After the coronation dragged on for an age, Spurs versus Crystal Palace seem to last even longer, a soulless game with very little meaning, that saw them pick up their first win in five games.
Palace have dodged relegation again, while Spurs really have nothing to play for now being six points off that fourth spot, prospect of the Europa League isn’t gonna entice a new manager and with Brighton only two pints behind with three games in hand that doesn’t look very likely.
A game that never really kicked into any sort of life, in front of a crowd that really didn’t either. Levy will still be happy though, there was a crowd, that’s all he cares about when it comes to the actual football side of the operation.
Spurs were summed up by the goal, just the announcement went round of how many added minutes there was going to be at the end of the half. Some really good build up and a cracking cross put right on the head of Harry Kane, right on the six yard line at the back post, from where he was never gonna miss.
Kane played a glorious ball out to Porro and then kind of meandered into the box, letting all the Palace defenders run ahead of him and totally forget him as he ghosted into that back post position. It’s 2023, with 208 Premier League goals and teams are still letting Kane wander into the box unnoticed. Well, because of that it’s 209 and sole possession of second place on PL all time scorers list. 174 fewer games than Rooney. Only Shearer 51 ahead, played 124 more games.
But cross wise that was it. You didn’t see another one again. Why not? Romero had hit the crossbar with a header from a corner but they didn’t put it on Kane’s head again. They didn’t before either. Most of the time it was Davies where Spurs’ attacks went to die, as he repeatedly hit the first defender with any attempt at a cross.
In Eze and Olise Palace have some real talent. Zaha is still a small pond toothy tart. They had chances but Forster didn’t have much to do but then neither did the Palace keeper, though he did pull out one great save when it looked like Son had skipped round him and was in for a tap in, after a glorious ball over the top from Romero.
Of course Spurs did that drop back and try and hold onto the one goal lead, which nearly, very nearly had its usual outcome but they got away with. Romero was back in defence, it was sort of a back three back four set up.
Roy thought palace were great… but then Roy…
We now go over to the Roy Hodsgon post match press conference… pic.twitter.com/ah8Sn6Wiej
— Toxic Web (@Toxic_Web) May 6, 2023
It was the standard Spurs game this season, barely got out of first, one half way better than the other. Not enough creativity, completely wasting the goal scoring talents of Kane.
Then a couple of days later and it’s the anniversary of that night in Amsterdam and the realisation that it’s been downhill ever since that Moura goal went in.