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Eagles earn their Spurs

February 21 2016

Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly

Crystal Palace moved into the FA Cup quarter-finals after a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Eagles right back Martin Kelly was the unlikely match winner on a rare start as Palace continued their brilliant cup exploits of 2016.

Tottenham started the better of the side two sides with Yohan Cabaye clearing a Dele Alli header off the line, although Spurs defender Kyle Walker almost scored an own goal with a header back to goalkeeper Michel Vorm who had to rush back to palm away.

Palace had a lucky escape when Son Hueng-Min set up Dele Alli, whose shot hit the post and rolled along the line before hitting the other, before Joel Ward hacked clear.

And against the run of play on the stroke of half-time, the South Londoners took the lead. WILFRIED ZAHA played in the overlapping Kelly on the right-wing and full-back smashed the ball beyond Vorm.

Yannck Bolasie came on for his first appearance of the year in the second half and crossed for Connor Wickham to 'score' but the effort was ruled out for offside. Palace defended well for the remainder of the tie to keep a clean sheet and win a place in the competition's last eight.

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Alan Pardew: "We've had a tough run, with a lot of injuries, but we have them back now and look like we're back to ourselves.

"WILFRIED set the goal up and he was terrific from that moment forward. We had some great performances out there. We learnt our lessons from two previous meetings with Spurs. We worked on shape and they delivered it.

"It was a victory that was well earned on the training ground. No-one's ever won it without a little bit of luck. We've beaten three Premier League teams to get here. We hope the draw is kind to us."

Mauricio Pochettino: "It was tough. It's like a Premier League game but you need to be clinical in front of goal. We managed the game, created chances but it was difficult to win.

"There was no tiredness. If we analysed the game we played better but you need to score. It's hard to explain.

"It's a tough period for us. We have a crazy schedule but now we need to look forward to be ready for next Thursday [v Fiorentina].

"It's impossible to know if losing here will help us in the long run. Now we feel disappointed because we're out."

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