Monday 23 September 2019

Spurs hail hero Foyth after reaction to penalty woe

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian defender Juan Foyth (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on November 10, 2018. Photo: Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian defender Juan Foyth (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on November 10, 2018. Photo: Getty Images

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Dele Alli praised team-mate Juan Foyth after his goal gave Tottenham Hotspur a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night.

Foyth, who gave away two penalties against Wolves last week, scored midway through the second half to maintain his side's superb start to the season.

"He deserves plenty of credit," Alli said of his team-mate. "He showed great character to bounce back after last week but it's a learning experience and he's done well."

Tottenham again produced a gritty performance away from home to secure the 1-0 win. "It wasn't pretty to watch at times, but this is a very difficult place to come and get a result. We showed character," added Alli.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino also praised Foyth. "It is fantastic for him," he said. "It is only his second game in the Premier League and he played well at Wolves and again here, he was fantastic. He needs to learn and keep improving but he is an important player for us."

The victory keeps Spurs on the coat-tails of the teams at the top of the Premier League table and Pochettino thinks the belief in his squad could give them an edge in the title race.

"You have to win and we showed massive character. The most important thing is to believe," he said. "I think we are a step down to compare ourselves with Manchester City, United, Liverpool or Chelsea or Arsenal but I think maybe our belief is bigger than them.

"It was a very competitive game, very even. It was tough and before the game we were talking about the difficulties to play here at Palace, it was hard for Chelsea. So I am pleased because in difficult circumstances the team fought."

Meanwhile, Cardiff and Newcastle claimed valuable victories. In the early kick-off, Neil Warnock celebrated his 100th game as Cardiff manager with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Brighton.

The Seagulls were a man down for almost an hour with Dale Stephens shown a straight red for a challenge on Greg Cunningham after Callum Paterson had cancelled out Lewis Dunk's early header.

Cardiff had to wait until the 90th minute for a winner, Sol Bamba finally putting the ball into the net after the hosts had twice struck the frame of the goal in a dramatic finish.

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