English Premier League
  • Son Heung-Min (10', 23')
  • Patrick van Aanholt (21' OG)
  • Erik Lamela (42')

Son shines as Tottenham hit four past Palace

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Tottenham's Son Heung-Min scored his first goals of the campaign as they put their early season struggles behind them with a 4-0 thrashing of fellow London side Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Palace boasted the meanest defence in the top flight before the game, conceding twice in four matches, but strikes for Son and a goal apiece for Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela inside 45 minutes gave Spurs their first win since the opening day.

Roy Hodgson's Palace side were behind after nine minutes, when Son ran on to a long ball from Toby Alderweireld before shifting it on to his left foot in the area and driving into the bottom corner, leaving goalkeeper Vicente Guaita motionless.

The South Korean then turned provider in the 21st minute, playing the ball to Aurier who was overlapping on the right into the box and struck a low cross, only for it to deflect into the net off Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt.

Aurier returned the favour barely two minutes later. A deep cross by the Ivorian found Son at the far post to volley in the third before Lamela got a fourth just before half-time by firing home Harry Kane's cross from the edge of the six yard box.

"I think [Aurier] was very happy [to start] and we are very happy too now," Pochettino told a news conference. "I think the performance was great and in the first half he was fantastic, his concentration and focus - he needs to show that every game and be consistent.

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"That is the key in our team. Not only him, all the players need to be consistent and understand that to compete, we need to give our best. For sure we have quality enough to beat any team."

Pochettino said his team was still settling into its new home after the match, while revealing that a special guest in attendance for the win said he wished he was still playing and could take the pitch at the magnificent new venue.

He said: "We haven't played too many games here. Our first game was against Palace then we played a few games more, some in the Champions League, now three in the Premier League this season. Still, it's all new.

"I think it's an amazing stadium. I was talking to David Beckham just now and he said 'I wish I could still play football and play now for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing.'

"For us it's so important to make our stadium our home and start to feel comfortable. It's completely different to White Hart Lane and of course I think with time we are going to feel at home and it's going to be difficult for opponents to beat us."

Spurs took their foot off the gas in the second half, presumably with one eye on their opening Champions League group game against Olympiakos on Wednesday, while Palace barely registered any dangerous attacks.

"We are obviously unhappy with our first half performance and we are all, me, the players, the staff, quite prepared to accept responsibility for that," Hodgson said.

"We didn't show the intensity we should... But I don't want to take too much away from Tottenham in that spell because that was a spell where they played very well.

"I'm glad it didn't become more than 4-0."

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