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Corner taken by Adlene Guedioura.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Corner taken by Joel Ward from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Nabil Bentaleb.
Adlene Guedioura takes a brilliant shot and went wide right of the target.
Free kick crossed by Adlene Guedioura.
Unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Mousa Dembele results in a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Parr.
Clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Jonathan Williams fouled by Danny Rose, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jermain Defoe.
(Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Adlene Guedioura coming on for Jason Puncheon.
Clearance made by Joel Ward.
Shot by Joel Ward went wide right of the post.
Kyle Naughton booked for unsporting behaviour.
Kyle Naughton challenges Jonathan Parr unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jonathan Parr makes a clearance.
Foul by Jason Puncheon on Kyle Naughton, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Aaron Lennon from the left by-line.
Mile Jedinak receives a caution.
Nacer Chadli comes on in place of Christian Eriksen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Nabil Bentaleb.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jason Puncheon.
Vlad Chiriches makes a clearance.
Jermain Defoe slots the ball right footed into the goal. Spurs 2-0 Crystal Palace.Assist by Aaron Lennon.
Adrian Mariappa concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose.
Jonathan Williams replaces Yannick Bolasie.
Dwight Gayle comes on in place of Cameron Jerome.
Unfair challenge on Vlad Chiriches by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick.
Nabil Bentaleb takes the free kick.
Mile Jedinak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe.
Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Julian Speroni.
The ball is swung over by Jermain Defoe.
Shot by Jermain Defoe. A parry by Julian Speroni prevents the goal.
Jason Puncheon takes the free kick.
Mousa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh.
The ball is swung over by Danny Rose.
Jonathan Parr produces a cross.
Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roberto Soldado.
Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the right by-line.
Clearance made by Damien Delaney.
Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Joel Ward.
Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Marouane Chamakh produces a cross.
Christian Eriksen grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace.Emmanuel Adebayor provided the assist for the goal.
Clearance by Yannick Bolasie.
Aaron Lennon produces a cross.
Kyle Walker leaves the field to be replaced by Kyle Naughton.
Christian Eriksen has an effort at goal. Damien Delaney gets a block in.
Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.
The second half begins.
Shot by Roberto Soldado went wide of the right-hand post.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Vlad Chiriches by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick.
Nabil Bentaleb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh.
Shot comes in from Kyle Walker from the free kick. Blocked by Yannick Bolasie.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Mousa Dembele.
The ball is sent over by Joel Ward.
Jonathan Parr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker.
Jonathan Parr manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Damien Delaney.
Danny Rose sends in a cross.
Mile Jedinak takes a shot.
Jason Puncheon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Vlad Chiriches.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.
Adrian Mariappa crosses the ball.
Cameron Jerome takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Hugo Lloris parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Joel Ward produces a cross.
Jonathan Parr takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
Aaron Lennon challenges Mile Jedinak unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Vlad Chiriches.
Christian Eriksen restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Puncheon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Eriksen.
Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Yannick Bolasie delivers the ball.
Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.
Jason Puncheon produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Christian Eriksen.
Clearance made by Michael Dawson.
Free kick taken by Danny Gabbidon.
Foul by Vlad Chiriches on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Danny Gabbidon.
Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker.
Free kick crossed by Jason Puncheon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Nabil Bentaleb.
Penalty missed by Jason Puncheon.
Mousa Dembele concedes a Penalty for a foul on Marouane Chamakh.
Nabil Bentaleb takes a shot. Parried by Julian Speroni back into danger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Mousa Dembele.
Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker fouled by Yannick Bolasie, the ref awards a free kick.
Vlad Chiriches restarts play with the free kick.
The referee starts the match.
Sherwood pledges to keep Lamela
Tim Sherwood insists Erik Lamela will not be following Jermain Defoe out of Tottenham.
Spurs confirmed on Friday that Defoe had been sold to Toronto FC in a deal understood to be worth in excess of B#8million.
