Crystal Palace vs Tottenham live: Premier League result and final score as Spurs go five points clear

Premier League leaders Tottenham recovered from a sluggish first half to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Ange Postecoglou’s side found life tough at Selhurst Park initially, but moved through the gears in the second period and went ahead when Joel Ward put through his own net in the 53rd minute following James Maddison’s centre. Captain Son Heung-min made the points safe 13 minutes later with a close-range finish for his eighth goal this season to ensure high-flying Spurs extended their unbeaten top-flight start to 10 matches.

Jordan Ayew struck late on for Palace, but victory moved Tottenham five points clear of Manchester City, who visit rivals Manchester United on Sunday, and while that gap is unlikely to remain come the end of the weekend, this latest test passed by Postecoglou’s new-look team will only increase the optimism growing in N17.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur LIVE: Premier League update

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Tottenham overcome a new problem on way to extending Premier League lead

22:30  It was only on Monday night when Ange Postecoglou declared that Tottenham had played their “worst 45 minutes of the season”, but by Friday there was perhaps an immediate contender to surpass it. Frustrated by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and without a shot on target, Tottenham went into the break with a problem to solve. But, by the end, as Spurs picked and probed and then found a way through, the struggles of the first half were a distant memory. After all, Tottenham are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

22:08 Tottenham hold on to maintain their unbeaten start with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Spurs dominated for the majority of the game, but were given a few early scares by Palace as Vicario made a couple of good saves to deny Ayew and Edouard. It took the visitors until the 53rd minute to find the breakthrough, with Maddison's off-target shot being turned into the back of his own net by Ward. Son then doubled their lead with Spurs' only shot on target in the game, finishing off a lovely move by firing it into an empty net

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

22:03 GREAT CHANCE! Was that the last one for Palace? It's curled in by Ward on the right and Mateta glances it on to Franca on the left of the box. He's quickly put under pressure by Porro and he blazes it over the bar.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

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