Alan Pardew marked his return to Crystal Palace, this time as a manager, with a 2-1 victory over cross town rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Saturday night in a catchy English Premier League encounter. Spurs were the first to attack furiously but nothing came of it. Not to be outdone the Eagles also had their chances setting up
a fast paced encounter from the onset.
In the 22nd minute Christian Eriksen came close to putting his side in front but dragged his shot wide. Palace tried to capitalise on Tottenham’s failed attempt in the 24th minute with Dwight Gayle whipping in a cross for James McArthur whose header went over the bar. Both sides had a handful of half cooked chances to take the lead however 0-0 is how it remained at half-time.
Following an odd first 45, an entertaining second stanza with both sides looking to swing the game into their favour followed. Another Palace glorious chance fell to Gayle in the 54th minute, his ambitious scissor kick deflected and fell kindly for Hugo Lloris. The new “Gareth Bale”, Harry Kane fired a superb low shot to put Spurs in front in
the 49th minute.
Pardew’s men levelled matters through a well taken Gayle penalty after Joe Ledley was fouled inside the area. The Eagles completed their come back in the 80th minute when Jason Puncheon feasted on a great Wilfried Zaha set up. Mauricio Pochettino’s side desperately tried to claw their way back to the match but there would be no denying the Eagles a famous victory to hand Pardew a perfect start to his Palace career.