Defoe, who has scored 142 goals for Tottenham over his two spells at the club, will move to Canada at the end of February just before the start of the Major League Soccer season.
Lamela has also been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in recent weeks. A loan move to Atletico Madrid has been mooted for the club-record signing, who has started just three Barclays Premier League games for Tottenham, but Sherwood will not let the 21-year-old leave.
"He won't be leaving on loan in this transfer window. He has a big future here, absolutely," the Tottenham manager said of the Argentina international.
"We know what a talented player Erik is. We also understand that players need time to settle.
"He needs time to acclimatise to this country. He doesn't speak English and he isn't used to the pace of the games, especially over the Christmas period when they come thick and fast.
"He is not 100 per cent fit either. He's still feeling fatigued in one of his thighs so we were very cautious with him.
"We are going to take it nice and steady with him. I really want to put him on the stage when he's ready to perform, rather than let people judge him when he's half-cocked."
Given that this is a World Cup year, the move is something of a gamble for Defoe, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Toronto.
The Canadian club, who are managed by Defoe's former team-mate Ryan Nelsen, average gates of around 18,000 per home game.
They finished second bottom of the Eastern Conference last season and count 33-year-old former Newcastle defender Steven Caldwell and ex-Manchester United youth product Richard Eckersley among their ranks.
Defoe has rarely featured for England in recent months, but Sherwood is sure the 31-year-old can still make it into Roy Hodgson's 23-man party for Brazil.
"Jermain has been immense. He is one of the best strikers this league has ever seen," Sherwood added.
"His scoring record for club and country is second to none and long may that continue. I see him still having a future for England in the World Cup in the summer.
"I think he would (still get in the squad). That instinct of scoring goals is never going to leave Jermain Defoe. He needs to wait until his legs have gone and they're far from gone at the moment."
Defoe has recovered from a hamstring problem in time for Saturday's London derby against Crystal Palace and he will be available for the following eight games.
Ten first-team players were unavailable for the north London derby defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup through injury, but Andros Townsend, Defoe and Sigurdsson are back for the Palace match. Lamela (thigh) is a doubt.
Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to carry the confidence of an away victory in the FA Cup to Tottenham.
Pulis fielded a near full-strength side in last Saturday's 2-0 win at West Brom to secure a fourth win in nine matches in charge since succeeding Ian Holloway as boss.
The triumph was in contrast to relegation rivals West Ham, who lost 5-0 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and 6-0 at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.
The Hammers' two highs of the season have come at White Hart Lane in the Premier League - they have won once in 13 league games since beating Spurs 3-0 on October 6 - and League Cup, and Palace will aim to emulate the success on Saturday.
Pulis refused to criticise managers who got their comeuppance after fielding weakened teams in the FA Cup, but knows the importance of momentum.
He said: "Winning is everything in sport, especially professional football. You win games and everything is different.
"We've got ourselves a little bit more organised. They (the players) know what I want from them week-in, week-out. That's been the difference."
The Eagles have been revived by Pulis and are two points ahead of West Ham entering this weekend's fixtures.
Three of Palace's wins in the last 10 games - including under caretaker Keith Millen at Hull on the day Pulis' appointment was confirmed - have come away from home.
"Watching the team win away from home gives you confidence," added Pulis, whose side also won at Aston Villa.
"Although you need to win your home games, we have the same amount of away games coming up.
"To be able to go into those games knowing you can win games away from home is important."
Pulis, though, knows defeating a Tottenham side left reeling by FA Cup elimination by North London rivals Arsenal will be a stern challenge for his side.
"If you're looking at it from outside, you'd expect Tottenham to win the game and rightly so," he added.
"How much money they've spent, the wages, the facilities and how established they've been in top-flight football for a long time.
"It's going to be a very difficult 90 minutes, but we go there with great hope.
"We'll work hard and we'll give it the best shot we can."
Pulis will assess a number of players with undisclosed minor knocks on Saturday, when striker Cameron Jerome could return up front.
Jerome missed last weekend's FA Cup win at West Brom with a knee injury.
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