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Pardew hails Spurs as pass masters after home defeat

Alan Pardew believes Tottenham are as good as any Premier League team when they are in possession. Spurs on Saturday secured a 3-1 victory at Pardew's Crystal Palace despite falling behind to Jan Vertonghen's first-half own goal.

They recovered through Dele Alli volleying potentially the goal of the season after Harry Kane's header had made the score 1-1, before in stoppage time substitute Nacer Chadli curled in their third from midfield.

Spurs' win and Manchester United's 1-0 defeat by Southampton gives Mauricio Pochettino's fourth-placed team a five-point advantage in their pursuit of Champions League qualification and further enhances his reputation as a promising manager.

A trademark of Pochettino's teams is their intense pressing without the ball, however, Pardew revealed it was in possession that they most impressed him and that without it is when they displayed a weakness.

"They have a lot of attributes," Pardew said. "The two centre-halves (Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen) being so natural on the ball.

"They rotate the ball well, and in possession they're as good as any team we've played. Out of possession maybe that's where they just need to tighten up. We had some chances that maybe they would like to think they can eradicate, but they're a good side, a very good side."

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