Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace: Victor Wanyama scores late winner for Spurs' first Premier League win
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 20/08/16 6:34pm
Victor Wanyama scored a late winner on his home debut to hand Tottenham a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
The summer signing from Southampton headed home from Harry Kane's flick on 82 minutes after the hosts missed a string of chances.
Vincent Janssen, also making his full Spurs debut, should have found the net in the second half when he was put through one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey, but shot wide.
The visitors struggled to make opportunities, with Michel Vorm's straightforward saves to deny Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham the closest they came.
Palace had the first effort on goal after just two minutes when Puncheon was found by Lee Chung-yong inside the box, but he shot straight at Vorm, who replaced the injured Hugo Lloris.
The visitors would rarely get the ball up-field for the rest of the first half, and only ex-Spurs winger Andros Townsend had another attempt on goal from distance, while Spurs peppered Palace's back-four at the other end.
The hosts' best first-half chances fell to Toby Alderweireld, who headed straight at Hennessey unmarked from Erik Lamela's corner on 12 minutes, and Kane, who fired narrowly past the far post in acres of space from distance.
Wanyama also threatened with a header from a corner before the break, and he would ultimately make the breakthrough for his new team, but it was Janssen who should have made it 1-0 on 69 minutes.
The Dutch striker, who signed from AZ Alkmar or £18.6m earlier in the transfer window and he was a constant thorn in the side of Palace defenders.
After his miss wide of the right-hand post with only Hennessey to beat, Palace smelled the home side's uncertainty and could have won the game themselves when substitute Yohan Cabaye was found by Townsend, but wasted his chance from close-range.
But Alan Pardew's side appeared to accept defeat with eight minutes left after Wanyama nodded in from inside the six-yard box after Kane had headed Lamela's corner at goal.
Tottenham: Vorm (7): Walker (8), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Rose (7); Dier (6), Wanyama (7), Lamela (7), Eriksen (6); Janssen (8), Kane (7)
Subs used: Alli (6), Carroll (5), Onomah (5)
Crystal Palace: Hennessey (7); Ward (7), Dann (6), Delaney (6), Souare (7); Puncheon (6), Ledley (7); Townsend (7), Lee (6), Zaha (8); Wickham (6)
Subs used: Cabaye (6), Mutch (5), Tomkins (5)
Man of the Match: Kyle Walker