This was a vital victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
With five games remaining Chelsea, who beat Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and Southampton in the league on Tuesday, both by 4-2 scorelines, lead Tottenham by four points.
Crystal Palace will be at Selhurst Park for this game and the home crowd is a big advantage for the team because it makes it nearly impossible for the away side to feel comfortable. But our fatigue told in the end and that made it hard to put them under serious pressure in the second-half.
Wilfried Zaha really is incredible.
Chelsea’s toughest game is on Sunday at Goodison Park but the rest of their fixtures look fairly routine so I know who I’d be putting my money on to lift the title.
Pochettino made a double substitution at the interval, introducing Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min in place of midfield duo Wanyama and Dembele.
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce looks back on his time in charge so far, and targets more success against Tottenham. I don’t have a preference for the Manchester derby, we don’t have to look much at the others.
The goal eventually came in the 78th minute, Christian Eriksen further highlighting how important he has become to Spurs’ cause with another fantastic victor, striking from all of 25 yards out with his wand of a right foot, the ball dipping and swerving before it landed to the right of Hennessey and in the corner of the net.
A long-term injury setback would have been a hammer blow for Sakho given his form since joining Palace on loan this past winter.
Alli should have converted at the back post just a few seconds after the centre-back’s departure, before Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Harry Kane all had efforts of their own.
However, Eriksen’s 30-yard thunderbolt secured a vital three points to keep the pressure on the Blues.
Touches – As the Denmark worldwide alluded to, his side took the ball to the corners well.
“It’s Arsenal, we know what that game means, but we are not thinking of being above them, we want to think of bigger things than that”, he said.
“Yes, very, we showed we’re still in it”, he told Spurs TV, when asked how big was the win.
Allardyce said: “Mamadou (Sakho) will have a scan in the morning and we’ll have to wait on the result”.