Puncheon penalty proves pivotal for Palace

PUBLISHED: 14:03 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:03 13 January 2014

Jason Puncheon (right) is consoled by Joel Ward after his penalty miss. Pic by Tim Parker/PA

Jason Puncheon (right) is consoled by Joel Ward after his penalty miss. Pic by Tim Parker/PA

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Jason Puncheon’s woeful penalty proved crucial as Crystal Palace slipped to a 2-0 defeat at London rivals Spurs.

The midfielder had the chance to give the Eagles an early lead after Mousa Dembele brought down Marouane Chamakh.

But Puncheon’s spot kick sailed harmlessly over the bar, and defeat saw Palace return to the foot of the Premier League table.

They had other chances in the first half as Cameron Jerome tested Hugo Lloris put Palace were made to pay the penalty in the second half.

Emmanuelo Adebayor’s flick on fell for Christian Eriksen, who fired high into the net beyond Julian Speroni.

Jermain Defoe came off the bench to seal the three points, days after it was announced he would join Toronto FC when the Major League Soccer season resumes.

Despite the result Palace are only a point adrift of safety, and manager Tony Pulis said: “I think the lads have to take credit for the way they kept going.

“We have to take our opportunities, though. Against the top teams, when you are in front, you have to take those opportunities.”

Next up is a home game against Stoke on Saturday.

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