Patrick Viera revived old rivalry with Tottenham on Saturday as his Crystal Palace team inflicted the first loss of the season on Nuno Espirito Santo's team, courtesy of a 3-0 win.


Spurs, had before the game scored three goals and kept three clean sheets in their first three games of the season and the three goals have already been wiped out in just one game, taking their goal difference to zero.

Nuno was without in form Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn, who both got injured on international duty. Crystal Palace were playing their fourth straight London Derby of the season.

In what was a less dramatic first half, the highlight of the half came in the 8th minute when a Hugo Lloris poor throw to Eric Dier almost caused trouble for his team. The French stopper threw the ball to Eric Dier, who had to stretch to get to the ball before a lurking Jordan Ayew and got injured in the process. He was immediately replaced by Welsh youngster, Joe Rodon.

The only other action of the half came at the dearth, when Wilfred Zaha skipped past the Spurs defence and made a cross across goal from the byline towards Conor Gallagher, whose shot was well saved by Lloris.

Proper action began after the interval.

In the 52nd minute, Zaha, was in his usual tormenting nature was striding down the Spurs defence, when Japhet Tanganga stepped in front of him and pulled him off the ball. Zaha quickly got up in reaction and this resulted in a scuffle among the players. The aftermath of this saw Tanganga and Zaha yellow carded for their roles in the scuffle.

It would have been believed that after carelessly getting booked the first time, Tanganga would get his acts together, but he failed to do so and received his matching orders just five minute later for a late tackle on Jordan Ayew. Nuno was forced into a change, bringing on Ben Davies for Harry Winks.

Palace almost made the numerical advantage count in the 66th minute when the ball fell kindly to Ayew in the box, but his strike was cleared off the line by Dele Alli.

Sergio Reguilon had to be on alert just seven minutes later to head a clearance on the line, after a cross from Tyrick Mitchell beat Lloris and was heading for the top corner.

The road finally paved for Crystal in the 75th minute when Gallagher's cross was blocked by the outstretched hand of substitute, Ben Davies. Zaha stepped up to taking the resulting spot kick to give the visitors the lead.

The show would be stolen by substitute, Odsonne Edouard, who barely two minutes after coming off the bench struck his first goal in Palace's colors.


A fine run into the box by Zaha ended with a cut back across the face of gaol. Edouard needed just one touch to control and place a fine ball into the bottom corner of Lloris' goal to double Crystal Palace's lead.

The Paris Saint German youth graduate would grab his brace in the third minute of stoppage time after fine work from Michael Olise and Gallagher down the right flank found him in the box.

That was Palace's first win of the season and what a game to mark such.

Concluding Thoughts

After a dream perfect start to life in the dugout with Tottenham, with three wins in three games and three clean sheets, capped with a Manager of the Month Award, Nuno Espirito Santo may have just been nudged back to reality and needs to do well to help his lads bounce back.

A pivotal win for Patrick Viera and his boys and a much need one at that. Five points in their first four games with just one loss is not too bad for a team that is just starting under a new regime.