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Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham have never considered letting in-form striker Harry Kane leave the club.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham have never considered letting in-form striker Harry Kane leave the club.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham have never considered letting in-form striker Harry Kane leave the club.

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, declared himself "not happy" after his team were fortunate to escape defeat against enterprising strugglers Crystal Palace.

It was a view shared loudly by thousands of home supporters at the end of this undistinguished draw.

Spurs fans thought their side might have turned the corner after last weekend's invigorating defeat of Everton. Not so. The malaise that affected the team in recent home defeats against West Bromwich, Newcastle and Stoke still infects the system.

"We know that Crystal Palace are a physical team and we did not show the freshness we showed against Everton. I was not happy with our performance and the draw is fair," Pochettino said.

Yannick Bolasie was truly a handful, torturing unfortunate Tottenham right-back Eric Dier and in one exquisite moment, somehow conjuring the ball past Christian Eriksen with a magical sleight of foot.

When Erik Lamela dropped back to cover, the Palace winger sprinted after him to spirit away the ball into another Palace attack.

It encapsulated the Palace spirit. Brede Hangeland and Scott Dann were so dominant at the back that Roberto Soldado had just one clear sight of goal all afternoon while Harry Kane, Tottenham's new 11-goal hero, was largely anonymous.

Neil Warnock, the Palace manager, said: "That was probably the most complete performance, though against Liverpool we scored the goals."

QPR out of the drop zone

Charlie Austin set up a goal, scored another and was sent off against his former club as Queens Park Rangers beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday in a Premier League relegation zone fight.

Leroy Fer put the hosts ahead in the 51st with a low left-footed shot after an assist by Austin, who then doubled the lead in the 74th with his eighth goal of the season. Two minutes later, Austin was sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Michael Keane.

QPR are out of the relegation zone for the first time since September with 14 points from 15 games.


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