Antonio Conte reveals half-time message as Tottenham produce second-half rout against Crystal Palace

Antonio Conte reveals half-time message as Tottenham produce second-half rout against Crystal Palace

Antonio Conte urged his Tottenham to be better on the ball at half-time in their win over Crystal Palace, a message that had a significant impact as Spurs went on to win 4-0 at Selhurst Park.

Another frustrating night looked to be on the cards for the visitors after a goalless 45 minutes in which they found themselves under plenty of pressure, Hugo Lloris having to produce a smart save to deny Jordan Ayew.

That Palace dominance disappeared after the break as Tottenham found themselves two goals up within eight minutes of the restart. Harry Kane scored a quickfire brace, before goals from Matt Doherty and Heung-min Son extended the second-half rout.

It was a much-needed win for Spurs after recent poor performances against Brentford and Aston Villa, and Conte was particularly pleased to see Son score in the Premier League for the first time since September.

“The message was to continue to play, because we started the game very well,” Conte told Sky Sports when asked about his half-time team-talk.

“In the second part of the first-half we lost a bit of the possession. I said to the team that it was really, really important to continue to play the ball, to move the ball from one side to another side and find space to attack.

“It was good, we played a good game. I’m happy because our strikers scored - Harry scored twice, Sonny finally scored. It was really important for him, because we’re talking about a player that needs to feel confidence in himself.”

Bryan Gil was among those to impress for Spurs, setting up Kane’s second goal, while Doherty got his first goal of the season. Pape Matar Sarr came off the bench, as did Harvey White to make his Premier League.

Conte has not exactly been glowing about the squad depth available to him, but the Italian gave special mention to the more inexperienced members of the squad after the match.

“Today I’m happy because in this period we’re playing with many young players,” Conte said.

“I had the opportunity during the World Cup to work with these players and to improve [them] tactically, physically, and now to have players like Gil, Sarr, Skipp and Doherty again in a good physical condition for us. It’s important.”