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Crystal Palace star happy to have kept Spurs fans quiet and seeing other clubs lose ahead of Newcastle

1 year ago
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They may have lost in the end but James Tomkins says he is happy to have kept the Spurs fans quiet on Wednesday night.

You might have read/heard somewhere that last night Spurs fans were watching the first competitive game in their new stadium…

Almost a full season behind schedule, Tottenham played and won the first game in the new ground.

Tomkins (who was regularly linked with a move to Newcastle when at West Ham) says about the home supporters: ‘we kept them quiet, that was the main thing’, as they threatened to spoil the party. A wicked deflection in the 55th minute needed to beat the deadlock and then Eriksen adding a second late on.

Despite the Palace defender claiming they were well in the game, the stats don’t really back them up. BBC Sport reporting possession 65% v 35%, shots 26 v 5, shots on target 10 v 1, corners 8 v 2.

James Tomkins admitting that in reality the highlight of the night had been finding out Cardiff had also lost, as well as Brighton to an extent: ‘Sometimes it’s not nice looking at other results and hoping for losses here and there but that’s the reality of it.’

Tomkins says that the Palace team will ‘take the positives’ out of the Tottenham match when they head to Newcastle United and ‘Hopefully we can get some points on the board from now until the end of the season.’

Cardiff have six games to go and are eight and seven points behind Palace and Newcastle respectively, with a far inferior goal difference as well.

So hopefully the two teams can relax to an extent on Saturday at St James Park and serve up a decent game of football.

Cheikhou Kouyate talking to the official Palace site;

“I’m disappointed about losing because it was possible to take some points today but we lost this game.

“We had good organisation in the first half and the beginning of the second half. But after the Tottenham goal the game became very difficult.

“We lost this game and that’s very, very difficult for the team. We need to forget this game and focus on Saturday’s game.

“We had good organisation. [But for the first goal] we lost the ball and lost the organisation and the goal came. This is football sometimes. We need to continue to work hard and prepare for the next game.

“We came here to come win some points but we lost. We need to forget this game.”

James Tomkins:

“The atmosphere was always going to be great and we kept them quiet, that was the main thing: coming here and keeping that crowd quiet for as long as we could. We did that but couldn’t quite get the win.

“Everyone’s full of emotion, not just the players. We’ll take positives out of that going into a big game on Saturday.

“Sometimes it’s not nice looking at other results and hoping for losses here and there but that’s the reality of it.

“Hopefully we can get some points on the board from now until the end of the season.”

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