Kenyan international Victor Wanyama got the only goal on his first home game for new team Tottenham Hotspurs as the North Londoners labored to a 1 – 0 win over Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League clash staged at the White Hart Lane on Saturday 20 August.
Unlike in the opening match of the season; the 1 – 1 draw with Everton FC, Spurs started brightly, with a Christian Eriksen shot on the very first minute after a pass from Vincent Janssen but that was blocked.
Crystal Palace responded immediately with a strike of their own, the foray upfront ending with Jason Puncheon seeing his shot off Wilfried Zaha’s pass saved and a couple of corner from the home team sufficed but yielded no fruits.
On the 12th minute Toby Alderweireld saw his header destined for the top left corner diverted by the alert Wayne Hennessey for a corner as he headed on target Erik Lamela’s cross and new signing Janssen saw his left footed shot from outside the box go over.
On the 20th minute Wanyama made his try with a header from the center of the box after another good cross in by Lamela but that went high and the Argentine tried his luck three minutes later with a free kick after winning a foul but that too was blocked.
The hunt for the hosts did not stop as on the 24th minute Eric Dier also had a long range attempt after being picked out by Janssen but that was blocked as well, before Andros Townsend, a former Spurs player saw his shot fly wide a minute later.
All the pressure from the hosts failed to yield a goal in the first half and the teams went to the break with a split cake but the frustrations for the hosts saw Kyle Walker become the first Spurs player to go to the referee’s book this season after a foul that was wasted by new substitute Yohan Cabaye.
As the game grew physical the referee became less tolerant and had Palace’s Scott Dann and Spurs Jan Vertonghen go into the referee’s book within a span of two minutes – on the 66th and 68th and to spur on the hosts, manager Mauricio Pochettino threw on Delle Alli on the 68th minute.
The England international’s first contribution was a nice through pass to Janssen which ended in the Dutchman’s shot narrowly missing the target and soon after Dier went to the referee’s book and a few delays here and there were occasioned by injuries.
Then came the moment for Wanyama, who so far had had a decent game on his first home game for Spurs, rising high to head home from close range on the 83rd minute after a corner in what came to be the winning goal.