Dele Alli scored one of the goals of the season to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace. With the score at 1-1 in the final 10 minutes after Harry Kane had cancelled out Jan Vertonghen’s own goal, England international Alli further enhanced his growing reputation with a balletic volley to make the score 2-1 and effectively secure all three points. Substitute Nacer Chadli added a third goal in stoppage time, and with it fourth-placed Spurs strengthened their pursuit of a Champions League place while condemning Palace to a third consecutive defeat. Palace had chances to reclaim the lead, Scott Dann hitting the crossbar with a header and substitute Mile Jedinak doing likewise with a shot from the rebound in the 80th minute, but they could not take advantage and that made Alli’s 84th-minute stunner all the more special. Near the edge of the area Eriksen headed Kane’s cross to Alli, and despite him appearing to have few options the 19-year-old took one touch to control possession, another to flick it over Jedinak, and with the third – after turning the midfielder – powerfully volleyed into the bottom left corner. It was the latest fearless demonstration of his swiftly-improving talent, and of the instinctive intelligence that gives him such potential. Alli hit the crossbar again in the final minutes, but it hardly mattered. Chadli curled a third goal in from the edge of the area in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but it was Alli’s outstanding goal that had secured a victory that keeps Spurs in contention at the top of the table, and for which this game will be remembered. TWEET OF THE MATCH “What a goal that is! Dele Alli” – Former Spurs forward Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) was clearly impressed with Dele Alli’s stunner at Crystal Palace. PLAYER RATINGS CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey: 8 Joel Ward: 7 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 7 Pape Souare: 6 Yohan Cabaye: 7 James McArthur: 6 Joe Ledley: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 8 Jason Puncheon: 6 Connor Wickham: 5 Subs Mile Jedinak: 6 Fraizer Campbell: 5 TOTTENHAM Hugo Lloris: 8 Kieran Trippier: 7 Toby Alderweireld: 7 Jann Vertonghen: 6 Danny Rose: 7 Eric Dier: 6 Dele Alli: 9 Son Hueng-min: 7 Mousa Dembele: 6 Christian Eriksen: 6 Harry Kane: 8 Subs Nacer Chadli: 8 Kevin Wimmer: 6 Nacer Bentaleb: 5 STAR PLAYER Dele Alli. The excellent Hugo Lloris is unfortunate to miss out, but Alli capped an already typically-busy performance with the goal that not only inspired victory when play was finely balanced, but that will be remembered as one of the finest of the season. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Dele Alli’s goal. The midfielder, 19, was playing League One football only last season, but he is already an England international, and might legitimately claim to be world class, having scored a goal of which Zinedine Zidane, Paul Scholes, Robin van Persie, and other masterful vollyers of the ball would have been proud. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew desperately needs a goalscoring striker. It would not have been an injustice had his team secured a draw: they hit the crossbar twice and missed, albeit while seriously threatening, with several other goalscoring chances. Had they gone 2-0, or 2-1 up, they would have gone on to secure three points. Mauricio Pochettino, admirably, gambled in sacrificing Eric Dier for Nacer Chadli when his team were 1-0 down, and it paid off. So far this season he can do little wrong. MOAN OF THE MATCH Damien Delaney again impressed amid Palace’s periods of fine defending (another reasonable moan would be that they did not deserve to concede three goals), yet despite the Republic of Ireland’s vulnerability, he is unlikely to make their squad for Euro 2016. Something should be done before an opportunity is wasted: he should be a regular in their starting XI. WHO’S UP NEXT Crystal Palace v Stoke, Saturday January 30, FA Cup fourth round Colchester v Tottenham, Saturday January 30, FA Cup fourth round Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had made eight changes to the team that won 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at Leicester on Wednesday, retaining only Son Heung-min, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen, but they began with intensity and without any apparent disruption. Against less resilient opposition, the fluid talents of Eriksen, Alli and Kane would have created several goalscoring chances in a promising opening half-hour, and had they done so and taken just one then victory would likely have proved almost routine. Instead, they had been restricted to hopeful shots from Kieran Trippier and Kane, and an off-target header from Toby Alderweireld, when the concession of possession gifted Palace the lead. Eriksen had given the ball away on the edge of the area after an aimless 30th-minute attack had ended when Zaha collected the loose ball, ran into Spurs’ penalty box and sent a low cross in front of goal, where it was deflected beyond Hugo Lloris via Vertonghen’s left foot. Palace’s pace on the counter makes them at their strongest when they lead, and their confidence – after two consecutive defeats – clearly grew. Spurs’ Danny Rose forced an impressive reaction save from Wayne Hennessey in the 39th minute, when from directly in front of goal he volleyed Eriksen’s cross near the goalkeeper, but they were thereafter short of inspiration and Pochettino responded by sacrificing Dier for Chadli early in the second half. Doing so posed a risk. Removing his finest defensive midfielder for an inconsistent winger could have led to Palace extending their lead, but instead it was Chadli who created the equalising goal in the 63rd minute. Taking possession after Rose’s blocked cross, the Belgian turned and chipped the ball towards Kane, and the striker rose to head beyond Hennessey and into the top corner. Press Association
DES MOINES — Drivers in Iowa who linger too long in the left-hand lane of an interstate or four-lane highway could face a $100 fine under a proposal that has advanced to a House committee.Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake is a truck driver and he often sees motorists driving way below the speed limit in the left-hand lane. “I have followed two cars driving side-by-side for miles that I wanted to pass with a truck…You get close to that road rage type situation where you just want to strangle somebody,” Worthan said this morning, with a laugh.Many trucking companies now install a device on a semi to control the truck’s speed in an effort to save fuel costs and Worthan expects more trucking firms go that route.“One guy’s truck will go 65 and the other one will go 66. It takes about four miles for a truck to pass and that backs up traffic,” Worthan said during a subcommittee meeting, “so the problem’s going to get worse instead of better.”Susan Cameron Daeman, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, said the group backs establishing a new fine for loitering in the left lane.“Law enforcement isn’t interested in this so that they can write tickets,” Cameron Daeman said. “They’re interested in this so that the roadways can be safer and we’ve all been on interstates, especially Interstate 80, where you have truck traffic side-by-side and then you’ve got someone that is pushing them.”Representative Jon Thorup of Knoxville is a state trooper and he said a fine might help spread the message that the left lane is for brief use while passing.“It is astounding how many people will not move over out of the lane even if I’m driving and I have my lights and siren on,” Thorup said. “It is amazing how many people do not look in their rear view mirror or maybe they have their radio on so loud they can’t even hear the siren.”Legislators working on the bill may add language to make it clear driving in the left lane on an urban freeway during crowded, rush-hour traffic would be permissible for longer periods of time. The State of Illinois recently established a $120 fine for motorists who hang out in the left lane.