Watch: Tottenham star scores goal of season contender

Tottenham's Dele Alli, right, and Nacer Chadli, centre, celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Photo / AP.
Tottenham's Dele Alli, right, and Nacer Chadli, centre, celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Photo / AP.

Tottenham Hotspur teenager Dele Alli scored a contender for goal of the season when he lifted the ball over his head, swivelled past a defender and volleyed home as they won 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League overnight (NZT).


The stunning 84th minute goal struck from 25 yards, watched by England manager Roy Hodgson, put Spurs in front for the first time after Harry Kane had equalised with a thundering header past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 63rd minute.

Tottenham substitute Nacer Chadli added a third with a long-range curling strike in stoppage time.

Both managers raved about Alli's goal, although naturally Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino was happier than his Palace counterpart Alan Pardew.

"It was an amazing goal, he showed tremendous quality. It was fantastic for the team," Argentine Pochettino told reporters at Selhurst Park.

"I'm very pleased. It was a difficult game because they had a clear week to prepare and we played at Leicester in the FA Cup on Wednesday, but I am delighted with the performance," he added referring to Spurs' third-round replay success.

Pardew added: "It was a great goal. It was not a great goal for Crystal Palace, but it was a great goal all the same."

The victory stretched Tottenham's unbeaten away league run to 10 matches since they lost to an own goal at Manchester United on the opening day of the season, and keeps up their challenge for a top-four finish, and possibly the title.

Asked if Spurs were serious contenders, Pardew replied: "They have a lot of attributes and are as good in possession as any team in the league.

"Without the ball maybe they need to tighten up a little, because they gave us some opportunities today but they are a very good side."

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