Crystal Palace 3 Tottenham 0: Zaha and Edouard score in fiery clash vs ten-man Spurs to end perfect start to season

In his playing days as Arsenal skipper, this was the fixture that saw him come alive – and usually ended with a few bust-ups, the odd red card and lots of drama.

It turns out it is no different now he is in the dug-out with Crystal Palace at a rocking Selhurst Park to end Spurs’ winning start to the season.

Japhet Tanganga’s sending off from two quick-fire yellows – just moments after a confrontation with Wilfried Zaha that sparked a 22-man melee – was the turning point.

And the drama continued as Ben Davies – the man brought on to stem the tide – was deemed to have handled in the area with 16 minutes remaining.

Zaha got his revenge from the spot, and a perfect afternoon got even better as summer-signing Odsonne Edouard scored a debut double off the bench in just six minutes.

The relief was visibly tangible for Vieira. His start to life at Palace was already under scrutiny with no wins and just two goals in his first four games in charge.

He finally has something to show for his vision at Palace, and it just had to be against the old north London enemy.

In truth, Tottenham never looked like making it a fourth win on the bounce. They were toothless, spineless and lacking any sort of intent to get anything from the get go.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s defensive-minded approach backfired big time – and it all started with a team selection that screamed: ‘Don’t get beat’.

Palace stuck with the team that fought back to salvage a draw away to West Ham ahead of their FOURTH London derby on the spin to start a campaign – a Premier League first.

Spurs were forced into a shake-up from Nuno’s rigid formula this season, with the injured Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn dropping out.

Lucas Moura and Harry Winks came in, as did Emerson Royal for his club debut after a deadline day switch from Barcelona.

And those changes brought about sloppiness from the visitors, something which saw them only add to their injury worries.

Eric Dier was forced to hobble off after just 11 minutes following a collision with Andre Ayew as he tried to make up for a loose throw from Hugo Lloris.

 

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