Palace dump Spurs out of FA Cup amid penalty farce

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In the end, 2-0 was how the score remained as Spurs bow out of another competition just days after losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Connor Wickham marked his first start since November 2016 with a goal before a penalty by ex-Spurs midfielder Andros Townsend doubled the lead.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli injured, and Son Heung-min travelling back from the Asian Cup, Tottenham lacked a cutting edge in attack as they squandered numerous chances to get back into the game, including a penalty that Kieran Trippier missed.

This reverse left Mauricio Pochettino still searching for his first trophy as Tottenham manager since the Argentinian joined from Southampton in 2014, with Spurs' last piece of silverware the 2008 League Cup.

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Pochettino, however, chose to omit Christian Eriksen, with the influential playmaker not even among Spurs' substitutes at Selhurst Park. In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League.

Spurs have dominated the recent meetings between the two sides, having won during five out of the last six encounters - but Palace have reasons to fancy their chances in this game. "We're out of two competitions since Wednesday and we're disappointed".

"But now we have to be positive".

"We came from a insane fixture schedule and we were forced to make some changes".

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The 25-year-old forward was in the right place at the right time to capitalise after Jeffrey Schlupp glided past Tottenham's defenders only to have his shot from the right parried away by goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The hosts extended their advantage after Kyle Walker-Peters handled in the penalty area with Wickham lurking. This season is tough and it's going to be a massive challenge for us. we're out of two competitions since Wednesday and we're disappointed.

Meanwhile Townsend turned Tottenham's knowledge of his spot-kick technique against them.

However, soon after Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was denied from close range by Julian Speroni, Spurs missed a penalty as Trippier sent his effort from 12 yards wide of the target.

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