Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace: Son Heung-min stars in easy win

Tottenham produced a breathtaking performance to brush aside Crystal Palace and register their first victory since the opening day of the season.

All four Spurs goals came in the first half, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The South Korea forward capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed Spurs right-back Serge Aurier’s cross into his own net.

Son made it 3-0 moments later, connecting beautifully with another Aurier cross to fire a crisp volley beyond the stranded Vicente Guaita.

Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring with three minutes of the first period remaining.

Son and Lamela went close to adding further gloss to the scoreline after the restart, while Gary Cahill and Cheikhou Kouyate forced Hugo Lloris into action at the other end.

Spurs hit their stride

Pochettino revealed he held an hour-long meeting with his squad this week in order to “refocus” his players’ minds following an indifferent start to the campaign.

Spurs had won only once in the league this season before today – at home to Aston Villa in their opening game of the campaign – while midfielder Christian Eriksen was heavily linked with a move away from the club before the end of the European transfer window.

Whatever Pochettino told his players in the meeting, it worked.

The hosts roared out of the traps at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, overwhelming a Palace side who had conceded only two league goals before the game.

Son, who scored Spurs’ first goal at their new stadium against Palace in April, opened the scoring with a crisp finish after Sakho misjudged Toby Alderweireld’s raking cross-field pass.

Spurs, who had fallen behind in both their home games so far this season, continued to apply pressure on the Palace rearguard and doubled their lead when Aurier’s cross from the right was directed past Guaita by the unfortunate Van Aanholt.

Aurier, making his first start since February, was left in far too much space as he set up the hosts’ second goal, and Palace failed to learn their lesson as the Ivory Coast defender produced another teasing ball which Son volleyed brilliantly past Guaita at the far post.

Son was at the forefront of all that was good about Spurs’ performance, starting the move that led to Lamela prodding Kane’s low cross beyond the Palace goalkeeper two minutes before the interval.

More to follow.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crystal Palace 0.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a headed pass.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Víctor Camarasa replaces Andros Townsend.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Harry Kane.

Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

Attempt blocked. Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Harry Winks.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

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