As it happenedended1548618436

Crystal Palace see off struggling Tottenham in FA Cup

Kieran Jackson,Harry Latham-Coyle
Sunday 27 January 2019 17:16
Reaction to Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur went out of their second domestic cup competition in four days as Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend struck first-half goals to secure a 2-0 FA Cup victory in a lively fourth-round clash on Sunday.

Spurs, beaten by Chelsea in a League Cup semi-final penalty shootout on Thursday, had their woes compounded in a dismal opening period when Kieran Trippier shot wide from the penalty spot after Patrick van Aanholt brought down Juan Foyth.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, already missing striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli through injury and with South Korea forward Son Heung-min on his way back from the Asian Cup, rested Christian Eriksen among a raft of changes from last weekend's Premier League win at Fulham.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play in the ninth minute as Wickham, whose Palace career had stalled due to a serious knee injury suffered in 2016, tapped in from close range on his first start for the club in 792 days.

The 25-year-old forward was in the right place to capitalise after Jeffrey Schlupp glided past the Spurs defence only to have his shot from the right parried away by keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Palace doubled their lead with a penalty in the 34th minute through Townsend, who sent Gazzaniga the wrong way, after defender Kyle Walker-Peters inexplicably handled a high ball.

Julian Speroni, who had made a fine double save to deny Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, was also solid after the break as he helped Roy Hodgson's team to victory.

What time does it start?

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur kicks off at 4:00pm (GMT) on Sunday 27 January.

Where can I watch it?

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 3:30pm (GMT).

BT Sport subscribers can stream the action online or watch via the BT Sport app.

Highlights will be shown at 10:30pm on BBC One.

Player to watch…

Harry Winks: In the absence of key players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, Harry Winks has stepped up to the plate in recent weeks. The 22-year-old scored a last-minute winner at Fulham last weekend, and his drive and intensity was evident during Thursday night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.

Winks in action during Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final

Form guide…

Crystal Palace: DLWWLL



Crystal Palace to win: 9/5

Spurs to win: 8/5

Draw: 11/5


Tottenham to win 2-0


All the action coming right up...

Lawrence Ostlere27 January 2019 14:45

London Calling

The fourth round of the FA Cup continues in the nation's capital for two Sunday evening contests packed with intrigue both on and off the pitch.

The Thursday night Carabao Cup combatants continue their campaigns, with Chelsea preparing to host Sheffield Wednesday later, but first it is to Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur are ready for an all-Premier League encounter.

Team news is about five minutes away...

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 14:54

Team News

Crystal Palace pushed Liverpool all the way in a topsy-turvy 4-3 defeat last weekend. Roy Hodgson rings the changes defensively from that result, with solely Patrick Van Aanholt retaining his place in the back four. Max Meyer, Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham all came off the bench against Liverpool, and earn opportunities from the start in the cup.

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:01

Team News

It is presumably a back-three for Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs. Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez are brought in and should form two of the defensive trio, while Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters will provide width. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou provided a telling contribution with a magnificent cross for Harry Winks' late winner against Fulham last weekend and starts, along with another academy product in emerging midfielder Oliver Skipp.

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:04

He's Bak...

Transfer news from Selhurst Park today, with the club confirming the re-signing of Bakary Sako after a disappointing spell at West Brom. 

He doesn't figure in the squad today, of course, but he should be in Roy Hodgson's thoughts for the midweek meeting with Southampton.

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:09

It was a disappointing week for Spurs fans, exiting the Carabao Cup on penalties as Mauricio Pochettino's trophy drought continues.

The FA Cup could be important as Mauricio Pochettino's legacy continues to be defined, and after the Chelsea defeat, Miguel Delaney explored the nature of a club promising so much, but ultimately delivering so little.

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:14

Tottenham's is a squad stretched thin, with Harry Kane's absence particularly notable. The earlier-than-expected return of Heung-Min Son from international duties will provide a boost, but could Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino yet explore the transfer market ahead of Thursday's deadline?

With all the latest ins and outs, rumours and more from the Premier League and right around Europe, The Independent's transfer live blog is your one-stop shop between now and Deadline Day:

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:19

The FA Cup has opened somewhat with a number of Premier League clubs falling over the first two days of fourth round action.

At least nine of the sides in the fifth round draw will be from outside of the top division, and there is scope for that number to rise to 12 with Shrewsbury and West Brom taking Wolves and Brighton to replays respectively. Sheffield Wednesday will get their chance at a cup shock under interim manager Steve Agnew at Stamford Bridge later.

That fifth round draw comes tomorrow night at around 7.20pm. 

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:30

Eye on the ball...

VAR is in operation at Selhurst Park this afternoon, much to the chagrin of those who have been cost in unsupported games this weekend (Everton fans, I'm talking to you...)

It appears the FA may have brought in a specialist to oversee things, too...

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:38

15 minutes until kick-off at Selhurst Park.

One of the more venerable figures in the Premier League, Roy Hodgson knows a thing or two about management. 

He doesn't understand why Mauricio Pochettino is so heavily criticised for his lack of trophies:

Harry Latham-Coyle27 January 2019 15:45

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in