This was a victory which spoke volumes for Tottenham Hotspur’s stubborn conviction that the title race is not done and dusted – far from it, in fact. Mauricio Pochettino’s team laboured for a while and even when they were in the ascendancy after the interval reward eluded them for a while as Crystal Palace, a team reborn, resisted with everything they could. But in the end the visitors’ quality told.
It was Christian Eriksen who broke the resistance, belting a low shot into the corner from 25 yards with Palace long since forced into a full-scale retreat, and ensured Chelsea must remain on edge for a while longer. An eighth league win in succession, a blistering run, has moved Spurs back to within four points of their rivals from across the capital, with Sunday’s fixtures suddenly looking critical yet again. While the leaders confront Everton at Goodison Park, Spurs must maintain their form in a north London derby. They will tear into that fixture with belief maintained that their pursuit can still yield the trophy. Continue reading...