Paul Merson has suggested on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 14/9; 17:22) that Tottenham may have one reason for disappointment after beating Crystal Palace 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs produced a stunning first-half display against the Eagles as they looked for only their second league win of the campaign.
Heung-min Son bagged a brace and Patrick van Aanholt scored an own goal as Mauricio Pochettino’s men went 3-0 up inside 25 minutes. Erik Lamela would add a fourth shortly before the break.
Spurs were unable to add a fifth during the second-half. And Merson suggested after the full-time whistle that their failure to make the scoreline even more comfortable may be the one criticism you could offer.
“They ran riot. A disappointment? You look and you think, go on [in the] second-half and do what Manchester City do and go and win six or seven,” he told Sky Sports. “It just fizzled out second-half. Fair play to Palace, didn’t throw the towel in even though they could have. ”
It seems unlikely that Pochettino will be that disappointed that his side did not add to their tally after the break. Spurs were ruthless and took the game away from Roy Hodgson’s side before they knew what was happening.
It was an important statement from Tottenham following the international break. And the victory has given the side some additional momentum heading into their Champions League clash with Olympiakos this coming week.
And not only did Spurs score four goals, but the game also saw Pochettino’s men keep a clean sheet for the first time this season. Merson may feel that they could have done a little more – but the Tottenham boss may not have too many complaints.