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No split loyalties for Spurs fan Troy Townsend ahead of watching son Andros face Tottenham Hotspur with Crystal Palace

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 February 2018

Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko (right) and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko (right) and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).

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Andros Townsend played 93 times for Tottenham Hotspur, but on Sunday he will be looking to beat his boyhood club at Selhurst Park

Sunday will be one of the few occasions when Spurs fan Troy Townsend doesn’t want Tottenham Hotspur to win and that’s because they are up against his son Andros.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team return to Premier League action and face a tricky trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace for a 12pm kick-off tomorrow.

Troy’s son Andros, who came through the academy at Spurs and went on to make 93 appearances for the club, is a regular in the Eagles team and will be out to impress up against his boyhood side.

It puts his father, who is an Education Manager at Kick It Out, in a tricky position, but given the struggles of Roy Hodgson’s men this season, he only wants to see one result on Sunday.

“Unfortunately I can’t afford to have split loyalties because Palace are in a precarious position at the moment and they need to grab every point they can,” said Townsend senior.

“They have done very well at home, but for me they have drawn too many games and they need to start turning one point into three wherever they can.

“At the moment it’s a league where everyone is beating everyone and you look at Swansea City’s results of late, AFC Bournemouth’s as well and Newcastle United beating Manchester United the other day too.

“Palace have to produce a performance like that so I have to upset all my loyalties to Tottenham colleagues and hope Palace nick something along the line because we need the points more than Spurs do!

“It will be a great occasion because I love watching Andros against Spurs, it’s his club and the one he grew up at and one he had very special memories with.

“It’s always nice to see him on a football pitch playing against people he grew up with and trying to work out a way to get the better of them.

“And I do think it will be a really good game because it’s a London derby and it’s at Selhurst Park where the atmosphere is amazing and hopefully Palace can nick it, but it’s the type of game where if Spurs are on it, then it will be very difficult.”

Given Tottenham’s recent form on the road, a draw and by a 2-2 scoreline is probably the most likely result in south London tomorrow, but that will not do much for either club’s league ambitions this season.

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