Tottenham 2 Crystal Palace 0: Jermaine Defoe backed to be success at Toronto by Spurs manager Tim Sherwood

Sherwood admits Defoe warmed-up with an appetite to get on the pitch and score goals after he nets for the first time since April

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood highlighted the influence of goalscoring substitute Jermain Defoe as he admitted his side were caught cold by Crystal Palace before running out 2-0 winners at White Hart Lane.

England international Defoe, who will leave next month to join Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, came on with the game finely poised at 1-0 following Christian Eriksen's opener, and sewed up the three points for Sherwood's side with a measured finish.

Palace had dominated the first half and should have been in front after they were awarded an early penalty, which was hammered high and wide by Jason Puncheon.

Eriksen opened the scoring five minutes after the break before Defoe grabbed his first Barclays Premier League goal since April to take Spurs fifth in the table and leave his manager delighted.

"Jermain will score wherever he plays, in any league in the world," Sherwood said.

"He is a goalscorer, he loves scoring goals and if he doesn't score he gets the hump. He will go home happy tonight.

"He warmed up like an Olympic athlete. I saw the appetite he was showing to come on and when he came on he showed his worth."

Palace, who slipped to the bottom of the table following the defeat, not only spurned a penalty chance but also created the best of the opportunities before the break, with Sherwood admitting the Eagles were much more attacking than he had anticipated.

"I think we were taken a bit by surprise by Palace," he said.

"The amount of attacking options they had, they were very powerful in the wide areas and deliver a lot of balls into our box and we had to stand up to it.

"The only positive for me in the first half is that we got in at 0-0 but in the second half I thought we matched them for desire and effort and then our quality shone through.

"We could have scored a few more and then Jermain comes on and gives us a bit of breathing space."

Despite falling to the foot of the table, Palace boss Tony Pulis said he would have taken such a position at this stage of the season, with just six points separating the bottom half of the Premier League.

"We've gone bottom because Sunderland and West Ham have won," he said.

"But it has actually had a concertina effect, moving everyone closer when you look at it now.

"When I came to the football club if you said this would be the situation with 17 games to go I would have taken it. It gives us a great chance and a great opportunity, it gives us as good a chance as everyone else.

"I thought we played really well in the first half and I was disappointed not to come in with a lead. The size of the lead would be debatable but I don't think anyone could question we deserved to be winning at half-time."

Pulis also highlighted the need to add more players to his squad during the transfer window, with those boasting previous Premier League experience preferable to the former Stoke manager.

"When we come under pressure we need to have more strength about us," he said.

"We have players who are exciting players and can do things. We have got a budget we have got to keep to.

"It is just trying to get players who have got something to prove, people who have got a little experience in the Premier League who have faded away and want to come to us and have another crack at it."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee