The young defender was recalled to the starting line-up as we faced our third Premier League outing in six days, joining Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies as part of our back four to face the Eagles.
But while the end result yielded a point and a clean sheet – the latter preserved by the goalkeeping heroics of skipper Hugo Lloris – the versatile 20-year-old was disappointed not to come away from the game with a victory.
“Obviously it’s always nice to get a clean sheet but for a club like Tottenham, that’s not enough,” he said. “We need to win, especially at home. We need to create more and we must take our chances.
“Crystal Palace sat back a lot during the game and let us come onto them. That made it harder for us to create and find spaces and, although we created a few chances, we’ve got to create more opportunities and take them.”
Eric was required to put in another shift at right-back and, while impressed by the partnership of Federico and Jan in central defence in recent times, he couldn’t shake off the feeling that Saturday was an opportunity missed.
“Federico and Jan have both done really well – they were superb last week, although the whole team did well against Everton,” he added.
“I’m happy to come in and help the team. I love to play and when I get a chance I try to do my best but I’d change any personal plus points for a win.
“Obviously we had a hard game in midweek against Chelsea and we need to bounce back now.”