Tottenham moved back to within four points of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over a Crystal Palace side that had seen off a number of their top-six rivals.
Sam Allardyce’s Palace have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool since the start of April, but came up just short against in-form Spurs as Christian Eriksen’s 78th-minute goal secured an eighth straight league victory.
With league leaders Chelsea winning against Southampton on Tuesday, Tottenham could afford no hangover from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Antonio Conte’s men, although, for long periods, a winner looked unlikely at Selhurst Park.
Despite a second-half injury to Mamadou Sakho, Palace’s defensive blockade stood firm until Eriksen’s blast tore up a gameplan seemingly determined on containing Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
While Palace remain a comfortable seven points clear of the relegation zone, this result gives Spurs renewed hope heading into the final five matches of the season – starting against rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
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