Tottenham Hotspur had to dig deep to find all three points against Crystal Palace on Sunday, winning by a slender 1-0 margin at Wembley Stadium in the English Premier League.
Son Heung-min was the goal hero of the afternoon, netting just after the hour mark with a superb shot from the edge of the box.
After their exploits against Real Madrid mid-week, the home side were notably not at their peak with Roy Hodgson’s Palace providing a spirited performance that could have been rewarded with points on another day.
Known for their attacking exploits in the top-flight, it was the turn of their defensive stars to shine with the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier shining at centre-back, in front of a similarly impressive Paulo Gazzaniga, who was making his debut.
Supporters were delighted with the contribution of their defenders and took to Twitter in the wake of the victory to pay tribute…
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) November 5, 2017
Gazzaniga played well very well – Fair play to the lad after being thrown in at the deep end! Dier & Vertonghen we’re both immense! #THFC
— John Hall (@JohnHall1985) November 5, 2017
Jan Vertonghen is looking more and more like a Rolls Royce defender each week.
Keep that up and it could be Ledley territory#COYS
— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) November 5, 2017
— George (@thestorysospurs) November 5, 2017
Dier arguably #THFC most versatile player. Brilliant today. Says something when Toby was not missed today
— John Wardell (@oldjdub) November 5, 2017
— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) November 5, 2017
— Scott Hinton (@TheScottHinton) November 5, 2017
Dier played very well #coys
— shaun sandiford (@sandifordwrap) November 5, 2017
The lads dug deep today, important 3 points going into the international break, I thought Dier was magnificent today! #COYS
— Lennon.Branagan (@LMcCand) November 5, 2017