Tottenham vs Crystal Palace analysis: Christian Eriksen introduction makes difference, Alex McCarthy excellent for Eagles

ANALYSIS: A look at the moment of the match and the view from the bench

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STAR PLAYER

Alex McCarthy: The promising young goalkeeper has capitalised on Julian Speroni's absence to establish himself as manager Alan Pardew's first choice. Repeatedly showing his reflexes with a variety of saves, injuries to fellow goalkeepers Ben Foster and Fraser Forster have presented McCarthy with a potential opening in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Son Heung-min: There had been concerns that the South Korean forward would prove too lightweight to have a real impact in the Premier League. His performance against Palace - direct, confident, extremely effective - suggested that will not be the case, however, and that the £22m that went on him was well spent.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Alan Pardew's stock is the highest it has been since the summer of 2006, when he led West Ham to within minutes of winning the FA Cup. Mauricio Pochettino, however, appeared extremely tense, perhaps recognising that in his second season at the club, his team need to improve, and he was never reluctant to criticise the fourth official for refereeing decisions that were ultimately not his.

 

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Christian Eriksen was not considered fit enough to start by Mauricio Pochettino. In his absence, Spurs still had the potentially-creative Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli in their starting XI but they were unconvincing. It was only after Eriksen came on, in the 66th minute, that Spurs actually scored. Is their transfer policy to blame, or is their collective talent going to waste?

WHO'S UP NEXT

Crystal Palace v Charlton (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23)

Tottenham v Arsenal (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23)

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