Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Selhurst Park last night was not a pretty or glamorous occasion.
There was an intoxicating pace and aggression to the London derby but as Crystal Palace took a typically Allardyce defence-comes-first approach, it became clearer as the match went on that the result would rest on the age old cliche – a moment of brilliance or a harrowing mistake.
Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen eventually provided the former, bursting through the midfield on the 78th minute to produce a rasping shot that skimmed off the turf and sneaked beyond the reach of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
So, does the Danish playmaker deserve the Man of the Match award from last night’s 1-0 win? Should it go to one of the defenders who fended off a recently potent Palace attack to claim a clean sheet away from home? Or did someone else produce the best performance at Selhurst Park?
Let us know by voting below…