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  • By Charlie Stong at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Glasner says Palace must stop conceding late goals - while Ange doesn't mind if Son loses a finger!




Oliver Glasner admitted that one of his first tasks as manager of Crystal Palace will be to stem the flow of late goals the Eagles continue to concede.


Palace led 1-0 at Spurs through Eberechi Eze's superb free-kick yesterday but conceded three goals in the last 13 minutes of the 90 minutes to go down 3-1.


That means the south Londoners have now conceded 19 times in the last 15 minutes of Premier League games this season - more than any other side.


Speaking in his post-match press conference, Glasner said: "We have started to work on it. I don't believe in coincidences and if you concede so many goals in the last 15 minutes - we have to work on it, we have to analyse it and we have to improve it. 


"The players are willing to improve and we have started already. We have one more game against Luton then three weeks with no game and we will work on it.


"Everybody did what he was able to do today but if you concede 19 goals (in the last 15 minutes of games) we have to improve that."


The Austrian said he was pleased with how his Palace side went about the majority of the game, however, and says there are reasons to be positive.


He added: "The players did a great job for 60/70 minutes. They stuck to the plan and we defended well. Then we scored a good goal. 


"We could have been more confident in possession but to win at Tottenham you have to be almost perfect across the whole of the game and we couldn't do this today and we have to accept this.


"We are disappointed because I had a feeling at 1-1 we could still win the game."


Eze won and scored the free-kick which gave Palace fans hope of a first away win in London for what feels like an age. 


And there was no hiding Glasner's delight in having his star man in the team for the first time under his management.


He said: " He is a great player and can decide games but he does not have the rhythm yet because this is normal when coming back from injury. 


"But he is a player who can decide the games because he won the free kick and scored. We will work on him to come back to be able to play 95 or 100 minutes."





Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou meanwhile was delighted with his team’s performance - a result which sets up next weekend's visit to Villa Park for a top-four showdown.


He said: "I was pleased with the whole game. The first half was difficult because they sat deep and we had to stay patient. 


“We didn't create a lot but had a couple of great chances. You need that to break open a team but I felt we were putting in enough work to be able to break them.


"The reaction was outstanding. We had real belief  in our processes and I'm pleased about the outcome.


"I thought they were all good today. Timo (Werner) missed the chance in the first half but he was a constant threat. 


"With attacking players goals make them feel better and relieves the pressure but in general (Werner) was aggressive and really good. 


A goal always helps and it was pleasing for us. It was an important time of the game and it was important for him to score."


And, adding a touch of humour, answering a South Korean journalist's question over the bandage on Heung-Min Son's finger since his return from the Asia Cup, Postecoglou said: "It's a finger. Even if he loses it it doesn't really matter, he can still play."


Pictures: Charlie Stong













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