a ceasefire anyway.
A deal over the post-Brexit status of the British territory of Gibraltar depends on agreement over use of the airport, Spain's foreign minister, Jose Manuel Albares, said in an interview published on Sunday. The status of Gibraltar and how to police the border with Spain have been points of contention since Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. The UK, Spain and the EU are due to hold further talks on the matter on Wednesday.
The mum whose son died of cancer has blasted Ricky Gervais' joke about terminally ill children - despite once receiving a heartfelt message from the comedian. A clip from Gervais' new Netflix special “Armageddon” sparked backlash after he mocked children with terminal cancer calling them ‘baldy’ and referring to them as ‘r*tarded’. The star was joking about making videos for dying children through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, saying: “Why didn’t you wish to get better?”. Mum Louise Fox, 49, whose child received ones of these video clips from Gervais, has branded the joke “disgusting”. Her son, George, died aged 13 after a short battle with a glioblastoma brain tumour in April 2022. The mum-of-three organised her for son to received the special message from Gervais on his 13th birthday, shortly before he passed away. Louise, a training manager for Avon cosmetics, from Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire, said: "George absolutely loved Ricky Gervais - he was his favourite comedian. "He was so excited to receive that message and now it feels so tainted. "I worried he didn't send many messages, and my son was one of the few - it's like he's mocking my dead son. "I was so offended when I saw the clip - it honestly floored me. "George wished more than anything, as did all of us, that he would get better. "How anyone can find that funny is beyond me. "Ricky needs to walk a day in our shoes even though I wouldn't wish it on anyone." Louise said her family had planned to watch the Netflix special, which is due to be released on Christmas Day, in honour of her son, but is hoping people were join her in boycotting it. "Christmas is hard enough, let alone knowing that will be aired,'' she said. "We're just going through the motions, and trying our best to get by. "We had planned to watch it on Christmas Day for George but there's no way we'll be tuning in now. "In a way, I'm glad I knew that was on it so I didn't get a shock on the day. "He's reached new lows with his jokes. "He does a lot for animal charities, and I think he needs to make this right and donate to some children's cancer charities. "It's the least he can do after the upset and outrage he's caused."