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Tottenham scrape through against plucky Palace

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Tottenham got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start after coming through a tense game against Crystal Palace thanks to a second half Roberto Soldado penalty.

With their north London rivals Arsenal losing at home to Aston Villa yesterday, Andre Villas-Boas reiterated the importance of spending as a host of debutants impressed for Spurs.

Selhurst Park was hosting its first Premier League game in over eight years and it told as Palace got off to a nervous start. 

Ian Holloway can thank Julian Speroni - a survivor from the last time Palace were in the Premier League - for keeping the scores level at half time.

The Argentinean was in fine form as he kept out Spurs' nine shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.

However, it wasn't long after the break that Tottenham broke through. 

Referee Mark Clattenburg was facing a barrage of jeers from the travelling Spurs fans after waving away a penalty appeal when Paulinho was brought down in the box.

Soon after though, Aaron Lennon's cross met the hand of the unfortunate Dean Moxey and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

Up stepped the £26m man Soldado, who cooly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to start paying back that hefty transfer fee.

Crystal Palace continued to probe in the hope of stealing an unlikely point but a solid - sometimes lucky - Tottenham defence saw out the game to get their season off to a winning start.

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