Harry Kane moved forward of Wayne Rooney into outright second within the all-time checklist of Premier League goalscorers to offer Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of clinging on to a European place a lift.
A header from Kane on the stroke of half-time – his 209th within the top-flight – gave Ryan Mason his first victory as caretaker supervisor and Spurs their first win in six video games.
Kane’s purpose got here courtesy of a cross from Pedro Porro, who was Tottenham’s most harmful participant, and set one other file because the striker grew to become the primary participant to attain 10 headers in a Premier League season.
The victory and Porro’s contribution vindicated Mason’s choice to revert again to a again 4 and drop Eric Dier to the substitutes’ bench.
Tottenham additionally hit the crossbar by Cristian Romero, whereas Heung-Min Son wasted an important probability to double Tottenham’s lead after being despatched clear by by the Argentinian.
Son seemed to have rounded Crystal Palace’s Sam Johnstone, however the goalkeeper recovered brilliantly to get a hand to his goalbound shot.
Michael Olise compelled Spurs goalkeeper Fraser Forster to make a first-half save, whereas Wilfried Zaha went shut with a chipped effort that dipped simply over the bar shortly after the break.
Whereas this was a removed from scintillating efficiency from the house aspect, it was largely a snug victory and will likely be a really welcome clear sheet.
Tottenham had not saved a clear sheet within the League since beating Chelsea in February and had conceded 20 objectives within the earlier seven video games, courting again to Antonio Conte’s remaining sport in cost in opposition to Southampton.
Palace defender Joachim Anderson gave Spurs a late fright when he rolled the ball throughout the six-yard field, however Kane was again to clear the hazard.