• Palace dump Spurs to reach the FA Cup Quarterfinals

    by  • February 25, 2016 • Football

    Crystal Palace have thrashed Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Cup, after a stunning 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

    Thanks to fullback Martin Kelly’s amazing strike helped Alan Pardew’s men moved into the last eight of the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1995.

    The 25-year-old England international scored the only and his first goal since November 2011 when he strikes in from six yards into the top corner during the stoppage time in the first half after Wilfried Zaha had assisted him in, leaving Michel Vorm helpless between the sticks.

    Tottenham Hotspur were pretty low in the first-half, especially Heung-min Son’s delivery was very poor. However, Harry Kane drew an excellent save from Hennessey to beat away the England forward’s free-kick.

    The High-Voltage to the game was set early on as the hosts came close to break a deadlock just three minutes in, but Dele Alli’s header was somehow turned off the line by the Eagles’s summer signing Yohan Cabaye.

    Mauricio Pochettino made some changes in the half time, bringing in Christian Eriksen for Mousa Demble for more attacking lineup. The hosts immediately put a lot of pressure onto Palace’s defenders, but neither could get a benefit on it.

    Despite a dominating performance from the hosts and a number of near goals, it was no way through for Spurs in the second half as they struggled to find a goal against their out-of-form opponents, creating chances for the Lilywhites to battle it out this season.

    Palace have never won the FA Cup in history, progresses to the last-eight after beating the London rivals for the third successive round, having previously dumped Southampton and Stoke City.

    What Next?

    Palace now travel to Madejski Stadium to face Championship side Reading in the next round. A win will result in a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final. 

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